This resources page is for you to gain ideas to support your staff to feel happy, healthy and more comfortable in their roles.

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

Achieve this by showing us evidence that you have:

  • Assigned a Staff Wellbeing Guardian in your workforce
  • Demonstrated 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 businessdevelopment@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 Wellbeing Guardians give support and direction, and also receive 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 wellbeing.
  • 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 within 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.

Other things you can do:

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


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


You could 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 year has 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. The day, announced during this year’s Professional Care Workers’ Week, will take place in 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.

» Click here for details on how to claim for the life assurance scheme

» Click here to find out how you can pay tribute to colleagues past and present


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.

Help & Support – Counselling

Examples of help available: 

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

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) and Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) have launched a new psychological support service, ‘Here for you’. This service is specifically for staff who work in healthcare, social care, the voluntary sector or not-for-profit sector in Hertfordshire or Essex, as well as those who work in a Hertfordshire or Essex organisation, but are based elsewhere.

In order to help organisations access and implement this in the best way possible, we have released a new toolkit which contains information for partners in healthcare, Social Care, the voluntary sector and the not-for-profit sector to use, to encourage your staff to contact ‘Here for you’ if they are struggling with any mental wellbeing problems related to the pandemic, whatever they may be.
Here for you has been set up to support all staff, clinical and non-clinical, whether they are frontline or not.
Here for you is a completely free service which prioritises staff needs, signposts to the right help at the right time, provides a priority referral if needed and helps rebuild resilience levels. Here for you is run by experts in the mental health field and confidentiality is paramount.

Please share this as widely as possible with your staff teams – the only eligibility check they will be asked is what provider they work for.

» Download your posters here [PDF]
» Download your intranet assets here [ZIP]
» Download your website assets here [ZIP]

As this is a new service we would welcome your feedback here (please use the Feedback to our Partners box).


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


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.

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


Disability equals diversity, not disadvantage

 

 

 

 

 

International Day of People with a Disability on 3rd December, is an annual celebration, but also a movement used to break down barriers to inclusion and advocate for the rights of people with disability. Everyone can join on social media by using the hashtags #IDPD | #EveryoneIncluded | #CRPD and promoting this year’s theme on “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.”

The National Disability Strategy sets out the actions the government will take to improve the everyday lives of all disabled people.


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


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 


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


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


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


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 


The Five Ways to Wellbeing

» Learn more here


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).


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 receipes this month


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


Christmas Markets

Christmas Market Lates @ Watford Market – 3rd December

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Location: Watford Market, Watford House Lane, Watford, WD17 1BJ

Time: 5.30pm – 10pm

Watford’s Christmas ‘Market late’ will take place on December 3rd, offering late night food, drink and live entertainment.

» Click here to find out more

Pop up Christmas Farmers and Craft Market – Southern Maltings, Ware – 5th December

Location: Southern Maltings, Kibes Lane North Car Park, Kibes Lane, Ware, SG12 7BS

Time: 10am – 3pm

» Click here to find out more

North Star Christmas Market, Welwyn – 11th December

Location: The North Star Public House, 82 Great North Road, Oaklands, Welwyn, AL6 0TA

Time: 12pm – 6pm 

» Click here to find out more

 

Great Offley Christmas Market, Hitchin – 18th December

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Location: Offley Village Hall, Luton Road, Hiotchin, SG5 3DG

This will be an afternoon filled with festive shopping, drinks, music and fun for all the family. Small businesses will be in attendance selling everything from jams and chutneys, candles, pet accessories and treats, jewellery, prints, cards and cakes and festive snacks for all the family to enjoy.   There will also be a Santa’s grotto for all of your children to come and meet Santa before the big day; and seasonal face painting.

» Click here to find out more


Christmas Pantomimes

It’s Pantomime season, and there are lots to choose from this year.  Here is just a small selection of Pantomimes that are taking place in Hertfordshire this year.  Look out for others near you. 

Aladdin – Stevenage

Location: The Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage, SG1 1LZ

Dates: 26th November 2021 – 23rd January 2022

» Click here to book tickets

Snow White – Radlett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location: The Radlett Centre, Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, WD7 HL

Dates: 4th December 2021 – 31st December 2021

» Click here to book tickets

Cinderella – Rickmansworth

Location: Watersmeet Theatre, High Street, Rickmansworth, WD3 1EH

Dates: 9th December 2021 – 31st December 2021

» Click here to book tickets

Jack and the Beanstalk – Welwyn Garden City

Location: Campus West, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6BX

Dates: 9th December 2021 – 2nd January 2022

» Click here to book tickets

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – St Albans

Location: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, AL3 3LD

Dates: 17th December 2021 – 31st December 2021

» Click here to book tickets

Beauty and the Beast – Potters Bar

Location: Wyllyotts Theatre & Cinema, Wyllyotts Place, Potters Bar, EN6 2HZ

Dates: 17th December 2021 – 31st December 2021

» Click here to book tickets


Wear a Christmas Jumper to work day – 10th December

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Jumper Day 2021 is on Friday 10th December. 

Can’t do it on Friday 10 December? No problem. Even though most people, schools and workplaces will be joining in on that day, you can pick any day that works for you. The important thing is getting on a silly sweater and raising money to help children see the magic in the world!

» Click here to sign up now and get your free online fundraising pack 


Carols at Christmas – Wednesday 15th December

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/

Enjoy a wonderful evening of festivities in a good cause, at Southwark Cathedral or from the comfort of your own home on Wednesday 15th December 2021.

» Click here to find out more


The Magic of Christmas – Saturday 4th December

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discover the Magic of Christmas in Welwyn Garden City.  A fun day to enjoy the Christmas spirit with a craft market, street entertainers and more!

» Click here to find out more

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


 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 


 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 

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


Boost your immunity with flu and COVID-19 booster vaccinations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please take up offers of these vaccines to protect yourself, your families and others. If you have had both vaccinations and at least six months (182 days) have passed since your second vaccination the National Booking Service will allow you to book a ‘booster’ jab.

» 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


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.


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.


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


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 out more and see other low-cost wellbeing courses


Healthy eating this winter

 

 

 

 

 

Sticking to a healthy diet won’t prevent you from picking up winter illnesses, but it can help maintain your immune system to better protect you. And should you fall ill, a nutritious diet can help speed up your recovery.

» Click here for the British Heart Foundation’s 5 top tips for healthy eating this winter

Also see what you should have in your store cupboard and find warming lunch and healthy dinner ideas and recipes as well as with these 14 delicious healthy porridge ideas.


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

 

Weight Watchers – roast chicken dinner traybake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: www.weightwatchers.com

» Click here to view the recipe

Weight Watchers – Winter Berry Bombe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

» Click here to view the recipe


    Want to have a celebration without alcohol?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    How about a Rhubarb and ginger no-gin fizz or an Irish cream no-liqueur?

    » Click here to view more mocktail receipes via the BBC Good Food


    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

    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. 

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