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Support for care provider staff wellbeing


Care staff are working in very difficult circumstances and it is important they are supported in their health and wellbeing. This page provides information on support for managers and staff.

The Durham and Darlington Care Home Wellbeing Service

The service provides wellbeing support for care home staff working in care homes for older people. They provide wellbeing resources, confidential 1 to 1 support for staff (in person or by telephone), whole home support (wellbeing visits) and runs wellbeing projects for both staff and residents. You can join Care Home Wellbeing – Durham and Darlington on Facebook where they provide wellbeing resources to help staff to take care in challenging times.  If you would like more information about the service can support you best or would like to request support, contact the service on 07909 881 632 or by email at tewv.chws@nhs.net

ICS: North East and North Cumbria Staff Wellbeing Hub

Free counselling and psychological support is available to any member of staff working in care in County Durham and details of other local services have been made available as sources of help and support, such as the Staff wellbeing hub - North East and North Cumbria ICS.

Local Government Association (LGA) Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources

The LGA have developed a website with key resources to support adult social care employee mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond, which will be useful for our local providers. 

Going Home Checklist

The Going home checklist has been created by the NHS. Based around caring, listening and improving work-life by encouraging reflection and mindfulness at the end of each working day. Thinking of the role of the staff taking care of others each and every day. Turning that round to remember to take the time to ensure we look out for them after what can be a very stressful and long day. Although developed for the NHS, the free Going Home Checklist poster will be useful for social care staff noticeboards / wellbeing areas too.

Bereavement resources for the social care workforce

Losing someone close to you, whether it's a family member, friend or colleague, can be devastating. Working in the social care sector, you may also grieve the loss of residents or care users, particularly those with whom you had a longstanding and meaningful relationship. We hope that the resources on Gov.uk: Bereavement resources for the social care workforce help you during this very difficult time.

Recovery College online

The Recovery College provides a range of online educational courses and resources to people who might be struggling with mental health issues, covering topics such as stress, anxiety, mood changes, sleeping problems, trauma and adversity.  

Wellbeing for Life

Wellbeing for Life deliver courses that will support individuals and those who work with others, to raise their awareness in subjects that will improve their mental and physical health. Find out more at Wellbeing For Life: Training Courses. There are also some useful free wellbeing videos that can be accessed through the Wellbeing for Life County Durham - YouTube account.

Covid-19 vaccination information

In County Durham, the NHS are delivering Covid-19 vaccinations at sites spread across the county and there are lots of vaccine drop ins that you can go to. Find one here NHS: Where and when you can you get a walk-in Covid-19 jab in County Durham.

Better Health at Work Award

The Better Health at Work Award is free and available to all businesses in County Durham, regardless of size, location or type of business. Organisations will be supported by a dedicated workplace health team and have access to free workplace training including understanding stress and basic mental health. Many organisations already promote healthy lifestyles and consider the health of their employees. This Award will recognise the achievements of these organisations and help them move forward in a structured and supported way. Find out more and sign up to the Award at  Better Health at Work Award.

Help to stop smoking

Smoking is the primary cause of preventable illness and premature death. Never before has it been more important that smokers try to stop. Care staff that would like support to stop smoking can find out more on our tobacco and smoking page.

Help to reduce alcohol consumption

DrinkCoach is a free online tool for people who want to reduce or stop how much alcohol they drink. The DrinkCoach Alcohol Test is free, quick and confidential. It enables people to find out how risky their drinking is and to find local support options in the area, such as the County Durham drug and alcohol recovery services. The DrinkCoach App is free to download and lets people monitor their drinking, calorie intake and spending, and get a better understanding of how drinking affects them.

The Care Workers' Charity

The Care Workers’ Charity supports current and former care workers with one-off crisis grants and also mental wellbeing and health support. 

Help with your money

Help with your money includes a number of links to places where people can access advice and support with food, funding, debt and benefit advice and help with heating and energy bills and more.

Blue Light Card

Blue Light Card provides those in the NHS, emergency services, social care sector and armed forces with discounts online and in-store.

 

 

 

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