Staff Wellbeing

Health Apps

Berkshire West ICP has created a Health and Wellbeing App Library, which contains independently reviewed Apps which we hope will support you to keep well. You can visit the library here:

We understand that some staff are under increasing pressure, and that it is more important than ever to find ways to take care of ourselves. With over 360,000 health Apps in the most common App stores (Google Play, Apple etc) and with many not having any level of quality assurance, it can be difficult to find one that's appropriate, trustworthy and effective.

Our partner ORCHA, that originally helped us to build our local library in May 2020, has formed a team of people, including actively practicing clinicians, to independently review and accredit health Apps against a large number of stringent criteria giving each App an easy-to-understand percentage score which will help you decide whether to download it or not.

We do not expect Apps or the library to replace any services you may be using, but rather compliment them. Please do take a look at the library and we hope you find an App that is useful for you.


Safety & Health at Work

Please find here a guide around challenges of maintaining a healthy work/life balance now we’re all working
from home.


National Health and Wellbeing Team

Have released an update on the current national health and wellbeing offers for our NHS people including; mental health apps, NHS apps libary, Live well, better health and many more. Please click here to find out more.


Staff Wellbeing Survey

Thank you for completing the recent staff survey.  The responses are spread evenly across the 3 CCGs.  It is good to know that 66% of people are thriving or have been ok and 10% are neutral.  However, it is important that, while recognising many are coping well, maintaining your health and wellbeing has never been more important.

The 24% of people who are struggling a bit or really struggling are a concern.  Behind every statistic, whether doing well or less well, is a person.  I am encouraging you to talk with your line manager or to me in complete confidence.

Please click here to access Health & wellbeing offers available to you.


NHS Buckinghamshire CCG have created a teamnet page which may be helpful to see what is available, from free access to fitness and sleep apps to mindfulness sessions and podcasts you might like to listen to.  You will find the page here.


Below are contact details for an NHS Helpline which was launched on the 8th April 2020 for all NHS Staff to contat if they wish



Babies & Young Children Campaign  

A new campaign has been launched to support parents who are struggling with the demands of babies and young children during the covid pandemic.

Lockdown and social distancing rules mean many agencies whose job it is to care for, and provide back-up to families in need, are relying on parents or their families to come forward for help. At the same time, wider family members, friends and community support is also limited.

The worry is that this leaves mums and dads struggling alone and could lead to issues such as mental health, isolation and in extreme cases, harm to babies and children.

Health and social care teams have joined forces with other key agencies in Berkshire West to send a clear message to parents that it’s OK to access vital help or support, to deal with the stress and anxiety of a crying baby or difficult toddler, including help from their network of family, friends and neighbours, where it is safe to do so.

A range of key messages are now being publicised on targeted social media platforms to reassure parents that they are not alone in their struggles and to reassure others that they can still go to the aid of a family if they are concerned.

The messages which have been compiled by NHS, local authority and police partners, are:

  •  Coping with a crying baby or young child is incredibly hard and tiring, especially if you are on your own or you have other children as well.

  •  Are you at the end of your tether? If being a mum or dad is feeling overwhelming then please ask for help.

  • If you need support from someone close to you that you would usually ask for help then go ahead and ask for it, unless they are vulnerable themselves or shielding.

  • If you are able to reach out to provide support to a parent, whether they be a relative or a friend, please do so

  • If you feel you are seriously at risk, or you’re worried about someone, you must act now. This might mean you may have to break  social distancing measures, but the guidance from the government wants you to keep you and your family safe

  • If you need support from your GP, health visitor or midwife then please contact them

  • here are organisations in your community that will help if that would be better for you


  • Please find an update from BHFT here.
  • Please find an overview of the childrens 0-5s provision during Covid-19 here.


Mental Health Awarneness

Kindness is choosing to do something that helps others or yourself, motivated by genuine warm feelings.  Evidence shows that helping others can also benefit our own health and wellbeing, from reducing stress to improving our mood, happiness and self-esteem.  There are so many ways to help others as part of our everyday lives, good deeds needn’t take much time or cost any money.  So this week (and all weeks) what can you do to spread a little kindness?  From random acts of kindness to genuine lasting kind words….whether you are kind to others or to yourself this week, remember that our mental health is important so being kind at all times may just be the very thing an individual needs to be in receipt of.

