As a Trust we are working towards accreditation to Workplace Wellbeing Charter, showing our commitment to the health of our employees.
Below are just a few of our initiatives to support health and wellbeing. We also offer lots of opportunities for staff to get involved in the Trust.
Helping your work-life balance
Ensuring our staff can reach the right balance between their working lives and their personal lives is important to us. We offer a range of working options to help with this including part-time hours, job share, term time only contracts, annualised hours, self-rostering, bank only contracts and flexible retirement.
The various types of leave we offer include those detailed in the NHS Agenda for Change conditions for all staff, including carers leave, shared maternity leave, adoption and parental leave, plus study leave, sabbaticals and career breaks.
Wellbeing at work
We use money raised through our staff lottery to fund events and activities that are open exclusively to staff.
From sporting opportunities including the UHL football team, pool and darts tournaments and our badminton club, to events such as our annual family fun day and quiz nights there should be something for everyone.
We also offer wellbeing support on emotional resilience, FITBUG challenges, exercise classes, healthy eating cookery courses, Slimming World classes and a range of alternative therapies.
There’s lots more information on what’s available on the staff intranet.
AMICA – staff counselling and psychological support services
The AMICA service provides staff with confidential counselling and other bespoke psychological services ranging from psycho-education, debt advice, and access to approved solicitors, group staff support and professional mediation.
If you have any personal or workplace stressors AMICA can help you in a safe, welcoming environment, with counselling from skilled, experienced counsellors and psychotherapists available either over the phone or face to face.
Telephone counselling is available from 8.30am to 8.30pm, 365 days a year. For more information visit Amica Counselling or see the staff intranet.
Our occupational health service (which is nationally accredited under SEQOHS) provides independent, impartial and confidential information and support on all aspects of the relationship between work and health. The dedicated multi-disciplinary team includes specialist occupational physicians, specialist nurses, nurse advisors and clerical staff.
As well as ‘making every contact count’ (MECC) in their consultations by signposting staff to lifestyle advice on weight loss, healthy eating, smoking, alcohol and exercise, the team also highlights any areas of concern around workplace stress and promotes the annual flu jabs and national health awareness campaigns.
Physiotherapy self referral
Staff who need urgent physiotherapy interventions can self-refer to the physiotherapy department. More information is available on the staff intranet.