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Mental Wellbeing Report

The HEE draft Health and Care Workforce Strategy for England to 2027 - Facing the Facts, Shaping the Future - announced a new Commission on the mental wellbeing of NHS staff and learners.

The Commission was led by Sir Keith Pearson, former Chair of Health Education England, and by Professor Simon Gregory, Director and Dean of Education and Quality, Midlands and East, as Programme Clinical Director.

An interim report was presented to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care in summer 2018, and the final report builds on the literature review and research findings of that interim report working with a Commission panel of subject advisors and experts meeting during summer and autumn 2018.


The panel heard from staff working in the NHS whose wellbeing has been adversely affected by workplace experiences, and from several families bereaved by the death of a loved one who ended their life while in the employment of the NHS. The Commission also heard from representatives of beacons of best practice where colleague wellbeing is supported and championed. In addition, visits took place nationwide to find out more about how organisations are valuing, supporting and caring for their staff and for learners on undergraduate clinical education placements or receiving postgraduate training.

Our aims

The Commission’s aim is to see an NHS where staff and learners are happy and feel fulfilled in their work, where they look forward to going to work and are proud of the care they provide to their patients. There is good evidence that happy staff are more compassionate and provide safer care.

Final report

This final report, written to support the new NHS Long Term Plan, has been produced for the consideration of the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

Next steps

The recommendations made in the report will be considered as part of arrangements to develop the Workforce Implementation Plan which is underway and will be published in April.

You can follow the progress of the report on this web page and follow #NHSMentalWellbeing on Twitter.

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