Maintaining Mental Wellbeing and Psychological First Aid
There is no denying that practising in healthcare can be challenging and professionals are exposed to unique circumstances and stressors. At HEE-TV we recognise the challenges in the job and want to help you maintain good mental wellbeing during your career.
The NHS recommends five steps to improve your mental health and wellbeing
Making a conscious effort to try or maintain these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life.
For example by setting aside time to spend with your friends and family
This can raise your self esteem and release endorphins to help improve your mood
3. Learn new skills
This can boost self- confidence and hope you connect with others
4. Give to others
Being kind and giving to others can have a positive impact on your wellbeing, things as simple as saying thank you or writing an excellence report
Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing by helping you to enjoy life more, understand yourself better and change the way you approach challenges.
Self Help apps and websites
A curated selection of resources to help focus on improving your own mental wellbeing
Courses about mental wellbeing
The science of welbeing is10-week course developed by Yale University and available for free on Coursera, which covers several practical aspects of positive psychology and rewirement challenge.
MindEd Hub is a free educational resource providing information about wellbeing and mental health. It has a dedicated page with staff resilience tips covering a wide variety of topics. This was created created for all frontline NHS and care staff, in partnership with NHS Health Education England, NHS England-Improvement and Skills for Care.
Services available through HEE-TV
Survive and Thrive Programme
This is an all day course looking at what promotes general wellbeing and exploring one’s preferred way of responding to challenging situations in the morning.
The afternoon sessions are experiential workshops facilitated by psychologists focussed on how to survive and thrive using CBT principles and techniques in a challenging environment. The workshop will aim to give experiences of learning to recognise and work differently using more helpful ways of thinking and coping in challenging situations, systems and interactions with others, and has been the unique offer of this programme.
TPD’s/HoS can access these for their trainees on a first come first served basis. For each session, the TPD/HoS trainee rep will be invited to identify what the particular concerns around working in that specialism are to inform in detail the afternoon workshops.
DME’s can also access this programme for their staff (not just trainees) but there will be a charge to the trusts for this.
Expressions of interest by email to PSWinfo.email@example.com.
See more information on the PSWS website.
A brilliant course, much better than I expected. I have taken away some simple things that will make my day-to-day life easier at work
Good that these issues are openly being talked about. Will help change culture.
Refreshing to share experiences in an open and honest way.
Insight into other people’s thoughts and feelings, nice to hear not too dissimilar from own.
Online Peer Support for TV
At HEE-Thames Valley we think it’s really important for everyone has access to a space where they can share experiences and form peer-support networks.
We are working on making this available to all trainees across Thames Valley.
Online Peer Support from NHS Practitioner Health
The staff common room is an opportunity for NHS people to come together virtually and talk in a safe and supportive environment.
What are Schwartz rounds?
Schwartz rounds are open-access multidisciplinary groups that were originally designed to strengthen the caregiver–patient relationship. Schwartz rounds provide a safe space for staff to share the emotional and ethical aspects of their work with peers.
Benefits to me?
- Help staff feel more supported in their jobs
- Have a positive impact on wellbeing
- Reduce stress
-Increased insight and understand of other members of the team
How can I join?
Schwartz rounds are current running at RBH, BHT and Oxford Heath