Working flexibly

For some people, flexible working is the answer to achieving a better work-life balance and often improves both mental and physical health. Allowing staff to work flexibly and remotely also provides organisations with the opportunity to retain existing people and attract new talent. 

National support

NHS England has created two flexible working guides for managers and for individuals. 

Support for carers

Balancing work and care provides advice on manging caring and work, including flexible working.

Carers UK provides advice on your rights and making requests for flexible working.  

Support for parents 

Work Life Central offers tailored, expert-led resources to support parents and professionals in their work and home lives, including career, families, inclusion, wellbeing and workplace-related topics. NHS staff have free access until Friday, 31 March 2023.

Working Families is the UK’s work-life balance charity. Their mission is to remove the barriers that people with caring responsibilities face in the workplace. 

The NHS and ACAS offer advice on maternity leave and returning to work after having a baby, including flexible working and breastfeeding.  

#BesideYou offers breastfeeding support in Kent and Medway. 

Working from home 

The Health and Safety Executive offers guidance for home workers, including managing stress and selecting the right work environment. 

NHS Better Health – Every mind matters offers seven simple tips to manage working from home.

You might also be interested in our advice on mentoring and coaching which includes advice on ‘looking after your career’ for primary care staff.

You can also find information on searching for local groups and hobbies in the local support personal development section.