Working Voices is an NHS initiative to reach people at work. It takes engagement activities TO the workforce rather than expecting them to come to us. This means that local working people have the opportunity to tell us their views and join conversations about local NHS services. Through this we can gain a valuable insight from this often ignored group. Working Voices also allows employers many opportunities to support staff health and wellbeing.
Helping the workforce to have their say
We want employees across the city to have their say about local health services. Further to our duty to ask the opinions of local people about local health services, we want to do as much as we can to share our ideas, plans and issues and get feedback about them. Will our ideas work? Will we create the kind of services people want? Is there a better way? Do the public have a solution that will help us solve a problem? The views of workforce matter.
Helping local employers to access health and wellbeing support
We want employees to have access to a range of services and information to support their health and wellbeing, but we recognise that being at work can present difficulties in accessing information about health services and healthcare itself. We hope a partnership between employers and the NHS will create useful opportunities to help workforce health and wellbeing needs.
How does it work?
The NHS wants patients to be at the heart of service planning, but people who work often don’t have time to get involved with engagement and consultation activity and their voice is never heard. To help tackle this, Working Voices looks to create partnerships with local employers where we then have the links to involve the workforce in what we do. This might mean from time to time we ask businesses to share a health-related questionnaire with the workforce so we can find out their views about a key issue for the people living and working in Hull. Most often this will be via a paper or electronic survey.
We also work with employers to find out what health and lifestyle services or information we can bring into the workplace to support employee health and wellbeing. This may start with a health needs assessment and can extend to organising input from a range of statutory and voluntary health organisations for the benefit of the workforce, and all free of charge, such as:
• NHS Health Checks
• Mental health services and local support groups
• Suicide prevention training
• Menopause advice/support
• Smoking Cessation support
• Drugs and alcohol services
• Cancer Champions programme
• Social prescribing services
• Disability confident
• Healthy weight & physical activity schemes/support
• Volunteering with local charities
• Mindful Employer Charter http://www.mindfulemployer.net/
• Time to Change https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/
Working Voices helps us to develop a deeper relationship with the local community, support employers to create a happier, healthier and more empowered workforce and help the public to understand how the NHS and other health services operate. All of this helps us to engage with local people around services and their health needs and create a healthier Hull.
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