Support for our diverse colleagues

Bespoke mental 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 Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) NHS colleagues.

#LookingAfterYouToo: an individual coaching support offer for Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic staff working in NHS and ambulance trusts

This programme has been developed to offer any NHS colleagues who identify as part of our Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic workforce in NHS and ambulance trusts, is supported to maintain their psychological wellbeing during this challenging time.  This individually tailored coaching support will focus on proactively supporting you to process experiences, offload the demands of whatever you are experiencing, deal with difficult conversations, develop coping skills and be supported in developing practical strategies.

Update, 6 March 2021:  New dates have now been made available and can be booked here.  You can manage existing sessions or bookings here.

MHFA training for NHS BAME colleaugues (pilot)

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course that teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.  The programme comprises of four half-day learning sessions, facilitated using MS Teams.  MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but just like physical first aid, it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond.

We are working with MHFA England to offer a cohort of training sessions aimed at BAME staff, particularly those working in NHS trusts and primary care.

Training will commence in late February 2021 (dates to be confirmed).  We have limited places for this training project, places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Applications for this programme closed on 14 February 2021.  All applications for this programme are now being reviewed and colleagues will be contacted with the outcome shortly.

Strength coaching support for our BAME colleagues working in NHS trusts

The CliftonStrengths assessment is based on a general framework of positive psychology — an approach to psychology from the perspective of healthy, successful life functioning.  Topics include optimism, positive emotions, spirituality, happiness, satisfaction, personal development and wellbeing.

We are inviting colleague to participate in this programme and learn more about themselves and their developmental needs through the CliftonStrengths assessment.  The programme is aimed primarily at BAME employees working in NHS trusts, who have prior experience in coaching and/or facilitation.

The programme comprises of three half-day learning sessions, facilitated using MS Teams.  A Team (through MS Teams) will be set up for the programme with a channel for each cohort – this will be the “one-stop shop” for all programme communications and resources.

Three cohorts of up to 16 people are expected to begin the programme in February 2021, completing by the end of April 2021.  On enrollment, participants will be invited to complete the CliftonStrengths assessment, bringing their Top 34 strengths report with them to the first learning session.

We have limited places for this training project, places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Applications for this programme closed on 14 February 2021.  All applications for this programme are now being reviewed and colleagues will be contacted with the outcome shortly.