Health and Wellbeing Resources

Health and wellbeing support for all throughout winter and beyond

The national health and wellbeing offer continues to be available for all NHS colleagues throughout winter and beyond and includes how to access your local mental health hubs and the new physical health offer.

The NHS have partnered with Be Military Fit (BMF) to offer a new dedicated, physical health and wellbeing offer that has been specifically developed for our NHS people. This offer is for colleagues of all abilities.

The online platform also features a learning and development programme that aims to help you look after and improve your wellbeing, particularly through winter. Explore what’s on offer, try something new and see what works for you

 How learning from the Invictus Games Competitors can support your wellbeing (Part one) Mark Perkins, Regional Rehabilitation Unit, MOD St Athan, Royal Air Force.

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How learning from the Invictus Games Competitors can support your wellbeing (Part two) Captain Carol Betteridge OBE RN (Rtd)

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How learning from the Invictus Games Competitors can support your wellbeing (Part three)

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 How learning from the Invictus Games Competitors can support your wellbeing (Part four)

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L&SC PCTH Health and Wellbeing Webinars:

Find out the dates here on our Events Calendar.

For more on Webinars and Circles see: Health and Wellbeing Webinars And Circles Flyer.

Did you miss it? Click on the links below to access the recordings:

For more information, contact our Health and Wellbeing Lead, Corrie Llewellyn.

Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hubs

In response to the pandemic, mental health and wellbeing hubs have been set up to provide staff rapid access to evidence-based mental health support where needed. The hub offer is confidential and is free for all health and social care staff in England to access.

The hubs can offer a clinical assessment and referral to local services, such as talking therapy or counselling. You can self-refer or refer a colleague (with their consent).

For further details go to the NHS.UK Mental Health and Wellbeing Hubs webpage. Doctors, dentists and senior leaders can also self-refer to the Practitioner Health service.

Finding calm amongst the chaos – NHS People (video below).

If you would like to find out more and access the individual meditation videos, click here.

Lancashire Adult Learning has hosting multiple (free for Lancashire residents) Health and Wellbeing events and training including:

  • Award in Horticulture Skills
  • Chair based Yoga
  • Cookery Masterclass
  • Create your own; Summer Wreath, Self-care pamper box, Eco-crafts and more

Examples of the courses being offered now are:

  • Lancashire Adult Learning’s Homemade Christmas 8th Dec (18:30-20:00) 1 session
  • Relaxation for a Stress-Less Christmas 2nd Dec (13:30 to 15:30) 2-week course
  • Yoga for stress and anxiety 7th Dec (13:00-15.00) 2-week course


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Click the below link for more information and to view the full powerpoint on Bereavement.

Bereavement Practices (Final – with PAR).

How can we start this new year happier? 

Things have certainly not been easy over the last year, and we are still in difficult and uncertain times. The best way to try to handle our difficult emotions and experiences is by focusing on what we can control.

This January, we’re encouraging everyone to focus on small steps to try to boost happiness – for ourselves and others around us – to spread kindness and hopefully inspire others to do the same.


Useful Resources

Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership : Mental Health and Winter Readiness

Lancashire Fire and Rescue are encouraging members of the public to be a ‘Nosey Neighbour’ and reach out to vulnerable people.

“Cooking and heating related incidents involving the elderly are amongst the most common cause of accidental house fires in Lancashire at wintertime. Reducing such incidents, and ensuring people know how to keep safe, warm and well, remains the key focus for our Winter Safety Campaign.

We have some Christmas cards that come in a printed envelope indicating it has come from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and contain some practical fire safety advice, a seasonal Christmas poem and of course some best wishes! 

These cards are free of charge and I would like to invite you to take part in the campaign this year and distribute the cards to the elderly people you support and care for in the community. If you would like a supply of these cards please [email protected] and we will arrange for these to be sent. There is currently no limit on the that we can supply, and we still have some left over from last year (same messages, different design) but they will be given on a first come first served basis.”

Inspire Motivate Overcome (IMO) charity initially began its work in 2006 by providing recreational and diversionary activities for young people in the Audley & Queens Park ward in Blackburn, Lancashire. Since then, it has grown its offering to work with and alongside the community; filling gaps in service where the people tell them there is need. IMO’s ethos is to support all of those who have an influence on the future generations whether that be family, peers, statutory organisations, businesses or the wider community. 

Please refer to the below powerpoint which highlights what IMO programmes are being offered within the community.

IMO Mental Health and Winter Readiness

Self-Care means taking the time to do things that help you live well and improve both your physical health and mental health. When it comes to your mental health.

Self-Care can help you manage stress, lower your risk of illness and increase your energy.


