Use this resources page to gain ideas to support your staff to feel happy, healthy and more comfortable in their roles.

We are also offering the chance to gain a Staff Wellbeing (SWELL) Charter Mark which will highlight to prospective clients and staff your commitment to a proactive and resilient workplace.

Achieve this by showing us evidence of

  • Assigning a Staff Wellbeing Guardian in your workforce
  • Demonstrate what you have been doing and identify what you are planning to put in place for the future to ensure continued support for your staff,

For more details contact businessdevlopment@hcpa.co.uk

 

Complete your action plan here

Care Professional Standards Academy: Rewarding Adult Care Staff while tracking professional development

We are excited to have recently launched the new Provider Portal, an extension of the existing Academy portal with some additional features for you as an employer including:  

  1. Identify which individuals training is expiring, and monitor and inspect your employees’ current accreditation’s and qualifications.
  2. Create bespoke training plans based on their individual needs.
  3. Sign up your staff so they can be kept up to date with the most current information about working in Adult Social Care.
  4. Rewards and motivate your employees to engage with training and development opportunities by providing them with exclusive rewards and discounts through the Academy.

 
Staff Wellbeing Guardians

 
Self Care

 
Work Environment

 
Remembrance

 
Recognition & Rewards

 
Health

 
Help & Support
Counselling

 
Exercise

 
Career Pathways

Staff Wellbeing Guardians

Staff Well being Guardians – gives support and direction – gets a badge

We recommend that you ask one of your staff to take on this role, and if you wish to apply for your SWELL Charter Mark then you will need to show that you have appointed one.  Any Guardian will get a badge to wear from HCPA

Your Staff Wellbeing Guardian needs to be someone who is:-

  • Interested in your own and others well-being and have an understanding of healthy lifestyles and health promotions.
  • Promote particular health campaigns by raising awareness with colleagues; contributions to social media campaigns and keeping updated on well-being initiatives (Continuous Professional Development)
  • Enthusiastic and motivated to help to make a difference in your faculty or service by championing and promoting relevant health messages and events at {insert organisation name}
  • Attend and actively contribute to monthly meetings.
  • Involvement in workplace health and wellbeing events
  • Attendance at Training events, Practitioner events
  • Friendly and approachable.
  • A positive thinker.
  • Innovative and creative.
  • Enthusiasm and drive to manage the projects you are passionate about
  • Keen to share ideas and actively seek new ways of promoting well-being
  • Contribute to impact measurements

 

Examples of activities that could be offered:-  

  • Promoting particular health campaigns through poster displays, emailing colleagues, giving out leaflets and updating colleagues at meetings you attend and your team meeting (e.g. World Mental Health Day, National No Smoking Day).
  • Organising activities, e.g. a lunch time walk, book club or hobby group.
  • Signposting colleagues to relevant services.
  • Encouraging colleagues to participate in your Wellbeing initiatives/challenges.
  • Championing and promoting relevant health messages and events in house or the local community
  • Providing information to colleagues about Wellbeing in your organisation
  • Role modelling and promoting a healthy culture within the workplace.
  • Involvement in events, collaborative working with others in the community

 

You could also set up Staff forums where you can listen and feedback staffing issues “you said – we did”

You could set up a suggestion box – maybe offer a voucher for any suggestions taken up

Have “Guardians” from both night and day staff to ensure everyone is being supported and listened to

Remembrance or Acknowledgement

Examples of activities that could be offered:

Garden/wall of remembrance

Hertfordshire County Council has opened its new Garden of Reflection at County Hall.

The garden was designed for staff by staff with the aim of giving them a quiet space to visit and reflect on the coronavirus pandemic as and when they wish.

It features a 19-foot round paved area complete with a bench, rose arch and a selection of flowers and plants, including the Hertfordshire rose and Absent Friends rose, and the plant Angel Wings.

As part of the project, the council has also teamed up with Groundwork East to produce a short information booklet for organisations, such as care homes, who may also wish to create their own memorial garden or contemplation corner.

The contemplation booklet gives some tips on creating a space, what plants to use and how to look after the area as it develops. To view or download the booklet CLICK HERE.

