Wound Essentials 11 (1) What is wellbeing?

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Wound Essentials 11 (1) What is wellbeing?

Elizabeth Nichols
27 June 2016

Wellbeing’ is a term that seems to be in use everywhere these days. We talk about health and wellbeing in the workplace, in the context of fitness and gyms, and as dimensions in the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF). There is even a national wellbeing survey, measuring the nation’s satisfaction and happiness. Wellbeing is difficult to define. According to the Department of Health (2010), wellbeing is “a positive physical, social and mental state; it is not just the absence of pain, discomfort and incapacity”. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)’s Code of Conduct (2015) calls us to “make sure people’s physical, social and psychological needs are assessed and responded to” by “paying special attention to promoting wellbeing…” Therefore, it is important to consider what this means.

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