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Ideas from the Wellbeing through Work team
Ideas from the Wellbeing through Work team



New Years' Resolutions


Think it over…

 As you reflect on 2013, think about what went really well. What would you like to maintain? What would you like to be different?  

Write it down…

A goal not written down is a wish…  there is something about writing down a goal that will help you to plan it and work out if it really is a change that you would like to work towards and make.

Create ‘SMARTER’ goals…

 A ‘SMARTER’ goal should be

 S – Specific - is the goal specific to you

 M – Measurable - will you know when you’ve achieved it?

 A – Achievable - is the goal realistic?

 R – Relevant - is it important to you?

 T – Timed - When will you achieve it by?

 E – Evaluate - can you review your progress?

 R – Reset - can you re-set it if you need to?

 E.g: Initial goal - “To be fitter in 2014”

Smarter Goal - “To walk for ten minutes at lunch time every day”

Would you like strategies to help improve and manage your health and wellbeing in work? If so, contact us on 0845 601 7556 to find out more.

08/01/2014

Stress Awareness Day - 6th November 2013
Stress Awareness Day - 6th November 2013

 

 

Stress is a physical and psychological response to events in everyday life. It becomes a problem when we don’t have the right resources to manage the demands placed upon us and can lead to physical and emotional ill health if not managed effectively.

Questions to consider in helping to monitor your own levels of stress?

  • Am I getting irritable at people or things that don’t usually bother me?
  • Am I getting enough sleep?  Do I feel rested when I wake up?
  • Am I eating regularly, healthily and drinking sufficient fluids?
  • Do I have enough time for “me” in my personal life? Do I still make time for the things I enjoy (hobbies, exercise, relaxing etc)?
  • Am I carrying extra tension in my body? E.g. Increased headaches, neck & shoulder ache?
  • How do I use my breaks in the day?  Do I still take them?
  • Am I still in touch with people who are important to me? What does my personal support network look like?

How do I solve problems? Can I problem solve effectively?

What makes me laugh or smile? Am I still doing both?

If you feel that managing stress is becoming a problem at work or home, then the Wellbeing at Work team may be able to support you. You can contact the team on 0845 601 7556

 

01/11/2013

Wellbeing through Work Business Lunch Event - 26th November 2013
Wellbeing through Work Business Lunch Event - 26th November 2013

 

Come and meet the Wellbeing through Work Team on the 26th November 2013 at The Heronston Hotel, Ewenny Road, Bridgend and find out how we can help you and your employees by supporting you to stay well and in work.
 
Studies show that supporting staff can improve staff retention, reduce training and recruitment costs and therefore increase profitability by reducing absence.
 
The Wellbeing through Work team focus on helping individuals overcome problems that may prevent them from staying in work and support people back to work if they are absent.
 
Lunch will be provided.

To register your interest please follow this link

Download the agenda here

Wellbeing through Work is funded by the EU’s Convergence European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.

29/10/2013

Wellbeing through Work Business Breakfast Event - 19th November 2013
Wellbeing through Work Business Breakfast Event - 19th November 2013

Come and meet the Wellbeing through Work Team on the 19th November 2013 at The Village Hotel, Swansea and find out how we can help support you and your employees by keeping you/them well and in work.
 
Studies show that supporting staff can improve staff retention, reduce training and recruitment costs and therefore increase profitability by reducing absence.
 
The Wellbeing through Work team focus on helping individuals overcome problems that may prevent them from staying in work and support people back to work if they are absent.
 
Breakfast rolls and fresh fruit will be provided.

To register your interest please follow this link

Download the agenda here

Wellbeing through Work is funded by the EU’s Convergence European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.