We would love to hear how your memorial garden or contemplation space is progressing. If you would like to share this with us, please email your plans and progress in photos to pr@hcpa.co.uk


Virtual book of remembrance


Rooms named after staff who have passed away


Include families


 Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection

 

The past couple of years have been a difficult time for the entire adult social care workforce, which is why a Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection has been launched, hosted by The Care Workers’ Charity and fully endorsed by our Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care, Deborah Sturdy in this heartfelt post for the DHSC Social Care blog. The day, announced during this year’s Professional Care Workers’ Week, will take place in (on 17th ) March 2022.

Meanwhile, care colleagues can make use of a life assurance scheme for frontline NHS and social care staff who contract coronavirus during the course of their work. It is non-contributory and covers staff who provide care for people who have contracted coronavirus or who work in health or social care settings where the virus is present.

Details of how to claim can be found on the NHS Business Services Authority website


Book guide and signposting for grief and bereavement  

This guide recommends books that can lend a hand in helping to understand and cope with grief, for yourself or those around you. There are recommendations for adults, young people, and children. These books are all available from Hertfordshire Libraries on free reservation. In this guide, you can also find helpful signposting to resources that can support you in coping with grief and links to key organisations working to support those who have been bereaved.


Breaking the taboo – Death Positive Library Project

“If you never know sorrow then you will never know love and if you never know death then you never know life” Kevin Toolis My Father’s Wake

A Death Positive booklist has been created to help break down taboos around death and dying. The project also wanted to help readers to find support in specific circumstances, such as with practical advice, when explaining death and dying to children, ways to celebrate a life and memorialise someone, and exploring global funerial activities and celebrations.

Help & Support – Counselling

Examples of help available: 

We know life is stressful right now – we are Here For You

If you work in healthcare, social care, the voluntary sector or the not-for-profit sector in Essex or Hertfordshire and need someone to talk to, we are Here For You.

Here For You has been supporting many health and social care workers since it commenced in January 2021, click here for more details

» Link to Wellness Action Plan to complete with staff on induction or in a supervision


Samaritans

Samaritans are here to listen to anyone who’s struggling to cope, at any time of the day or night.

Call us any time, day or night 116 123


My Health My Way

My Health My Way is a confidential space for people working in health and social care to look after their wellbeing and find support.

  • Find local in-person support for a range of health and wellbeing topics
  • Get instant access to free webinars, online classes, articles, podcasts, and more
  • Achieve lasting lifestyle changes with action plans and one-to-one virtual support from a behavioural coach

» Find an Action Planning Tool and other great resources at Home (myhealthmyway.info)


Menopause Matters

An astounding 90% of women experiencing the menopause report feeling unable to talk to their managers at work and one in ten consider giving up work. Let’s break the taboo over this natural life event.

» Click here for a guidance on menopause and the workplace
» Click here for information on the menopause from the NHS


Workforce wellbeing resource finder

Tools to support wellbeing in the workplace and to invest in your staff’s emotional wellbeing.

» Click here to find out more


Building Resilience – new bite size guides

Resilience is the ability to cope under pressure and recover from difficulties. Skills for Care have developed two bite size guides to highlight some of the key areas in ‘Building your own resilience, health and wellbeing’ guide which includes:

  • coping in the moment and beyond
  • what is resilience and why does it matter?

The aim of these shorter guides is to provide you with some quick support on how to build your own resilience.

» Click here to download the guide


Looking after your mental health

Let’s face it, things have been difficult for everyone over the last 18 months.  That’s why it’s so important to look after your mental health. NHS Every Mind Matters gives simple practical tips from sufferers and videos from experts on dealing with COVID-19, stress and anxiety, boosting your mood, sleeping better and what you can do to help others.

You can also get your personal  Mind Plan here. 


Stress Awareness

Stress Awareness new tools to help prevent, lower and manage stress at work

There are 6 key factors to consider in the workplace that, if not properly managed, are associated with poor health, lower productivity and increased accident and sickness absence rates. These are demands, control, support, relationships, role and change.

  • New stress indicator tool (SIT) to measure attitudes and perceptions towards work-related stress. It’s free to use for up to 50 employees and can help business owners get a good understanding of stress at work and how to prevent, reduce and manage it.
  • Download HSE’s mobile app to get a better understanding of health and safety law and what is required to protect employees.
  • For more information visit the stress section of HSE’s website.

Finding ways to cope

 

 

 

 

 

You may be concerned about how working from home, or working in challenging situations might affect you.

