It has been a really difficult year. With our busy roles and caring for others it can be hard to realise or take time to notice what we need for ourselves. It can also be easier to think 'I'm ok’ because we have lots to do already. As health and social care staff, it is very important that we look after our own mental health and wellbeing.
Unfortunately, if we don't do this, we can get exhausted, stressed and worn out. A bit like a car which hasn't had a regular MOT.
Managing Stress MOT
We have designed a 'Managing Stress MOT' to help you notice key areas of your life that you need to focus on in order to stay well. We are asking you to regularly check in with yourself using the steps below. This can be done on your own, with your colleagues and within teams. Remember that everyone’s Managing Stress MOT is likely to look different and to change over time.
Click here to watch a video of the stress management wheel being completed.
Click here to read instructions on how to support staff to complete the MOT
Click here to download the MOT pack.
Click here to download the MOT poster
Learn how to support someone in your team by using the Wellbeing Conversation Approach
We know that all health and social care staff work extremely hard, and often under very difficult conditions. Our staff are highly valued but often feel exhausted and under-appreciated. We also know that teams who support each other and talk to each other are stronger and this improves the wellbeing of individual team members, both at work and at home. The Resolve Training helps you to:
- Learn how to recognise that a member of your team might have a problem
- Learn how to engage with your team member
- Learn how to listen actively to your team member
- Learn how to ask “open ended questions”
- Learn how to talk about risk
- Learn how to talk to your team member to support their recovery and referral to talking therapy services.
The slide-deck for this training is freely available here
Team Wellbeing Plans
Using the manual your team can be supported to reflect on the team’s culture, strengths and stressors and produce a bespoke team support plan which indicates how they will embed three evidence-based staff support elements: staying connected, looking after themselves and each other, and signposting and active monitoring.
The Team Support & Wellbeing Plan manual introduces these three evidence-based areas and describes specific strategies (e.g. buddying) which teams can use under each area.