Support for our diverse colleagues

Bespoke health and wellbeing support for our diverse colleagues

As part of the national health and wellbeing programme for our NHS people, and working in collaboration with our staff networks, we have developed a number of bespoke support offers for our diverse colleagues.

If you need support now and would like to talk to someone or access support via a health and wellbeing app, please see our support page and how to access the available apps.  You can also seek support through our staff mental health hubs or through your GP and local NHS services.


Looking After You Too: Coaching for NHS staff from ethnic minority backgrounds

Looking After You Too Coaching

What’s the Offer?

  • Looking After You Too (LAYT) coaching is a one to one wellbeing support offer for staff from ethnic minority backgrounds working in the NHS (clinical and non-clinical).
  • The coaching service is provided by trained coaches from ethnic minority backgrounds who will help you develop practical strategies to manage and maintain your health and wellbeing.
  • LAYT coaching is confidential and free. No details are shared with employers and the coaches are external to the NHS. It can provide you with a safe and judgement-free space to deal with difficult conversations and build resilience.

What is Coaching and how might it benefit me?

  • Coaching is the practice of partnering with a coach in a thought-provoking and creative process that supports and inspires personal and professional potential.
  • Coaching can provide huge personal benefits particularly at times of change. It can also facilitate goal attainment, enhance well-being and resilience.
  • Common benefits people experience from receiving coaching include:
    • Direction and focus
    • Increased effectiveness
    • Stronger motivation and confidence
    • Increased resourcefulness
    • Improved wellbeing

How do LAYT Coaching sessions work?

  • Coaching sessions are available via phone or video call, seven days a week, at a time that suits you.
  • The first session will last up to 45 minutes.
  • Subsequent sessions will be dependent on the conversation between you and your coach.
  • Your coach might signpost you on to further support if they think this might be helpful.
  • You may receive follow-up emails to support you in maintaining your wellness once your coaching sessions have finished.

How do I book?

To book a coaching session follow the link below:

There are also coaching services available specifically for primary care colleagues.

What happens to my information?

The Institute for Employment Studies has been commissioned to conduct an evaluation of this work. All data collected will be anonymised and aggregated so that individual respondents cannot be identified. Participation in evaluation activities is voluntary and will not affect the level of support you receive. This service is run by a consortium of partners, please see the service-specific privacy policy for more details about what happens to your data and how you can help us research and evaluate this offer.


Spiritual and faith based counselling

A confidential and free faith based counselling service is available to staff of all beliefs and none. The sessions can be via video call or telephone and are delivered by professional counsellors who are sensitive to religious and non-religious spiritualities. The provider will also try to match clients with a counsellor by ethnicity if requested. The sessions provide an opportunity to talk through issues affecting your life such as, but not limited, to trauma, loss and grief, discomfort around ethical dilemmas, stress and anxiety, burnout and guilt.

Counselling is available to NHS staff in patient facing roles.

To find out more about the service, which is delivered by the Association of Christian Counsellors, and to self-refer please follow this link.


Strengths Coaching

Our Strengths Coaching programme aims to support BAME NHS colleagues across the health and social care system by building confidence and empowerment in individuals, and working to improve inclusivity, engagement and productivity within teams. Coaching builds a partnership between coach and coachee. The role as the coach is to help the coachee to achieve their personal best and to produce the results they want in their personal and professional lives.

The programme aims to build a network of BAME NHS coaches around the country using a strengths-based approach derived from positive psychology. The sessions are CPD-accredited and will help you identify your strengths and unique personal talents to progress within your career, as well as training you as a coach to support other BAME NHS colleagues.

The programme focuses on enabling you to make the most of your unique talents, whilst supporting corporate diversity and inclusion initiatives for others, helping to develop talent and support career progression.

Strengths Coaching training sessions will run throughout four cohorts from 21st March 2022 until 8th June 2022.