Find the support you need - help at a glance

If you or someone you work with is struggling with your mental health or emotional wellbeing, we have lots of resources to help you to stay well. Have a look at the at-a-glance list of links on this page to quickly find the right support for you.

Cellar Trust

The Cellar Trust offers e-learning modules free for anyone in West Yorkshire. Register for any of these great offers on Living Well Training – Training for a healthy mind:

  • Stress Buster
  • Wellbeing at Work
  • Skills for being well in adversity

Leading Mental Wellbeing Together webinar

eading mental wellbeing is everyone’s responsibility and this webinar provides all the skills and knowledge to manage mental wellbeing. This two-hour interactive facilitated webinar explores the concept of mental wellbeing within the context of leadership and the ongoing response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The course provides leaders with information and guidance on managing wellbeing in the workplace, using up-to-date research evidence and best practice. Topics covered during the session include recognising the signs of poor mental wellbeing, self-care, leading through adversity, as well as practical wellbeing tools which can be used with colleagues.

To book an individual place or a bespoke session for your team email bdcccg.wyh.mentalwellbeinghub@nhs.net or for more information visit Living Well Training – Training for a healthy mind. (Please note- places are limited).

February dates- Thurs 3 Feb (10am-12noon), Tues 8 Feb (1pm-3pm), Thurs 10 Feb (10am-12noon), Tues 15 Feb (1pm-3pm), Thurs 17 Feb (10am-12noon).


Let's talk menopause

We Work Together S2 E5 guests Amy Tatham, Anne Connolly and Laila Ahmed There are 3.5 million women over 50 in the workplace in the UK and women make up 77 per cent of the 1.3 million people in the NHS workforce alone – so why do we not talk more about the menopause when it affects so many of our colleagues and loved ones?

West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership is working with people affected by the menopause across health and social care to stamp out the taboo and stigma that still exists.

We’re doing this in partnership with Henpicked, an online community for ‘women who weren’t born yesterday’ and the Primary Care Women’s Health Forum through its #RockMyMenopause campaign.

Whether you’re a person experiencing perimenopause or menopause, a friend, partner or family member of someone who is, or whether you’re a leader or healthcare professional – join us to get informed, make a difference and help us to bring menopause to the mainstream.

Take a look at the resources, listen to our podcast or join us for one of our ‘let’s talk menopause’ virtual sessions launched as part of International Women’s Day 2022 – because menopause deserves a mention and it’s time to #BreakTheBias.

West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership – Menopause Advocate/Train the Trainer
Three day train the trainer menopause advocate course starting June 2022 - book quickly to avoid disappointment

We’re passionate about the wellbeing of our colleagues and want to equip our workforce to feel comfortable talking about menopause openly.

The aim of this programme is to enable you to understand about the menopause, what changes happen and its symptoms, think about the different ways of managing them and signpost help and support to enable colleagues experiencing menopause to make informed choices. Participants will also gain practical skills and resources in how to run workshops and support groups and provide peer support, along with planning for raising awareness across your organisation.

This in-depth course includes action planning and preparing you for how you will raise awareness and run sessions yourselves.

Participants must be able to attend all three training dates.

This training is being offered in partnership between Henpicked and West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (our integrated care system, or ICS) and is open to all staff and volunteers working in health and social care.

For more information and how to book a place click here. Places are limited so please book to avoid disappointment.

Free ‘Let’s Talk Menopause’ virtual sessions

A series of free menopause awareness sessions are taking place to coincide with International Women’s Day on Tuesday 8 March 2022.

The sessions are being offered in partnership between Henpicked and West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership and are open to all staff and volunteers working in health and social care.

Sessions are being held for colleagues, for people working in human resources (HR) or occupational health (OH), for line mangers wanting to understand how to support their teams and for partners, friends and family members of someone going through the menopause.

Use the links below to book your place:

Sessions for colleagues

Sessions for partners, friends and family members

Sessions for line managers

Sessions for people working in HR and OH

Menopause resources for colleagues

We’ve pulled together the list of handy menopause resources below to provide information and support for those experiencing the menopause.

They may also be useful if you know someone who is experiencing perimenopause or menopause, or you want to understand more about what it feels like to experience it.

Please let us know if there’s anything else you think we could add by using the feedback form at the bottom of this page.