MIND has great information on coping with difficult feelings and looking after your wellbeing. Click here to view their information.


Self-manage and feel in control

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free online and in person courses and sessions to support mental wellbeing and personal recovery for anyone over 18 living in Hertfordshire.

How about Art expression for mental wellbeing or Mindfulness for everyday life?

» Click here to find out more and book courses/seminars


Preventing work-related stress

In Great Britain 822,000 workers suffered from work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2020/21.

Whether people are lone workers, shift workers, home workers, or surrounded by colleagues, it is important that they feel connected and know where to go when they need support.

The HSE Talking Toolkits can help to start conversations to identify causes of stress for your workers and identify possible solutions.

Visit HSE’s website for more guidance on managing work-related stress.

The Working Minds campaign raises awareness about how to recognise and respond to the signs of stress to protect workers and support good mental health to help people stay well.

Read the latest Working Minds blog ‘Handle change, avoid stress’ from Kate Nowicki, Director Strategic Planning, Performance and Change at Acas.

Businesses and organisations can support this campaign by becoming Working Minds Champions.


Health and wellbeing – Mental Health UK (mentalhealth-uk.org)

Trying to relax can make you stressed – here is why and what to do about it.

You could be ‘stresslaxing’ – you try to relax, only to find yourself overwhelmed with feeling stressed and having negative thoughts. It could be because:

  1. You’re in denial about being stressed
  2. You worry about what people will say
  3. Making decisions is too stressful

Three reasons why you feel stressed when trying to relax – and what you can do about it (theconversation.com)

Self Care

Examples of how to help yourself:

..What is ‘Self-Care’? It means something different to everyone. A good self-care practice starts with self-awareness, you must learn to recognize what are your needs and how are you going to fulfil them.

» Download the Self-Care Workbook from stress.org here

» Click here for 10 ways to give yourself some self-care


Why we should start using pronouns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using your pronouns tells everyone that you are not going to assume their gender, and you don’t have to be LGBT+ to start. It is an important move towards real inclusivity in the workplace and wider society. It creates a healthier, safe space so everyone can bring their ‘whole self’ to work and be respected for it. Support your trans and non-binary workmates and friends by reducing some of the burden on them to continuously explain their identity.»

» Click here to read more on why we should start using pronouns


My Care Academy  – Directs to many benefits  e.g. “here for you” and special offers https://www.mycareacademy.ac.uk/


Encourage staff to ask for more supervisions, one to one time, or just a chat –  either face to face or video to prevent any issues building up


Set up a good mentoring system for new staff – can help the mentor just as much as the new staff member


Direct staff to Breathing Space to help with debt worries

» Find out more here


‘No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted’ – Aesop

Helping others gives you a feeling of positivity and improves you mental wellbeing as well as bringing happiness to others. Would you or someone you know, like to help pack gift bags to bring warmth and a smile to older people across the county?

» Click here for more information on bags of kindness packing days

» Click here for other volunteering opportunities 


Help someone who is feeling lonely 

Loneliness is something that can affect us all, young or old, at any point in our lives. We might live in a busy city or a rural location, on our own or with others and still feel isolated.

There are plenty of simple actions you can take to help lift someone out of loneliness and in doing so, it might help you to feel less lonely too.

» Click here for more information 


Be part of the change when you witness abuse

 

 

 

 

 

Even small acts of recognition and support can help prevent abuse.

Click here to find out how you can be part of the change.

If you are experiencing abuse, it’s never your fault and you do not have to deal with it alone.

Find out what support there is for you by clicking here.


Money Helper

Would you like to feel more in control of your finances? try checking out the new  ‘Couch to Financial Fitness’ programme – a free and flexible nine-week plan. The weekly steps and helpful tools can help you cut your spending, and create better habits for the future.

» Find out more here


Finance Health Check

 

 

 

 

 

 

Money worries do affect your mental and physical health.

Find expert information about money and debt at the Money Advice Service here.

» Click here for information from the NHS on coping with money worries and job uncertainty during COVID-19


Help to manage the cost of living

We all need a little support from time to time. We’ve collated resources that offer advice and practical help to manage finances and make savings while also helping the environment.

 You can find more information on our website.


Losing track of the world around you when you gamble?

According to the Guardian (2022) it is said that up to 1 million women in the UK are at risk of harm from Gambling.

