4 Implementation

4 Implementation

NICE guidance should help:

  • Employers of all sizes and sectors to promote and improve the mental wellbeing of their employees. Improved employee mental wellbeing may help to reduce sickness absence and staff turnover and increase performance and productivity.

  • Employers to meet their legal duties to protect the health of employees.

  • Employees, or their representatives, to promote mental wellbeing in the workplace.

  • NHS organisations to meet DH standards for public health as set out in the seventh domain of 'Standards for better health' (updated in 2006). Performance against these standards is assessed by the Care Quality Commission.

  • NHS organisations, social care and children's services to meet the requirements of the DH's 'Operating framework for 2008/09' and 'Operational plans 2008/09–2010/11'.

  • NHS organisations, social care and children's services to meet the requirements of the Department of Communities and Local Government's 'The new performance framework for local authorities and local authority partnerships'.

  • National and local organisations within the public sector to meet government indicators and targets to improve health and reduce health inequalities.

  • Local authorities to fulfil their remit to promote the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of communities.

  • Local NHS organisations, local authorities and other local public sector partners to benefit from any identified cost savings, disinvestment opportunities or opportunities for re-directing resources.

  • Provide a focus for multi-sector partnerships for health, such as local strategic partnerships.

NICE has developed tools to help organisations put this guidance into practice.

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)