Local mental health trust boosts staff wellbeing


A local NHS trust that provides specialist NHS services is hosting a variety of fun activities for its 2300 staff throughout October, to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the local provider of NHS mental health and learning disability services across Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. The Trust is hosting wellbeing month throughout October to raise awareness, reduce stigma and promote wellbeing.

The Trust employs more than 2300 staff who work from over 40 sites as well as with people in their own homes. Staff include doctors, nurses, electricians, therapists, support workers, accountants, porters, secretaries and social workers.

A range of activities and events are taking place for the Trust’s staff throughout October at a number of the Trust’s locations. For example staff can take part in modern jive or salsa classes, a Nordic walking group and a 5k fun run.

Other events that staff can attend include relaxation and tai chi sessions. A number of physical wellbeing sessions have also been held, helping staff keep an eye on their blood pressure, BMI and blood sugar levels.

The Trust’s director of human resources, Alan Davis said, "Our Trust has always been committed to working in partnership with our staff and supporting them to improve their health and wellbeing. The Trust’s wellbeing month has been an ideal opportunity to not only highlight and celebrate the wellbeing of people we care for and our local communities, but it’s also a chance for our dedicated staff to consider their own wellbeing. I hope the activities the Trust has made available for NHS and social care staff have helped them to do this whilst also promoting the importance of both physical and mental wellbeing."

For information on all the events taking place during wellbeing month, including dates and times, visit the Trust’s website at www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk

Local mental health trust boosts staff wellbeing

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