Mersey Care NHS Trust

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H7. Mental Health and Wellbeing

Committed since:

8 December, 2014

Delivery plan:

Submitted: 8 December, 2014

Mental health problems are a major contributor to NHS staff absence. The Trust will address ways of improving the skills of managers to recognise and support staff with mental health problems, as well as overcoming the reluctance of staff to admit to problems. The Trust has signed up to the "mindful employer charter", this initiative assists the Trust to recognise good practice already in place and identify areas of improvement.

The Trust offers a wide range of mechanisms and plans to continue with this roll out including: mental health clinics, mindfulness sessions, staff retreat, staff support, occupational health and access to recovery college training sessions. The recovery college is a new development were we are moving forward with further courses for both service users and staff with the ethos of recovery. All sessions are developed and delivered by people with lived experience.

The Trust has invested in i-Resilience and Mental Health First Aid courses and has trained staff within the organisation to deliver both of these courses on a rolling programme.

The trust employs its own staff support counsellors offerring therapies in : psychodynamic, CBT, integrative and brief solution focus and occupational psychotherapist.
We continue to roll out personal stess checks (Fitech) and undertake stress audits.

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