HSE Stress eBulletin: New sector specific talking toolkits

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Stress eBulletin

New Talking Toolkits

HSE has expanded its suite of talking toolkits to include NHS and social care sector specific versions.


There are separate toolkits for England, Scotland and Wales, including a Welsh language version.


They have been developed with input from the sector and are based on some of the insight gathered during the ongoing work we’ve been doing with our partners in NHS Ayrshire and Arran Health Board.


Each toolkit is designed to help managers and others start the potentially difficult conversations with their employees that begin the process for preventing and managing work-related stress.


The toolkits are intended for use by small and medium sized employers, but they can also help larger organisations.


For example, they can be used by:

  • managers or team leaders as part of their management role – for demand planning, managing sickness absence and developing adjustments to get staff to return to, and stay in, work
  • the organisation or senior management – when considering change to avoid developing new stressors
  • human resources – to monitor organisational stressors and develop interventions
  • occupational health providers – to help people referred and promote consistency
  • employee assistance programmes – to advise staff on policy and sources of help

If you work in the NHS or health care sector and have any suggestions for improving the toolkits please let us know.

Survey Analysis Tools

HSE has expanded the use of its automated Stress Indicator Tool to allow users with 50 or fewer responders to use the tool free of charge.


This will make it easier for smaller employers to carry out surveys wholly online and receive a report that analyses responses. It will also help us develop a sufficiently large database of responses to develop benchmarking facilities in due course.


There are two free to use options available on our website:

  • the Stress Indicator Tool 
  • the HSE Analysis Tool (Excel document)

You can choose which is the best for your organisation by using the comparison table under ‘Tools, templates and checklists’ on our webpage.


If you have used the HSE Analysis Tool we would appreciate your feedback on whether you found it useful.


Provide feedback here.

Book a place on our online work-related stress course

24 June 2021

HSE's one-day online course is designed to increase delegates' confidence and competence in managing individual stress-related cases and provide advice on fostering a supportive working environment.


Our expert trainers have developed an interactive, thought provoking and engaging programme, designed to increase confidence and competence in managing stress-related cases.


Advice will also be provided on how to create a supportive working environment and initiate meaningful conversations with team members.


Find out more or book your place

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