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More than 20,000 people have given their views on the top priorities for reshaping mental health services as part of a drive to develop a five year national NHS strategy for people of all ages.
Better access to high quality services, a wider choice of treatments, more focus on prevention, more funding and less stigma were the top five calls for change by 2020.
Starting the New Year off in style, the library is pleased to announce the re-stocking of the Wellbeing and Leadership sections. Lots of super self-help titles now grace the shelves including:
- Heal your headache
- The feeling good handbook
- Say No to Diabetes
- IBS: free at last
- The cancers survivor’s companion
- Freedom from the diet trap
- Treat your own back
In the Leadership section you will also find books on Employee Engagement which may be helpful to new managers.
- Leadership plain and simple
- Managing stress in the workplace
- The extraordinary leader
- Employee engagement 2.0
- Carrots and sticks don’t work
- Team building
Come in and take a look at the whole range or email us at ecn-tr.stafflibrary.nhs.net to reserve any of those listed above.
Just as soon as they have been catalogued, approximately 100 new books in the ‘Wellbeing’ category have recently arrived and will soon be available from our shelves. Watch out for further details on this topic
Today’s ‘Relax in the Library’ event was very well attended. The purpose was to encourage staff and students to think about their blood pressure, have it measured (before and after relaxation therapy) and get to know more about what those all important numbers mean – 120/80.
Visitors could choose from a mixture of services – head, neck, shoulder or foot massage whilst others chose instruction on ‘the Alexander Technique’.
Leigh Haslam from Occupational Health took over a quiet corner at the rear of the Library and was kept busy recording peoples’ BP. It was very interesting to note that there was 100% improvement after relaxation.
Feedback was very positive “Excellent. Enjoyed the head massage which lowered my blood pressure”.
A big ‘thank you’ to all the therapists, (Diana Grant, Tracy Mills, Jenny Fox-Eades, Gillian Pierce, Leigh Haslam and to Lynda Cotterill for providing a range of tasty, healthy snacks.
Don’t worry if you missed today’s event, there may be others in the future plus we stock a selection of books on Hypertension, useful leaflets and published research findings on how you can look after yourself through lifestyle, exercise and diet.
Monday 18 August from 10:00 – 2:00pm
Our ‘Keep calm and mind your Blood Pressure’ event will be held on the 2nd floor of New Alderley House. All ECT staff and students are welcome to attend and take advantage of the relaxation therapy taster sessions on offer. Sessions are free and last 15mins.
Please join us in the Staff Library, 2nd floor of New Alderley House, on Monday 18 August when the importance of blood pressure (BP) is the theme of the day. As well as BP checks and advice there will be the opportunity to experience 15 minute massage therapy taster sessions. You can choose from:
Alexander Technique – Head or Neck Massage – Foot Massages
Don’t miss out – put the date in your diary: 18 August 10:00-2:00pm
For one week each May, The Mental Health Foundation campaign around a specific theme for Mental Health Awareness Week. The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is anxiety, one of the leading causes of mental ill-health in the world.
The Staff Library is also supporting Mental Health Awareness Week by providing 15 minute therapies to support staff wellbeing. These will include head/foot massage, reflexology and others. These free taster sessions with qualified therapists will take place in the library on Monday 12 May, from 10am-2pm. Everyone welcome to come along to the library and be de-stressed! Refreshments also available along with quick guides to help you cope with anxiety, depression and related issues.
Please contact the Staff Library for further details on 01625 661362.
To support staffs mental health the Wellbeing Service has developed a ‘Wellbeing Links Library’ on Wellbeing Direct to signpost a number of useful mobile apps, video’s and websites designed to help increase physical and mental wellbeing.
For more information about Mental Health Awareness Week visit The Mental Health Foundation Website at:
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For more information on the following, visit your Wellbeing Direct Pages
- Staff discounts, schemes, theatre and healthcare offers
- Staff activities and events
- Internal staff wellbeing support services
- Wellbeing newsletters
- Change support resources
Current Wellbeing Activities
- NEW Yin Yoga – Macclesfield
- Pilates – Macclesfield and Congleton
- Monthly complementary therapies, MDGH
- Trust choir
- Pre-retirement sessions
- Mid-career financial planning sessions
Click here to view April’s calendar of staff wellbeing activities (Trust staff only over Intranet)
- Join the Trusts ‘Big Band’
- Tai Chi
- Complimentary therapies
- Trust choir.
Get active this summer
Join in the Cheshire West and Chester Celebration of Sport 2013. One year on from a memorable summer of Olympic and Paralympic sport, Cheshire West and Chester Council invite residents to participate in a series of local sporting events taking place throughout the borough.
For more information on the following, visit your Wellbeing Direct Pages at http://nww.hrdirect-east.cheshirehr.nhs.uk/wellbeing-direct/wellbeing-direct.htm
Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP)
This report into the wellbeing of NHS staff finds that physiotherapy services play a vital role in improving staff health and wellbeing. The evidence shows that early access to physiotherapy can reduce staff sickness rates, stop people going off sick at all, or help them return to work more quickly. It recommends investing in good occupational health services and prioritising staff health and wellbeing to make potential savings which can then be invested in patient care.