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Staff Wellbeing Action Plan launched as part of Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group has launched a staff Wellbeing Action Plan as part of its support for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021.

Central to this is the introduction of regular wellbeing conversations with a trusted colleague for all members of staff - a key element of the NHS People Plan.

Independent Clinical Governing Body Member Christine Morris has recently been appointed NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Wellbeing Guardian.

"It goes without saying that the last 12 months have been incredibly challenging for everyone working in health and care," she said. "Staff have been working remotely and countless colleagues have gone the extra mile to help protect the people of Cheshire from the COVID-19 pandemic.

"A wide range of wellbeing resources have been made available for staff and we are committed to adopting the NHS People Plan, including ensuring every member of staff has regular wellbeing conversations with a line manager or trusted colleague.

"We are working with staff to ensure the support we are offering meets their needs, and looking at how we adapt the resources whilst we work from home and then as we gradually return to our office bases.

"Our staff are our biggest asset."

This year, the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week (May 10th-16th) is nature.

During Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, the CCG will also share a range of materials which demonstrate the powerful benefits of nature for our mental health.

Even small contacts with nature can reduce feelings of social isolation and be effective in protecting our mental health, and preventing distress.

More information about Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 is available here: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week