A nine-month Mindfulness pilot study was carried out by the Department of Health, in partnership with NHS North West, to help participants from Recovery (former drug/alcohol users), BME asylum seeker and carer communities, to become work prepared, through the use of Mindfulness training. Support was provided by co-attending key NHS/third sector workers. Mindfulness was shown to have a positive effect on the mental health and wellbeing of staff and clients alike and helped 50% of participants back into work.
Tools & Resources
East Cheshire Trust employs 120 doctors who are required to undergo a strengthened medical appraisal from the 1st April 2012 to support the GMC’s appraisal and revalidation requirements. As a result the Trust has carried out a comprehensive review of its current appraisal systems and procedures to ensure they are fit for purpose, and has have explored innovative and cost effective solutions for gathering and storing confidential appraisal information and data.
Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is a learning disability Trust which since 2002 has implemented several vocational training packages around learning disabilities and also literacy and numeracy, in order to help staff improve the quality of service delivery, and also to assist staff in progressing along the NHS Careers Framework. As a result 51 members of staff have been promoted by at least one band, with 29 even going on to undertake nurse training.
The North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) has recently developed a single monthly workforce information dashboard, both at Trust level and for each service line, to enable the effective use of workforce information across the Trust. This dashboard was developed in response to internal audit reports, which identified that improvements were required across the Trust for the reporting of performance metrics, of which workforce information was one element.
Skills for Care has worked in partnership with Skills for Health to develop Common Core Principles for three areas that are critical to service delivery across health and social care sectors. These include; Self Care, End of Life Care and Dementia.
The Cheshire End of Life Care Service Model, operational since 2010, ensures that the national end of life care tools are fully utilised across all care settings in Central and Eastern Cheshire. The model is a collaborative partnership across primary and acute care, hospices, care homes, further voluntary sector partners and social care. One of the model’s long-term aims is to integrate End of Life Care (EOLC) competency frameworks into workforce development for health and social care staff. This case study demonstrates how this has been successfully achieved in practice.
NHS Bradford and Airedale identified a need to employ more disabled people. The Every Body Matters project is the way they responded to this need. The project was developed by the trust in conjunction with Arthritis Care. It was a one-day positive action course aimed at disabled people who had applied for a position at the trust but had been unsuccessful. Three of these courses were held in 2009 and then independently evaluated.
Stockport NHS Foundation Trust has been focusing upon fostering staff engagement in order to improve staff health and wellbeing.It has achieved this through a range of methods including an annual staff gala event which recognises the talents of staff and makes them feel valued, as well as focus groups and events such as fun days designed to lift people’s spirits. Integrated events have created the sense that the Trust is one big family, rather than lots of individual units, and has allowed staff to gain insights into what happens in other departments.
Altogether Now - a Legacy for Blackpool is a multi-agency crusade, delivered by three partners - NHS Blackpool, Blackpool FC and Blackpool Council, serving the Blackpool community of approx 142,000 residents. Launched in 2010 this all-age, all-sport, all-inclusive programme is aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of every person in the seaside town irrespective of age, race, gender or ability, through increased physical activity and targeted health messages.
One of the ways that Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust helps its staff to maintain their health and wellbeing is by providing activities for staff to get involved in, and also by informing them of a variety of methods that can improve their fitness. This overview offers a summary of the type of activities on offer there.