Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Half of NHS nurses have no access to family-friendly work schemes and asignificant proportion are suffering from poor psychological and physicalhealth, research claims. A survey of 6,000 nurses by the Royal College of Nursing finds that manystaff have no access to arrangements such as childcare, self-rostering,flexible work or dependant’s leave. In response, the RCN has issued recommendations calling for more flexible work,greater consultation with staff and a safer work environment. The poll reveals that most nurses are offered only the very basic elementsof work-life balance, despite two-thirds having children or dependants. It also claims that 25 per cent of nurses don’t even have a staff room or anarea to take breaks in. More than 10 per cent of respondents display signs of poor psychologicalhealth, with symptoms including depression, leading to increased absence. The RCN claims that this type of illness is linked to bullying andharassment. Nearly a third of nurses on long-term sick leave report that theyexperienced bullying, while only 53 per cent received counselling forpsychological problems. Tracy Myhill, president of the Association of Healthcare Human ResourceManagement, believes the situation has improved significantly in the year sincethe survey was carried out. “In general terms I can’t disagree with the recommendations and I amsure the picture would be very different today. Over the past few years therehas been huge emphasis on flexible work after pressure from theGovernment,” she said. “There is top level commitment to improving these things. HR needs tohelp line managers to implement change and there has been an emphasis on policyframework to help achieve this.” www.rcn.org.ukBy Ross Wigham NHS is failing nurses on basic work-life balanceOn 26 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.