 

29/10/2013

World Mental Health Day - 10th October 2013
World Mental Health Day - 10th October 2013

                                                 Tips of how you can improve your emotional wellbeing

                                                                                  Make sure you get your 5 a day
                                                              Foresight Programme (http://www.bis.gov.uk/foresight)
                                                                               Prof Cary Cooper: Mental Capital

1. Connect - with other people
2. Be active - exercise releases feel good chemicals in the brain
3. Give - say hello, smile, volunteer
4. Keep learning - learn something new, revisit old interests/hobbies
5. Take notice - be mindful



Mindfulness focuses the mind on the present and can be fitted into both work and home in small practical ways.  Try the technique below to reduce your stress levels during everyday life e.g. at red traffic lights, bus stops, or when queuing.......

The STOP technique
Stop - what you are doing for one moment.
Take a deep breath - in through your nose out through your mouth
Observe your feelings, thoughts and sensation and surroundings
Proceed

For more information and support please contact Wellbeing through Work on freephone 0845 601 7556 (calls from a landline are free, calls from mobiles may vary) or email wtw@wales.nhs.uk
09/10/2013

Wellbeing through Work complete the Marie Curie Walk
Wellbeing through Work complete the Marie Curie Walk
On Saturday 17th August, 2013, a few members of the Wellbeing through Work Team battled wind and rain to complete the Marie Curie Walk ten at Margam Park. The 10k walk started at 7pm and took in the sights  from the highest point in the park, although the mist blocked some of the best views. The walk was in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care in the local area and was well attended by people (and dogs)  of all ages. The evening ended with musical entertainment and fireworks at 10pm to signify the start of most Marie Curie Nurses’ night shift.

19/08/2013

Wellbeing Through Work Breakfast Event
Wellbeing Through Work Breakfast Event
    
Some pictures from the free breakfast event on the 9th July 2013
10/07/2013

FREE Breakfast Event - July 2013
FREE Breakfast Event - July 2013

Does unplanned absence affect productivity and profitability of your business?

Absences are often caused by stress, anxiety, low confidence or joint and muscle pain.

Wellbeing through Work offer approaches for managing and dealing with these conditions.

The programme is available FREE of charge in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend.

Studies show that supporting staff can improve staff retention, reduce training and recruitment costs and therefore increase profitability by reducing absence.

The wellbeing through Work team focus on helping individuals overcome problems that may prevent them from staying in work and support people back to work if they are absent.

Who should attend? 

Employers, owner managers, HR managers and the Self-employed, can find out more about this successful program by attending one of three breakfast seminars in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend.

To join us at one of our free breakfast event in July and learn more about how we can support you, your organisation and employees click here

 

01/07/2013

A new plan for GP and Health Professionals Engagement
A new plan for GP and Health Professionals Engagement

Our team is currently visiting GP practices across Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea to share information about how we can help your practice and your patients.

Engagement of GPs and Health Professionals is vital to the Wellbeing through Work Project, in particular helping us to increase awareness of how we can support people in the private sector.  Working with you helps us to provide working people in the area with quick, free access to the support they need to stay well in work.   

For more information or to arrange a visit to your practice, please contact Joy.Powell@wales.nhs.uk or ring us on 0845 601 7556.

 

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23/05/2013

Wellbeing through Work Team wins ‘Into the Limelight’ Advancing Health Care Award
Wellbeing through Work Team wins ‘Into the Limelight’ Advancing Health Care Award

The Advancing Healthcare Awards 2013, supported by all four UK health departments, recognise and reward projects and professionals that lead innovative healthcare practice and can make a real difference to patients’ lives. The Wellbeing through Work delivery team was awarded this in April 2013 for its ability to deliver the message that remaining in work or returning to work with a health condition, is more beneficial for health and productivity than spiralling into long-term sickness. The judges commented that this is an, ‘aspirational project, moving away from the medical model.’

Dr. Ruth Hussey, Chief Medical Officer Welsh Government, congratulated the team stating, ‘this scheme to help people to return or remain in work is making a significant contribution to the longer term health and wellbeing of the population. Well done on your award’.

Professor Sir Mansel Aylward CB, Chair of Public Health Wales Board added: "I would like to add my congratulations to the team for gaining this prestigious award which reflects the sterling work undertaken in the Wellbeing through Work Project by a highly committed team"

Alison Strode, Therapy Advisor for Welsh Government said;”I am delighted to hear of the success of the Wellbeing through Work service winning an Advancing Healthcare Award. This is a prestigious award and the team should be very proud of their achievement”.