Anyone concerned about their gamling, ot that of a loved one, can visit Be Gamble Aware for free, confidential advice and support.

The National Gambling Helpline is available on 0808 8020 133 and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Avoid COVID-19 fraud and cheats

 

 

 

 

 

» Get the NHS COVID pass FREE from here

» Click here for more information on fraudsters and the COVID-19 Pass


Get Singing!

Singing always makes you feel good, not just in the car or in the bath. There are friendly local groups open to all such as singingforpleasure.org.uk

Or, try a local signing group to have fun and feel energised. No audition or experience required.

» Find out more here


Ideas to get started on caring for yourself

MIND have some great resources to help you focus on Self-Care and a book recommendation: The Self-Care Revolution: smart habits & simple practices to allow you to flourish a book by Suzy Reading

It’s also free to borrow from your local library.


Would you like to take up a hobby or learn a new skill?

 

 

 

 

 

The Open University offers free resources so you can learn coding, how to play an instrument, learn another language and more.

» Click here to find out more


Would you like to connect more with art?

Trying new things helps with wellbeing and looking at art can lift our mood, make us think, and help us to communicate with each other. Here are 5 steps to help you to enjoy and appreciate art.

» Click here for 5 simple steps for looking at art


Selfcare through poetry

 

 

 

 

 

Reading and writing poems can be good for your wellbeing. Learn more about writing poetry for self-care here.


How to stay stylish and sustainable – and find out what’s swish!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re thinking about what you can do to help save the planet, look in your wardrobe! With tips on buying smarter, how to reuse, care for, swap and recycle you can help to reduce the 7000 tonnes of textiles binned, which could have been reused or recycled.

» Click here to find out more on how you can fight fast fashion 


Get started on being more sustainable

Photo credit: Hubbub

Want to be more sustainable but not sure where to start? www.hubbub.org.uk has easy tips and ideas you can try that are good for you, your wallet, and the environment. From saving money on your energy bills  to easy fashion hacks and ways to make your food go further, there’s something for everyone.

» Why not try these Pride Month recipes this month


The Five Ways to Wellbeing

» Learn more here


Look after your mental health

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more.

We have expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing, so discover what works for you.

You can also find simple ways to lift your mood with Every Mind Matters (NHS).


Managing stress

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s easy for life and work to get on top of us, and the stress can eventually affect your mental health. There are tips and ideas to help you manage your mental health and wellbeing so you can be your best at work and at home.

Find out how to ‘Take your thoughts to court’.  Get practical tips for improving your nights’ sleep. Discover nearly 6 extra weeks of leave by using your lunchbreaks with Laura Archer, author of ‘Gone For Lunch: 52 things to do in your lunch break’.  Learn lots of little ways you can help manage stress every day.

» Click here to read more


Get your Mind Plan

Get your mind plan to help you deal with stress and anxiety, improve your sleep, boost your mood and feel more in control.

Just answer 5 quick questions for your free plan.


Feel better, Live more

Everyone has the ability to feel better

I borrowed one of Dr Charrerjee’s books and I’m working some of the tips and ideas into my life. It’s about making it easier for yourself to become more healthy. Have a look at  Dr Chatterjee’s website listen to a podcast or read one of the books (free from the library).


Five Steps to stop being overwhelmed

Do you sometimes feel a sense of panic that you don’t know where to begin? Spotting the signs and taking action sooner rather than later is key to being in control.

» Click here to find five helpful tips to stop overwhelm


Help to save the bees when Spring arrives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wild bees and other pollinators are in decline. You can help by planting garden flowers that provide forage for a wide variety of pollinating insects.

» Click here for advice and downloadable lists on plants for pollinators

How else can you help? Here are some ideas…

  • Allow lawn ‘weeds’ to flower by cutting less often
  • Provide water for pollinators
  • Avoid using pesticides whenever possible
  • Never spray open flowers
  • Provide nest sites for wild bees

» Click here for more advice


Local events

 

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Lighting at Hertford Castle – 2nd June

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date: Thursday 2nd June

Time: 8.30pm – 10pm (Becon lighting at 9.45pm)

Location: Hertford Castle, Castle Street, Hertford, SG14 1HR 

Cost: Free

» Click here for more information

 

Queen’s Jubilee & Classic Car Show – 3rd June

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date: Friday 3rd June

Time: 12 noon – 6pm

Location: Metropolitan Bushey Events & Sports Venue, Aldenham Road, Bushey, WD23 2TR

