Keeping Well Groups

As part of the direct support that the Hub can offer, Keeping Well Groups can provide a reflective and supportive space for staff to gather and process some of what they have had and continue to experience.  These spaces are intended to create an arena where experiences can be processed no matter where in the organisational structure the individuals reside.  It can be enormously helpful for junior staff to witness senior staff express the challenges they have faced.  Similarly for non-clinical staff to have a space to tell their part of the story is important.   Keeping Well Groups have been kept intentionally undefined in order that they might adapt to meet the emerging needs of the group members. 

Remembering that the Hub exists to meet additional staff needs arising from the impact of the pandemic, the Keeping Well Groups are intended to be psychologically supportive and NOT therapeutic in conventional terms.  They can be:
  • Weekly/Fortnightly/Monthly up to 6 sessions
  • Open (drop-in) or Closed (e.g. for a specific team)
  • They are likely to be virtual but increasingly (hopefully) there may be an opportunity for a facilitator to be on-site.
  • They will be facilitated by an experienced Hub member from a different part of the ICS
  • They are for clinical and non-clinical staff
  • They are available to any service within NCL
 

In order to be able to provide a Keeping Well Group, the Hub will need the following information:

  • A simple outline of group membership – some examples might be:
    • Support for frontline team experience
    • Junior/Senior staff reflective space
    • Non-clinical staff drop-in
    • Exploring support needs (for when you’re not quite sure what you need but know you need something)
  • Preferred day/time/frequency
  • Group number (we suggest a group size somewhere between 4-10)
 

The aim of the Hub is to respond with speed to requests for Keeping Well Groups and to make it as easy as possible for you to provide a space for your staff members to begin to recover and reflect. 

Please contact keepingwellncl@tavi-port.nhs.uk to arrange for an initial conversation with a Hub member.