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New health and wellbeing help for hospital staff

Posted on Tuesday 25th September 2012
Wellbeing

A campaign has been launched to offer further health and wellbeing support to staff at North Cumbria University Hospitals.

A new confidential telephone counselling service has been put in place to give staff someone to talk to about any issues they may be struggling with, including stress in the workplace or at home, health problems, financial troubles or other worries. This is in addition to existing counselling services available.

Online resources have also been set up, offering professional, impartial, independent advice, information and support.

There is also an online ‘Wellbeing Zone’, accessible for all staff and their family members over the age of 18, offering a combination of personally tailored programmes and general health information and support.

Staff who want to improve their fitness and wellbeing can access a personal training programme, weight management plan, and healthy eating and nutritional advice. There will also be discounts from selected local and national businesses such as gyms and health clubs.

The telephone helpline and online resources are part of a Trust-wide drive to improve the health and wellbeing of staff, in line with national NHS policy. One of the Staff Pledges outlined in the NHS Constitution is “to provide support for staff to maintain their health, wellbeing and safety”.

Damian Gallagher, Director of Human Resources for the Trust, said: “We already have several measures in place, through our Occupational Health team and Human Resources department, to support staff in times of stress, difficulty or crisis. However, we are keen to offer colleagues as many resources as possible to help them in whatever way we can.

“Some staff may not feel comfortable going for a face-to-face counselling session but would be happier calling a telephone helpline anonymously or logging on to a wellbeing website.

“We are also setting up a Health & Wellbeing group within the Trust to tackle issues such as stress in the workplace.”