Wellbeing for the Health & Social Care Workforce

Practitioner Health

What is it about? A collection of wellbeing events including webinars, meetings, podcasts and more.

Who is it for? All health & social care practitioners,

 

Why you should use it? In this current crisis it’s essential that you take out some time to yourself to concentrate on your own mental wellbeing.

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HEE Covid-19 Wellbeing Hub

What is it about? Online Wellbeing Resources including podcasts, webinars, apps and e-learning, as well as 1:1 advice through confidential, impartial and free virtual appointments with a member of the PSU team.

Who is it for? All health & social care employees.

Why you should use it? On these pages HEE have gathered information and resources together to help you and signpost you to routes for support. Please remember the most important rules: Look after yourself and your own needs, Take time to take a break, get some food and get some sleep, If you need help – ask.

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NHS Hotline to Support NHS Staff

What is it about? The NHS has launched a mental health hotline as part of a package of measures to support the NHS’ 1.4 million staff as they help people deal with the coronavirus.

Who is it for? For all NHS staff.

Why you should use it? NHS staff will be able to call or text a free number staffed by thousands of specially trained volunteers, to receive support and advice for the pressures they face every day during the global health emergency. The volunteers will listen to NHS staff and give psychological support to those in need.

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MIND: Coronavirus and Your Wellbeing

What is it about? A collection of information for everyone on looking after our own wellbeing during Covid-19.

Who is it for? For everyone.

Why you should use it? National Mind have put together some tips and advice on how to keep yourself mentally and physically healthy during this time.

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Responding to stress experienced by healthcare workers working with Covid-19

What is it about? Drawing on research, best practice guidelines and expert clinical opinions, the COVID Trauma Response Working Group has created rapid guidance for planners putting in place psychological support for staff in the early stages of dealing with the Covid-19 outbreak.

Who is it for? For frontline healthcare staff.

Why you should use it? The aim of this planned response to active ongoing stress is to foster resilience, reduce burnout, and reduce the risk of PTSD.

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The Space to Think

What is it about? This article discusses why conversations matter and how to ask the right questions.

Who is it for? All Health & Social Care employers and managers.

Why you should use it? At a time of immense pressure on both the health and care system and on individuals – and when everything is changing so fast – how are you finding space to think or to download your leadership experiences? How as a leader or manager are you helping others to do the same?

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Individual Coaching Support for Primary Care Staff

What is it about? Helping you manage your own health and wellbeing whilst looking after others.

Who is it for? The clinical and non-clinical Primary Care workforce.

Why you should use it? You can access resources with advice and guidance, as well as personal coaching. The aim is to help you to develop new skills and discover new ways to improve your experience of work with short 10- to 20-minute guides developed by experts for everyone in the health and care workforce.

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Working from Home: Your Wellbeing Action Plan

What is it about? A guide and some exercises to help you create an action plan to actively take control of looking after your own wellbeing.

Who is it for? All Health & Social Care employers and managers can benefit from this resource.

Why you should use it? It is important to look after your wellbeing when working remotely and self-care is really important at this time.

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NHS Wellbeing Resources

What is it about? A collection of resources on coping with stress associated with Covid-19.

Who is it for? All Health & Social Care workers.

Why you should use it? The threat of Covid-19 places numerous professional and personal challenges on NHS clinicians. The following resources and links are continually being updated and are designed to not only give clear information and guidance but to also to help normalise our perceptions/feelings around uncertainty. Anxiety and worry are not unique and are a healthy reaction to an unpredictable and unprecedented situation.

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How can we manage our fear of loss amid a global pandemic?

What is it about? A quick read guide with advice on managing anxiety during Covid-19 surrounding loss in many different senses.

Who is it for? All Health & Social Care workers.

Why you should use it? To gain advice on managing anxiety.

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Introduction to Domestic & Sexual Violence Awareness During Covid-19 Webinar

What is it about? Training and information webinar for what you can do to support the safety of someone and signpost to the right services.

Who is it for? All health & social care workers, particularly GPs, Nurses, other primary care clinicians and Social Prescribers.

Why you should use it? The webinar will provide advice and host a Q&A session to best enable you to support others’ safety.