  • Visit Lancashire – Arts & Crafts/ Heritage/Things to Do
  • Go 4 A – Various lengths and abilities of walks across Lancashire/other areas
  • Stock up your medicine cabinet, try and order repeat prescriptions before Christmas
  • How to look after your mental health
  • We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding Tel: 0300 123 3393
  • Age UK, Lancs Winter Health Campaign
  • NHS Get Fit for Free – Advice, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing are available from the NHS website
  • Ask your pharmacist: This can be a vital line of support for people that is convenient and often close to home.
    As well as being central to the current COVID-19 and flu vaccination campaigns, the range of clinical services provided by community pharmacies has expanded greatly over recent years. An increasing no of pharmacies can offer some or all of the following services:
    · Flu Clinic – Vaccinations
    · Food Intolerance Clinic
    · NHS Health Checks
    · Travel Vaccinations
    · Some Adult & Children’s Vaccinations
    · Help to Quit Smoking
    · 24/7 prescription collection
    · Advice on health, lifestyle and self-care
    · Disposal of unwanted medicines
    · Emergency hormonal contraception

5 Ways to Wellbeing Preventing Loneliness & Isolation Initiative 

#BeaWinterFriend presentation KOH V3

Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

  • Learning something new or getting involved in an activity that really absorbs and interests us is great for our wellbeing. Keeping our brains active is not only good for us physically but it can help you feel you are flourishing as you see yourself make progress with a new skill, or just make you smile as you make a mess and decide to start again. More information here (New Ways November)

If you’re interested in the wider world of workforce and themes and trends that matter inside and outside the NHS, you’ll be very interested in the Jeff Schwartz podcast (linked below) focusing on “the great resignation”, the future of talent marketplaces and the findings from Deloitte’s 2019 human capital trends review. The recording lasts an hour, and offers some very interesting perspectives on why people leave organisations and why they stay. It offers insights on “the turnover tsunami” and considers why more than half our workforce believe it’s easier to secure a new role outside their organisation than inside.

Thriving through The Great Resignation​ | Gloat

As part of our ongoing commitment to support the wellbeing of our NHS people and to pilot and evaluate innovative support offers, NHS England and NHS Improvement are offering colleagues from across the NHS, the opportunity to attend free walks provided by Challenge The Wild.
This pilot, developed by a team of trained professionals, aims to complement the national physical health and wellbeing programme and provide colleagues with an alternative opportunity to get outdoors and consider the benefits this may have on your health and wellbeing. To access the walks, visit 

Find out more and sign up here.

NHS people, NHS England and NHS Improvement are pleased to share an exciting opportunity for NHS colleagues working across primary care, critical care or the ambulance service to take part in a wellbeing pilot with Challenge The Wild, a company specialising in providing adventurous challenges, outdoor experiences and stunning hikes.  We are offering 100 colleagues the opportunity to spend a day outside, walking through the countryside on a professionally facilitated wellbeing walk, in order to evaluate the benefits that getting outdoors can have on your health and wellbeing. 

There will be 10 wellbeing walks taking place in five locations across England – North West, North East, South West, South East and the Midlands. These walks will be led by qualified professionals including a veteran GP and ICU nurse, who are also trained mountain instructors.  All walks will be tailored to meet the needs of the attendees.  The day will include:

•        A low-level walk through inspiring countryside.

•        Discover Lakes and Waterfalls.

•        Explore nature in woods and forests.

•        Mindfulness workshops.

•        Confidence and relationship building exercises.

A good walk can do wonders for your physical and mental wellbeing. Being active has a whole range of benefits when it comes to your health.  It improves self-perception and self-esteem, mood and sleep quality, and reduces stress, anxiety and fatigue. Alongside this, you will have the opportunity to meet a small group of NHS peers that you can talk to, learn from, share experiences, and create connections with. 

Childcare Workstream

  • DfE have issued communications to clarify eligibility criteria and guidance about how to manage capacity (schools guidance).
  • NHS organisations may now wish to revisit guidance published on the NHS Employers website which underlines the need for increased flexibility in supporting NHS staff to balance caring responsibilities through this time.
  • The health and wellbeing support for working parents and carers is available here
  • In addition, Cityparents have made their support offer available, free of charge, for all NHS staff. The registration page for Cityparents is accessible here.

When further GOV.UK guidance becomes available we will share it.

NHS Practitioner Health (NHSPH) is pleased to be partnering with NHS England and the local mental hubs to ensure the NHS workforce can access the mental health care and support they need at this very difficult time. 

NHS PH is a primary care led mental health assessment and treatment service established to care for NHS professionals and has over 12 years’ experience providing care to health professionals with mental health problems, including addiction issues.

Individuals working at grade 8d or above are eligible for the service and can self-refer – this is because these individuals are likely to face the biggest barriers to accessing confidential care, given their senior roles within the organisations in which they work. 

