Introducing our Health and Wellbeing Champions
The Wellbeing Champion will:
- Continue and support work already taking place by the Wellbeing Champion Lead in the Primary Care Training Hub:
- Support all staff and sustain this work linking with guidance from Wellbeing Guardians and allowing voluntary Wellbeing Champions to be adopted into each area and organisation
- Provide wellbeing training to wellbeing champions in each ICP using existing staff within PCTH trainer and an established train the trainer model to support and spread wellbeing champions training and cascade in each area
- Support the health and wellbeing initiatives within each ICP via the Wellbeing Champions ensuring primary care is represented and benefits from any ICP based initiatives. Ensure equity of access and avoid duplication by working as part of the ICS based health and wellbeing teams
- Link in with Trusts wellbeing initiatives and champions for an integrated approach
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
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:
- NHS Staff Support Offers recording or Powerpoint
- Promoting Wellbeing
- Recognising stress and wellbeing webinar slides
For more information, contact our Health and Wellbeing Lead, Corrie Llewellyn.
To book your session at a time that suits you, click here.
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
Click the below link for more information and to view the full powerpoint on Bereavement.
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.
Looking after our primary care people – health and wellbeing engagement event
Primary care colleagues from across general practice, dentistry, optometry and pharmacy are invited to join an informative MS Teams event on 6 April at 5pm – 6.30pm. This event will be a great opportunity to hear about current, dedicated health and wellbeing support offers available and will take a particular focus on how you and your colleagues can seek support through your local mental health hubs.
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.
- Please find the Wellbeing Guardian National Events – 2021-2022 here
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.
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 www.nhshiking.co.uk
- 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 https://people.nhs.uk/.
- 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.
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.
About the elearning
In this elearning programme, Health and Wellbeing champions can expect to learn more about the role of a champion and how to implement what they learn across their organisations.
The elearning programme includes 1 session in 7 sections.
- 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?
The session takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and includes knowledge checks, which aim to explore your understanding of the content. Champions can download a certificate after completing the session.
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: lscresiliencehub.nhs.uk/
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.