Alan Willson, NLIAH Transition Director, said: “We are extremely proud of the team who have been delivering this project, and we are delighted that their hard work and expertise has been recognised with this award.

“Helping people to understand that work can be beneficial to their physical and mental health is not always an easy task.  This award is recognition for the great work the team are doing, and will continue to do in the future.”

  

Jenni Allan, Occupational Therapist, Wellbeing through Work (centre) and Paul Dunning, Clinical Lead/Occupational Therapist, Wellbeing through Work receiving their award from Paralympian, Martine Wright.

  

23/05/2013

Workforce Health Checks
Workforce Health Checks
The WtW Nurse Adviser has started visiting private and third sector organisations to promote the
WtW Individual Support Service, give healthy lifestyle advice and undertake basic health checks.

Early indications are that this has been well received
17/05/2013

Serenity - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Tool
Serenity - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Tool

The first phase IT development of the online (web) version of the Serenity CBT tool was
recently completed.
 
The tool is being adapted for use by the WtW delivery team as part of their support
package for participants.

Roll-out will follow the current phase of user testing.

17/05/2013

Annual World Hello Day
Annual World Hello Day

November 21, 2012 is the 40th annual World Hello Day. The concept is very simple: make it a mission to say hello to 10 people today. It is a simple act that anyone can do and reminds us all that communication is more effective then conflict.

Saying Hello is also a great way to connect with others as part of your "5 Ways for Wellbeing" (Foresight Programme (http://www.bis.gov.uk/foresight ) Prof Cary Cooper: Mental Capital

Connect with the people around you, with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.

15/05/2013

Blue Monday
Blue Monday

Is today (21st January 2013) the most depressing day of the year? 

The third Monday in January, known as Blue Monday, is said to represent the perfect storm of cold weather, high debts, post-Christmas hangover, failed New Year resolutions and lack of motivation.

Whether or not 21 January really is the worst day of the year, it’s good to be aware of how stress can affect us.  The truth is that although the winter weather and these other factors may affect our mood, we can feel ‘blue’ any day of any week.

Work pressures, family pressures, money worries and other concerns can create a ‘perfect storm’ and leave us feeling anxious and stressed.

But there are ways we can help ourselves – and others – through that storm.

What can I do?

It is really important to make sure you talk to someone.  Friends and family might be able to offer a cup of tea and a chat.  Just seeing a friendly face can really make a difference.

If you need some expert advice on health, wellbeing or employment issues, Wellbeing through Work is here to help. Our service is available to working people based in Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea. 

Just call the Wellbeing through Work free, confidential support line on 0845 601 7556 for help to stay well in work. The service is made possible by the EU’s convergence European Social Fund, through the Welsh Government and is provided at no cost to you or your employer. 

 If you need further support, or you are not employed, organisations such as the Samaritans, the Money Advice Service, Cruse, Mind Cymru and Relate all have helplines.  Call us for help – everyone finds the going tough sometimes.

Staying active and taking care of what you eat and drink can also help you feel well; a recent article by the Mental Health Foundation suggested that what we eat and drink can affect our mood as well as our physical fitness.


How can I help others?

If someone you know is going through a tough time, try taking them for a day out, or if you’re busy, send them a friendly text or give them a call.  Just making contact can make a big difference.

You can also ask if your friend or family member needs any support.  Just being there for them will help them to stay well.  If they are struggling to stay in work, you could recommend they give us a call.

How can WtW help me?

WtW is a project in partnership between the NHS and Remploy.  We can help you to manage health and wellbeing issues which might be keeping you away from work, or making you think about taking time off.  This could be anything from back pain to emotional issues.  You might be struggling to get back into your role following time off sick.  Our friendly, expert advisors use a variety of tools and pain management techniques to ensure you have the relevant knowledge you need to manage your wellbeing.

