The Trust is fully committed to improving the Health and Wellbeing of its employees. We have recently been awarded an “Excellent” accreditation in six areas of the Health and Wellbeing Workplace Wellbeing Charter by Liverpool PCT. The Trust is also signed up to a number of key pledges as part of the Department of Health Public Health Responsibility Deal.
Health and Wellbeing in the Trust is managed through the Health and Wellbeing Group which has a number of active sub-groups in the following areas:
- Sickness and Absence Management
- Alcohol and Substance Misuse
- Mental Health and Stress
- Healthy Eating
- Physical Activity
In May 2011 the Trust launched the Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2011-13. This has provided a framework and enabled the Trust to advance in a number of areas. These include:
- Staff Support – All staff have access to a 24/7 independent Staff Support Service. All staff have access to trained counsellors. We also encourage staff to take advantage of specific physiotherapy sessions that assist long and short term conditions
- Staff Training – The Trust is fully committed to ensuring managers and staff have the skills to reduce what can be a stressful working environment and promoting good mental health in our organisation. Over 200 managers have received specific stress awareness training. All work takes place within HSE frameworks. All staff are also encouraged to attend “Managing Your Own Personal Stress” interventions.
- Smoking Cessation - Along with partners from Roy Castle Fag Ends we provide a comprehensive Stop Smoking service to staff that has led to 15 staff quitting in the period November 2011 to April 2012.
- Alcohol Awareness – The Health and Wellbeing Team have encouraged debate on this issue. Over 70 staff attended alcohol awareness sessions. During the coming months the Trust, in partnership with the Liverpool Community Alcohol Service, will be engaged in a major initiative which has been devised to identify and support staff who may be at risk in this area. This initiative will utilize the expertise of the national leaders on alcohol issues that carry out work in the Trust.
Health and Wellbeing Events
The Trust continually promotes this agenda through a number of Health and Wellbeing events. In the past year we have had specific promotions to staff in a number of areas including:
- Skin Cancer Awareness
- Assisting Staff with Personal Finance Issues
- Breast Cancer Awareness
- Cycle to Work Events
- Mouth Cancer Awareness
- “Say Something” Campaign – Awareness of Whistleblowing
Getting Active – We have Physical Activity Champions amongst the staff in the Trust who have led a number of initiatives in this area. These include:
- 2 Running Clubs (Beginners and Advanced)
- Running Buddy Scheme
- Participation in NHS North West Corporate Games
- Cycling Programmes
Healthy Eating – We recognise that the chances of having a long term medical condition can be severely reduced through proper diet. We are currently engaged in a major initiative to improve the availability and affordability of healthy food options to staff in the Trust.
We have encouraged staff through a Weight Loss Club and we are currently looking at ways to develop this initiative. We have signed up to the food pledges in the Department of Health “Public Health Responsibility Deal”. Work in this area uses the expertise of our dieticians and other healthcare professionals.
Other Health and Wellbeing Initiatives – Trust commitment in this area is illustrated through a wide range of activities which has been highlighted above. However there are further ways staff in the Trust improve their own Health and Wellbeing.
Staff Choir – The Staff Choir at the Royal Hospital is less than 2 years old but has already performed in a number of areas around the city including Liverpool One and the Museum of Liverpool Life. However the main reason people enjoy the choir is for fun and relaxation. It practices weekly and has over 20 members.
Book Clubs – We have Book Clubs on both of our sites. Staff meet monthly to informally discuss a book. The Royal Book Club has over 20 members.