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The Trust is committed to protecting the health, safety and welfare of its employees. We recognise that workplace stress is a health and safety issue and acknowledge the importance of identifying and reducing workplace pressures.

Within Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust, the management of stress is an important part of the whole risk management agenda.


Definition of Stress

The Health and Safety Executive define stress as “the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure or other types of demand placed upon them at work”. This makes an important distinction between pressure, which can be a positive state of health if managed correctly and stress, which can be detrimental to health.

For the purpose of this document distinction is made between pressure (the input) and stress (the response or outcome of too much pressure).



This policy sets out the approach undertaken by this Trust in order to reduce stress in the workplace, as part of its strategy for promoting health at work through good practice and to enhance well being amongst its employees.

This policy aims to ensure the Trust complies with its responsibilities under Health and Safety at Work legislation. The tools used within this policy are those that have been designed by the Health and Safety Executive.

This policy aims to educate managers and employees in the development of working practices that reduce the factors that may contribute to significant stress in the workplace.

This policy aims to provide guidance in the management of stress, which in turn can help improve retention and maximise the potential contribution of staff.


Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: Steven Hill, Non Clinical Risk and Security Manager
Ratified by: Safety and Risk Committee
Date Ratified: October 2016
Date Issued: November 2016
Review Date: October 2018
Target Audience: All staff
Contact name: Steven Hill, Non Clinical Risk and Security Manager


See also:

  • Health and Safety
  • Flexibility in Employment
  • Alcohol and Drugs at Work
  • Sickness Absence
  • Dignity at Work
  • Education, Training and Development Strategy
  • HR Strategy
  • Management of Violence against Staff
  • Staff Concerns policy
  • Management of Organisational Change Policy
  • Internal Communication Strategy
  • Disciplinary, Grievance and Equal Opportunities Policies