The CCG’s Wellbeing Programme

Overhead photo looking at coffee mug, bowl of cereal and magazineIt 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:

Keeping Well NCL

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.

Mindfulness sessions

Virtual mindfulness sessions take place on Friday mornings and Tuesday 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 Tuesday, we run a short 15 minute mindfulness session 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:  

Staff cookalong sessions

Are you a good cook? Would you like to share your cooking recipes with your colleagues? If so, then we have the perfect opportunity for you.

We are planning to run some staff cookalong sessions, where colleagues will be able to share their favourite recipes with others via MS Teams. It will also give us the opportunity to come together and get to know each other a bit better! The sessions can be anything from 30 minutes to an hour long – during work hours.

Organised and run by the BAME Staff Network, here is how it will work:

  • You chose what you like to cook and share the ingredients list with the network.
  • Give them the date and time of when the cookalong will take place.
  • The Communications Team will send out the invites and state the chosen topic (e.g. Chinese cuisine).
  • The list of ingredients and information about the process will be circulated two days before (this will also be attached with the invite).
  • The BAME Staff Network will have a quick pre-meet with the chef to check if everything is in order and to also offer support.

Please note that session will take place during work hours either at:

  • 12.30pm to 1.30pm or
  • 5.30pm – 6.30pm

If you are interested, then please email Emdad Haque at ( or the BAME Staff Network (

The Big CCG Quiz 2022

Thank you to everyone who has expressed their interest in participating in the big quiz!

Teams have now been drawn into pairs to play against each other.

The first round head to heads will take place from mid-April onwards.  

Winning teams will progress to the next stage to decide the ultimate CCG champions, so start your studying now!

Good luck everyone!

Time For You Principles

The CCG’s Time for You initiative in 2021 encouraged staff to take a step back and make sure they get some time for themselves every day! The initial programme ran for a week, but we hope that staff have been able carry on some of the principles longer term.

Some of the things staff are encouraged to implement include:

  • Not sending emails out of hours (between 6.30pm and 8.00am)
  • Reducing the use of ‘CC’ on emails
  • No internal meetings to be booked between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. We encourage staff to use this time for YOU
  • Any internal meetings (of more than half an hour) should be shortened to ensure comfort breaks are possible between meetings – so to start 5 mins later and/or end 5 mins earlier, wherever possible
  • Reviewing meeting invites you circulate to determine if all attendees are necessary
  • Reviewing meetings in your diary to determine if you definitely need to attend (a good way to judge meeting attendance is to consider: If you were in the office, would you be attending/expecting people to attend?)

 We recognise that some staff work flexibly and these initiatives should not impact your ability to continue to do this – we just ask that emails to colleagues are sent between the hours of 8am and 6.30pm. If you work outside of these hours as part of a flexible working arrangement, we would ask you to save any emails to drafts or set up a delayed send.

 If you want to remind yourself of some of the tips shared with staff, you can find these below: 

Safe Space Conversations

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 25 March 2022 at 10.30 – 11.15am
  • Friday 29 April 2022 at 10.30 – 11.15am
  • Friday 20 May 2022 at 10.30 – 11.15am
  • Friday 24 June 2022 at 10.30 – 11.15am
  • Friday 22 July 2022 at 10.30 – 11.15am
  • Friday 2 September 2022 at 10.30 – 11.15am
  • Friday 30 September 2022 at 10.30 – 11.15am
  • Friday 28 October 2022 at 10.30 – 11.15am
  • Friday 25 November 2022 at 10.30 – 11.15am
  • Friday 16 December 2022 at 10.30 – 11.15am
  • Friday 27 January 2023 at 10.30 – 11.15am
  • Friday 24 February 2023 at 10.30 – 11.15am
  • Friday 24 March 2023 at 10.30 – 11.15am

If you would like to join the BAME Safe Space Conversation, please contact Angela O’Shea at 

The next date for the Disability and Carers’ Network Safe Space Conversations will be announced soon.

If you would like to join a Disability and Carers’ Network Safe Space Conversation, please contact or .

LGBT+ Network dates will be announced soon.

Randomised Coffee Meets

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

Managing stress during times of change

On 8 March from 2-3pm, KeepingWell NCL hosted a Managing stress during times of change event, as part of our ongoing staff wellbeing programme. The session was led by our colleagues from the Keeping Well NCL Hub and aimed to help colleagues to:

  • Understand the signs and symptoms of stress from a biopsychosocial perspective
  • Understand the Change Curve and how it may impact us.
  • Think about what can we do:
    • Personally
    • In our local teams
    • In our organisation
  • Learn about how the Keeping Well NCL Hub can support you and your team

Thank you to everyone who attended the session. The recording for this event can be viewed here. The slides for the session can be viewed here. If you have any questions, please contact

2021 Wellness Initiatives

Time For You Week (21-25 June)

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. . .

Knock-out FA Cup style team quiz

As part of our ongoing staff wellbeing programme, we held a CCG quiz in 2021.

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!

Screenshot of quiz winners

  • 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. 

Keep Active Week (3-9 May) - The results are in!

Montage of photographs from Keep Active Week

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 Communications and Engagement team so we can add to this page (email it to

Your Mental Health and Wellbeing Sessions held in February and March

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 panelists 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.