Welcome to #Flourish

We want our colleagues to flourish - we would go so far as to say it is our most important job. Our colleagues are our greatest resource and the Trust is committed to improving colleague’s experience, given that when it is positive, this has a positive impact on the patient care and experience. Safe, healthy, valued, respected, and supported colleagues deliver higher quality care to patients. We will only provide the best possible care to our patients if every one of us is enabled and empowered to be the best we can be, both physically and mentally, every day. 

It has been three years since the launch of the Trust’s Health & Wellbeing Flourish Strategy.  It was originally launched in 2016 with the aim of supporting colleague health and wellbeing.  Since then the Trust has moved forward a number of wellbeing initiatives and improved the overall offer to colleagues. We will now build on the good work already in place to develop the strategy further to meet our colleagues needs and aspirations working with colleagues, their representatives, Bay Health & Care partners.

Our absolute priority is to work with our colleagues to promote good physical and mental health and wellbeing.  We have a joint responsibility to ensure that every colleague has a great day, every day. 

Whilst physical fitness and good nutrition helps our bodies to stay strong, mental fitness helps us to achieve and sustain a state of good mental health.  When we are physically and mentally healthy, we enjoy our life and environment and the people in it, and can be creative or learn new things. We are better able to cope with difficult times in our personal and professional lives.

So join us on our journey and let’s Flourish together!

The key elements in the refreshed Strategy for 2019-2024 will be Move More, Nourish, Healthy Heart and Mental Health Matters.  We have also identified a primary theme that cuts across all four areas; Take a Break which is the need to support colleagues to achieve their basic rest and rejuvenation needs whilst in work.

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We will support colleagues to reach their full potential to develop and maintain active healthy lives. 

We will provide opportunities, information and advice to colleagues to undertake activities in and out of work. 

We will promote the benefits of a physically active life and facilitate health improvement activities.

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We will provide advice and guidance for colleagues to feed their minds and bodies to sustain and maintain a healthy living in and out of work.

We will provide advice and information about nutrition and hydration to enable colleagues to make informed choices.

We will share information and guidance with colleagues about healthy eating to maximise the benefits of the physical activity they undertake.   

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We will work to raise awareness and understanding of mental health.  We will develop a culture of openness and kindness where colleagues feel able to openly discuss their mental health, as they do physical health.

We will develop a culture where it is recognised that it is OK not to be OK.  This will enable colleagues to support themselves and recognise when others may need support.

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We will develop health and wellbeing lifestyle toolkits for colleagues. These will include practical guidance on nutrition, hydration, sleep and recharging, movement and physical activity and men/women’s health.

Colleagues will have access to mini MOTs and health and wellbeing reviews that provides them with information on their health measures and guidance on the areas they need to focus on.

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We are committed to ensuring that colleagues take their breaks.

We recognise that our first priority is to ensure that every colleague is able to take a break from work and has easy access to appropriate rest facilities and refreshments.

We will work with our Staff Side colleagues to make this happen consistently and to develop feedback mechanisms for when it does not.

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