Follow us on Twitter: @wtw_wales

21/01/2013

National Stress Awareness Day - 7th November 2012
National Stress Awareness Day - 7th November 2012
Stress Management has never been more relevant than it is today.  According to recent research by Insurance Company AXA, stress levels have doubled in 4 years.

Do you recognise any of these signs?
  • easily irritated and lose your temper
  • feel generally tired and exhausted
  • have difficulty concentrating for any length of time
  • feel tense and unable to relax
  • have difficulty sleeping
  • suffer from frequent headaches
  • suffer from indigestion or nausea
  • becoming more moody than usual
  • stop doing some of the things you really enjoy

If you are experiencing some or all of the above effects you may need help to manage them.

Why don't you give Wellbeing through Work a call on 0845 601 7556.

Our friendly team of experienced professionals can help you understand how stress affects you and support you to self-manage your stress levels.

 

07/11/2012

World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day
10 October 2012
World Mental Health Day raises public awareness about mental health issues.  The day promotes open discussions of mental disorders and investments in prevention, promotion and treatment services.  This year the theme for the day is "Depression: A Global Crisis".

As a way to prevent this Global Crisis the Wellbeing through Work Service promotes "5 Ways to Wellbeing".  A simple approach which gives you 5 things to do everyday in order to improve your emotional wellbeing:
Connect ... With the people around you, with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.  At home, work, school or in your local community.  Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them.  Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
Be active ... Go for a walk or run, step outside, cycle, play a game, gardening or dance.  Exercising makes you feel good.  Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suites your level of mobility and fitness.
Give ...Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger.  Thank someone, smile, volunteer your time, join a community group.  Look out, as well as in.  Seeing yourself and your happiness linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.
Keep learning ... Try something new, rediscover an old interest, sign up for that course.  Take a different responsibility at work.  Fix a bike.  Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food.  Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving.  Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.
Take notice ... Be curious, catch sight of the beautiful, remark on the unusual, notice the changing seasons.  Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends.  Be aware of the work around you and what you are feeling.  Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.

Foresight Programme (http://www.bis.gov.uk/foresight ) Prof Cary Cooper: Mental Capital
08/10/2012

Mindfulness Session
Mindfulness Session
The Wellbeing through Work Service Delivery Team took part in a Mindfulness Session delivered by Moira Morgan, Mindfulness Coach from the National Leadership and Innovation for Healthcare Agency (NLIAH).  Moira explained the theory behind mindfulness and the evidence base for using meditation as a way to improve your health and wellbeing.  The team participated in 3 short meditation sessions which they found very helpful.

Moria recommended not just for those of us who are suffering with depression the following publication 'The Mindful Way Through Depression' by Williams, Mark G with John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-zinn

If you would like further information about Mindfulness and how it can help you, please visit :-

http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/mental-health-a-z/M/mindfulness 


03/10/2012

WtW team takes on the Swansea Cycle Challenge!
WtW team takes on the Swansea Cycle Challenge!

Swansea Cycle Challenge is a free competition run by Swansea Council and a number of health and wellbeing partners. The challenge is designed to remind people working and living in Swansea of the freedom and fun you experience riding a bike.

 

Members of the WtW team completed a ten minute bike ride during their lunch hour on Monday 23rd July.

 

Congratulations to all that took part.

 

If you would like to know more about the Swansea Cycle Challenge please follow the link below:-

www.swanseacyclechallenge.org.uk 
 

02/10/2012

Come and meet us!
Come and meet us!
We will be at Sainsbury's, Bridgend (The Derwen) On Monday 23rd July from 10am to 5pm.  If you want to know more about how Wellbeing through Work can help you or someone you know to stay well and in work, why not pop down to see us? 
01/08/2012

Wellbeing through Work issues three learning papers
Wellbeing through Work issues three learning papers
Wellbeing through Work has recently issued 3 new learning papers, providing infomation about the work the project has been doing.  You can find these on the 'About Us' page
01/08/2012

New case studies online!
New case studies online!

