The move to virtual delivery and support has for many been one of the biggest transitions of the last year. NHS NWLA have worked to ensure continued access to health and wellbeing support through virtual means.
Virtual Resilience Sessions
Alongside our Building Resilience series was a new selection of Emotional Wellbeing Offers allowing for the practice and experience of mindfulness and a focus on how investing in personal wellbeing and developing self-compassion should be prioritised.
“I certainly left the session feeling confident I could utilise some of the messages and tools and offer on the learning to colleagues. I highly recommend you take the time to be kind to yourself. self-care isn’t indulgent its critical.”
Boo Stone - Commissioning Programme Manager & Wellbeing Lead, Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care Board
Compassionate Leadership Coaching Programme
This distinctive programme enables those responsible for leading in organisations and/or across system and locality, to acknowledge and respond to their own need for compassion.
“…having undertaken the programme during the peak of Covid…The programme gave me an opportunity to focus on my own wellbeing and that of my team… Our cohort have met up in person recently to start a community of practice to help us maintain our approach and learning of compassionate leadership. This has been a great bonus from the programme.”
Director of Workforce & OD
“The balance of the video tutorials, alongside the monthly meetings with the group was great and there was an excellent mix of senior leaders which really worked.”
Perform @ Your Peak
This year’s programme took a different focus with the Health and Wellbeing needs of frontline teams becoming more prevalent. Using a combination of education and technology, the intervention is designed to help support staff to stay healthy and resilient.
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital used the programme with staff within their Emergency Department.
“The intervention has improved relationships between staff groups, particularly in opening up conversations about human behaviours at home and work. It has been a leveller to talk about sleep hygiene, diet, exercise, and relationships regardless of level of seniority within the department.”
A key element of the programme contributed to the Trust’s winning submission for a Health Service Journal Award for Staff Engagement; read the case study.
“We wanted the team to take time to explore together and reflect on how the last 12 months may have impacted their wellbeing, and how they can continue to be a high performing team in the challenging future landscape. This programme has helped to embed a culture of developing personal wellbeing in order to provide effective healthcare to others…we also feel it will be beneficial to allow our team to recover, reflect and reset, using some of the learning and insights established on the programme.”
Medical Education Team, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
Public Sector Self-Compassion at Work Programme
Why is self-compassion in the NHS important? Because when you increase self-compassion you, improve mental wellbeing, decrease stress, improved self-care and emotional resilience. This interactive programme has been designed to significantly improve leaders’ health, wellbeing, and resilience. The programme enables participants to turn self-compassion into a positive behaviour.
Healthy Leadership Framework
The Healthy Leadership Framework has been developed by the NHS NWLA out of recognition of the impact good leadership and management have on employee wellbeing. The aim was to identify a behavioural framework that could be used flexibly to support healthy leadership development and help leaders promote positive wellbeing in the workplace.
The framework has been used successfully in the development of organisational interventions and we have collaborated with NHS England to connect our regional framework into the national NHS Health and Wellbeing Framework. The revised NHS framework builds upon the original launched in 2018 and has evolved in response to learning over the past year about supporting the wellbeing of our NHS people.
“The Healthy Leadership behaviours framework offers us great insight into how a leader keeps themselves well and passes that wellbeing onto their teams. It’s an excellent and very timely piece of work and for this reason it has helped both shape and also been included within the evolved NHS Health and Wellbeing Framework toolkit which will be released in the near future”
Adam J. Turner, Improving Health and Wellbeing Lead, NHS England
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