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European law sets minimum standards on employment rights and health and safety at work and EU policy developments in the area of employment and social affairs are of key importance to the NHS in its role as Europe’s largest employer. 

The NHS European Office, working closely with NHS Employers, represents the views of NHS organisations in Europe on employment policy and legislation. Our role is to inform NHS organisations of key EU developments and to promote the priorities and interests of the NHS to the EU institutions. 

In this section you'll find information about policy and legislative developments in the areas of employment and social policy which have implications for the NHS.

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Change the nature of the workplace to tackle NHS workforce issues | Peter Molyeux

18 / 3 / 2019 3.38pm

The announcement by the Secretary of State of a raft of measures designed to improve the mental health of NHS staff is an important and welcome one. It is a first step in the NHS making good on the NHS Ten Year Plan's desire to see employers having "a key role to play in supporting their staff to stay well and in work.” Given the higher than average sickness rates in the NHS compared to other public sector organisations, Peter Molyneux, chair of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, explains why it is important that the NHS sets the standard.

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