ONE IN THREE ‘SICK NOTES’ ARE FOR MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, SAYS NHS ENGLAND.

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Snippets from an article by Rebecca Clarke in the HR Review…..

Nearly a third of fit notes handed out by GPs are now for mental health problems,  official figures from the NHS show.

The new data – from the first such investigation across the NHS – reveals that in total, more than 5 million people are being signed off work every year.

Mental health and behavioural conditions were the most common reason by far, making up 31 per cent of cases, with a 14 per cent rise in notes relating to anxiety and stress in one year.

This makes them the most common reason for people to take time off work

There was a 14 per cent rise in notes relating to anxiety and stress between 2015-16 and 2016-17.

But the figures show that in the majority cases employees were simply signed off for at least three months, with just one in 20 fit notes suggesting adjustments that could be made.

Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, said:

“These figures explain why the NHS is now putting mental health front and centre, in what was recently independently described as ‘the world’s most ambitious effort to treat depression, anxiety and other common mental illnesses’.”

He said funding for services had risen by £1.4bn in the last three years, with an extra 120,000 people getting treatment.

“When it comes to mental health, what’s good for patients is also good for taxpayers, because untreated mental health problems directly affect work, unemployment and benefits,”
Rebecca Clarke  Friday, September 1, 2017  HRMental healthNHSreportstresswellbeing