Today, the NHS celebrates its 72nd anniversary and the nation will get together to clap once again for the work of all its staff.
But it is also a moment to reflect on what we can give back to those who risked their health to save lives during the pandemic. Gratitude is one thing, but our NHS heroes deserve more than that. They deserve the highest levels of care for their own health and wellbeing, as they perform their duties.
We need a more consistent and better co-ordinated approach to high-quality occupational health support, in order to help staff remain healthy amidst the vast array of pressures they continue to face.
I’ve spent part of the last few months volunteering in the occupational health department at my local NHS trust. As a doctor specialising in occupational health, and with the NHS facing the biggest challenge in its history,