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Many organisations are keen to implement trauma-informed approaches internally to ensure that they care as much for their staff as they do for their service users. In practice, however, this can pose complex challenges.

KeepingWell NCL’s 75-minute recorded webinar and panel provides an essential introduction to Trauma Informed Practice ‘at Work’ in two ways:

  1. A succinct introduction to why trauma-informed approaches in the workplace are critical for staff wellbeing, retention, and high standards of patient care;
  2. A presentation from Camden and Islington MHFT Trauma-Informed Leads on their lived experience of implementing the model of trauma-informed organisational practice currently ‘at work’ in their organization.

This session is of particular interest to health and care leaders and has been recorded for interested staff to access within their own schedule.

Watch the recording

About the panel

Dr Jocelyn Blumberg is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who trained in South Africa. Since qualifying in 2000, she has worked mainly in the field of adult mental health and has specialised in working with people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD further to human rights. Jocelyn has worked at the Traumatic Stress Clinic at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation. Trust, a specialist service for the assessment and treatment of Complex PTSD since 2005. In this context, as well as in her private capacity, she trains professionals from a range of backgrounds including health care, social care, and law in trauma informed practice. She is currently on a secondment to Keeping Well NCL which is a staff mental health and wellbeing project that connects and supports the North Central London health and social care workforce during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Dr Philippa Greenfield is a Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist. She has specialist interest in the experience of trauma and inequality in the development of mental disorder (in particular psychosis) and distress. She has developed expertise in working with domestic violence and abuse (DVA) and trauma informed approaches in health care. She is the named doctor for adult safeguarding and the trauma informed lead in Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust. In her role as an executive member of the RCPsych Women & Mental Health Special Interest Group she supports national work on women’s mental health (in particular domestic abuse) and women’s careers.

Shirley McNicholas has 30 years’ experience of working in acute mental health services. She developed the Drayton Park Women’s Model in collaboration with women who use services 25 years ago. She continues to work part time as Clinical Lead for Drayton Park and Women’s Lead for Camden and Islington NHS trust. She is one of the Trauma informed Collaborative Leads in Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust. She has worked as a trauma informed consultant for AVA for the last two years. Her commitment and expertise is in working with women who have been traumatised in society and in the mental health system.

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is a brief, non-medical approach that can be helpful for a range of health problems associated with menopause. This includes anxiety and stress, depressed mood, hot flushes and night sweats, sleep problems and fatigue. CBT helps people to develop practical ways of managing problems and provides new coping skills and useful strategies. For this reason, it can be a helpful approach to try because she skills can be applied to different problems, and can improve wellbeing in general.

This PDF takes you through some of the problems associated with menopause and guides you on how to adopt cognitive behavioural strategies to cope.

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Wednesday 20th July, 1-2.15pm, via Zoom (and recorded)

Many organisations are keen to implement trauma-informed approaches internally to ensure that they care as much for their staff as they do for their service users. In practice, however, this can pose complex challenges.

KeepingWell NCL’s 75-minute recorded webinar and panel will provide an essential introduction to Trauma Informed Practice ‘at Work’ in two ways:

  1. a succinct introduction to why trauma-informed approaches in the workplace are critical for staff wellbeing, retention, and high standards of patient care;
  2. a presentation from Camden and Islington MHFT Trauma-Informed Leads on their lived experience of implementing the model of trauma-informed organisational practice currently ‘at work’ in their organization.

Staff are also invited to submit questions for a panel discussion of the complex challenges health and care leaders may face when implementing TIOP, in advance of or during the event. To submit a question in advance, please email your question to keepingwell.ncl@nhs.net

This session is of particular interest to health and care leaders and will be recorded for interested staff to access within their own schedule.

Register to watch or receive the recording via Eventbrite below:

Flyer for Physical Wellbeing sessions with Tottenham Hotspur with reads: 'Physical Wellbeing for health & care staff with Tottenham Hotspur F.C.! Tuesday 12 July -20 Sept, 5.30-6.30pm. Tailor-made after-work sessions to fit around your wellbeing needs. Shape up with Spurs this Summer!' Text is imposed on dark blue splodges which fit around graphic illustrations of people exercising. The people are from a range of ethnic backgrounds, genders, and age groups. The Tottenham Hotspur and KeepingWell NCL Logos feature prominently.

