Health and Wellbeing Resources

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.

L&SC PCTH Health and Wellbeing Webinars:

Find out the dates here on our Events Calendar.

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

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

To book your session at a time that suits you, click here.

See below the current NHS Health and Wellbeing support offers for their people. 

Downloadable full powerpoint: Our NHS People (Primary Care) H&WB Brochure – April 2021

Please find below the Wellbeing Guardian National Events

Wellbeing Guardian National Events – 2021-2022

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.

Weekly Wellbeing Webinars are being held for those with a role in workforce, occupational health, organisational development, leadership, trade union support or other area that is supporting the wellbeing of our NHS people during and following the Covid-19 response. Join NHS Horizon’s virtual session on Wednesday 4pm to 5pm, or listen back to previous sessions at:

GOV: Mental health resources for children, students, parents, carers and school/college staff

#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.

This e-learning module, which will take around 20 minutes to complete, is designed to support all Champions in understanding the role and includes 7 sections:

  • Introduction
  • What is a Health and Wellbeing Champion?
  • Who can be a Health and Wellbeing Champion?
  • What will be expected of me as a Health and Wellbeing Champion?
  • What might I be asked to do as a Health and Wellbeing Champion?
  • How to communicate the role of Health and Wellbeing Champions in your organisation
  • As a Health and Wellbeing Champion, how can I access support if I need it?


How to access:

This e-learning is free for all Health and Wellbeing Champions to access and can be accessed via  the programme page here:

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.


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. 

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

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.

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.

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

Sign up here

To sign up or submit news items to the NHSE&I North West Region Carers Newsletter contact: Sally Crighton.

The Lancashire and South Cumbria Psychological Resilience Hub: more information here.

Useful Resources

The Our NHS People website has been launched, a growing resource of health and wellbeing support for the health and care system. Guides developed by experts for everyone in the health and care workforce include bereavement support, financial wellbeing guides for managers and a debrief resource called #10minPauseSpace


Follow @people_nhs on twitter for all the latest news, event and to join an active community.

In addition to the website, staff can access support via:

  • Helpline – a free wellbeing support helpline 0300 131 7000, available from 7.00 am – 11.00 pm seven days a week, providing confidential listening from trained professionals and specialist advice – including coaching, bereavement care, mental health and financial help
  • Text – a 24/7 text alternative to the above helpline – simply text FRONTLINE to 85258
  • SilverCloud – Mental Health Modules for Stress, Resilience, Sleep and Anxiety. Use the code NHS2020
  • Apps – free access to mental health apps including Unmind, Headspace, Sleepio and Daylight

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

Our NHS People Understanding different bereavement practices and how our colleagues may experience grief.

Weekly Wellbeing Webinars are being held for those with a role in workforce, occupational health, organisational development, leadership, trade union support or other area that is supporting the wellbeing of our NHS people during and following the Covid-19 response. Join NHS Horizon’s virtual session on Wednesday 4pm to 5pm, or listen back to previous sessions at:

GOV: Mental health resources for children, students, parents, carers and school/college staff