Cost: £1 per adult, under 16’s free

» Click here for more information

 

Hertfordshire County Show – 28th and 29th May

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date: Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May

Location:Hertfordshire County Showground, Dunstable Road, Redbourn, Herts, AL3 7PT

» Click here for more information

 

Recognition & Rewards

Examples of rewards that could be offered:

Simple “thank you” – in supervision in a group or ad hoc – a little ‘thank you’ can go a long way


Badges 

 

 

 

 

Staff feel appreciated when they can display their achievements and can wear their badges with pride on their lanyard. E.g. their Academy badges.


Bonuses


Extra A/L


Benefits

 

 

 

 

 

A suggestion from one of our SWELL Charter Mark Holders is to find a local massage therapist who can come in once a week and spend some hours on the premises allowing staff to float in and out on their break time to have a quick refreshing neck or shoulder massage etc (simmilar to what you see in shopping centres)


Presents

 

 

 

 

 

This can be something as simple as a box of chocolates, biscuits or fruit bowl in the staff room with a thank you on it (don’t forget to leave some for the night shift too!)


Employee of the week

 

 

 

Reward a staff member who has gone above and beyond or who has shown acts of kindness – get all your staff to nominate who should win, and then draw out of a hat.


Long service awards 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Traditionally, the benchmarks for loyalty rewards are 5, 10 and 20 years long service. However, this can vary depending on the service. Common awards include champagne, badges or certificates, additional annual leave or a small bonus.

Exercise

Examples of activities that could be offered:

 

Getting back into exercise

 

 

If it’s been a while it’s best to take things slowly and build up gradually, spend less time sitting if you can, do a variety of activities, and work on smaller muscles as well as the big ones.

» Find out more


Hertfordshire Health Walks

 

 

Free, guided walks encourage people to get more active and enjoy their local surroundings.
» Find out more or register here


The mental health benefits of woodlands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We can feel like hibernating in winter, but getting outside in green spaces and making the most of daylight has been found to benefit both your physical and mental health  “If people spend 30 minutes a week in trees – walking, sitting meditating – there are noticeable benefits,” said Vadim Saraev at Forest Research. New research has measured the value of these benefits.  The Forest Research report uses evidence of reduced depression and anxiety as a result of regular nature visits, as well as data on woodland visitor numbers, and prevalence of mental health conditions and the associated costs.


May is Living Streets’ National Walking Month.

This year, we’re encouraging you to #Try20 – and walk for 20 minutes each day during May. Walking is an easy and accessible way to improve physical and mental health and a 20-minute walk can reduce the risk of a number of preventable health conditions, including certain cancers, depression, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. National Walking Month | Living Streets

NEW May-August 2022 Health Walk Programmes that are now available here


Yoga groups


Meditation


Cycle to work (GOVT initiative)

The provider can help by putting in bike racks etc.

» Read the Government guidance here


Hertfordshire Cycling

 

Hertfordshire Cycling (formerly the Year of Cycling) is a project HCC started in 2014 to encourage people to take up, increase or return to cycling. Information include cycling routes, clubs and training courses.

» Find out more here


 

Encourage all staff to join service users in exercise on regular basis – make it fun

 


 

Use certificates; member sets own individualised goals and get a certificate when they achieve it

 


Sport England

Get active Sport England have put together tips, advice and guidance on how to keep or get active in and around your home. Find 10 tips to get you started and free online content.

» Click here to find out more 


The It’s Never Too Late to be Active campaign is back again to help adults in Hertfordshire – especially the over 50s – become more active. By joining the campaign, you’ll receive a free one-week pass to a local leisure centre, so that you can try new activities for free. 

Just 20 minutes of physical activity a day is all you need to get enormous benefits to your physical and mental health, both now and in the future.

So come on, let’s give it a go.  Sign up to Never Too Late and keep your body strong, your mind sharp and spark the energy you need to keep doing the things you love.

It’s never too late to be active | Hertfordshire County Council


Would you like to get fit at home?

 

 

 

 

 

The Coach to fitness programme from Our Parks is free of charge via YouTube. The plan involves 3 video sessions a week, with rest days in between, and a different schedule for each of the 9 weeks. Each video class is hosted by three different coaches, all working at different energy levels. So if you need to take it easy, you can, but if you want to push yourself, there’s a coach who’s really going for it!

