Supporting health and social care providers in Devon
Tips for team and peer support
Block out time for supportive supervision sessions either 1 to 1 with individuals or as team.
Find time during shifts to catch up with each other, perhaps over a tea/coffee break or lunch. Listen to what each other has to say, talk about your thoughts and how you are feeling.
Actively schedule time that everyone is aware off or a ‘team check-in’. Come together to share experiences. Perhaps book this at certain times in the day, such as at handover or at the beginning and/or end of a shift.
Linked to the above, introduce a positive reflection exercise, where staff identify three things they have done well that day.
Taking the above idea another step further, as a team complete the going home checklist. A set of simple steps to help you manage your own/the team’s wellbeing at the end of each working shift.
If a shift has been particularly difficult, make sure there is time set aside for people to come together and speak with colleagues and/or a manager before leaving for the day.
Introduce a buddy system,where staff are paired up or put together in small groups to look out for each other. Alongside this, ensure inexperienced staff are paired up with more experienced staff.