Supporting You

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Following the success of our previous award-winning winter support package and our continued efforts to support health and wellbeing during the multiple pressures of winter. We would like to share some programmes that we hope, helps provide balanced and meaningful ways to connect, share and learn. 

We recognise the importance of wellbeing, compassion and inclusion and have brought together a number of interactive workshops, masterclasses and coaching opportunities to help provide space for reflection, time for connection and sharing of experiences that can help lift, sustain and retain energy.

As we continue to experience increasing demands on our time, attention, energy and capacity may become detrimental to health and well-being, we are sharing again our current portfolio of opportunities with additional resources that have been designed to respond to the pressures of winter. The offers in the Supporting You Package will be delivered in bitesize sessions of between 60-90 minutes. Below you will be able to find out a little on what is on offer. They have been designed so that they can be stand-alone giving you the flexibility to attend the sessions you wish to.

Supporting You Offers

Bitesize Wellbeing WorkshopIt’s become clichéd to say that these are challenging times. Everyone knows that many people are more stressed, anxious, worried, and exhausted than usual. It is entirely reasonable to feel these things, given what’s going on. While some degree of worry is understandably widespread, more severe mental ill health is being experienced by some groups.  Experiences will of course vary from person to person – It’s important to acknowledge that staff and teams may be going through a wide range of responses.

These sessions are designed to enable individual reflection and exploration of the latest developments in neuroscience, positive psychology and resilience to help leaders enhance their own well-being, feel less pressured and facilitate resilience and well-being in their teams.

Leading with Hope – This programme is designed to help leaders be able to foster hope for themselves and within their practice to support colleagues to maintain their health, well-being and continue to persevere with the valuable work they do.

Outward Mindset – The number one challenge of NHS and other care organisations is employee resilience. Burn out, sick leave or people leaving the sector creates massive problems for an already stretched service. One overlooked solution is ‘Interpersonal resilience’. This is the resilience we gain from the quality of our work relationships and our levels of civility in the way we interact with others.  Every manager and employee can play their part by adopting an Outward Mindset that drives respectful relationship building behaviour.

This 60 minute masterclass will describe what interpersonal resilience is and why it’s crucial to surviving such difficult times, understand the difference between Inward and Outward Mindset and provide tools and ideas on how we can play our part in creating resilient teams and culture.

Power of Compassion for Inclusion – It has long been known that human beings are social creatures, and we have an innate capacity to care. To care about the most vulnerable and those in need. It is also understandable that in these extraordinary times our personal reservoirs of compassion have become depleted and the need to renew and replenish ourselves has never been more important.

We also know that as people and organisations build their capacity for compassion, they are more attentive to the needs of marginalised and excluded people. They become more inclusive. More engaged. More responsive to the needs of those who experience daily indignities, and whose wellbeing is quietly depleted. Compassion has the power to build our support for others, as well as own resilience.

These 90 minute workshops interactive workshops offers those attending a chance to explore and learn about everyday ways to bring compassionate practice to life with the option of spending time with peers to deepen their understanding of ways to apply in their work.

Art of Being Brilliant – In a nutshell Being Brilliant is about being the best version of ourselves, something we all know how to do brilliantly. But work, pandemics, the cost of living and life in general can get in the way sometimes. This session aims to do two things, to remind you of how awesome you are and give you some simple tips that will help you form the habits that will help that best version of you be present more often.

Rising Stronger – From mental health to mental wealth

Rising Stronger is a fast paced, entertaining and light-hearted session on a very serious subject; YOU and your personal wellbeing. It is solidly based in the science of positive psychology with all the big words taken out and replaced with simple to understand and easy to action content.

Health and Wellbeing Offers

Wellbeing Podcasts

The impact of Covid-19 and winter pressures continue to disrupt and interrupt our everyday lives in many ways, and we are all experiencing a level of change that is both unprecedented in speed . The impact of this has been felt more acutely and keenly by those working for at the front-line of patient care or working hard to maintain a service in extremely challenging circumstances.

