Improving Working Lives

Improving Working Lives

A national programme for all NHS organisations which focuses on improving the work/life balance for staff through various initiatives (e.g., access to childcare, flexible working hours, training and development opportunities, and safety in the workplace). IWL aims to help all of the NHS to be a model employer: an organisation that is excellent to work for, one which values its staff and delivers outstanding services for patients.

Improving Working Lives initiatives
• Equality and diversity.
• Staff involvement and communication.
• Flexible working.
• Healthy workplace.
• Training and development.
• Flexible retirement, childcare and support for carers.
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Although it discusses the importance of engaging staff via trade unions and professional organisations, and also of involvement with both the NHS Staff Council and its health and safety subgroup--the Partnership for Occupational Safety and Health in Healthcare (POSHH)--there is no mention of Improving Working Lives (IWL).
Hysbysebwyd am "Liveability Manager" yng nghyngor Havant ar gyflog o pounds 45,000, ac "Improving Working Lives Coordinator" yn Llundain.
Improving staff wellbeing has always been important to Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust and this new initiative is just one of the improving working lives schemes it has adopted.
"It is a focus on the business case, not an increased legislative burden, that is the key to improving working lives."
"I am at a loss to understand how this Trust has passed standards for 'improving working lives' when the welfare of a vital section of our workforce is neglected to this extent."
"The NHS has an initiative called Improving Working Lives and Good Hope has achieved 'practice plus' status for this, which is the highest status," says Andy.
North Cumbria's Primary Care Trusts have been awarded Improving Working Lives "Practice Plus" status.
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust, which is responsible for Ashington's Wansbeck Hospital, North Tyneside General and Hexham General, as been given the Improving Working Lives Practice Plus accreditation status by independent assessors.
The Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust has received the Improving Working Lives (IWL) Practice Plus award.
The hospital has been awarded Practice Plus status under a national initiative called Improving Working Lives, which promotes best practice in supporting NHS staff.
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust achieved the Practice Plus standard for the national Improving Working Lives initiative.
The impact of Improving Working Lives (IWL) within the NHS has been significant across England.

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