Creating a mentally healthy workplace training


08 / 6 / 2016 Midnight

Research has shown that managers who have higher levels of capability in dealing mental wellbeing also have improved health outcomes, able to perform better and perceived in a more positive way.

Back in 2014, NHS Employers teamed up with Zeal Solutions to create a training programme focusing on manager capabilities. First of all, trusts were asked to take part in a confidential telephone interview to help develop a better understanding of how mental health is perceived, managed and supported across the NHS. From this, 37 trusts took part in helping to gather the information that was required in developing the ‘train the trainer’ creating a mentally healthy workplaces programme with Zeal Solutions.

It was evident that managers in the NHS lack confidence and competence in dealing with emotional and mental wellbeing in the workplace. Therefore the training focused on three key areas:

  • consider the emotional wellbeing of staff and the impact within the workplace
  • create a positive workplace environment which supports emotional and mental wellbeing
  • support employees who have mental and emotional wellbeing challenges.

Creating a mentally healthy workplace was a scenario-based, train the trainer package which set out to train managers that wished to be involved and then that trainer was expected to roll out training events locally in their trust to fellow colleagues.

The training programme included a roll out of six training sessions across the country training a total of 89 trainers throughout 87 NHS organisations. The evaluation report published one year on from the training sessions from 461 delegates that have been trained across the NHS trusts, demonstrated it has successfully contributed towards creating a mentally healthy workplace by:

  • raising awareness of mental health
  • exploring what is meant by a mentally healthy workplace
  • understand the impacts of work on mental health
  • importance of leader behaviour for mental health
  • understand and improve how to manage mental health.

These full evaluation report with data included up until May 2016, continued to demonstrate that the training is significantly increasing the level of capability that managers believe they have to deal with the potential mental health concerns and delegates have reacted considerable positive to the training:

  • 94 per cent of delegates enjoyed the training
  • 94 per cent delegates found the training to be relevant to their job
  • 92 per cent delegates are keen to apply what they have learned

We are continually monitoring the data from the trainers to provide further evaluation summaries and reports, these contain total numbers of delegates trained by trainers, number of sessions delivered and the key evaluation data and impacts. This page will be regularly updated with the most recent data evaluations.

If you are interested in learning more or would like the opportunity to be involved in future training, please email with your interest and we can note your details for any future line manager training opportunities.

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