» Click here to view the couch to fitness programme

 

Yoga with Adriene

Subscribe for free sessions – for beginners, for back pain, mind and body and more.

»   Click here to subscribe to yoga with Adriene 


Staying motivated to exercise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s tough to stick with resolutions to exercise more, but perhaps aiming too high or doing activities that you don’t enjoy is the problem.

Why not switch to something that you do like and start small to make success easier? Make it simple to get going such as leaving your running shoes by the door, putting your yoga mat in your car or joining an exercise class with a friend to encourgaed eachother.

» Click here for some more tips on how to stay motivated


Develop your strength and fitness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We should do muscle strengthening exercises twice a week. For example, carrying food shopping bags in from the car or even walking uphill may both help us build strength.

Plyometric training involves jumping and skipping and it improves strength, muscle size and muscle speed, alongside improving coordination.

» Click here for more information 


7 Benefits of Gardening that prove it helps your mind and body 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Gardening Burns a lot of calories
  2. It can lower your blood pressure
  3. Spending time outside is good for your bones.
  4. Growing your own food can help you eat healthier
  5. Garden can relieve stress
  6. It can provide a source of community
  7. Gardening can make you happier

 

Gardening Tips for May

  1. Watch out for late frosts, protect tender plants.
  2. Earth up potatoes, and promptly plant any still remaining.
  3. Plant out summer bedding at the end of the month (except in cold areas).
  4. Water early and late to get the most out of your water, recycle water when possible.
  5. Regularly hoe off weeds.
  6. Open greenhouse vents and doors on warm days.
  7. Mow lawns weekly – but consider leaving some areas uncut for wildlife.
  8. Check for nesting birds before clipping hedges
  9. Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of daffodils and other spring-flowering bulbs.
  10. Watch out for viburnum beetle and lily beetle grubs.

Work Environment

Examples of ideas that could be offered:

 

Work with staff to improve staff room and facilities – this can include things such a snack bar, quiet room or even having some team photos around the office/staff room.


Have a fridge available for staff to store their lunches


Room to rest not just get a quick bite and catch up on paperwork


Music in background or calming noises e.g. water or birds


Book corner – swap and share


Notice board “for sale items” birthdays, happy events – can be a real notice board or virtual


Plants – Green areas  – quiet area for supervisions and or coaching especially in Home Care Companies – multiple studies have found that being near indoor plants can lower stress levels.

 



Arco (discount available on their clothing to aid comfort, either individuals or companies through The Academy– if you’re a HCPA member then you can get exclusive discounts at Arco.


Happiness at work

Why should you be encouraging happiness at work?

  • happiness goes hand-in-hand with good health.
  • happy employees are the most vocal and persuasive advocates for their organisations.
  • happiness, is like laughter, it can be contagious.
  • Happiness supports professional fulfilment, and so retention of staff.

While it is great to highlight happiness in the workplace for a week, we want this to carry this on for the whole year, so here are a few ideas to give you a kick start:

1.         Encouraging safe social activity – from organising work team meals out , to zoom quizzes, encourage your staff to get to know each other outside the work environment.
2.         Happiness Lottery! Put the names of all your workers in a hat, have someone else randomly pull out two or three names, and give out surprise gifts.  Could be an extra holiday (woohoo!), a cake from the local store, 4-hours flex time, a voucher for the supermarket, toiletries … If you’re in tune with your team, you will know beforehand what type of activity or gift they would appreciate.
3.         Employee of the week  – reward a staff member  who has gone above and beyond  or who has shown acts of kindness – get all staff to nominate
4.         Recognise staff members who are not as out-going and support them to join in
5.         Birthday list and employment anniversary – just to acknowledge and celebrate.
6.         Make sure you are showing a happy face, and saying thank you and praising staff when you see things – not just waiting until meetings or supervision.  Remember happiness is contagious.
7.         Internal news-letter, with fun quiz and news
8.         Ask for and display quotes from staff on a notice boards of things that have made individuals happy either that week or in general ‘Raising awareness of the things that bring about happiness.’
9.         Plants or flowers around are always uplifting and good for health – even if you have hay fever sufferers, there are a lot of beautiful foliage plants to brighten the work place.
10.    Make time in all meetings to celebrate things and to identify positive happy activities to plan together.