We are pleased to confirm that as of 1 September 2021, we will be launching the national training programme that has been designed to support our NHS colleagues in having safe and effective wellbeing conversations, as set out in the NHS People Plan. 

The programme is initially aimed at line managers (of any profession, banding or grade), peers and colleagues working across the NHS in roles which have caring responsibilities for staff – for example clinical and educational supervisors, team leaders, members of staff networks, health and wellbeing champions or Wellbeing Guardians.  

To read more about this programme and to view available dates, please click here.


The Healthy Leadership Framework was developed out of recognition of the impact good leadership and management have on employee wellbeing. The framework can used flexibly to support healthy leadership development and help leaders promote positive wellbeing in the workplace.

The results of this work will support you in a number of ways:

  • Supporting conversations in teams, across organisations
  • Informing training and development programmes
  • Informing organisations’ HWB strategies when considering workplace health and wellbeing (individuals, teams, managers/leaders)
  • Supporting self-development, identifying ways you already model healthy leadership behaviour at work, and ways you could further develop.

For further information about this project, please see their website.

#ProjectM platform live

By joining the #ProjectM community you will benefit from access to free bitesize resources, practical tools, virtual peer groups, a mentoring scheme and opportunity to join the conversation on Twitter. Find out more at Our NHS People | ProjectM and use #ProjectM on Twitter.

Stress can negatively impact on the way we act towards each other. This can include people losing their tempers, being rude and saying or doing things they would not normally say or do.

In these extraordinary times, causes of work-related stress can be worse with the pressures of Covid-19. Many people are scared, frightened and stressed – for our patients, our colleagues and for ourselves and our families. Being scared and anxious are natural responses to stress. The challenge is how we deal with them.

When operating under unusual and challenging circumstances, your management skills are more important than ever. All of these skills are useful in your everyday management role – and not just during the Covid-19 event. To find out more and enrol please follow this link.

Better Health – partner toolkit

Following the launch of this summer’s Better Health adult obesity campaign on 26th July, we are delighted to advise that additional resources are now available to download from the CRC to help you in supporting and signposting to the campaign.

Lancashire and South Cumbria Primary Care Cell

The last 18 months have been the most challenging times experienced within Primary Care, and chronic excessive workload is beginning to be recognised as an issue within the NHS.

The King’s Fund have recently published the Health and Social Care Committee’s report on workforce burnout and resilience in the NHS and social care. The report unequivocally demonstrates that chronic excessive workload is damaging staff health, patient care and staff’s long-term ability to provide high-quality and compassionate care for people in their communities. In a context of inadequate resources including unsatisfactory levels of staffing, equipment, training and supportive leadership, workload is the number one factor predicting ever-increasing levels of staff stress. Please click here to read the full article.

Overview of the project

A project is now underway in Lancashire and South Cumbria, aiming to understand and address the issue.

The Lancashire and South Cumbria Primary Care Cell have commissioned a local consultancy that specialises in health and wellbeing – HWBInspiration – to gain your thoughts and views around:

  • wellbeing in Primary Care and measures of wellbeing
  • national and local wellbeing support and accessibility specifically for Primary Care colleagues

Have your say – space for Primary Care colleagues to talk in confidence about your awareness of health and wellbeing support

Time commitment – 30-45 mins

Anyone working within Primary Care is welcome to get involved.

Please contact [email protected] to take part in the project so she can arrange a suitable time to talk with you.

NHS Employers ran their first webinar on understanding the benefits of the pension scheme last week and the recording and slides from that session is now available here.

There is also a wide range of resources and tools available for you to promote the NHS Pension Scheme in your organisation here.

There is also a helpful poster to support your conversations with staff about pensions and to help you explain the benefits of being a scheme member here.

The next webinar on 14 September will look at the flexible retirement options available in the NHS Pension Scheme which helps staff to change the nature or pattern of their work in the lead-up to retirement, to suit their future plans.  You can book through this link.

Calling all NHS Staff, You are here for us, We are here for you. The LSC Resilience Hub can help you, your colleagues and immediate family with the psychologic impact of COVID-19.

Why not “Check in on yourself”

There is an online Self-Assessment Tool on the new resilience hub website you can fill in to see if you would benefit from extra support 

Find it Here. Afterwards you can decide whether to self-refer yourself to a confidential service. 

To find out more about the support available please visit their website:

Snapshot wellbeing survey of the primary care workforce

You’re invited to take part in a short snapshot Wellbeing Survey of the Primary Care Workforce, as part of the Institute for Employment Studies’ ongoing work. It is important to carry out surveys such as this one at multiple times to help us understand how feelings of wellbeing change and develop over time, so you may recall taking part in a similar survey earlier this year. The survey should take no longer than ten minutes to complete.