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Mindfulness of Breathing Relaxation Led Session

What is it about? Join for a led session on how to relax, work with and enhance your current experience, with guided meditation, every Thursday at 1pm.

Who is it for? All health & social care colleagues.

Why you should use it? In this current crisis it’s essential that you take out some time to yourself to concentrate on your own mental wellbeing. This session will guide you through mindful breathing and relaxation, led by experienced meditation teacher Dayanatha who works at Breathing Space London and is a GP in Newham.

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Wellbeing from Dr Imrana Siddiqui

What is it about? A video from Dr Imrana Siddiqui talking you through looking after your wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Who is it for? All health & social care colleagues.

Why you should use it? To learn techniques on caring for your wellbeing and for those around you.

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Looking after your Mental Health

What is it about? Tips for the looking after your mental health while working during the coronavirus outbreak. This article offers advice for remote working such as tips on IT set-ups at home, getting into a routine, and keeping up a formal flow of work.

Who is it for? This is a useful resource for health and care workers who are currently working remotely or employers of those working remotely.

Why you should use it? There are also tips for employers including information on talking to colleagues and employees, considering the impact of mental health across the board, and promoting employees’ access to support.

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We each have a professional responsibility to be civil and show respect and kindness for others at all times by Peter Brennan

What is it about? Peter Brennan’s article on Civility & Respect for colleagues during Coronavirus highlights the potential psychological implications of the Covid-19 crisis and how we might alleviate some of the stress and anxiety for others by working together.

Who is it for? This is a useful resource for GP employers and managers within healthcare environments.

Why you should use it? To minimise the effects of this situation on our own wellbeing as well as others, proactive staff counselling and support may be required during an outbreak and effective leadership is important. This article was written by Peter Brennan, an NHS Surgeon committed to Training, Patient Safety & better Team Working. Brennan has completed a recent PhD on Human Factors Application in Healthcare (Editor, Grays Surgical Anatomy.)

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Coronavirus and Mental Wellbeing

What is it about? This source provides guidance on mental wellbeing while staying at home, as well as advice on managing anxiety surrounding the crisis.

Who is it for? Health & Social Care professionals can benefit from this guidance, as well as point patients towards this advice.

Why you should use it? This website provides guidance on understanding mental health, anxiety, sleep, stress and low mood.

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Staff Wellbeing & Support

What is it about? This article provides important information on the factors to consider when ensuring staff’s wellbeing is considered and how to support the workforce in this crisis.

Who is it for? Health & Social Care employers and managers can benefit from this resource.

Why you should use it? Employers have a moral and statutory duty of care to protect employee’s health and safety and provide a safe environment to work. It is critical that employers support staff by listening to concerns, responding appropriately and reinforcing the need to follow the latest PHE guidance.

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Mental Wellbeing

What is it about? There can be concerns around the impact the virus could have either directly or indirectly on staff’s wider family and friends, particularly if they have caring responsibilities for at risk groups. In addition to keeping employees informed, it is also helpful to provide support and tips on what staff can do to support their own mental wellbeing.

Who is it for? All Health & Social Care employers and managers can benefit from this resource.

Why you should use it? It is essential that health and social care organisations take every effort to support the physical and mental wellbeing of the workforce, to enable staff to stay healthy and protect themselves, colleagues, patients and families whilst delivering services through this challenging period.

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Fatigue

What is it about? Fatigue can lead to additional risks, so organisations should encourage staff to raise any concerns they have with their line managers and consider increased breaks and adjustments to shifts where required. The health, safety and wellbeing partnership group’s guidance on shift working provides helpful information.

Who is it for? All Health & Social Care employers and managers can benefit from this resource.

Why you should use it? As the pressure on the NHS continues, it becomes even more important that strategies to support staff delivering care are put in place. Employers will need to consider the impact that fatigue can have on staff, particularly as changing roles and/or work patterns are implemented in order to support staff to stay safe.

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Supporting Doctors: How to manage stress and anxiety through the crisis

What is it about? This is an online discussion on supporting healthcare professional’s wellbeing during the pandemic. This is the first in a new series of podcast episodes and videos – COVID-19 Supporting Doctors: How to manage our stress and anxiety through the crisis.

