Organisational uptake of NICE guidance in promoting employees’ psychological health

Weinberg, A., Hudson, J. ORCID: 0000-0001-8661-7826, Pearson, A. and Chowdhury, S., 2019. Organisational uptake of NICE guidance in promoting employees’ psychological health. Occupational Medicine, 69 (1), pp. 47-53. ISSN 0962-7480

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Background: Annual costs to organisations of poor mental health are estimated to be between £33bn-£42bn. The UK’s National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has produced evidence-based guidance on improving employees’ psychological health, designed to encourage organisations to take preventative steps in tackling this high toll. However, the extent of implementation is not known outside the National Health Service.

Aims: To assess the awareness and implementation of NICE guidance on workplace psychological health

Methods: 163 organisations participated in a survey of UK-based private, public and third sector organisations employing an accumulated minimum of 322,033 workers.

Results: 77% of organisations were aware of the NICE guidance for improving mental well-being in the workplace, but only 37% were familiar with its recommendations. Less than half were aware of systems in place for monitoring employees’ mental well-being and only 12% confirmed that this NICE guidance had been implemented in their workplace. Where employee health and well-being featured as a regular board agenda item, awareness and implementation of NICE guidance were more likely. Significant associations were found between organisational sector and size and uptake of many specific features of NICE guidance.

Conclusions: The majority of organisations are aware of NICE guidance in general, but there is a wide gap between this and possession of detailed knowledge and implementation. The role of sector and size of organisation is relevant to uptake of some features of NICE guidance, although organisational leadership is important where raised awareness and implementation are concerned.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Occupational Medicine
Creators: Weinberg, A., Hudson, J., Pearson, A. and Chowdhury, S.
Publisher: Oxford University Press for the Society of Occupational Medicine
Date: 2019
Volume: 69
Number: 1
ISSN: 0962-7480
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 01 Oct 2018 15:01
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 03:00

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