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 for details on our Samaritans helpline 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 Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff working in NHS

Looking After You Too Coaching

What’s the Offer?

  • The Looking After You Too (LAYT) coaching is a one to one wellbeing support offer for BAME NHS workforce in the NHS (clinical and non-clinical).
  • The LAYT coaching is confidential and free, within a safe and judgement-free space. No details are shared with employers and the coaches are employed independently of the NHS.
  • The coaching service is provided by trained BAME coaches to help you develop practical strategies to manage and maintain your health and wellbeing.
  • It can provide you with space to deal with difficult conversations and build resilience.

What is Coaching?

  • Coaching is the practice of partnering with coaches in a thought-provoking and creative process that supports and inspires them to maximise their personal and professional potential.
  • Coaches offer their clients a supportive and motivating environment to explore what they want in life and how they might achieve their aspirations and fulfil their needs.
  • Research has shown that coaching can provide huge personal benefits to coachees, particularly at times of change. Coaching can facilitate goal attainment, enhance psychological and subjective well-being and resilience, while reducing depression, stress, or anxiety.
  • Common benefits people experience from coaching include:
    • Direction and focus
    • Increased effectiveness
    • Stronger motivation and confidence
    • Increased resourcefulness
    • Improved wellbeing

How do Coaching session 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:

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.