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This resource will help you define the case for a positive health and wellbeing culture within your organisation.

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the vital importance of supporting health and care workers’ mental and physical wellbeing. However, the response from health and care staff has also shown what can be achieved through working together. Multi-disciplinary teams have learned new skills and digital tools; innovations in care are being rapidly trialled, assessed and scaled up; and volunteers have mobilised to support staff.

This report by Public Policy Projects aims to help build momentum for positive reforms by laying out a series of policy recommendations across three key areas: getting in (recruitment and diversity); getting on (development and innovation); and getting through (wellbeing and retention).

It brings together ideas ranging from how the health and care system should plan for future workforce needs to how it should develop digital skills and support the mental wellbeing of its staff.

This Excel-based tool provides an easy way to assess your organisation against each element of the NHS Health and Wellbeing Framework. This exercise can help you to prioritise which health and wellbeing interventions to invest in.

We know that each health and care organisation is different, from a large acute hospital to a smaller Primary Care practice. Keeping in mind the unique context of your organisation, this tool can support you to:

  • Quickly understand your status against the best practice elements within the NHS model for wellbeing.
  • Prioritise areas to focus on for further investment, to create a culture of wellbeing for your people.

You can use this tool together with the wider NHS Health and Wellbeing Framework. The framework explains in detail why each element is important, what good looks like, and offers detailed guidance.

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This resource illustrates the case for supporting staff health and wellbeing across the NHS. It also looks at some of the key things managers and leaders need to consider when creating a supportive culture.

In the NHS Health and Wellbeing Framework document linked below, The Elements of Wellbeing: Creating a health and wellbeing culture, you’ll find information and guidance on creating a positive health and wellbeing culture within your organisation. This includes:

  • Defining health and wellbeing for the NHS across organisations.
  • The academic evidence behind health and wellbeing interventions.
  • The business case and supporting data around improving staff health and wellbeing, from across the NHS and the broader UK workforce.
  • Things to consider for your organisation when approaching health and wellbeing.

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Challenging conversations are difficult to have in the workplace, emotions are high and people are invested in the topic. These conversations can impact our wellbeing and how we feel towards our working environment. This online course guides you through how to have these conversations, ensuring they are productive and a safe space for everyone.

This course is free for all NHS staff.

Challenging conversations are difficult to have in the workplace, emotions are high and people are invested in the topic. These conversations can impact our wellbeing and how we feel towards our working environment. This worksheet guides you through how to have these conversations, ensuring they are productive and a safe space for everyone and you feel equipped to have them.

Difficult Conversations Flyer

This event has now passed but a recording has been made available here.

For many health & social care staff, the issues raised by the pandemic are leading to difficult conversations between managers, colleagues, and teams. How can we look after our own and our colleagues’ wellbeing when difficult conversations need to be had?

Watch KeepingWell NCL’s webinar to learn more about supporting staff wellbeing – including your own – when having ‘Difficult Conversations’ at work. 

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NHS England are running free coaching sessions for all NHS staff working in primary care. Individual coaching is available with a skilled and experienced career coach. The aim of the service is to provide an easy to access, individually tailored coaching service that focuses on supporting you with your career choices. You can choose to talk about whatever is important to you about your career and your career decisions. The coaching is designed to be bespoke to your needs.

Who is it for?

All staff working in the delivery of primary care services. You will be either employed by the NHS or working with an NHS funded employer delivering an NHS funded primary care contract.

How does it work?

Simply register and book a coaching session

  • Sessions are available Monday to Friday between 8am and 8pm and Saturday between 10am and 6pm.
  • The first session will last up to 45 minutes.
  • The sessions will be delivered virtually, preferably via a video platform, but telephone appointments are also available.
  • Subsequent sessions will be dependent on the conversation between you and your coach.
  • Your coach might signpost you on to further support if they think this might be helpful.
  • You may receive follow-up emails to support you in your career once your coaching sessions have finished.

Body & Soul is an innovative charity that uses a comprehensive, community-based and trauma informed approach. They have developed a ‘whole person’ model of care rooted in a strengths based approach that nurtures connection, healing and growth.

They are offering free counselling for NHS staff as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They can offer 6-12 30 minute sessions, or a one off 30 minute session.

All sessions are confidential and free of charge.