We are supporting the Somerset Emotional Wellbeing Podcast – a free weekly show hosted by Dr. Andrew Tresidder and Dr. Peter Bagshaw. In each episode, the doctors discuss a different topic related to mental health and emotional wellbeing and often invite expert guests to join them in conversation.

Additionally, through a series of three podcasts, we aim to provide some thoughts, ideas and strategies to help you make sense of your experience over recent months and move through the next phase of response.

Click here to find out more

Wellbeing Blogs

You may find it helpful to have the opportunity to take 10-15 minutes time to read and reflect. We have a series of blogs, around a range of topics or with the aim of supporting you during these particularly difficult months. There are a variety of titles around mindfulness, compassion, adapting to uncertainty and taking time to pause.

Click here to find out more

Leadership and Management Offers

Leadership Learning Zone

We know how important it is for clinicians and leaders at all levels to keep their skills updated to inspire and lead their teams. Equally, we understand how crucial it is for you to personally improve your skills and effectiveness. Truly authentic leadership is a journey and these online modules that we have created will enable you to support that journey to truly realise your potential.
22 eLearning modules complimented by training events and workshops to help you lead your team. Click here to register.

Coaching and Mentoring Offers

Bitesize Coaching for Frontline Leaders and Managers

In response to the additional challenges this winter, we are pleased to introduce our new, Bitesize Coaching offer to support Frontline Leaders & Managers across the South West. We are working with a team of professional coaches who will provide focused, short-term support in the form of a 45-minute virtual or telephone coaching session. These are designed to offer a safe space where Frontline Leaders & Managers can reflect on and explore their concerns, needs and challenges in a constructive way.

Find out more here

Coaching Register

Coaching is one of the key approaches through which leadership within organisations can be developed. Coaching is a method of developing an individual’s capabilities in order to facilitate the achievement of organisational success. Coaching is series of purposeful conversations that unlock a person’s potential to maximise their own performance.  It helps individuals learn and grow through a collaborative, solution focused, result-orientated process.

Find out more here

Mentoring Register

Mentoring is a developmental relationship in which one person (the Mentor) – usually someone more knowledgeable (though ‘peer’ mentoring can be as successful) helps another (the Mentee) to discover more about themselves, and develop their potential capability.

This is achieved through a professional friendship designed to support career progression, widen an individual’s networks, develop leadership capability and improve performance.

Find out more here

Other Resources

E-Learning Modules

E-learning for healthcare provides e-learning programmes to support the health and care workforce. Topics include coaching skills, managing change, health and wellbeing champions and staff recovery resources. Find out more here

National Support for Our People

Supporting our people – helping you manage your own health and wellbeing whilst looking after others. Online resources, guides and programmes to support staff health and wellbeing through the pandemic and beyond. Find out more here

Suicide Prevention, Management and Postvention toolkit

One in four adults experience suicidal thoughts and feelings at some point in their lives, and as one third of our lives are spent in work, then work can be a place where support is offered and provided.

This suicide prevention toolkit is designed to help, support, and educate everyone in the organisation around the risks of suicide at work, promoting good practice, and encouraging healthy conversation to remove the stigma often associated with mental health problems and suicide.

Click here to access the Suicide Prevention Toolkit 

With thanks to our colleagues in the North West Ambulance Service who developed this tool kit and have given permission for us to share.

Supporting our NHS People

Helping you manage your own health and wellbeing whilst looking after others. Find available resources here

South West Wellbeing Hubs

The staff mental health and wellbeing hubs have been set up to provide health and social care colleagues rapid access to assessment and local evidence-based mental health services and support where needed. The hub offer is confidential and free of charge for all health and social care staff. Find out more here


A place and space for team leaders and managers to connect, share and learn together. Through your feedback, contributions and emerging themes we will be releasing new content led by you, for you. Find out more here

Healthcare Leadership Model

The Healthcare Leadership Model is useful for everyone because it describes the things you can see leaders doing at work and demonstrates how you can develop as a leader – even if you’re not in a formal leadership role. Find out more here

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