National health and wellbeing services
Delivered by NHS Employers, the health and wellbeing programme is commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and works alongside NHS healthcare provider organisations e.g. University Hospitals of Leicester, Leicestershire Partnership Trust, to help them best support the health and wellbeing of their employees.
They promote physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing at work, with advice, guidance and information on a variety of health and wellbeing themes including stress, sickness absence and financial wellbeing.
Stress and burn-out are real issues for adult social care staff and with the added challenges and restrictions of the pandemic, workforce wellbeing has never been so important.
For Skills for Care, supporting the health and wellbeing of the workforce is essential in making sure that people with care and support needs and their families receive good quality care so they can live as independently as possible.
For home care workers, personal assistants and those working in isolated services, the nature of their work may mean that you already feel isolated. Skills for Care provides guidance on how to support staff who regularly work alone. It includes a section on supporting mental health and wellbeing and on communication and support.
This is in addition to Skills for Care’s existing guidance for people who employ their own staff and personal assistants, which includes where to find information about local support:
Most areas are developing a local wellbeing offer, find out more by contacting your Skills for Care locality manager or your local authority.
Healthy changes start with little changes. Whether you want to lose weight, get active or quit smoking, Better Health is here with lots of free tools and support. You can also find simple ways to lift your mood with Every Mind Matters.
From their branch in Leicester, Samaritans provide confidential, emotional support to those in need of a safe space to talk over problems, feelings, stress, or anything that maybe worrying them, especially those in extreme despair.
Their trained volunteers respond to support by phone, email, and face to face visits in the branch.