Overall, Schwartz Rounds are effective, evidence-based and a low-cost option to providing support to healthcare professionals. For more details and to find out how your organisation can get involved, visit the Point of Care Foundation website.
The Workplace Wellbeing Charter is a free opportunity for employers to demonstrate their commitment to the health and wellbeing of their workforce. This can be achieved as the positive impact that employment can have on health and wellbeing is now being documented throughout organisations.
The charter provides employers with a clear guide on how to make workplaces a supportive and productive environment, resulting in a healthy productive workforce. There are many benefits of taking part in the Workplace Wellbeing Charter, including the growing evidence to show financial benefits, including reduced sickness absence, improved productivity and reduced staff turnover.
Making Every Contact Count (MECC) encourages conversations based on behaviour change methodologies, empowering healthier lifestyle choices and exploring the wider social factors that influence our health.
The MECC website provides all those with an interest
or role in population health and prevention with a library of national and
local resources that can be used to support the development, implementation and
evaluation of MECC programmes across local communities.
MECC colleagues can amplify the evidence based national Public Health England One You – Physical Activity and Active 10 campaign, which launched on 20 March 2017, through both patient facing interactions and to support colleagues in getting active via the One You Active 10 workplace resources.
MECC encourages conversations based on behaviour change methodologies, empowering healthier lifestyle choices and exploring the wider social factors that influence our health.
Other resources available include sample frameworks, case
studies, signposting to useful e-learning sessions and healthy lifestyle
resources, among others. You can also find details of the MECC community of
practice and local and national contacts for this area of work. The resources have been gathered by Health Education England with the support of the National MECC Advisory Group and Public Health England.
New Economics Foundation (NEF) were commissioned by the government’s foresight project on mental capital and wellbeing to develop a set of evidence-based actions to improve personal wellbeing.
The concept of wellbeing comprises two main elements: feeling good and functioning well. Feelings of happiness, contentment, enjoyment, curiosity and engagement are characteristic of someone who has a positive experience of their life. Equally important for wellbeing is our functioning in the world. Experiencing positive relationships, having some control over one’s life and having a sense of purpose are all important attributes of wellbeing.
MIND demonstrate the NEFs five ways to wellbeing which are connect, be active, take notice, learn and give.
It’s easier to recognise someone’s physical wellbeing than their emotional wellbeing. We also find it much easier to engage in conversations about physical health, but often find talking about emotional wellbeing to be more of a challenge.
NHS Employers developed an easy to use emotional wellbeing toolkit with NHS staff to:
- help bridge a gap in understanding and enable us to talk openly and regularly about emotional health
- assess the impact emotional wellbeing has on ourselves, our colleagues and on our patients
- enable us to action plan to enable more good days than bad.
In 2016 Public Health England (PHE) launched One You, a campaign to help adults across the country avoid preventable disease caused by modern day life.
Everyday habits and behaviors, such as eating too much unhealthy food, drinking more than is recommended, continuing to smoke and not being active enough, are responsible for around 40 per cent of all deaths in England, and cost the NHS more than £11 billion a year.
One You aims to encourage adults, particular those in middle age, to take control of their health to enjoy significant benefits now, and in later life.
The new resources available include:
- One You physical activity campaign resources for the public campaign.
- Order the One You employer toolkit that supports workplace initiatives. A password is required when clicking on this link. This is ‘walkatwork17’ and is case sensitive.
- Encourage staff to promote the Active 10 app for themselves and brisk walk for at least 10 minutes a day.
Organisations will need to set up an account
to order the resources from the site.
This is a UK-wide organisation run by Workways, which is part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust.
supports employers to promote mental wellbeing at work by:
- showing employees and others that you are a good employer
- expressing corporate social responsibility
- reducing staff and training costs
- helping towards complying with legislation (e.g. Equality Act & HSE)
- reducing sickness absence
- enhancing customer service
- improving productivity
- helping retain staff who have experienced discrimination in the past
- makes for a healthier workplace.
This is a growing movement of people who aim to change how we all think and act about mental health.