Wellbeing and Support

Medical and Dental trainees wellbeing support

COVID-19 has placed numerous professional and personal challenges on NHS clinicians. The London and KSS HET team have collated resources and links which are continually being reviewed and updated. These resources are designed to provide clear information and guidance but also to help with our perceptions and feelings around uncertainty. Anxiety and worry can be common and present a healthy reaction to an unpredictable and unprecedented situation.

For further information in regards to wellbeing support duing COVID-19, please visit the London Deanery website wellbeing support webpage.

Our NHS People Wellbeing Support

All NHS staff will have access to a range of support (#OurNHSPeople Wellbeing Support):

  • 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
  • a 24/7 text alternative to the above helpline – simply text FRONTLINE to 85258
  • an online staff common room for NHS people to come together and support each other
  • online peer to peer, team and personal resilience support, including through Silver Cloud, and free mindfulness apps including UnmindHorizons NHSHeadspace Sleepio and Daylight

NHS Bereavement support

NHS England and NHS Improvement have put together a suite of resources that aim to help you access support during what will be a difficult time for our staff, given the restrictions and changes to normal grieving patterns and processes for staff who come from diverse backgrounds.

Bereavement support

NHS Every Mind Matters

Every Mind Matters is here to help you manage and maintain your mental health, as good mental health makes such a difference. It helps us to relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more.

Every Mind Matters gives you simple and practical advice to get a healthier mind and get more out of life – from how to deal with stress and anxiety, to boosting our mood or sleeping better. It will help you spot the signs of common mental health conditions, get personalised practical self-care tips and information on further support. You’ll also learn about what you can do to help others.

Every Mind Matters has been created by Public Health England, with tips and advice developed with experts and approved by the NHS. It has also been endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners. In January 2020, we teamed up with Heads Up for the biggest weekend in football, the Emirates FA Cup Third Round, to help you discover simple steps to look after your mental health.

It only takes a minute to get started with our short free quiz to create Your Mind Plan with personalised tips and advice.

The One You site also includes tips for home workouts during self-isolation.

NHS Staff and Learners’ Mental Wellbeing Commission

The NHS Staff and Learners’ Mental Wellbeing Commission has set out to discover and review evidence of good practice where the mental health and wellbeing of staff and learners in NHS organisations has been made an organisational priority. HEE recognises its central role in supporting the current and future workforce to deliver high quality, safe care and the Commission has examined successful interventions from around the country, to identify what has worked well and what could be adopted widely. HEE’s aim is to see an NHS where staff and learners are happy and feel fulfilled in their work, where they look forward to going to work and are proud of the care they provide to their patients. There is good evidence that happy staff are more compassionate and provide safer care.

To find out more about the NHS Staff and Learners’ Mental Wellbeing Commission report and it’s recommendations which will be considered as part of arrangements to develop the Workforce Implementation Plan, please visit the national HEE website mental wellbeing webpage .

Workforce Stress and the Supportive Organisation

A new framework aimed at helping health and social care employers improve the mental wellbeing of their employees has been launched today by Health Education England (HEE).

The Workforce Stress and the Supportive Organisation – A framework for improvement through reflection, curiosity and change encourages employers to take a closer look at the systems they currently  have in place for managing staff wellbeing,  it challenges them to give greater consideration to the impact  workforce stress has on staff and look at the role they can play in providing better support to staff who may need It.

To find out more about this framework, please visit the national HEE website workforce stress webpage.

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