New public health vision includes focus on the wellbeing of the health and care workforce

Today, the UK Allied Health Professions Public Health Strategic Framework for the next five years has been published. Allied Health Professionals work across all sectors related to health and wellbeing including but not limited to health, social care, education, justice, voluntary sector, housing, academia, business and private practice. They include dietitians, and collectively make up the third largest workforce in the NHS.

The new strategy puts this powerful group in the driving seat to improve public health, with five clear goals including the use of AHP expertise to protect and improve the health and well-being of the health and care workforce.

Our research shows that healthier eating and drinking choices can help workers in health and social care whose performance may involve:

  • Consuming the right food and drink to aid focus and concentration and maintain safety
  • Coping despite limited access to healthier choices/vending
  • Working in warm environments, with limited access to fluids
  • Coping with working different shift patterns
  • Having pressured or no break times with limited time to eat and drink
  • Surviving a high pressure environment
  • Self motivation tools for lone workers

 BDA Work Ready is a national network of dietitians who have specific workplace expertise, and our range of interventions have a measurable impact on wellbeing. Our next training course for freelance and NHS dietitians is September 12th in Birmingham. For more information click here or call us on 0121 2008027.

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