Tackling Stress and Ill Health: Improving the Health and Wellbeing of Healthcare Staff

This event will examine how your organisation can improve the physical and mental health and wellbeing of your workforce. We will discover ways to improve working conditions, organisational culture and put in place effective workforce planning to ensure that staff can provide excellent care.

Between 2013 and 2017, the NHS lost 45 million hours due to staff ill health

Without staff that are well and at work, healthcare organisations cannot deliver quality and effective care to people at home, in the community and in clinical settings.

Through health and social care integration, the way we deliver services is changing. As a result, staff workloads are increasingly complex, requiring multi-agency and multidisciplinary approaches. The Scottish Government are committed to enshrining safe staffing into legislation for healthcare staff to alleviate workforce planning challenges. The National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan also seeks to address problems. However, organisations will need to ensure that staff are provided with an environment to encourage them to lead healthy lifestyles. 

Join Holyrood on 29 May as we examine the physical and mental health and wellbeing challenges facing the health and social care workforce, and how to prepare your organisation for upcoming legislative changes and future policy directions. Overall, we will take a critical look at how to improve conditions, support and culture to ensure that staff can provide the highest quality of patient care.  

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • Understand the current strains on the health and social care workforce and how to ensure that staff governance can mitigate this
  • Refining your organisation’s culture - is it inclusive, adaptive and does it support staff to provide quality care?
  • Improving staff wellbeing in the face of budget deficits, increased demand and complex workloads; tackling burnout, mental health problems and unscheduled absences
  •  Examining workforce culture and making appropriate changes ensure that staff are well equipped to do their jobs
  •  Examining how to retain health and social care staff in the face of the demographic time bomb
  • Sharing and learning from good practice examples

Confirmed speakers 

  • Ruth Slessor, Staff Care Team, NHS Ayrshire and Arran 

Who should attend?

This event will be of benefit to those working to improve staff wellbeing in health and social care including:

  • HR office managers; workforce development managers; improvement leads
  • Strategy and policy managers; heads of innovation, change, quality and safety
  • Board members; health and social care partnerships and IJBs
  • Nursing leads; clinical leads and social care leads, or anyone with an interest and responsibility for improving the health and wellbeing of health and social care staff


09:30    Registration and Refreshments

10:00    Welcome and Introduction from Chair

10:05    Session 1: Understanding Wellbeing of Healthcare Staff

  • Improving staff wellbeing in the face of budget deficits, increased demand and more complex workloads
  • Reducing temporary staffing spending while maintaining a quality service
  • Enhancing the staff experience to create more resilient and engaged employees
  • Examining the National Health and Social Care Workforce Plans

11:00    Questions and Discussion

11:20    Refreshments and Networking

11:40    Session 2: Tackling Health and Wellbeing Challenges 

  • Understanding the root causes and impacts of stress and burnout, and tackling stress effectively
  • Practical measures that can be taken to increase staff wellbeing
  • Effectively working in partnership with charities, occupational health experts and union representatives to support staff
  • Tackling the causes of sickness absence

12:20    Questions and Discussion

12:50    Lunch and Networking

13:50    Session 3: Adapting Cultures and Working Practices

  • Changing workplace cultures to help staff deal with heavy workloads
  • Supporting staff in multi-agency and multi-disciplinary roles
  • Improving conditions to increase the retention of staff

14:50    Questions and Discussion

15:20    Closing Remarks from Chair

15:30    Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed in due course.


Delegate rates (excluding VAT):
Reduced rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
Standard rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
Private Sector rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)
For all event enquiries please email enquiries@holyrood.com or call 0131 285 1635
29 May 2018

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