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Trusts are failing to implement guidance on improving their staff’s health

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2308 (Published 12 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2308
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

A review of the extent to which NHS trusts in England have implemented guidance to help tackle health problems in the workplace has found that less than a sixth of trusts (42 of 282 (15%)) have a policy or plan in place to tackle obesity among their staff and only a third provide weight management programmes.

The audit, carried out by the Royal College of Physicians and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, the body that sets standards and certifies training in occupational medicine in the United Kingdom, looked at how trusts had responded to six sets of guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) on health in the workplace. These include guidance …

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