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Improving the working experience of all NHS staff – which includes improving their health and wellbeing, increasing civility and respect, and increasing their safety – is a must.

We want to create an organisational culture of compassionate leadership, improved workforce resilience and support for our staff. If done right, we’ll see a reduction in staff leaving, a reduction in staff sickness absence and fewer incidents of bullying, harassment, violence and abuse.

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Events and training

A focus on financial health: Wellbeing webinar series one

Arden & GEM’s Organisational Development (OD) Consultancy works with a range of healthcare clients, and their employees, to promote and maintain staff wellbeing. They have developed a virtual programme to support individuals to take care of their financial wellbeing, as people experience worry or anxiety in a changeable working and home life environment.

They believe staff should have an understanding of their finances throughout all stages of their working and non-working life. Our wellbeing webinar series is designed to support staff to deal with any short term changes in circumstances, as a consequence of the coronavirus epidemic or a recent life changing event, as well as think about their long term financial situations.

Many workers may have experienced changes to circumstances over the past few months. Some staff roles may have changed, some retired staff may have returned to work and some staff may be thinking about retiring earlier. Partners may be furloughed or there may have been a family bereavement.

These sessions will help attendees understand the impact of these changes on their financial wellbeing now and for their future financial health. Household members are invited to attend too!

Introduction to your Financial wellbeing offering a summary of all webinars

Date: Wednesday 7 April 2021
Time: 12 noon – 1.00pm
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Everything those aged 30+ need to know about pensions, Retirement and Winding down

Date: Wednesday 14 April 2021
Time: 12 noon – 1.00pm
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Planning for ill health and death: Bereavement payments, estates, legacies, wills and power of attorney

Date: Wednesday 21 April 2021
Time: 12 noon – 1.00pm
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Making the most of salary sacrifice and staff benefits and investments

Date: Wednesday 28 April 2021
Time: 12 noon – 1.00pm
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The McCloud Pension – What it is and how it will affect you

Date: Wednesday 5 May 2021
Time: 12 noon – 1.00pm
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Annual Allowance guidance for those with an income (wages plus other) of over £70k per annum

Date: Wednesday 12 May 2021
Time: 12 noon – 1.00pm
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Using Life Coaching to support your Financial wellbeing

Date: Wednesday 19 May 2021
Time: 12 noon – 1.00pm
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What initiatives can I take forward now?

Supporting health: There has been a greater focus on both the physical and mental health and wellbeing of our colleagues, with more support offered in teams and organisations. This includes psychological support such as Schwartz Rounds and workplace chill-out rooms, or safe spaces to help manage the physical demands of the day.

Systems have played a key role in providing a co-ordinated approach and you can take some inspiration from our case studies.

Gloucestershire Hospitals comms story

Action: Think about how you could put similar support systems in place for your people, and what you would need in order to do it.

Help the carers: There are currently an estimated 250,000 carers working in the NHS, many of whom are aged 45 to 64 and so are likely to be among our most experienced and skilled staff.

Action: Find out who the carers are in your organisation and support them using ESR and the Carers Passport Scheme. Lead by example and ask your team in their next 1:1s whether they have caring responsibilities. Use the Working Carers Passport Log to guide these conversations.

Offers available: We are continuing to support our people. There are many generous offers of help and discounts for NHS staff as well support services – for example through ‘first class lounges’. lounges’ (example at Frimley Health).

Action: Find out if your staff know about this site and encourage them to share things that have helped them.

Wellbeing community events: these are led by NHS Horizons and take place fortnightly. These interactive virtual sessions are open to anyone who is supporting NHS staff wellbeing during and following COVID-19. They help staff stay up to date with the national wellbeing offers and learn and share experiences together.

Action: if you have staff who work in workforce, occupational health, organisational development, wellbeing, leadership, trade union support and/or are line managers, encourage them to join an event.

Virtual shared learning staff events: for example, coffee roulette – staff are matched with other staff members they have not worked with previously, and can share experiences and learning

Action: Think about how your staff already share learning, and how you could use other methods to encourage more activity.

Encouraging wellbeing : as team leaders or managers, we should actively encourage wellbeing to decrease work-related stress and have a culture where our people are expected to take breaks, manage their work demands together and take regular time away from the workplace.

Action: Think about how you are role-modelling this now, or how you could do more to develop or nurture this in your team or organisation’s culture.

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