NHS Head: AHP Leaders Should Use £450 Million Staff Health Improvement Grant
The head of NHS England has encouraged leaders in allied health professionals to urge finance directors to use the £450 million grant allocated to improve the health of NHS staff.
Speaking at the Allied Health Professional Officer's conference at the London ExCel arena, NHS England head Simon Stevens said profession leader should 'bang on the doors of finance directors' and implore them to use the money at their disposal.
The money is being made available through the Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) payment framework, which enables commissioners to reward excellence through linking a proportion of healthcare providers' income to achieving local quality improvement goals.
Confronted with statistics showing that the average NHS employee takes 15 days a year off sick and that stress-related leave has increased by 37% across the organisation, CQUIN made staff health and well-being a prioritised goal with financial rewards.
"I believe the the NHS, as the largest employer in Europe, has got to do a better job when it comes to supporting the health of our workforce," said Stevens, addressing the findings.
"For the first time we have allocated quite a big wodge of the incentive funding for providers thos year, so-called CQUIN, a £450 millilon incentive to improve employee health and well-being across the NHS."
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