It’s World Wellbeing Week 2022, running from Monday 27th June – Friday 1st July.
Now in its fourth year, the week provides an opportunity for us to acknowledge the positive effects that good health and wellbeing can have on our lives – not only in a personal sense, but at work too. Now more than ever, UK employers are stepping up to ensure that their staff have all the support they need to maintain positive mental and physical wellbeing.
An organisation that really champions positive staff wellbeing is Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT). We’re excited to be working in partnership with HHFT as we support them with their international recruitment drive.
HHFT is passionate about providing outstanding care for its patients. It expects staff to uphold its core values: compassion for patients and fellow staff, accountability and responsibility for one’s actions, respecting colleagues, patients, and their families, and encouraging and challenging one another to provide the best care possible. It is incredibly supportive of its staffs’ needs – making wellbeing at work a top priority and offering a range of easily accessible internal health and wellbeing services.
HHFT Wellbeing Hub. Staff can access a qualified counsellor 24/7 for confidential listening support and signposting. There are also six-week counselling, and online CBT sessions available.
Freedom to Speak up Guardians. Staff can raise any concerns they might have in a safe space, via a confidential voicemail service.
Health Information Point. A wide range of resources and links that support positive health and wellbeing at HHFT.
Health4Work. A service for staff members whose day-to-day work may be affecting their wellbeing. Adjustments can be made, helping staff to feel more supported and healthier whilst on shift.
Chaplaincy. A space where staff – from any faith or with no religious beliefs at all - can receive emotional support and be listened to.
HHFT provide services at a national and local level including peer support, support for teams, and training for managers and leaders who support others. There's also financial and legal support available - HHFT have teamed up with Health Assured to bring their staff free money and debt management support, as well as legal guidance.
If you’re a HHFT staff member, you can find out more about the services mentioned by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust know that international staff will often need more tailored support towards positive wellbeing. Newly arrived staff are sent a bespoke ‘welcome’ newsletter detailing the support on offer to them, as well as being connected with an ‘Ambassador’ – a staff member who was also once new to the UK who’s available to meet up for a coffee to discuss UK life and what it’s like working at HHFT.
International staff usually receive 8-10 weeks of ‘settling in’ support – from creating a UK bank account and finding accommodation, to support with passing the OSCE exam, attendance to an international nursing seminar and access to a wider international working community, plus more.
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