Tuesday evenings 5:30-6:30pm, 12th July – 13th September, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (N17)

Want to give your wellbeing a boost this summer, or start getting more active again? KeepingWell NCL is excited to invite all our staff to 10 weeks of free, after-work physical wellbeing sessions with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club!

Developed specially for North Central London health and care staff, the sessions will feature a mixture of bodyweight, cardio, and resistance exercises for your personal fitness level, as well as goal setting and a wellbeing needs analysis with the Spurs team.

Come along to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to shake off your day, meet other health and care staff across North Central London, and shape up with Spurs!

Practical information

These sessions are open to all staff in North Central London, at any fitness level, and will run for 10 weeks from Tuesday 12th July to Tuesday 13th September 2022. Join as many sessions as you can for a programme tailor-made to your wellbeing needs, or drop in when it works for you.

These sessions will take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Further information regarding the sessions, arrangements, and how to get to the stadium will be emailed to you ahead of the sessions by the Spurs team.

Please note that you need to register to attend these sessions (you can do this on your mobile phone).

Track your progress

If you would like to complete the full programme by attending all 10 sessions, we would recommend that you arrive early to the first session to take some baseline measures to track your progress. Please come to the stadium from 5pm to take some measurements (e.g. weight, waist:hip measurements) and receive some supportive material from the Spurs team (e.g. goal setting, activity log, well-being needs analysis).

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Thursday 21st July 15:00-16:30 via Zoom

Across health and social care, managers and colleagues are increasingly taking on an important role in supporting their staff’s wellbeing. Also, as part of the NHS People Plan, line managers are expected to hold a wellbeing conversation with each of the colleagues they support. But it can be hard to feel confident in knowing how to approach a sensitive conversation about a colleagues’ health or wellness at work.

The session will provide participants with a tested framework to support their own and colleagues’ wellbeing and is open to all staff working in health and care in North Central London, whether you are line manager, supervisor, care home manager, wellbeing champion, member of a staff network, or caring colleague.

Participants will also receive a certificate of completion.

Link to resource:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/holding-safe-and-effective-wellbeing-conversations-online-training-tickets-373235887587

KeepingWell NCL recognises the challenges faced by staff from refugee backgrounds and values the enormous contribution which they make within our health and social care workforce all year round. For Refugee Week 2022, we are especially proud to highlight this year’s focus on healing through community and mutual care.

This week our staff team will be participating in Refugee Week through their 8 ‘Simple Acts’ to stand with and celebrate our colleagues from refugee backgrounds. These are a simple and powerful way for any staff members to be a part of celebrating and supporting refugees and people seeking sanctuary, and we hope you will join us.

Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary. Through a programme of arts, cultural, sports and educational events alongside media and creative campaigns, Refugee Week enables people from different backgrounds to connect beyond labels, as well as encouraging understanding of why people are displaced, and the challenges they face when seeking safety. You can learn more about Refugee Week, their initiatives, and other events, at their website: https://refugeeweek.org.uk/

KeepingWell NCL is also available to support staff working in North Central London who feel they would benefit from support with the impact of refugee crises on themselves, or to consider how they might best support affected colleagues. Contact our team at keepingwell.ncl@nhs.net or use the health chat in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen, and one of our practitioners will arrange a time to speak with you.

Link to resource:

https://refugeeweek.org.uk/simple-acts/

Visual flyer for Wellbeing Conversations Training

Join KeepingWell NCL’s free, 90-minute interactive training session to learn how to confidently hold caring, safe and effective wellbeing conversations at work.

Across health and social care, managers and colleagues are increasingly taking on an important role in supporting their staff’s wellbeing. Also, as part of the NHS People Plan, line managers are expected to hold a wellbeing conversation with each of the colleagues they support. But it can be hard to feel confident in knowing how to approach a sensitive conversation about a colleagues’ health or wellness at work.

The session will provide participants with a tested framework to support their own and colleagues’ wellbeing and is open to all staff working in health and care in North Central London, whether you are line manager, supervisor, care home manager, wellbeing champion, member of a staff network, or caring colleague.

