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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.

For the full list of the initiatives and support we have launched for staff during the last 18 months, click here.

Did you know?

That NCH&C has a dedicated Staff Engagement Manager. We were the first NHS trust in the region to have a full time person working solely on engaging our staff. You can find out more about staff engagement at NCH&C here.

What’s new?

We take the mental health of our staff very seriously at NCH&C. It’s one of our five wellbeing priorities (along with MSK, menopause, flexible working, and wellbeing training), outlined as part of our dedicated wellbeing strategy.

To provide outstanding care, we need our teams to be well-rested and emotionally supported. Click here to see a few of the initiatives the trust has in place to support staff.

As part of #WorldMentalHealthDay earlier in October, we shared self care tips to help staff keep well over winter. You can read these here.

Although self-care can make a big difference to protecting your mental health throughout winter (and other times of the year), please remember that you don’t have to go it alone.

Struggling with our mental wellbeing can impact how we perform at our job, so it is entirely appropriate to discuss how you’re feeling with your line manager. Your managers will be experienced in supporting the wellbeing of their team.

It’s especially important to talk to your line manager if a situation at work or at home is creating a mental health challenge; making your manager aware may be  the first step in tackling the problem.

If you feel unable to talk to your manager, please reach out to one of our Mental Health First Aiders, or if the issues could affect patient safety a Freedom to Speak Up Champion. Click here to read more about how your manager can support you.