Wellbeing for social care staff
Details of resources designed to protect the wellbeing of adult social care staff.
Better Health at Work Social Care Toolkit
The Better Health at Work Social Care Toolkit has been designed to offer a wide range of support to staff working in the adult social care sector. In this toolkit staff and managers can access a range of resources and support services to help with:
- cancer screening
- mental health
- healthy conversations
- healthy eating
- physical activity
- sexual and reproductive health
- employment practices
The toolkit is found on the Better Health at Work Award Social Care website.
Mental Health Support Services
Sometimes we all need a bit of extra help with our mental wellbeing and in order to support others we must first make sure that we take good care of ourselves. There are many support services that can offer support with mental health and wellbeing.
IMPACT on Teesside
IMPACT on Teesside is a psychological and wellbeing service available for anyone who lives in Teesside. People can self-refer or be referred by their GP.
Teesside Listening Service
Teesside Listening Service is a listening service to support emotional wellbeing that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week within the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys. This can be accessed anonymously.
0800 0516 171 (option 3 then 3)
MIND also has a helpline service, which runs weekdays from 9am to 6pm.
0300 123 3011
TEWV NHS Trust Mindfulness for health and social care staff
We know that social care staff care about looking after others. To look after others, it's important to take time to look after yourself too. Mindfulness is the natural capacity we all have to bring awareness and interest to what is happening in the present moment. Becoming more mindful can support our wellbeing and mental health. TEWV NHS Foundation Trust is offering a range of mindfulness sessions and courses to health and social care staff across the region.
For more information visit the TEWV website.
Skills for Care wellbeing resource
Skills for Care recognises that wellbeing at work relates to every aspect of working life, from the working environment to how the workforce feels about themselves. Stress and burn-out are real issues for adult social care staff and with the added challenges and restrictions of the pandemic, workforce wellbeing has never been so important. Supporting the health and wellbeing of the workforce is essential in making sure that people with care and support needs and their families receive good quality care so they can live as independently as possible.
To support adult social care staff and their managers with their wellbeing there is a useful Skills for Care Wellbeing Resource.
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 ot wellbeing areas.
Download the free Going Home Checklist.
Berevement 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. Support can be accessed via Cruse Bereavement Service
Cruse Bereavement has a helpline and online chat available for staff, residents and families.
0808 808 1677
CRUSE Bereavement Service website.
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.
Visit the Recovery College website.
Wellbeing for Life
Wellbeing for Life delivers 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 the Wellbeing for Life training courses webpage.
Support for unpaid carers
Some social care staff will also provide unpaid care to family, friends or neighbours who live in Stockton-on-Tees and may need some support to help them in that unpaid caring role outside of work. Our Stockton-on-Tees Adult Carers' Service webpage provides information, advice, and support to unpaid carers.
The service offers a wide range of local, confidential support services to adult carers and parent carers.
COVID-19 vaccination information
In Stockton-on-Tees, the NHS is delivering COVID-19 vaccinations and there are lots of vaccine drop-ins that you can go to.
For more information, visit the find a walk-in vaccination clinic page.
Better Health at Work Award
The Better Health at Work Award (BHAWA) is free and available to all businesses in Stockton-on-Tees, 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.
The Care Workers' Charity
The charity supports current and former care workers with one-off crisis grants and also mental wellbeing and health support.
Visit The Care Workers' Charity website for more information.
Blue Light Card
This card provides those in the NHS, emergency services, social care sector and armed forces with discounts online and in-store.
Visit the Blue Light Card website for more information.
Community Connect (previously the Stockton Service Navigation Project) helps people to access local groups, activities and services in the community. It also offers support on using digital platforms, online shopping and GP appointments.
Phone: 01642 647770
The Stockton Specialist Stop Smoking Service offers free advice and support to the residents of Stockton-on-Tees Borough council areas and also clients who work in the Stockton-on-Tees area. It also provides a 12-week stop smoking treatment and support programme tailored to the individual needs of the client.
Drug and alcohol support
Drug and alcohol support is available from Change, Grow, Live (CGL).
Phone: 01642 673888