Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
H7. Mental Health and Wellbeing
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 27 February, 2013
The Trust is fully committed to supporting all staff with mental health issues at work. The Trust has an Employee Wellbeing Policy that incorporates attendance management. This policy provides a framework that supports adjustments to jobs to enable staff with health conditions, physical and mental to remain at work wherever possible. As part of its commitment the Trust has established within the Occupational Health Wellbeing Service a full Clinical Psychology and counselling team that provide treatment, training, support and advice to managers and staff. A programme of work is in progress that encompasses a stepped approach to mental health support for staff. The aim of the Occupational Health and Wellbeing Clinical Psychology and Counselling Service is to improve the psychological health and well-being of its service users through the application of evidence-based and clinically effective psychological therapies and interventions including consultancy, supervision, teaching and training. This involves: Primary interventions aimed at identifying, understanding and hopefully reducing sources of stress in the work environment.Secondary interventions involve building resilience in staff by teaching coping strategies and generally increasing the mental and physical health of staff: a public health type approach.Tertiary level approaches offer therapeutic interventions to staff already showing signs of distress.The service will offer and provide a choice of evidence based and relevant assessment/therapies/approaches in accordance with the needs of the population and as recommended by NICE clinical guidelines.The service will be safe and effective, delivered by appropriately qualified staff, and where appropriate, professionally accredited in the treatment modality that is being delivered and within a governance framework.Practitioners within the service will receive clinical supervision from clinicians with appropriate expertise and experience via consultation, liaison and training etc.Practitioners within the service will offer clinical supervision to peers and other clinicians where appropriate.The service will respond appropriately to the diversity of service users including those from BME communities and provision of gender appropriate approaches. The service has developed a range of self-help leaflets and links to online resources covering a range of relevant topics that are available via the trust intranet. Work is in progress to develop an internet page that will enable staff to access resources while away from work. This is part of an expansion of a Trust initiative called Benefits Everyone that is available at http://www.benefitseveryone.co.uk/ .