General resources about the menopause

Resources about menopause symptoms

Resources about staying well during the menopause

If you work in health or care across West Yorkshire and are experiencing feelings that are difficult to cope with, our mental health and wellbeing hub is here to help. You can self-refer yourself confidentially to the hub or alternatively, you can email bdccg.wyh.mentalwellbeinghub@nhs.net to arrange a wellbeing check-in.

Resources about menopause in the workplace

Resources about speaking to your GP during the menopause

Menopause resources for line managers and HR teams

As people managers and health and care leaders, we are responsible for ensuring we support our colleagues through every stage of their life.

Below are a selection of resources that can help people and HR managers to provide compassionate and informed support for colleagues experiencing the menopause.

 

Wellbeing Check Ins

If you or one of your colleagues are feeling unsure as to whether you need some support, why not email us for a free, confidential wellbeing check in? We are at the end of the phone to talk through any struggles or worries you might have or just to talk through the options available to you. We are here to support your mental health and wellbeing, whether you are struggling with anxiety, stress, low mood or anything else, our wellbeing check in offer can signpost you to the support you might need.

To arrange a wellbeing check in, please email bdcccg.wyh.mentalwellbeinghub@nhs.net

Other resources

Useful resources, guides and practical tips on a variety of topics including Schwartz Rounds, homeworking and learning.

Schwartz Rounds

Schwartz Rounds

Schwartz Round image.jpgSchwartz Rounds provide a structured forum where all staff, clinical and non-clinical, come together regularly to discuss the emotional and social aspects of working in healthcare.

The purpose of Rounds is to understand the challenges and rewards that come with providing care, it is not to solve problems or to focus on the clinical aspects of patient care.

Rounds can help people feel more supported in their jobs, allowing them the time and space to reflect on their roles. Evidence shows that staff who attend Rounds feel less stressed and isolated, with increased insight and appreciation for each other’s roles. They also help to reduce hierarchies between staff and to focus attention on relational aspects of care.

The underlying premise for Rounds is that the compassion shown by staff can make all the difference to a patient’s experience of care, but that in order to provide compassionate care staff must, in turn, feel supported in their work.

What’s in a name?

In 1994 Ken Schwartz was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.  During his treatment, he found that what mattered to him most as a patient were the simple acts of kindness from his caregivers, which he said made “the unbearable bearable.”  Before his death, he left a legacy for the establishment of the Schwartz Center in Boston, USA to help to foster compassion in healthcare.

“I have learned that medicine is not merely about performing tests or surgeries, or administering drugs… For as skilled and knowledgeable as my caregivers are, what matters most is that they have empathized with me in a way that gives me hope and makes me feel like a human being, not just an illness.”

Read Ken’s story here.

Schwartz Rounds were brought to the UK in 2009, beginning in relatively large organisations providing acute care, but are now operating in a range of different settings, supported by the Point of Care Foundation, including:

  • community and mental health trusts
  • hospices
  • primary care
  • educational settings

Watch

Hospital Chief Executive Suzanne Rankin talks about why she brought Schwartz Rounds into her organisation: https://youtu.be/JWxksG0Kq2E

A Schwartz Round in action at St Joseph’s Hospice. https://youtu.be/ftBXbvSkuX8

A Schwartz Round at a hospital trust https://youtu.be/0VfSkjGZAeY

Schwartz Rounds in West Yorkshire and Harrogate

Our ambition is to have Schwartz Rounds running in each of our places in West Yorkshire and Harrogate, and in as many organisations, large and small, as possible.

Schwartz Rounds are for everyone – if you work in a care home, a voluntary organisation in your community, a GP practice, a hospital or any other organisation that provides health or social care, you can start or take part in a Schwartz Round. We have a central team in each place that can help you with all the resources and training you need to help you and your colleagues get the most from this enriching experience.

No matter what your organisation does, the support and training you get to bring your Schwartz Round to life is free. You don’t have to work in frontline care – people in support roles need Schwartz too.

https://youtu.be/_CuxfCNDQ30

How to get involved

Each of our places in West Yorkshire has a dedicated person who can help you to set up a Schwartz Round, or find you a place on a Round that is already taking place in your organisation.

