Workplace stress is widely recognised as a very serious health and safety issue, and one that all organisations must address if they are to comply with health and safety legislation. Employers must treat stress like any other health hazard.

In the NHS, and in front-line services such as general practice in particular, there is a growing appreciation of the high levels of stress and trauma that can impact on staff and the need to offer them adequate protection and support.

This topic explains the benefits of taking proactive action and highlights the factors associated with stress that can be very costly to employers. It also considers how employers can risk assess for stress as well as looking at actions employers can take to address the causes of workplace stress.

The global Covid-19 outbreak has caused unparalleled pressures on health care service provision and primary care teams have had to radically alter the way care is delivered to their patients. The pandemic is undoubtedly causing increased levels of stress, anxiety and low mood for general practice staff.

Related information can be found in Mental Health at Work topic.

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