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 and we continue to build 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 delivered 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.
For the full list of the initiatives and support we have launched for staff during the last 18 months, click here.
Did you know?
This week is Grief Awareness Week – a campaign designed to normalise grief and get people talking. This is not just a week for people living with grief directly, but for everyone – including people who have never experienced a significant bereavement. It’s important that we make this an easier topic to discuss, learn how to support friends, family members and colleagues, and help to normalise conversations around grief. Find out more about the campaign here.
We know that winter can have an impact on our health and wellbeing, with colder weather and shorter days, and we want to make sure our staff are equipped with the right resources and advice to support them.
To aid our staff over the next few months, we have produced a Winter Wellbeing Briefing. This briefing has been has been produced to reinforce the focus on taking care of yourself this winter. There is information under the four pillars of health and wellbeing: physical, mental, financial and social, so whether it’s information about mental health, the menopause or money saving advice, there is support available for all our staff. There is also an introduction to our latest initiative, Project S, which focuses on improving the safety and security of those working in the NHS.
You can read the online magazine here.
To mark Carers Rights Day, we have launched new pages with information for our staff, patients, and their loved ones and families, who are carers. We strive to be a supportive employer and understand the need for flexibility for those with caring responsibilities. Click here to read more.
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