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Influencing organisational change in the NHS: lessons learned from workplace wellness initiatives in practice

Blake, Holly; Lloyd, Scott

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Scott Lloyd



Abstract

This article presents a discussion of the key issues in influencing organisational change in NHS settings, in the development of workplace wellness interventions to improve employee health and wellbeing. To tackle poor public health and associated rising healthcare costs, there must be a focus on the root cause of many preventable diseases – unhealthy lifestyle choices. Workplace wellness initiatives are now an important prevention strategy adopted by socially responsible organisations to target the health and wellbeing of working age adults. Lessons learned from initiatives in secondary care suggest that effective implementation requires change in organisational ‘health culture’, through a combination of education, behaviour change intervention, needs-based facilities, and services and strategies for developing supportive and health-promoting work environments. Most of all, employers must demonstrate a commitment to health and wellness that is fully integrated with their mission, values and long-term vision, paving theway for sustainable lifestyle changes. Evaluation systems must be in place to measure the impact and outcomes of wellness schemes.

Citation

Blake, H., & Lloyd, S. (2007). Influencing organisational change in the NHS: lessons learned from workplace wellness initiatives in practice. Quality in Primary Care, 16(6), (449-455). ISSN 1479-1072

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 11, 2008
Publication Date 2008
Deposit Date Oct 10, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 10, 2018
Print ISSN 1479-1072
Publisher Radcliffe Medical Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 6
Pages 449-455
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1156942
Publisher URL http://primarycare.imedpub.com/influencing-organisational-change-in-the-nhs-lessons-learned-from-workplace-wellness-initiatives-in-practice.php?aid=1126

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