Who is it for? This is useful for GPs and GP employers as they will be tackling various topics as they emerge in order to help doctors keep their head in the game and stay focussed and resilient. In this episode, they talk about the huge amount of anxiety that doctors are experiencing right now and recognise that this is normal. They chat about the different sorts of threat that we are all experiencing and how we can make things worse for ourselves if we get into particular patterns of thinking.

Why you should use it? They discuss some of the ways in which we can proactively manage our anxiety and stress, and suggest tips and techniques which will make a practical difference wherever we work. Additionally, the video description contains links to the helpful resources mentioned in the discussion. In this special episode of the podcast, Rachel is joined by Dr Caroline Walker – The Joyful Doctor. Caroline is a Psychiatrist, therapist, specialist in the wellbeing of doctors and host of The Joyful Doctor Podcast.

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MoreYoga

What is it about? MoreYoga would like to thank the health and social care workforce for their incredible work and to support them by giving them free online yoga, pilates, fitness and meditation classes. MoreYoga currently has a library of 48 classes for you, but will be adding to this daily and will be live streaming and releasing content daily.

Who is it for? All Health & Social Care workers are welcome to access this resource for free.

Why you should use it? MoreYoga are dedicated to making yoga more affordable and more accessible and improving peoples' health with a holistic approach to their physical and mental wellbeing.

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Free Access to Wellbeing Apps for Healthcare Staff

What is it about? NHS staff have been given free access to a number of wellbeing apps from now until the end of December 2020 to support their mental health and wellbeing.

Who is it for? All NHS Healthcare professionals are being offered access to these apps for free. You will need an nhs.net email address to access the full memberships for free.

Why you should use it? In this current crisis it’s essential that you take out some time to yourself to concentrate on your own mental wellbeing. NHS England and NHS Improvement have worked with three app providers to waive costs for the NHS workforce who are dealing with the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The app providers are Unmind, Headspace and Sleepio & Daylight (developed by Big Health.

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Fitness Goes Digital

What is it about? As efforts to slow down the spread of COVID-19, see gyms and sports facilities close throughout Europe, many people can no longer follow their usual exercise routines. To stay fit and healthy, the NHS advises adults to do at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week or around 20 to 30 minutes a day, but this may be difficult to achieve while homebound.

Who is it for? This is a useful resource for health & social care professionals to use and to recommend to their patients or colleagues.

Why you should use it? In response to the crisis, a variety of digital offerings have sprung up to ensure people can continue exercise while social distancing. This article provides helpful apps and online sources for staying fit at home.

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Caring for NHS Workers’ Wellbeing Webinars

What is it about? A webinar series on Caring for NHS Workers’ Wellbeing held every Wednesday between 4-5pm (if you are unable to join live, the recordings will be available on the website).

Who is it for? If you have 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.

Why you should use it? You will learn about the need for compassionate leadership during a crisis, the do-s and don’t-s of supporting wellbeing and he range of wellbeing support and activities on offer to NHS staff.

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Free Wellbeing – It Takes a Village

What is it about? The Village Approach is working collaboratively to support the NHS. Their mission is to support people working on the frontline within the NHS to improve morale, wellbeing, & productivity during this time of great uncertainty & rapid change.

Who is it for? All Health & Social care workers can gain wellbeing information and guidance. NHS workers can find freebies and discounts too for things such as online yoga or fitness apps.

Why you should use it? The Village Approach is providing wellbeing resources during these uncertain times of great change, they am doing everything they can to build a Village to help support the individuals on the ground fighting for everyone. Tiffany Grant set up this foundation based on the belief that it takes a village to support people at an individual level (personally & professionally), to ensure they can continue to grow, develop & thrive in all aspects of life & work.

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RCPSG – Self Care

What is it about? Dr Paul Keeley covers self-care and emotional issues for health professionals in this presentation.

Who is it for? All Health & Social Care workers.

Why you should use it? Caring for yourself during this period will have a positive impact on you, your family, your colleagues and ultimately your patients. Dr Paul Keeley published this information in partnership with The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

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Emotional and Psychological Wellbeing

What is it about? This is a guide on how to effectively care for your own emotional and psychological wellbeing.

