Physical health and wellbeing

Supporting your physical health and wellbeing

When we spend most of our working life taking care of others, we often need that reminder to take care of ourselves.  Looking after your physical health is key to supporting your overall health and wellbeing, including your mental health. As such, we are pleased to be working with the following organisations to offer physical health and wellbeing support to our NHS people.

Be Military Fit partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement

We have partnered with Be Military Fit (BMF) to offer a new dedicated, physical health and wellbeing offer that has been specifically developed for our NHS people. This offer is for colleagues of all abilities – from those who have never exercised before, through to those who already enjoy regular exercise. The online platform also features a learning and development programme that aims to help you look after and improve your wellbeing, particularly through winter.

To explore what’s on offer, try something new and see what works for you, please click this link and sign up using your NHS email address.

Invictus Games Foundation partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement

The Invictus Games Foundation (IGF) collaborated with the NHS to provide guidance on how to support the physical, mental, and social wellbeing of the NHS staff during and following the Covid-19 pandemic, based on advice and lessons learned in recovery by the wider Invictus Community.  This partnership included a series of podcasts, which covered topics related to supporting recovery, from reconnecting with family to the importance of peer to peer networks there’s something for everyone.  You can listen to the podcasts here.

Through the summer of 2021, we also worked alongside the IGF team to encourage our NHS colleagues to get out and do our 5k challenge – 5k, our way.  NHS colleagues were encouraged to download the couch to 5k app and start getting their steps in, through whatever means they preferred.

Moving forward, the team at IGF have committed to providing all our NHS colleagues the opportunity to attend a series of four live online sessions, hosted by veterans to address some of the key and most challenging issues being faced by the NHS workforce as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

26 January 2022 NHS x IGF: How learning from the Invictus Games Competitors can support your wellbeing (Part one) Mark Perkins, Regional Rehabilitation Unit, MOD St Athan, Royal Air Force Click here to sign up 
23 February 2022 NHS x IGF: How learning from the Invictus Games Competitors can support your wellbeing (Part two) Captain Carol Betteridge OBE RN (Rtd) Click here to sign up 
30 March 2022 NHS x IGF: How learning from the Invictus Games Competitors can support your wellbeing (Part three) Corporal Paul Vice, Royal Marine Commando Click here to sign up 
27 April 2022 NHS x IGF: How learning from the Invictus Games Competitors can support your wellbeing (Part four) Nick Goldsmith, Royal Marine Commando, Wilderness Survival Expert, Public Speaker and Advocate for Mental Health. Click here to sign up 

The Duke of Sussex, Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, said, “For a year now, NHS workers have been engaged in a new kind of battle. They have consistently set-aside their own physical and emotional health in the service of others. This service and sacrifice resonates deeply with so many in the Armed Forces community. With this ongoing project, we know that the NHS and Invictus communities will learn from each other, support each other, and lead conversations that everyone can draw from. It is from these shared experiences I hope people can find strength, compassion, and understanding, and the inspiration they need for their own recovery and resilience.”

Prerana Issar, Chief People Officer for NHS England and NHS Improvement said: “This partnership offers practical support to further complement the already extensive help available for our hard-working staff from the mental health hotline exclusively for NHS workers, through to access to health and wellbeing apps which thousands of staff have already benefitted from.”