Last Updated 9:23am, 25 February 2021
Staff wellbeing resource pack
To support you and your care staff recover and build resilience, we have pulled together in one place what we think are some of the most effective sources of support, and have assembled them into a pack you can print off, as well as hosting the links below.
Steps for supporting your wellbeing
Activities to support your wellbeing
- Simple mindfulness, breathing and grounding exercises to help you gain a sense of calmness and manage anxiety.
- ‘Time for you’. The South West Health and Wellbeing Team have designed light-hearted fun sessions to enable people to take time away from the day job and rejuvenate themselves. Look through the events and join in!
Apps for supporting your wellbeing
Links to several useful apps (also available on your mobile phone via your app store) which can support your wellbeing at this time.
Resources for managing your wellbeing
- Talkworks. A free, confidential NHS talking therapy service for people aged 18yrs+ in Devon (excluding Plymouth). The service is open to independent providers and is currently offering a priority wellbeing service to NHS and Social Care staff. Staff can get two or three sessions delivered by telephone or video conference link. The service is easy to access by self-referral; either through the website – click on the keyworker option or by calling 0300 555 3344.
- Our Frontline. This is a partnership between Shout, Samaritans, Mind, Hospice UK and The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It offers round the clock, one to one support from trained volunteers, by phone or text. To get support if you work in social care – text FRONTLINE to 85258 any time or call 0300 131 7000 from 7.00am to 11.00pm. There are also resources, tips and ideas on looking after your mental health.
- Every Mind Matters gives expert advice, practical tips, videos and information about how to look after your mental health and wellbeing.
- Mind for better mental health provides information for taking care of your wellbeing, explaining the difficult emotions you might be feeling with tips on how to manage these, and coping with going into work during coronavirus.
Resources if you have financial worries
- Money Advice Service. If you or your relatives have been financially affected by COVID-19, you can access lots of information and guides from their Coronavirus Money Guidance website. Support is also available via the webchat direct from the website or you can call 0800 138 1677 between Monday and Friday from 8.00am to 6.00pm.
- National Debt Line. The service offers free, confidential and independent advice and support on dealing with debt problems.
- Money Saving Expert. This website offers various coronavirus guides providing you with ‘need to know’ information such as finance and bills help, Universal Credit and Benefits, and Life-in-Lockdown help.
- Step Change Debt Charity. This website offers a range of guides whether money worries are getting you down, you’re scared you could lose your job, or you’re struggling to pay the bills.
Supporting each other - team and peer support
Resources supporting your staff
- Tips on supporting your staff
- Tips on how you can provide team and peer support on a day to day basis
Resources for team and peer support
- Workplace support service. The Devon Partnership Trust Psychology and Psychological Therapies team is offering support to help teams who are experiencing difficulties following distressful and stressful events arising from COVID-19. Requests for support from this service, available 8.00am to 8.00pm, seven days a week, can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. This can include group debrief of up to three sessions for care providers.
- Hope Programme. This is a course aimed at staff who are perhaps feeling anxious, stressed, overwhelmed, low in mood or who are just feeling that they would like some support and time to focus on their own mental health and wellbeing. Whilst the support is individual based, you may feel that a number of your staff team might benefit from it. Currently there is the offer of online versions of the programme; either a self-paced Digital Hope course, or a Virtual Hope course delivered live using Microsoft Teams. For more information and to register interest in attending an upcoming course, email the Hope team at email@example.com, contact the HOPE Coordinator, complete and submit a course booking form or phone 01803 210493.
- Skills for Care resources for registered managers. As part of their workforce wellbeing offer, Skills for Care has published information and resources for registered managers to support their own wellbeing and that of their staff. They offer a dedicated webpage for registered managers, support over 150 registered manager peer networks across England (including via Whatsapp and a national Facebook group), and run a COVID-19 Advice Line (phone 0113 241 1260, email RMAdvice@skillsforcare.org.uk) to help registered managers navigate the latest guidance. They also provide a series of 30-minute recorded webinars which offer practical support and ideas to look after yourself and support your teams wellbeing.
- Social Care Institute for Excellence. Learning and sharing practice examples from the sector that highlight ways providers have supported their staff during periods of crisis, and in a broader COVID-19 context.
- Mind for better mental health. This website provides information and resources for managers on taking care of their staff.
- Hospice UK. The service have launched a new confidential Counselling and Bereavement helpline, with specially trained staff available to support you with bereavement and wellbeing issues relating to loss experienced through your work. It is for all NHS and care sector staff. The helpline is available 7 days a week, from 8am to 8pm by calling 0300 303 4434. Hospiscare Devon have also put together a practical guide for relatives and carers after someone has died during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Cruse Bereavement Support. Cruse are offering both national and local COVID-19 bereavement support. Phone the National Helpline on 0808 808 1677 or the local Devon Helpline on 0300 330 5466 for support, or visit the Cruse website for more information.
- Marie Curie Companions emotional and bereavement support for care homes. This is a free one-to-one emotional support service for managers and staff dealing with the death of residents in their care homes. It aims to provide emotional support and comfort, reduce stress levels, help build resilience and provide staff with another resource to offer residents and their families. To access the service phone 0800 304 7412 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Marie Curie are also offering a number of online resources accessible at any time, including a new online information hub about end of life care during coronavirus, and a palliative care knowledge zone.
- Devon bereavement support. A growing round up of bereavement support throughout the county.
- Workforce bereavement. National guidance and bereavement resources for the social care workforce.