New schemes aim to reduce anxiety, stress and pain during working hours.
Hospitals are trying to reduce the alarming numbers of stress-related resignations at the NHS.
A critical number of doctors and nurses are terminating their contracts because of rising stress levels, according to a recent report.
To fight this trend, growing numbers of hospitals are giving staff yoga sessions, free massages and an extra day off on their birthday.
Free mindfulness classes will also be on offer. They will learn how to to improve their wellbeing and how best to relax.
Kelvin Cheatle, Director of Workforce at the Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We implemented a health and wellbeing strategy to support staff through every type of their wellbeing – physical, mental, financial and family health.”
Kingston Hospital in London has quickly embraced the new proposals. The hospital has specially hired a physiotherapist. They are in charge of treating staff suffering from sore necks, backs and shoulders.
A yoga teacher has been recruited to enhance mental and physical health of the NHS staff.
An alarming report
The number of burnt-out staff leaving the health service has almost trebled in the past seven years. This is according to an analysis in February by the think tank Health Foundation.
Between June 2017 and 2018, 10,257 NHS personnel criticised a poor work-life balance as a main reason for them leaving the health service.
The report also pointed out that the number of general practitioners is dropping, along with the number of the nurses.
The government had pledged to bolster the number of nurses in training for the next years. However, the number of applications and acceptances in England for pre-registration degrees fell last year.