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Free webinar for health & care staff: Looking after your wellbeing this winter. Click here to watch!

Feeling anxious or overwhelmed about winter pressures this year? Or simply want to be prepared to protect your wellbeing, and your team’s?

Watch KeepingWell NCL’s fifth wellbeing webinar, free for all staff across North Central London ICS. This interactive session provides reflection and guidance for health & care staff as they prepare for the specific challenges of this unique winter period.

Drawing on their experience working on physical and mental health wards, Occupational Therapist Emily Kenworthy and Lead Nurse Esther Sofela help staff to reflect in advance on the challenges we may face this year, and how we manage our approach and emotional response to these demands. Through supported discussion, Emily and Esther help attendees consider how they can practice self-compassion in this often tricky time, build coping strategies and habits in advance, and provide tips for day-to-day self- and team-care and further resources for support.

About the presenters:

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.

Emily is joined by Esther Sofela, Physical Health Lead (Haringey) and Non-Medical Prescriber Lead for Mental Health for Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust.

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Watch our webinar where we discuss the existence of multicultural Britain over the centuries and how it lay hidden and barely visible before our modern age, due to injustices and racism towards communities deemed ‘foreign’ and / or ‘other.’

It is presented by Baffour Ababio, psychoanalytic intercultural psychotherapist at Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre, which was founded in the 1980s by a small coalition of professionals of all colours.  

He details the impact these injustices had on the mental health care of Britain’s black and ethnic minority communities, including the assumption that non-Europeans would not benefit from talking therapy.  There is also reflections on how progress is being compromised by the persistence of racism, and a discussion on how these challenges might be overcome. 

Baffour shares how Nafsiyat have challenged these assumptions and how they’ve worked through the barriers of fear and stigma to incorporate a wealth of cultural affirming practices into their unique model to inspire therapy provision and engagement across cultural and ‘racial’ borders.  

Presenter details:

Baffour Ababio grew up in Ghana, he is a psychoanalytic intercultural psychotherapist and clinical supervisor in private practice and at Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre. Baffour completed his training at University College London and the Guild of Psychotherapists and is a member of UKCP and BAPPS (British Association for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Supervision). Alongside his clinical role Baffour developed a career in managing mental health services integrating a community-based response to support recovery from a broad range of mental health problems. With Roland Littlewood he has co-edited a volume on intercultural psychotherapy entitled ‘Ababio, B. and Littlewood, R. (eds) (2019) Intercultural Therapy: Challenges, Insights and Developments. London: Routledge.

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Are you feeling stressed or anxious about the return to school? Do you feel overwhelmed about juggling care responsibilities at work and at home?

This webinar invites you to consider the transition back to school after Covid-19 related lockdowns and home-schooling. Ola Ajala, family therapist from The Keeping Well NCL Hub and Sam Parker, systemic family therapist, provide a space to explore and reflect on the impact on both young people and yourself, and offer advice and guidance on how to navigate this time.

Overall, this session is relevant for staff, parents, and guardians working or interacting with young people. The session centres around the experiences of health and social care staff, particularly the idea of needing to care for others both at work and at home.

Context note:

Because this webinar focused on the impact of lockdown on family and school life, some of the discussion may feel less relevant now. However, we know that many of us are still managing the impact of the pandemic and lockdowns in our daily life. You can watch the full webinar and access the resources if you think this may be helpful.

Alternatively, the Hub team has distilled some of the most relevant information from this webinar into a short, 4-mintue clip, ‘Creating opportunities for communication at home’.

About the presenters:

Ola Ajala is a registered psychiatric nurse and systemic family therapist who trained in the UK. Since qualifying as a nurse in 2008, she has worked across various settings including inpatients, CAMHS, EIS and a perinatal service. She qualified as a systemic family therapist in 2019. In addition to her clinical practice, Ola has provided clinical support, training and supervision to other health and social care professionals within the NHS.

Sam Parker is a family therapist currently working at Bethlem adolescent unit in SLAM. His role includes supporting teenagers and those who care for them to recover from crises and manage transitions. Sam also likes talking and sharing ideas, and is a proud father of twin boys.

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A podcast on how we can re-establish routines as a way of coping with change and managing uncertainty, including reflections and practical guidance on how we can implement this. Debbie Bell is an Assistant Psychologist within the Keeping Well NCL Hub. She is also a competitive powerlifter and enjoys having a routine to keep on top of things. Here she shares some of her experiences of the past year, reflecting on how difficult it has been to manage uncertainty and how she has changed and adjusted routines to help cope with some of the change she has experienced.

