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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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NCL NHS & Social Care Staff Shape Up with Spurs Programme 

Tuesdays commencing Tuesday 24th January 2023

RECENT TIME CHANGE:

Time: 5:30 – 6:45pm

Location: Tottenham Community Sports Centre, 701-703 High Road, N17 8AD (Parking available on site)

 Shape Up with Spurs Program (10-sessions):

  • All levels of fitness/activity welcome.
  • Physical Activity sessions designed to promote physical, mental and social health.
  • Supportive material on topics such as diet, activity, stress management, goal setting, and the importance of being active.
  • Health MOT at start, middle and end of program to track progress/update personal goals. Weighing and measuring metrics such as weight, waist & hip circumference, mood and activity levels.
  • Support offered throughout from qualified and experienced Health and Fitness professionals.
  • Exit routes into community programs including our free community exercise classes and walking football.

“I love exercising in the shadow of that incredible stadium and being spurred (sorry) on by colleagues, coaches and other staff. I have gone from a very sedentary lifestyle of little or no exercise to doing 30 mins per day at least as well as the Tuesday session. I think this may well have saved my life, its sounds dramatic but it is probably true.” (Participant from 2022 sessions)

“This is an amazing programme and has helped me regain confidence in both my fitness and my NHS identity! I wanted to get fit in a group but didn’t know where to start. Here everyone has different bodies and fitness but shared experience and a shared goal, so I felt comfortable enough to give it a go. Doing this with a community of staff from all roles and areas in North Central London reminds me that we are in this together, in the sessions or at work.” (Participant from 2022 sessions).

Staff participating in the Tottenham Hotspur Shape Up Programme in 2022

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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.

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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.

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

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.

Participants will also receive a certificate of completion.

Dates:

Tuesday 14th February 14:00-15:30

Tuesday 14th March 14:00-15:30

Preparation materials for attendees:

Welcome to Wellbeing Conversations

Resource Pack

Wellbeing Plan

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How can we look after our money, and ourselves, in uncertain times?

Particularly among health and social care staff, financial uncertainty and the cost of living crisis is increasing feelings of stress and anxiety. In this free staff webinar, KeepingWell NCL partnered with the Money and Pension Service (MaPS) to raise awareness of the importance of financial wellbeing.

This session offers practical information and guidance specific to health and social care staff in North Central London, from making your money work for you, to maintaining wellbeing during periods of financial uncertainty. The session also highlights what free support is available to help manage your money, pension planning, discounts, and managing uncertainty.

The slides for this webinar also contain 20+ practical links and resources to help you look after your wellbeing, find ways to save, and manage your money.

About the facilitators

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

Emily Kenworthy is a practitioner with the KeepingWell NCL Hub and Occupational Therapist. She has experience working on acute physical health wards as well as secondary and community settings. Emily is particularly passionate about the intersection between physical and mental wellbeing at work and at home.

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.

‘Long COVID’ is commonly used to describe signs and symptoms that continue or develop after acute COVID-19.

As of 18 May 2021, estimates by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) suggested that approximately 122,000 healthcare workers and 31,000 social care workers were self-reporting symptoms of Long COVID.

The NHS has a range of support offers and services available to NHS colleagues to support with their health and wellbeing, including support for Long COVID symptoms.

This includes:

  • Access to Occupational Health and Wellbeing services and local Employee Assistance Programmes through your employing organisations.
  • Dedicated rapid assessment through one of 40 system-wide staff mental health and wellbeing hubs.
  • Access to a range of health and wellbeing offers through the national support programme.
  • Access to support via online rehab services.
  • Guidance for line managers on supporting team members with Long COVID.