A new Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub has been launched for those working in health care services, including within voluntary and community sector organisations.
The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub is now live. The Hub aims to enhance the delivery of mental health and wellbeing support for everyone working in health and care services including the NHS, local authorities and councils, ambulance service staff, care home workers, those working in social care and community workers, and staff who work in voluntary and community sector organisations within West Yorkshire and Harrogate.
The Hub does not replace all your local health and wellbeing offers, it is in place to supplement the mental health and wellbeing offers already available or for those staff who wish to access mental health support without going through their own organisation. The Hub will help meet the additional needs and demands of our workforce both during and following this pandemic and to ensure access to timely psychological support for those who need it. The Partnership are working closely with strategic workforce leads to ensure joined up developments around enhancing local occupational health services and the work of the Hub.
Additional funding to continue the work of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub into 2021/22 has been received, but it is not clear whether this funding will continue into future years, therefore it is essential to use these funds to focus on providing services that meet the requirements for your staff at this time whilst delivering the national expectations including:
– Ensure the mental health and wellbeing hub model delivered is in line with NHSE/I guidance and provides access to confidential mental health support for those staff who need it
– Work towards expanding the local offer to other health and care staff groups who have been adversely impacted by the pandemic and need support.
– Ensure clinical assessments and care co-ordination is delivered in a family orientated way, supporting staff to identify, understand and address their family relationships.
– Ensure there is a focus on ICU/critical care teams in proactive outreach and support, as well as staff in training e.g. student nurses and junior doctors. ICU/critical care staff, and those staff who have been deployed to support critical care units/high Covid exposure environments, have been highlighted as being significantly impacted by the pandemic
– Ensure there is a focus on staff from ethnic minority backgrounds in proactive outreach and support, as this group has been disproportionately affected by Covid-19.
– Ensure there is rapid access to treatment where needed, recommend that staff are prioritised based on clinical need, in line with local protocols and clinical governance.
– In line with the guidance, identify any gaps in access or treatment for at risk staff groups and consider provision of additional support or treatment needed.
To do this, they are holding a Summit Event for leaders and managers on 26 May to:
– give you an opportunity to share the mental health and wellbeing offers currently being provided in your place / organisation
– identify future areas of focus both at a local and ICS level
– identify what support is required by you for your organisation from the Hub.
This event will bring together leaders in staff wellbeing in all organisations to ensure we have the conversations from varying different perspectives, so the decisions made and our future focus is right for everyone.
Ahead of the event, it would help if you could share some of your thoughts and current experiences in relation to the development of the Hub. Please take five minutes to complete this survey that will help to finalise the agenda for the event and ensure that it aligns with your needs.
Please hold the date in your diary, further details and Eventbrite link for registration will follow.