The public would like our H & SC workforce to act as ambassadors for a healthy lifestyle.
On the whole, trust and respect in our H & SC staff is high but this is undermined by the fact that people see much of the workforce as unhealthy, if not more so, than lots of the general public.
Staff need training to promote healthy lifestyles, using every opportunity to make every professional and personal contact count. And for this to have the maximum impact, the public want staff to practice what they preach – professionals simply need to appear healthy. We need a joined up way to help improve the health and well-being of staff across the region. The radical upgrade in staff health needs to be made transparent to the public – as the workforce is visibly seen making their change, the public will be inspired into action too.