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Guidance:   Promoting physical activity in the workplace
Description:   The summary of the published public health guidance on Promoting physical activity in the workplace. It links to the published guidance and key documents.

NICE implementation uptake reports

Implementation uptake report Assessment Published Date Coverage

External literature

External literature Assessment Coverage

Royal College of Physicians (2011) Implementing NICE public health guidance for the workplace: a national organisational audit of NHS trusts in England

Description: 282 trusts in England participated in the audit. This comprised 91% of ambulance trusts, 73% of acute trusts, 67% of mental health trusts and 52% of primary care trusts.Participating trusts employ nearly 900,000 NHS staff. Results found 32% of trusts had a policy to encourage and support employees to be more physically active. Only 15% of trusts had a plan or policy to help reduce obesity amongst their staff. 73% of trusts had a plan or policy to encourage and support employees to stop smoking.

Doubts about or mixed impact in practice National

Royal College of Physicians (2013) Implementing NICE public health guidance for the workplace: Overcoming barriers and sharing success

Description: This report presents findings from the Staff health improvement project, which assessed how NHS trusts have successfully implemented the NICE public health guidance for the workplace. The data is based on 41 telephone interviews carried out with staff from 22 trusts in England. Findings showed the level of familiarity with the guidance varied greatly, though all interviewed trusts welcomed the existence of the guidance and most had used it to some extent to shape their Health & Wellbeing work.

Doubts about or mixed impact in practice National

Preece, R. et al (2013) Measuring implementation of evidence-based guidance on promoting workers' health. Occupational Medicine (Oxford). 62(8):627-31, 2012 Dec.

Description: This study measured the implementation of NICE guidance on workplace health and attempted to identify opportunities to improve this. All NHS organizations in England were invited to participate in an online audit of implementation of NICE guidance during autumn 2010, 282 (63%) NHS organisations partook. Results found that 268 (95%) trusts provide access to stop smoking support; but only 179 (63%) allowed staff to attend smoking cessation services during working hours without loss of pay.

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Royal College of Physicians, Faculty of Occupational Medicine (2014) Implementing NICE public health guidance for the workplace: a national organisational audit of NHS trusts in England - Round 2

Description: This second round of the audit was conducted from June to August 2013. Of all 244 NHS trusts in England, 178 (73%) completed the audit. Participating trusts employ 862,365 staff, representing 73% of all NHS staff in England. Results found that all trusts have a sickness absence policy and 75% have one for smoking cessation, but only 57% have one for mental wellbeing, 44% for physical activity and only 28% have an obesity plan.

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