For more information, take a look at the kindness matter guide here.


Social Media

1. Crisis lines

  1. Urgent mental health support is available 24/7 through NHS helplines. Visit our website and find your local helpline to get help
  1. Anyone can call our 24/7 NHS helplines in case of mental health crisis. Please remember you are not alone and help is available. Visit our website and find your local helpline to speak with someone
  1. If you are feeling out of control or unable to cope, you can find your local 24/7 NHS urgent mental health helpline on NHS.UK and speak with someone
  1. If you need urgent mental health support, the NHS is open and here for you. Visit our website and find your local 24/7 helpline to speak with someone at any time, day and night
  1. If you or anyone you know may be experiencing a mental health crisis and need urgent assistance, advice or support, you can now find your local 24/7 NHS mental health crisis number online


Wellbeing Apps and Digital Tools

The Berkshire West integrated Care Partnership (ICP) have launched a range of accredited apps particularly relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic supporting people to keep well during this difficult time. There are apps that can help manage anxiety, stress, sleep and general wellbeing, as well as apps to help people manage specific conditions such as their asthma or diabetes. More apps are being reviewed and will be added when ready. More information can be found here.

The App Library Can be accessed here.


Covid-19 Anxiety Workbook

HR have released a Covid-19 anxiety workbook which is a free and useful tool that is aimed at helping build resilience during these difficult times, you can access it here.


Online Exercise Video's

Some Members of staff have reccomended the following workout channels on youtube:

  1. Lucy Wyndham: There are a number of different workout videos which range from 4 -20 minutes.
  2. Joe Wicks: There are a range of different body workouts for all different fitness levels.
  3. Adriene: There are lots of different Yoga videos to choose.


Couch to 5k

Couch to 5K is a running plan for absolute beginners. It was developed by a new runner, Josh Clark, who wanted to help his 50-something mum get off the couch and start running, too.

The plan involves 3 runs a week, with a day of rest in between, and a different schedule for each of the 9 weeks. Couch to 5K works because it starts with a mix of running and walking to gradually build up your fitness and stamina.

How Do I get Started?

1. Download the Couch to 5K podcasts to your mobile device or computer. If downloading to a computer, you'll then need to copy the podcast on to your mobile device.

2. When will you run? The best way to ensure you stick with your running plan is to carefully work out how to fit Couch to 5K into your day.  

3. Plan your route. You may want to look at a map to plan your route first so you can focus on running. There are lots of great websites out there to help you with this.

4. Think about safety. If you're planning to run outdoors, bear in mind that you may be less aware of your surroundings if you're wearing headphones. Watch out for other pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. When running in the dark, make sure you can see where you're going and that other road users can see you. Consider running along routes with adequate lighting or wearing reflective clothing.

Week 1 involves running for just a minute at a time, creating realistic expectations and making the challenge feel achievable right from the start.


Head Space For NHS Employees

Headspace is a science-backed app in mindfulness and meditation, providing unique tools and resources to help reduce stress, build resilience, and aid better sleep. 

Free access to all NHS staff with an NHS email address is available until 31 December 2020 and is active now. To sign up follow these steps below:

  1. Cick on this linkand follow the sign up prompts
  2. Please select your type of profession for the NHS: 
    1. Clinical professionals (e.g. Doctors, Nurses, etc.)
    2. Non-clinical professionals (e.g. administrative functions)
    3. Wellbeing lead (e.g. the person responsible for staff wellbeing)
  3. After you select your NHS profession-type, you’ll be directed to a new page to sign-up and enroll in the benefit. These are the steps:
    1. Create a new Headspace account or log into your existing one
    2. Verify that you work for the NHS by providing your NHS email address
    3. Go to your NHS email and click on the verification email you just received
    4. Download the mobile app and log into your Headspace account