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.
May saw us mark Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16 May). The week, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, had a theme of ‘Nature’ this year. Across the country, people celebrated the mental health benefits of being around nature in their local community in a range of digital and creative ways.
If you, or someone you know, is struggling with mental health, there are lots of resources available to support mental wellbeing:
- NHS People – if you or a colleague needs immediate support, please visit the support now pages on NHS People. Free and accessible on any device.
- Insight Healthcare – a 24-hour support counselling and advice service. Staff can contact: 0800 027 7844 / 0300 555 0120 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Norfolk and Suffolk Staff support line – this free and confidential service is run in partnership between the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) and Suffolk Mind. Staff can call 0300 123 1335, 09.30-16.30 Monday-Friday or email email@example.com
- Mental Health First Aiders – NCH&C have 17 Mental Health First Aiders to support staff. You can contact a Mental Health First Aider if you are concerned about your own, or a colleague’s, mental health. All have received an internationally recognised training course designed to teach people the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. More information is available on the Intranet
- Going home checklist – to help manage work-related stress, we encourage you to utilise the going home checklist, which encourages you to go through a simple routine each day. These steps encourage you to leave work in a more mentally positive way.
- Resources for managers – managers and leaders should have received a mailed leaflet / poster to promote all the ways you and your teams can access wellbeing information and direct staff to our wellbeing pages. A digital copy can be found here.
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