News and Notices

This week for Wellbeing...

Bereavement Support Group – Wednesday 31 March – 2.30pm - 4.00pm
We have all experienced loss and grief over the past year, in many different ways. We know how hard this can be, so have created our peer support group, facilitated by Resolve, to give a safe space to come together and process with colleagues with shared experiences. You can share your story or simply listen to others, in this confidential, non-judgemental space.

Please email resolve@nhs.net to get the diary invite for the session

 

Nursing minds wellbeing toolkit launched
Nurses now have easy free access to the newly- launched Nursing Minds toolkit, funded by Burdett. The toolkit is a compilation of links to sources of help, advice and support to help nurses boost their mental health and wellbeing.  

It covers healthy eating, mindfulness, alcohol, conflict management, COVID-19,  discrimination and prejudice, domestic violence, ethnic minority inspiration, finance,  housing, managing your manager, self- coaching and relationships.  

Nurses have always had to work under pressure. The COVID 19 pandemic, however, has had  a dramatic effect on workloads, stress levels and mental health. In a project which started  pre-COVID, C3 have worked in partnership with nurses (and supported by the Burdett Trust  for Nursing), to develop this free on-line resource that they can access during difficult times. 

Hundreds of nurses have contributed toward the development of the toolkit which included  highlighting some of the key resources listed.  

For more details please see: https://www.c3health.org/mental-health-toolkit/

 

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) Talk
April is Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) month. PMDD is a cyclical, hormone-based mood disorder with symptoms arising during the premenstrual, or luteal phase of the menstrual cycle. It affects an estimated 5.5% of women and those assigned female at birth of reproductive age and can have a significant impact both personal and work life.

The Staff wellbeing Team will be hosting a talk with Clare Knox from See Her Thrive on PMDD on:

Tuesday 20 April 2021 at 12.30pm via Teams

This talk is open for everyone working within DCHS. It is for anyone who wants to know more about PMDD and how best support either yourself, or your colleague, friend or family member.

If you wish to take part in any of the above talks or would like more information please email Sarah Osborn (Staff Wellbeing Project Officer) at dchst.engagement @nhs.net  

 

Our next Schwartz Round – When you can’t make the work day stop…
On Tuesday 27 April at 1.00pm, we will be running our virtual Schwartz Round which is themed “When you can’t make the work day stop.” This forum is designed for all staff to come together online, to discuss, listen and reflect on the emotional challenges that we are currently experiencing.

We try so hard to manage our energy levels and establish boundaries around our schedules, yet sometimes it can be difficult to unwind and switch off from it all. The heaviness of the pandemic can often take up space in our minds leaving us feeling drained and exhausted. Now is the time more than ever to show self-compassion, listen to our bodies and perhaps plan to make our own needs a priority. Whether clinical or not, this Schwartz Round will give us all an opportunity to reflect on our efforts at taking care of our health and wellbeing.

For more information and the link to join please contact Ruth Bailey Staff Wellbeing Officer at Ruth.Bailey8@nhs.net