NHS: Staff

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 31 January 2023.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Royal College of Nursing on anxiety and depression in NHS workers; and what steps he is taking to provide mental health support to NHS staff.

Photo of Will Quince Will Quince Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Secretary of State and I have regular discussions with the Royal College of Nursing, including about how to improve the experience of nurses working in the National Health Service.

In line with the NHS People Plan, published in July 2020, there is a strong focus within the NHS on staff health and wellbeing. This includes providing ongoing physical and mental health support including targeting psychological support and treatment for those most affected, retaining staff who have come back into the NHS to help provide additional capacity and strengthening the role for occupational health to move from a reactive service delivery model to a more integrated, preventative partner.

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