Managers – have your say on NICE guidelines

New consultation on draft mental wellbeing at work guideline

Our updated draft guidance on mental wellbeing at work aims to help those supporting the social care workforce. Consultation on the draft recommendations is now open.

If you are interested in strategic approaches to improving mental wellbeing at work, we encourage you to let us know your thoughts on:

  • supportive work environments
  • external sources of support
  • training and support for managers and supervisors
  • approaches for employees who have or are at risk of poor mental health
  • organisational-level approaches for high-risk occupations
  • local and regional strategies and plans

Click here for the NICE consulation

Health

Examples of ideas that could be offered:

  • Link with “Guardian” look at different health days and celebrate them
  • Link with “environment” use notice board to have support links e.g. diabetes, menopause
  • Link to “exercise” Actively encourage staff to look after themselves
  • Sponsored exercise – link to just giving or crowd funding to go to something in the home or in staff room
  • Utilise resources for nutrition such as the NHS Eat Well Guide and Good Mood Food.
  • Mental health, Understand your own mental health and well being.
  • Offer counselling by utilising tools like ‘Here For You‘.

Mental Health Peer Support Group

About this event: We are a friendly, safe peer support group where everyone is welcome. We come together to walk and chat without fear of judgement.

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

»Click here to register for free


Address your stress

» Click here for further resources from Mental First Aid England


Healthy Hubs

Healthy Hubs are a free one-stop shop for health and wellbeing information, advice and support, making sure you get the help and guidance that is right for you.

There are a number of Healthy Hubs across Hertfordshire. Each one has teamed up with a range of local services to ensure that you can access the help you need to stay healthy and well.

»Click here to find out more


Vaccination

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone aged 16 and over who had a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 3 months ago can now get a booster dose.

For details of how to get vaccinated, see www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination

If you still have questions about vaccination get the trusted information you need to feel confident here.


Boost your immunity with flu and COVID-19 booster vaccinations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please take up offers of these vaccines to protect yourself, your families and others.

» Click here to visit a walk in centre or book a jab 

» Click here for more information about the vaccinations

» Click here to order your free lateral flow tests


The new ‘live safely with COVID’ campaign for spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The steps people can follow are:

  • be kind – respect people wearing masks or keeping their distance from you – they may well be very vulnerable to infection
  • be informed – know your level of risk and get good, trusted advice on managing it
  • be vaccinated or boosted – ensure you and those around you are vaccinated when invited
  • be safe – manage your risk when socially mixing (hands, face, space, fresh air)
  • be prepared – if you get Covid, stay at home and get early treatment, should you need it
  • be supported – as well as your family and friends, Herts Help stands ready to offer support.

» Click here for more information


Stop smoking today

Stopping smoking is one of the best things you’ll ever do for your health.

When you stop, you give your lungs the chance to repair and you’ll be able to breath easier. There are lots of other benefits too – and they start almost immediately!

» Click here to find out more on stopping smoking


How is your blood pressure?

Your blood pressure is affected by lots of factors, some are fixed – others you can change. How active you are, whether you smoke and how much alcohol you drink, for example, all make a big difference. Over time, high blood pressure can lead to a number of health problems such as stroke, heart disease or vascular dementia.

Understand the causes of high blood pressure and how to lower your blood pressure with healthy living, healthy eating, medication if needed and home monitoring.

For more information see Blood Pressure UK

Try these blood-pressure friendly recipes, they are low in salt and saturated fat but high in fruit, vegetables and fibre.


Skin Cancer Awareness Month is a time for us to speak up about the dangers of skin cancer  Skin cancer symptoms | Cancer Research UK and help save lives.

Let’s flood social media with a wave of people doing the #SkinCheckChallenge! Here’s how it works:

  • First, check your skin from head to toe. Look for anything new, changing or unusual.
  • Then, post a photo or video of your skin check and share it online with the hashtag #SkinCheckChallenge.
  • Share a “thumbs up” pic or get creative with our custom #SkinCheckChallenge photo booth frames. Tag us and tell us if you found anything.
  • Then, invite two friends to do it too.

Are you up for the challenge? Let’s go!


Could you be at risk of diabetes?

Every 2 minutes someone finds out that they have Type 2 diabetes, and some ethnicities are at a higher risk.

