29 / 7 / 2015 1.28pm
A new toolkit on emotional wellbeing, How are you feeling NHS? has been launched to support employers create mentally healthy workplaces for staff. The toolkit aims to open conversations around how employees are feeling and help managers gain a better understanding of their own and their staff’s mental health.
The emotional wellbeing toolkit includes:
- information on the causes and impact of your mood and actions you can take to improve or maintain your frame of mind
- checklists to help you think about your situation that can also be used as a basis of a conversation with a staff member
- a range of visual measures which can be used by managers and their teams or individuals to conduct a dip test of their current level of emotional health
- top tips
- work based action plans
- discussion guides including how to start and manage a conversation on wellbeing.
Find out more about the toolkit and start using it now
Ruth Warden, assistant director of development and employment at NHS Employers, said: “Working in the NHS often presents difficult emotive situations, which come with highs and lows as staff are constantly putting the needs of other before themselves.
“We all have emotional wellbeing just as we all have physical wellbeing and some days we will feel worse than others, either from an emotional or physical wellbeing perspective. This tool helps us to identify how we are feeling and think about the impact that might have on our ability to deliver high quality patient care. Importantly it then helps us think about what we might do to change how we’re feeling. When we are in a positive emotional state we find it easier to be energised and motivated at work and are able to adjust to and deal with setbacks or pressure. It is about having more good days than bad, but also being able to recover from the bad days when they happen.”
Stephen Dalton, chief executive of the Mental Health Network, added that healthy workplaces are built on physical and emotional wellbeing. “The undeniable link between physical and emotional wellbeing is now well understood. Employers in the NHS, have a unique and direct opportunity to influence the emotional wellbeing of 1.4 million people who also happen to be our staff. This excellent toolkit for employers and staff provides a platform for organisations to have a sometimes neglected but vital conversation."
The 2013 Francis report recognised that stress among staff can have a detrimental impact on patient welfare. In response, the Department of Health approached NHS Employers, to develop a programme to create more mentally healthy workplaces for staff.