Labour with Nuffield Health to aid thousands of NHS staff with joint pain return to work

“Record long NHS waits are forcing huge numbers of people out of work, including doctors and nurses,” said Wes Streeting MP, Labour’s Shadow Health and
Social Care Secretary as Labour announced a new partnership with Nuffield Health today to tackle joint pain issues among NHS staff and reducing waiting lists.

Musculoskeletal problems, including back, knee, hip, and neck pain, are the second leading cause of NHS staff absences, surpassed only by mental health issues.

In December 2023 alone, NHS workers missed a record 198,000 days due to these issues, marking a 13 per cent increase from the 174,000 days recorded in December 2019.

Nurses and health visitors accounted for 52,000 of these days, up from 47,000 pre-pandemic, while doctors took 3,500 days off, a 9 per cent increase from 2019.

The partnership with Nuffield Health will provide up to 4,000 extra places for NHS staff in Nuffield Health’s Joint Pain Programme at no cost.