To access the information pack click here and to access the wellbeing plan please click here.

Participants will also receive a certificate of completion.

Register now via Eventbrite:

For many health and social care staff, we know that financial uncertainty and the cost of living crisis is increasing feelings of stress and anxiety. How can we look after our money, and ourselves, in uncertain times?

In this free staff webinar, KeepingWell NCL were pleased to partner with the Money and Pension Service (MaPS) to raise awareness of the importance of financial wellbeing. From making your money work for you to maintaining wellbeing during periods of financial uncertainty, this session offers practical information and guidance specific to health and social care staff in North Central London. KeepingWell Hub and MaPS representatives offer advice on what free support is available to help manage your money, pension planning, discounts, and managing uncertainty.

Find out more about the Money and Pension Service (MaPS) via their website

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About the facilitators

Emily Kenworthy – Hub Practitioner and Occupational Therapist, KeepingWell NCL Hub

Emily Kenworthy is a practitioner with the KeepingWell NCL Hub. Emily is an Occupational Therapist with experience working on acute physical health wards, as well as secondary and community settings. She is passionate about the intersection between physical and mental wellbeing at work and at home, and has recently pioneered a staff wellbeing walking group at the Tavistock & Portman.

Monica Kaur – Regional Partnership Manager, East London, at the Money and Pensions Service (MaPS)

Monica is passionate about helping people to enhance their financial skills and make the most of their money. Her role is to work closely with organisations from the private, public, voluntary/third sectors to support their financial wellbeing strategies by accessing MaPs’ free resources, removing the stigma attached to talking about money and providing impartial guidance. Monica has worked with a range of employers in helping them to support their workforce with financial wellbeing.

In demanding times, relationships of all kinds can come under pressure and have an impact on our wellbeing at home and at work. This May, KeepingWell NCL partnered with Islington CAMHS Early Years Service to raise awareness of the issues that can affect our staff at home, and how staff can support themselves and their colleagues.

Maternal Mental Health and Parental Self-care

For many health and care staff, the transition from caring for others to caring for a baby during and after pregnancy can be bumpy. This Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week, we wanted to raise awareness among healthcare workers about the challenges this transformative period can bring in parents’ lives. Early Years and Hub practitioners Kate Watchorn and Panos Vythoulkas discussed common challenges for parents, parental self-care tips, and how the Hub can support individuals and managers seeking support for perinatal mental health difficulties. You can watch the recording of this webinar below:

Couple Conflict and Abusive Relationships

In part two of this webinar series, practitioners Fraser Anderson and Panos Vythoulkas discussed the important topic of couple conflict and how to seek support safely when relationships become abusive. Health and social care workers, particularly women and their children, are just as vulnerable to domestic violence and abuse (DVA) as those they care for. This webinar aims to reduce stigma and raise awareness about DVA among staff and managers, by discussing why this topic has been taboo socially and in the workplace, and providing information on identifying red flags for DVA and seeking support safely. You can watch the recording of this webinar below:

Live performance of health & care staff experiences of the pandemic, this Thursday 26th May

‘In Our Own Words’ is a verbatim performance of a collection of reflections from staff over the past two years. These reflections chart the extreme challenges but also the incredible moments, memories and people who extended themselves and achieved so much. Actors have performed these stories to Whittington Health staff in care homes, community clinics, meeting rooms and hospital wards across 7 sites since July 2020.

Wake The Beast Theatre company and The Whittington’s Clinical Health Psychology Team worked with staff from early May 2020, conducting interviews with over 200 staff, collecting over 140 hours of audio and presenting 5 theatre pieces to care home staff, B.A.M.E staff, community and hospital staff from June 2020 until December 2021.

This ‘In Our Own Words’ event, performed by Wake the Beast Theatre Company,  is a chance for us to say thank you to the 200+ staff who agreed to be interviewed about their experiences. It’s also a chance for family and friends and the public to witness the inspiring stories from ‘behind the scenes’ at one of London’s busiest NHS Trusts.

This one night only performance at Jacksons Lane on Thursday 26th May at 7pm will showcase a small collection of these stories. This uplifting and forward-looking reflection will illuminate the real people behind the ‘heroes’ narrative.