Wellness Programme

Keeping well 2

It is more important than ever that we stay connected and look after our health and wellbeing. Our staff Wellness Programme started last year and there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved. 

We are also keen to build in new ideas and events throughout the year, so please do get in touch with the Communications and Engagement team if you have any suggestions: nclccg.communications@nhs.net

Time for You Week (21 - 25 June) was all about staff taking time for themselves!

We encouraged staff throughout this week to make an extra effort to take time out of their day to do something for their own benefit. 

Colleagues were encouraged to have one hour in the middle of the day that was meeting-free, and also to avoid sending emails in the evenings. We hope that these little suggestions helped!

Throughout this week we also shared some tips, which you can read below. . .

As part of our ongoing staff wellbeing programme, we have held a CCG quiz over the last few months.

After battling through earlier rounds, the keenly contested final took place on Friday 16 April, between the Furious 4 (Communications & Engagement Team) and the Enfield Transformers.

After blitzing through the heats, there was no letting up in the final where the Enfield Transformers came out on top.

Many congratulations to our NCL CCG quiz champions!

  • Andrew Brown (Senior Information Analyst)
  • Katrina Davies (Commissioning and Transformation Manager)
  • Anita Garrick (Senior Transformation and Performance Manager)
  • Stephen Wells (Senior Programme Manager) 

Special thanks to our quizmaster Ian Porter and to Ami Anttila for coordinating over the last few months.

Thank you to everyone who took part. If you have any ideas for future activities, please share these with your rep on the Engaging our people forum. 

Virtual mindfulness sessions take place on Friday mornings and Wednesday lunchtimes and are open to all staff. 

The mindfulness sessions on a Friday involve a meditation followed by a chance for discussion and sharing. On a Wednesday, we run a short 15 minute mindfulness sessions as a mid-week pick me up.

Both sessions are suitable for everyone no matter what experience you have with mindfulness practice.

To join the sessions, please email the Communications and Engagement team so they can send you the calendar invites: nclccg.communications@nhs.net 

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust (TPFT), Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) and Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust (BEH) are working together to deliver wellbeing and psychological support for health and care staff across NCL. 

Their website forms the Hub centre. The site provides tailored original content in response to workforce feedback, curates existing resources and tools, and signposts to local, regional and national initiatives. There is also a Health Chat platform that enables real-time signposting and onward referral into local services as required.

To look after the health and wellbeing of staff, the CCG and other NHS organisations have put in place many programmes for staff.

If you have any other ideas about how we can improve our staff's health and wellbeing, get in touch with the Communications and Engagement team: nclccg.communications@nhs.net

The NCL Diversity and Inclusion Book & Film Club has been meeting on a monthly basis since December 2020. A book and film are discussed each month and the facilitator then disseminates a summary of what was discussed.

Diversity and Inclusion Book & Film Club Recommended List

NCL Diversity and Inclusion Book & Film Club dates 2021/2022:

  • Friday 29 October 2021 at 11.30am – 12.15pm
  • Friday 26 November 2021 at 11.30am – 12.15pm
  • Friday 17 December 2021 at 11.30am – 12.15pm
  • Friday 28 January 2022 at 11.30am – 12.15pm
  • Friday 25 February 2022 at 11.30am – 12.15pm
  • Friday 25 March 2022 at 11.30am – 12.15pm

Please contact Angela O’Shea, NCL BAME Vice-Chair, if you would like to join the NCL Diversity and Inclusion Book & Film Club. Contact details: aoshea@nhs.net

As part of our strategic commitment to workforce equality and inclusion at NCL CCG, diversity staff networks have been established e.g. BAME, Disability and LGBT+. These networks are supported by the CCG’s Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group.

Safe Space Conversations is a small group conversation where colleagues from similar backgrounds come together to share their lived experiences. The group set their own ground rules based on which the conversation is facilitated.

The key aims of the Safe Space Conversations are to:

  • offer colleagues a safe space to meet and discuss and share their lived experiences
  • articulate the issues raised/shared in the group in an anonymised way which then can be shared with the Directorate’s team and will contribute to the wider NCL report to EMT.
  • gather views/intel and create the basis on which the Staff Network can develop action plans.

The dates for the BAME Safe Space Conversations are as follows:

  • Friday 29 October at 10.30 – 11.15am
  • Friday 26 November from 10.30 – 11.15am
  • Friday 17 December at 10.30 – 11.15am
  • Friday 28 January 2022 at 10.30  -11.15am
  • Friday 25 February 2022 at 10.30 – 11.15am
  • Friday 25 March 2022 at 10.30 – 11.15am

If you would like to join the BAME Safe Space Conversation, please contact Angela O’Shea at aoshea@nhs.net 

The dates for the Disability and Carers’ Network Safe Space Conversations are as follows:

  • Tuesday 12 October at 1.30 – 2.30pm (carers)
  • Tuesday 19 October at 1.30 – 2.30pm (disabilities and long-term conditions)
  • Tuesday 16 November at 1.30 – 2.30pm (disabilities and long-term conditions)
  • Tuesday 14 December at 1.30 – 2.30pm (carers)

If you would like to join a Disability and Carers’ Network Safe Space Conversation, please contact Victoria.wicks2@nhs.net or sarah.perrett@nhs.net .

LGBT+ Network dates will be announced soon.

Keep Active

Congratulations to everyone who took the opportunity to get active during our 'Keep Active Week' – even if the weather wasn’t very Spring-like. We’ve had a number of staff, from all directorates, log their activities throughout Keep Active Week.

Being active – whether it be a HiiT workout, a stroll in your neighbourhood or spending some time in your garden – is a big contributor to overall health and wellbeing. Research shows that exercising regularly can lower our risk of developing many long-term conditions, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and some cancers.

The most popular activities for our staff members throughout the week were walking, yoga/pilates and running. The most popular day of the week for activity was Monday, with the least popular Tuesday and Thursday.

The ‘most active’ directorate was Strategic Commissioning, closely followed by Corporate Services and the most active staff members were Rachael Clark, Julie Sujeewon, Katrina Davies and Clare Kapoor.

While we continue to work from home, it is really important that you do take opportunities to keep active. Where you can, be sure to take time out during the day to stretch and be sure to carve out some time each day for a lunch break away from your screen to rest your eyes.

There is a range of fantastic support available for your health and wellbeing. If you know of anything else, please do share it with the Comms and Engagement team so we can add to this page (email it to nclccg.communications@nhs.net).

We teamed up with Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and organised two sessions on Mental health, wellbeing and the workplace in February and March. Over 270 staff attended these events which were led by Lydia Hartland-Rowe and Jina Barrett from NCL Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub.

The panellists discussed the importance of the environment, ongoing developmental opportunities, the significance of relationships and the importance of using relationships to sustain wellbeing and offer connection. The participants had a chance to ask questions and opened lots of helpful dialogue.

Click here to view Your mental health, wellbeing and the workplace presentation.

A number of colleagues have been taking part in ‘Randomised Coffee Meets’ (RCMs) over the past few months. These coffee meets have provided an informal opportunity to connect us to people we would not normally get the chance to meet and have a conversation with because of remote working or because our areas of work don't overlap. The RCMs have been really successful and popular with those who have taken part. To find out more, please email amina.anttila@nhs.net.