Who is it for? All Health & Social Care workers.

Why you should use it? The principles of this guide are based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy methodologies to aid health and care staff in taking care of your own mental wellbeing.

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Wellbeing and Coping Guidance

What is it about? Free Wellbeing and Coping Resource developed by 4 Mental Health, with expert input from international academics, health professionals, mental health specialists, educators and individuals who are currently struggling emotionally.

Who is it for? All Health & Social Care workers.

Why you should use it? Their flexible, modular training sessions are informed by evidence-based principles and cover a wide breadth of subjects with assessment tools for health and social care professionals. NHS England and 4 Mental Health, who are a group of professionals delivering Connecting with People programmes to meet the differing mental health training needs across a broad spectrum of sectors.

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BounceBack Resilience Routine

What is it about? Resilience Routine is a 90 day email course to get your staff through this tricky time. There is a daily routine that starts everyone's day on a positive note.

Who is it for? This is a useful resource for health & social care professionals and is free for NHS workers.

Why you should use it? A fixed daily routine is an acknowledged way to reduce stress and improve wellbeing. BounceBack provide e-learning resources to help us engage with our own mental wellbeing.

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Toolkit for Keeping healthcare staff updated

What is it about? This is a guide on how to keep healthcare staff continuously updated during Covid-19.

Who is it for? This is a guide for leaders and managers of healthcare services.

Why you should use it? This offers guidance on building an e-communication bundle you can turn to each time you need to share an important update.

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Understanding the Psychological Needs of Healthcare Workers

What is it about? This is a guide for dealing with the psychological needs of healthcare as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Who is it for? This is a guide for leaders and managers of healthcare services who will need to consider the wellbeing needs of all healthcare staff (clinical and non-clinical) as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Why you should use it? This offers practical recommendations for how to support the Psychological needs of healthcare workers.

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Positive Mental Health Awareness

What is it about? A positive mental awareness online training course.

Who is it for? This is a guide for leaders and managers of healthcare services.

Why you should use it? It gives practical tips to look after the mental well-being of your staff. implementing workplace adjustments to support mental health of staff members.

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Dealing with Grief and Bereavement after Loss

What is it about? A guide on dealing with grief and bereavement after loss.

Who is it for? General Practitioners and Practice Managers.

Why you should use it? It gives practical tips on how to deal with grief and bereavement after loss.

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Advocating for a Positive Culture for Remote workers

What is it about? How to fuel a positive culture for remote workers.

Who is it for? General Practitioners and Practice Managers.

Why you should use it? It helps Identify the digital tools leadership can take advantage of to fuel a connected culture Spotlight best practices for cultivating a strong culture in a dispersed.

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Supporting Remote Teams Throughout COVID-19

What is it about? How to Support Your Remote Teams Throughout the COVID-19 Crisis.

Who is it for? General Practitioners and Practice Managers.

Why you should use it? It gives guidance on how to manage and support teams working remotely throughout COVID-19 crisis.

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Therapists For Covid: Working Together To Help People

What is it about? This is a volunteer-run group of UK Registered Psychotherapists, Psychologists and Counsellors, who are offering one-off 20 minute emotional support video calls or phone calls.

Who is it for? For everyone.

Why you should use it? They offer one-off 20 minute emotional support video calls or phone calls, including weekends and bank holidays.

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Supporting staff wellbeing during COVID-19

What is it about? In these challenging times, being able to support your team is crucial. The World Health Organisation has published an article on mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Who is it for? This provides advice to a range of audiences, including team leaders and managers on how to protect staff from chronic stress and poor mental health.

Why you should use it? Being able to recognise potential signs of poor mental health will help you identify those members of staff who may be experiencing difficulties.

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Royal College of Physicians Mental Health and Wellbeing Resource

What is it about? This online resource aims to shine a spotlight on the mental health and wellbeing of physicians by opening up the conversation about mental health issues and their impact.

Who is it for? Healthcare practitioners

Why you should use it? Never has this been more vital in the context of the current COVID-19 situation and they are actively encouraging the physician workforce to remain aware of their mental health and wellbeing needs during these extremely challenging times.

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