Well-Being and Support

Looking after your wellbeing during this crisis is crucial - it is a marathon, not a sprint.

Our Professional Support and Wellbeing team across the South West are operational during the COVID crisis and can be contacted on PSW.SW@hee.nhs.uk

Please see the link below about the support that can be offered, the team will also be running wellbeing and support webinars.

https://severndeanery.nhs.uk/about-us/professional-support-and-well-being-south-west/

 

Please see below for a helpful link to support for the whole dental team by a collaborative group with the BDA / BDA Benevolent Fund/ PHE & The Dentist Health Support Trust.

https://www.supportfordentalteams.org/

 

Health, well-being and resilience

Stress levels are understandably high at this challenging time. Therefore here are some online resources that may be useful. A number of platforms have been made available free. 

MindEd

The MindEd Covid-19 Resilience Hub is now available.
The Hub, supported by HEE, is available for the health and care workforce to help them manage their own mental health and wellbeing while supporting others during the pandemic.
Access the MindEd Resilience Hub at http://covid.minded.org.uk

MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people's mental health for all adults. It contains materials for:
• professionals and volunteers;
• families and carers;
• older people.
For more information please visit https://www.minded.org.uk/ 
There is also information for families at https://mindedforfamilies.org.uk/

Embrace Resilience: 

We hope that the four online courses from Embrace Resilience will help. The courses are all provided free of charge and are available for all dental team members including those who are not on the dental register. The courses are:

  • Change and Resilience – this course covers behaviour change and how to build personal resilience
  • Mental Health: Body and Mind – this course explains the links between physical and mental health and enables learners to establish routines beneficial for the mind and body
  • Managing Stress and Anxiety – this course will assist learners to manage everyday causes of anxiety and resultant stress
  • Work-Life Balance – this course explores the balance between work commitments and other interests to support learners to achieve a work-life balance which improves their health.

To enable an inclusive approach for all practice team members to avail of this support, it is not necessary to input a GDC number as part of the registration process. All participants can download a certificate which demonstrates two hours CPD for each course. For those with a GDC number, this certificate complies with the GDC Enhanced CPD requirements. We hope that this initiative will be welcomed by practices and individuals to address and demonstrate their engagement in supporting the important issue of the mental health and wellbeing of all the team. Access to this training is available on the Midlands and East Dental School website https://heeoe.hee.nhs.uk/dental

NHS England and NHS Improvement announce a series of psychological support for all NHS staff during the COVID19 outbreak, as we recognise it is really important to look after your own health and wellbeing, whilst supporting patients and your family. As such, we are pleased to offer the following wellbeing apps to all NHS staff and those with an NHS.net email account for free.

To see how to access these apps, please see below:

Unmind

Unmind is a mental health platform that empowers staff to proactively improve their mental wellbeing. Using scientifically-backed assessments, tools and training you can measure and manage your personal mental health needs, including digital programmes designed to help with stress, sleep, coping, connection, fulfilment and nutrition. They are offering free access to NHS staff until the end of December 2020, active now.
How NHS staff can get access
1. Go to https://nhs.unmind.com/signup
2. Sign up with your NHS email address 
3. Download the Unmind app from your app store - your organisation name is NHS. 

Headspace: 

Headspace is a science-backed app in mindfulness and meditation, providing unique tools and resources to help reduce stress, build resilience, and aid better sleep.
They are offering free access to all NHS staff with an NHS email address until 31 December, active now.
How NHS staff can get access
1. Go to https://www.headspace.com/nhs and select clinical or non-clinical staff to start enrolling 
2. You will need to use your NHS email address to sign up 

Sleepio and Daylight (developed by Big Health): 

Sleepio is a clinically-evidenced sleep improvement programme that is fully automated and highly personalised, using cognitive behavioural techniques to help improve poor sleep. Free access to Sleepio for all NHS staff is active now until 31 December.
Daylight is a smartphone-based app that provides help to people experiencing symptoms of worry and anxiety, using evidence-based cognitive behavioural techniques, voice and animation.Free access to Daylight is active now until 31 December.
How NHS staff can get access
How to access Sleepio
1. Visit sleepio.com/redeem on your laptop or desktop computer 
2. Enter redeem code NHS2020 and sign up for an account using your name and email address 
3. Complete the sleep test 
4. Get started! 

How to access Daylight 

1. Click on the following link: https://people.nhs.uk/help/support-apps/daylight/
2. Answer a few short questions to tailor the programme to you 
3. Sign up for an account using your name and email address 
4. Download the Daylight smartphone app (search 'Daylight - Worry Less') 
5. Get started! 

MindEd

MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people's mental health for all adults. It contains materials for:

  • professionals and volunteers;
  • families and carers;
  • older people.

For more information please visit the website. There is also information for families at https://mindedforfamilies.org.uk/