You can contact your local representative by emailing : bdcccg.wyh.mentalwellbeinghub@nhs.net

Feedback from Schwartz Rounds in West Yorkshire and Harrogate

I've attended at least 4 Schwartz rounds.  As a non-clinical member of staff I am far-removed from what goes on "behind closed doors" in consultation rooms, wards etc however, at the rounds I got more of a sense of the real-life situations that are dealt with on a daily basis, more than that, how resilient and selfless staff have been in traumatising situations.   I felt like I was more part of the hospital, that I had an awareness of what is so day-to-day for some people; it is very humbling.  I also realised that at, whatever level you are, clinician non-clinical, I still had something to contribute during my working day, and this made me feel that I also, in a small way make a difference.  When I left each meeting I felt like we were one big team.

Medical Secretary, Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Other resources - Homeworking

Adapting to homeworking can be unfamiliar and impactful. The following resources offer guidance and help:

Other resources - Keep learning

Setting goals and learning new skills can be a great way to meet people, build your self-esteem and feel a sense of achievement. This video will show you simple tips and advice to start learning today.

  • NHS staff and their families now have access to a small range of free online courses, via a new learning portal for NHS and partners, to improve mental health and resilience. Additional online courses and other tools are available for subscribing organisations. The suite of courses available via the wellbeing Ecosystem has been quality assured by Health Education England and is proving to be very popular among NHS staff and their families. To find out more and access the courses here.
  • A coronavirus training programme has been created by e-Learning for Health for staff which contains key guidance and learning. They also have a full catalogue of coronavirus resources here. Download the Coronavirus Awareness Programme by Skills for Health which gives guidance on symptoms, infection prevention and control and investigation.
  • A guide to events and webinars - covering topics such as Human Factors, Psychologically Safety in Teams, Resilient in compassionate organisations plus many more.
  • A free 3-week online course on Covid-19 for healthcare staff has been created by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Getting the right support

As someone who works or volunteers in health and care services, you know that you and your team have been at the forefront of the Covid19 pandemic. Your efforts may have come at a personal cost to your mental health and wellbeing. 

If you are worried about your mental or emotional wellbeing, you can use the self-referral option into our psychological assessment and therapy service, specially set up to help you. 

The self-referral process asks you to complete a couple of questionnaires that might help you decide if such support would be useful for you at this time. If you choose to proceed, you can fill in a referral form that asks you to share a bit of information with us so that we can match your needs with a therapist that is best placed to help you. 

You must complete the form yourself as it asks about your personal experience. The information will be forwarded securely to our therapy team who will seek to be in touch with you within 72 hours (excluding bank holidays) with next steps. 

If you would prefer to have an initial conversation with a trained listener about your situation or would like help to complete the referral form please call 0808 196 3833 or click here to chat online. Telephone and chat are available 8am – 8pm every day. 

The MindEd COVID-19 Resilience Hub has content designed to be rapidly accessible and provide quick help when needed. 

Try the Every Mind Matters Quiz - 5 questions in this interactive quiz to get top tips and advice for you.
 

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services

Most people won’t need to access psychological therapies, but it is important to get help if you need it. If you have been exposed to highly stressful, traumatic or frightening experiences at work you are more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Symptoms include reliving what has happened through vivid dreams or flashbacks, feeling very anxious, angry, irritable and guilty. Some people will feel low in mood, have trouble sleeping and have physical symptoms.

For many people these symptoms will improve over time, but if they don’t improve after one month, you can be referred, or self-refer for psychological therapy. Services will also work with you if you are suffering from depression or anxiety.

Find out more about IAPT and your nearest IAPT service here. 
If you need help now, you can get in touch phoning the helpline or using the chat function. The service is open from 8am to 8pm, every day, including weekends and bank holidays.

Talk to us now anonymously

Or call our freephone number 0808 1963833.
Outside of these hours, you can get help from the Samaritans, on freephone 116 123.

Reliance in times of stress
 

Support for families and carers

  • Our Working Carers section has been designed to help working carers look after the person they care for, and themselves, during these unprecedented times. The areas covered are:

Money worries;
Your rights as an employee;
Looking after your mental health;
Looking after your physical health;
Healthy eating;
Looking after the person you care for;
Looking after children's mental and physical health; and
Trying to get back to 'normal'.​

  • The Hub is offering a new support group as part of our Critical Incident Staff Support Pathway (CrISSP). We know that events at work can impact on home and personal relationships. If this describes you or colleagues you know and you would be interested in attending a small group with other staff who have been impacted in this way please have a look at this poster and register your interest with us at bdcccg.wyh.mentalwellbeinghub@nhs.net

Resources for colleagues from ethnic minority backgrounds

As part of the national health and wellbeing programme for our NHS people, and working in collaboration with our staff networks, we have developed a number of bespoke support offers for NHS colleagues from ethnic minority backgrounds. Click through to find out more.