Take our simple quiz so you can get the right support and avoid long-term health problems. It takes just a few minutes and could be the most important thing you do today.

You may be eligible for your free local NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. This is a mixture of one to one and group sessions delivered by specially-trained health and wellbeing coaches to learn how to prevent diabetes by incorporating healthier eating, physical activity, problem-solving, stress-reduction and coping skills into your daily life. For prevention and treatments see Diabetes – NHS (www.nhs.uk)


Staying active is one of the best things you can do for your health and wellbeing

Get active – Better Health – NHS  have some great resources to help you to build more activity into your days especially ‘9 simple tips to move more’.

Physical Activity for Wellbeing – Herts Sports Partnership for opportunities to take part in activity within Hertfordshire.


Herts Sports Partnership

Herts Sports Partnership have put together a great list of local services for families

It includes things like park runs, cycle routes and healthy eating as part of the holiday activity programme.

Take a look and keep handy or pass on to a friend.

» Click here to view their page


Getting active at home or joining a class

 

 

 

 

 

 

Desk working, keep moving! Change your position and have regular breaks to walk or stretch.

» Click here to view more tips on how to protect your back


10 small changes you can make today to prevent weight gain

 

 

 

 

 

Just a small change can be enough to stop weight gain. Skip the chips/have a veg side, switch fizzy drinks to water or latte to americano, avoid sweets or have half a treat -share or save half for tomorrow, and walk more. Try these tips to consume fewer or burn extra calories to help you manage your weight.

» Check out these 10 small changes you can make today to prevent weight gain


Kickstart your health

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy changes start with little changes. Whether you want to improve your diet, get active or quit smoking, Better Health has lots of free tools and support to help.

» Click here to find out more from Better Health

» Click here to find simple ways to lift your mood with Every Mind Matters


Healthy living made easy

 

 

 

 

 

 

This 5 week online course can help you improve your physical and mental health with key ‘life hacks’  – and a new recipe to try each week.

» Click here to find this and other low cost wellbeing courses


NHS Better Health

Would you like free weight loss support? You may qualify for 3 months free with Weight Watchers (WW) to help you make healthy changes.

There are some great healthy recipes, meal plans and recipe collections everyone can try!

» Find out more here

 

Phote credit: www.weightwatchers.com

 

Picnic Frittata

     

» Click here for the recipe

Roasted vegetable quiche

» Click here for the recipe

 

Mini butternut & sage vegan rolls

» Click here for the recipe

 

Toblerone Cookies

 

» Click here for the recipe

 

Coconut & Cucumber refresher

» Click here for the recipe


Staying hydrated

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Hydration is crucial for your health, but it’s also crucial for success at work too. Dehydration impacts your concentration, reaction times and mood, which combined will massively impact your work.

» Click here for tips on how to stay hydrated at work


Are you feeling SAD?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many people suffer with the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder.

» Click here for 10 ways to help combat the symptoms of SAD


Parkinson’s Awareness Month

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month.  Parkinson’s Awareness Month is an opportunity to increase awareness about the illness and its symptoms, as well as to support victims. Parkinson’s is a long-term disorder where the central nervous system degenerates and that affects the motor system. Motor symptoms like trembling, stiffness, and rigidity are usually associated with Parkinson’s disease. Symptoms typically occur slowly. One side is often affected first, but as Parkinson’s disease progresses, both sides are affected. Celebrities such as Muhammed Ali and Michael J. Fox were diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

» Click here for ideas on how you can help raise awareness in April

 


Rehab for Addiction 

 

 

 

Rehab 4 Addiction is a UK-based addiction and mental health helpline and an advisory and referral service.

Rehab 4 Addiction works with a wide variety of treatments to support those in need.

» Click here to visit their website

Career Pathways

Examples of ideas that could be offered:

Train for succession – what next?


Offer developmental training


Encourage the use of The Care Professionals Academy

A portal for you to upload your training certificates and qualifications, and access rewards and discounts for working in Adult Social Care.

» Find our more here


Show your staff that you value them and their career with you! 

Nominate a staff member by clicking here for the ‘My Career in Care’ campaign. We are looking to showcase the best of the Adult Social Care workforce in Hertfordshire. You can see more about the ongoing Good Care Campaign here.


Visit Herts Good Care to see how HCPA’s fully funded service Herts Good Care Recruitment can help. 

 

 

 

» Find out more here

 

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