Did you know four out of five of us do not get properly away from our desks during our working day? Shocking isn't it?

Together with the long hours we spend in work, that does not make those of us working in the NHS the best ambassadors for health.

It is an odd position for people whose entire raison d'etre is to support the health and well-being of the population.

For a moment, consider the phrase "primary care". It seems reasonable to me to have food as an element in our own personal primary care. For some bizarre reason there still lingers in our psyche the belief that stopping for a bite to eat and a chat with a colleague might mean we are not working hard. Actually, it can mean the opposite and be positively detrimental to the working of an organisation.

Does this sound familiar? Head down, hunted look, staring earnestly at the wall of emails that seem to arrive every few seconds and no time, not even for the toilet.

But what we are really missing out on is the kind of networking that can only happen when colleagues meet in the lunch queue or sit down to eat together. This kind of informal interaction and networking actually achieves a lot of business and networking connections that really move the business on. Let's not forget the aspect that people may actually make friendships and enjoy work along the way.

Our strategic health authority has recently moved to new premises with an on-site canteen. It is clear my SHA colleagues really do value the opportunity to get together over lunch or meet up with each other on site. We also enjoy being invited to the SHA headquarters as the food is delicious and healthy.

It is time primary care trusts and other employers looked at the benefits of on-site catering or looked at other ways they can give their workforce the opportunity to meet over lunchtime to have time away from their desks and have an opportunity to network.

It would also be useful to explore opportunities to get out of the office at lunch. If four out of five of us do not get out, we need to create more incentives to make these changes possible. There is strong evidence about increases in productivity, and you can bet it creates a healthier and happier workforce.

Talking of food and networking, I was lucky enough to attend HSJ's NHS60 anniversary dinner at the Science Museum in London. It was a star-studded evening with lots of important and influential NHS and political leaders.

It was a real celebration of everything the NHS was set up to achieve and a recognition of all that has been delivered. The atmosphere was fantastic and the food amazing.

Lots of good food, networking and time to reflect and be proud of something that is often taken for granted and rarely celebrated. Now, I know sarnies in the office canteen may not be the same, but a little time taken to reflect and refresh yourself during the working day can reap rewards that go on far beyond the actual time taken.