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HSE highlights links between staff wellbeing and safety outcomes in new report

There are “strong links” between staff wellbeing in healthcare settings and safety outcomes, a report by the Health and Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) has found.

HSIB’s third bulletin concerning the harm caused by delays in transferring patients to the right place of care concluded: “While staff are trying their very best to ensure safe care, harm is happening, and this is affecting patient outcomes and staff wellbeing.

“This further impacts the ability of staff to stay well at work.”

Staff told the HSIB that wellbeing is prioritised by healthcare organisations only when there is time to do so. Staff also said that their wellbeing was only considered fully when it had deteriorated beyond the point at which they could be supported by colleagues or their local professional health and wellbeing services.

The investigation heard that the opportunity to speak openly, confidentially and within the safety of a facilitated discussion was incredibly helpful and ‘cathartic’. This could take the form of protected time for staff to come together to talk about the emotional impact of their work.

Read the rest of this exclusive online feature by freelance writer Eleanore Robinson in our features library.

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