The following are the winners and highly commended nominations for the Mental Well-being of Staff Award.
The Mindfulness for Staff Project – Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. The Mindfulness for Staff project is part of the Trust’s approach to improving the health and wellbeing of our staff. The project began in April 2013, is funded for three years, and is already demonstrating significant impact on the mental well-being of staff. In advance of the 8 week programme, three hour awareness workshops take place to help staff to decide if this form of support would be beneficial to them. The content includes teaching about the theory and practice of mindfulness, experiential elements (short guided meditation practices) and some time for discussion. In its’ first year (April 2013-March 2014) 390 staff have attended the Introductory Workshops and 150 staff benefitted from attending the full eight week programme.;
HIGHLY COMMENDED –
Walking Challenge – Avon and Wiltshire Partnership NHS Trust. The 2014 results of our NHS staff survey indicated that our staff were feeling stressed, overworked and did not feel that the organisation was supporting or engaging with them enough. We were keen to implement a staff well-being initiative in response to these results. A consistent theme from the survey was staff feeling stressed and feeling unable to take breaks. This was impacting on their home life and the social context at work. managers were also expressing concerns that staff were not taking or benefitting from taking breaks during the working day. Walking was chosen because it is the cheapest and easiest exercise to get more active, and it suitable for all staff regardless of their fitness level. The physical health benefits of walking are well known, but research has recently shown that walking can alleviate mental stress and improve sleep. The walking challenge has proved to be exceptionally popular with 62 teams signing up.;
HIGHLY COMMENDED –
Compassionate Mind Training Course for Staff – Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. The idea for the course arose following requests for clinical supervision for health visitors to support them with the increase in health visitor students and the impact this would have on the teams. The course was then opened up to other staff across mental health services. The course is derived from Compassion Focussed Therapy, an approach developed by Clinical Psychologist Professor Paul Gilbert. The premise behind the course for staff was that by learning the Compassionate Mind Approach for themselves it would build the foundation for developing ways of approaching the struggles that come from home, work and clinical work, and as staff learn the model by applying it to themselves if would give them a deeper understanding of the model and skills in terms of helping clients.;