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We would like to help you to manage your wellbeing in and out of work. This personal wellbeing plan, although it belongs to you, is a tool to help you and your manager have open conversations about things that are important for your health and wellbeing.

This document looks at things that you can do or change to help you feel well and also helps your manager know if there are things they can support you with that could improve your wellbeing. You can use it to aid discussions about those areas which are important to you and that may impact on your health and wellbeing.

The things you record in your plan are to help facilitate open conversations with your manager. This document is yours to own and should not be kept on your personal file.

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Keeping Well NCL are proud to present their second webinar for all staff across the North Central London ICS.

Everyone deserves to sleep well. Keeping Well NCL is offering a 75-minute webinar on how to get the most from night-time rest. The webinar will look at the natural biological rhythms and helpful thinking styles that influence and support rest and sleep, and will guide you towards self-kindness and key day-time and night-time behaviours that can improve your sleep.

Presenter details:

Dominic O’Ryan qualified as a Clinical Psychologist from UCL in 2000. He is the Lead Psychologist in Substance Misuse Services and the CBT Training Lead for Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust. Dominic’s Sleeping Well podcast is one of the most popular listened-to podcasts on our website to date.

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Keeping Well NCL are proud to present their first webinar for all staff across the North Central London ICS.

We enter our health and social care roles and professions with a strong sense of duty and a desire to help others. But the exceptional challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have left us at risk of having our deeply-held ethical and moral beliefs and values violated. This might mean that:

  • We may find ourselves behaving in ways that go against our own sense of right and wrong
  • We may feel that we have been unable to do something that we should have done.
  • We may be witnessing others behaving in ways that that we wholeheartedly disagree with
  • We may experience our organisations and leaders as having failed in their duty of care to patients and staff.

When these experiences shake our sense of who we are and result in personal distress and/or feelings of guilt and shame, we can understand this as ‘Moral Injury’.

In this webinar, we invite viewers to think about their experiences of Moral Injury and contribute to the conversation about what moral injury is, what causes it; how it can make us feel and behave and what helps to cope with it.

The webinar is co-hosted by psychologists, Jocelyn Blumberg and Dr Maya Khera. All staff in health and social care roles are welcome to attend.


About the presenters:

Jocelyn Blumberg is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who trained in South Africa. Since qualifying in 2000, she has specialised in working with trauma survivors across different settings in South Africa, Turkey and the UK. Jocelyn has been at the Traumatic Stress Clinic at Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust since 2005 and has worked with survivors of human rights abuses, combat-related trauma, terror attacks and childhood and domestic abuse. Jocelyn also provides trauma-informed training, clinical support and reflective practice sessions to other health and social care professionals both within the NHS and within the voluntary sector. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic Jocelyn has been closely involved in the development and provision of support offers to frontline health and social care staff and offers training, reflective practice and one-to-one support to a range of staff groups.

Maya Khera is a UK trained Counselling Psychologist with experience working in the NHS and charity sector. Maya did a two-year clinical placement at the Traumatic Stress Clinic, Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust, providing specialist psychological support to forced migrants and survivors of childhood abuse. Maya has a background in humanitarian work and her doctoral research focused on aid workers’ experiences of moral and ethical dilemmas and distress during assignment. She is now supervising a doctoral research project on moral injury among IAPT workers, and also works at Freedom from Torture, a charity providing specialist care to survivors of torture.

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We have created a suite of mini-courses aimed at promoting mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. Drawing on expertise from within the Hub, each Mini Course delivers rich and in-depth learning experiences, with a clear, practical focus on the most pressing challenges and development needs facing organisations today.

Each of the courses run continuously, so you can sign up at any time.

They each offer five hours of self-directed learning which you can undertake at a time and pace that suits you. There are no specific requirements or assessments for any of the courses: they are open to all.

You will have access to the course and its materials for a total of four weeks. Access begins the day after you’ve registered, when you will receive login details by email.

Working Towards Wellbeing: Trauma, Self-Care and Caring for Others provides an accessible introduction to trauma in the context of the workplace. You’ll learn how and why traumatic responses are generated in the brain and body, and how different responses to trauma may look and feel, in order to promote greater understanding and foster a more supportive and protective working environment.

By the end of the course, you will be better equipped to notice when someone may be suffering from the impact of emotional or psychological trauma, and able to create a more ‘trauma-informed’ workplace, particularly in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Who is this course for? This course is ideal for anyone interested in the impact of trauma in the workplace, and in developing a trauma-informed workplace.

Course Lead and Contributors: Lydia Hartland-Rowe, Mary Robertson and Dr Jo Stubley

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