It is essential that we take every effort to support the physical and mental wellbeing of our workforce, to enable staff to stay healthy and protect themselves, colleagues, patients and families as we continue to deliver services through this challenging period.
How are you?
NCH&C’s greatest asset is the people that work for it and the Wellbeing of our staff has never been an optional extra. During lockdown we built on our already comprehensive core Health and Wellbeing offer. Recognising that the challenge of maintaining staff wellbeing will be a long term one, we have established long term plan to offer practical, relevant and accessible help and support.
This has included: drawing on the expertise of our own clinical psychologists to provide psychological advice and support to staff that need it; launching this new online Wellbeing resource that is accessible to all staff and their families, ensuring staff are kept up to date on everything that is going on during this unprecedented time across our vast network of services, amplifying the voice of our staff and giving them the opportunity to talk about their thoughts and experiences via staff blogs, radio interviews and via a new staff magazine which aims to reinforce the message that we will get through this together.
We have created additional rest areas and ‘wobble rooms’, as well as delivering Wellbeing Packs, which included generous public donations, to all our services. We have also worked hard to ensure our hundreds of staff working from home have felt supported and engaged.
What’s happening this month?
April is Stress Awareness Month and NCH&C will be using this opportunity to increase awareness about both the causes and cures for stress. All of us deal with a certain level of day-to-day stress. When that stress becomes too hard to manage, causing harm to our physical and mental wellbeing, that’s when it becomes a big problem. There may be early warning signs of excessive demands and challenges, but often stress will creep up on us. We want to support staff who may be suffering due to increased levels of stress and provide resources to help combat the negative effects. Click here to read our Stress Awareness Month news story which links to lots of useful resources and signposts you to places where staff can access further support. You can also go straight to our Mental Wellbeing pages for more help and advice.
Remember, you can get your copy of How Are You, Really? – a fold out leaflet/poster to remind staff about all the ways to access our Wellbeing services, support and tools. Click here to have a look and to download these resources.
To contact the NCH&C Wellbeing Team, email