BAME Network Podcast:

'Can You Hear Me?' is a new podcast giving a voice to the diverse talent working to improve health and care for people in West Yorkshire and Harrogate, presented by our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Staff Network.

click image to listenEpisode 1 is presented by network member Fatima Khan-Shah, Programme Lead for the Unpaid Carers and Personalised Care Programmes.

Fatima was joined by some fantastic people to get the series underway, including Dr Sal Uka, Medical Lead for The West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts; Dr Habib Naqvi; Deputy Director for the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard at NHS England; Yvonne Coghill,  Director for WRES Implementation at NHS England, and Nyoka Fothergill, Leeds City Council.
Listen to episode 1 here.


Click image to listenEpisode 2 is about carers, ahead of Carers Week which starts on
Monday 8 June 2020

It features presenter Mo Sattar, a GP in Leeds and member of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership's BAME Staff Network, in conversation with Owen Williams OBE, Chief Executive at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, and Sherone Phillips from the Palliative and End of Life Team within the Personalised Care Group at NHS England, who is also a carer herself.
Listen to episode 2 here.


Click image to listenEpisode 3 is about white privilege

Usha Kaushal, Lead Pharmacist and an Operational Lead at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, leads the discussion with Samantha Allen, Chief Executive of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Wallace Sampson, Chief Executive of Harrogate Borough Council and Rob Webster, Lead CEO for West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership and Chief Executive at South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust.
Listen to episode 3 here.


Can you hear me 4 snip.JPGEpisode 4 is around workforce issues

Delphine Arinze from The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust talks with Uduak Archibong, Professor of Diversity at the University of Bradford, Kez Hayat from Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Sayed Ahmed from Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Conversation on this episode was centred around workforce issues and the experience of being from a Black, Asian and minority ethnic community in the health and care workforce.
Listen to episode 4 here.

 


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For further information, guidance and training on risk assessment please see the following resources:

Managing your mental and physical health and wellbeing with Long Covid

Dr Sari Harenwall, Senior Clinical Psychologist and COVID Rehab Clinical Lead for the Primary Care Wellbeing Service at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust and colleagues in Bradford have recorded a series of videos on how to manage your physical and mental health and wellbeing with Long Covid. These videos are also available to watch on YouTube.

Supporting your recovery after COVID-19

As you find yourself recovering from COVID-19 you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind.

These changes should get better over time, some may take longer than others, but there are things you can do to help.

Your COVID Recovery helps you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery. Click here to find out more.

Information for Care Home workers

Staff in care homes, whether Council or privately owned, are part of our West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership. The COVID 19 pandemic has been especially challenging for those working and volunteering in care homes, whatever their role - from the lack of PPE, to anxieties around protecting loved ones and those they care for, the relentless pressure on keeping residents safe has taken its toll. Whilst we are hopefully coming out the other side of the pandemic, we know that this brings rise to other concerns such as anxieties around vaccinations, impact of losing people they have cared for or struggled with the level of care they have been able to provide.

The Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub has produced a newsletter for care homes which you can read here together with a covering letter from our consultant psychologists.

We have also recorded a podcast about the issues and challenges facing care home staff as a result of the pandemic. You can listen to that here

You can find more resources for people who work as carers  and you can get confidential help every day from trained listeners on our free support line 0808 196 3833, open 8am -8pm or online chat here.

Information for people working in Primary Care

Primary Care includes everyone working or volunteering in general practice, community pharmacy, dental practices and opticians’ practices, whether NHS or privately owned. The COVID 19 pandemic has been especially challenging for all of you, whatever your role - from the lack of PPE, to anxieties around protecting patients and service-users, the relentless pressure on keeping everyone safe has taken its toll. Whilst we are hopefully coming out the other side of the pandemic, we know that this brings rise to other concerns such as increasing workload, abuse from people you are trying to help, staff leaving and pressure throughout the system.

The Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub has produced a newsletter for Primary Care which you can read here together with a covering letter from our consultant psychologists.

We are also making a podcast about the issues and challenges facing Primary Care staff as a result of the pandemic.

If you are a manager or leader working in Primary Care, you can find resources to help you support your team here.

Confidential help is available every day from trained listeners on our free support line 0808 196 3833, open 8am -8pm or online chat here. You can self-refer for an assessment by our psychological therapy service here.