NHS staff health and wellbeing CQUIN

The new CQUIN on 'NHS staff health and wellbeing' is one of four mandatory CQUINs that became operational in April 2016. Its goal is to improve the support available to NHS staff to help promote their health and wellbeing in order for them to remain healthy and well. 

Estimates from Public Health England put the cost to the NHS of staff absence due to poor health at £2.4bn a year – around £1 in every £40 of the total budget. Evidence from the NHS staff survey and elsewhere shows that improving staff health and wellbeing will lead to higher staff engagement, better staff retention and better clinical outcomes for patients.

There are three key indicators; the introduction of health and wellbeing initiatives; healthy food for NHS staff, visitors and patients; and improving the uptake of of flu vaccinations for front line clinical staff.

The key indicator which focusses on healthy food requires providers to achieve a step-change in the health of the food offered on their premises in 2016/17 looks for the following four outcomes:

a. The banning of price promotions on sugary drinks and foods high in fat, sugar and salt; 
b. The banning of advertisements of sugary drinks and foods high in fat, sugar and salt on NHS premises;
c. The banning of sugary drinks and foods high in fat, sugar and salt from checkouts; and
d. Ensuring that healthy options are available at any point including for those staff working night shifts.

In many cases providers will be able to achieve these objectives by renegotiating or adjusting existing contracts. Trusts are being asked to achieve these outcomes by March 2017.

Additionally, providers will also be expected to submit national data collection returns by July 2016 based on existing contracts with food and drink suppliers. This will cover any contracts covering restaurants, cafés, shops, food trolleys and vending machines or any other outlet that serves food and drink.

You can find full details of the CQUIN, indicators and outcomes here. 

Find out how Food for Life can help NHS Trusts to achieve the outcomes around healthy food through our innovative support packages.

Estimates from Public Health England put the cost to the NHS of staff absence due to poor health at £2.4bn a year.

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We've put together a Frequently Asked Questions guide to the new NHS staff health and wellbeing CQUIN. This includes a summary of the outcomes and how we're able to support NHS Trusts to achieve them.

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