Do you want to learn a bit more about how Wellbeing through Work helps individuals with their health and wellbeing at work?

We have three new case studies available for you to read.  The case studies will help you understand how we could help you - or your company's employees - with health and wellbeing issues.

Just click the link below to find out more!

Click here to go to the case studies page
01/08/2012

Wellbeing through Work - upcoming events
Wellbeing through Work - upcoming events

On 7th March, members of the Wellbeing through Work team attended an event co-ordinated by Welsh Government, called 'Improving Attendance
in the Public Sector' with a stand to promote Wellbeing through Work.

Whether you are an employer wondering if the project could help your staff, or an individual who wants to know more about how Wellbeing through Work could benefit you, we will also be representing Wellbeing through Work at the following events over coming weeks:

21st March - Psychological Therapies in Wales: A National Conference, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff

21st March - Healthy Working Wales Awards Ceremony and Employer Engagement Event, Millenium Stadium, Cardiff

22nd March - Therapies Conference, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff

22nd March - Acas Wales Annual Conference, St David’s Hotel, Cardiff

28th March - Swansea Evening Post Jobs Fair, Swansea National Waterfront Museum

12th April -  Liberty Stadium Recruitment Fair, Liberty Stadium, Swansea



Our team would welcome the opportunity to chat to you about Wellbeing through Work.  Leaflets and other materials will also be available for you to take away.   We hope to see you there!

01/08/2012

New radio campaign launched
New radio campaign launched
You can hear our new radio ad throughout March, by tuning in on 106.3 FM to local radio station Bridge FM. 

If you have heard our advert and want to know more about the Wellbeing through Work service, please browse our website for further information. 

If you live or work in Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot or Swansea, and need advice or support to stay well in the workplace, call Wellbeing through Work today on 0845 601 7556.  Our friendly advisors can offer confidential support and advice covering a range of health and employment issues.
01/08/2012

Survey urges more help for individuals keeping jobs
Survey urges more help for individuals keeping jobs
A survey published by the Care Quality Commission highlights the need to support people to find or stay in work.

The survey of 17,000 people who used community mental health services identified that only 15% of respondents are in regular paid work. 43% of respondents who wanted help to find work or retain a position had not received help to do so.

Steve Duggan from the Centre for Mental Health stated: “Employment support should be part of the care plan. We know that work is good for health. Securing employment promotes recovery, aids rehabilitation and reduces the risk of social exclusion often faced by people with serious mental health problems.”
01/08/2012

Wellbeing through Work helps Kim - new case study
Wellbeing through Work helps Kim - new case study
Wellbeing through Work has launched a case studies section demonstrating how the service has benefited individuals and helped them retain employment.

The first case study shows how Wellbeing through Work helped Kim to:
  • Negotiate new working hours, 
  • Improve her health,
  • Claim Disability Living Allowance, and
  • Helped her reduce her monthly mortgage payments.
To read more about how Wellbeing through Work helped Kim, please visit the case studies section.
01/08/2012

Know Your Pulse
Know Your Pulse
The heart rhythm charity, Arrhythmia Alliance (A-A), has launched a high profile campaign ‘Know Your Pulse’ to promote the importance of individuals checking their pulse.  

A simple pulse check is the easiest way to detect a potential heart rhythm disorder referred to as cardiac arrhythmia.  A-A is promoting routine pulse checks when patients visits their GP surgery so that more people will be diagnosed and treated for cardiac arrhythmias.  The campaign is well supported by MPs, healthcare providers, patients and several celebrities including Sir Roger Moore. 
 
Cardiac arrhythmia is an electrical problem that affects the way the heart beats and can lead to several health conditions, including stroke and sudden cardiac arrest. According to the Arrhythmia Alliance, more than 2 million people in the UK are affected by cardiac arrhythmias and by being aware of their pulse, individuals can recognise when their heart rate or rhythm is abnormal. 
 
Arrhythmia Alliance has produced a simple four step guide on how to take your pulse, what the pulse is, what it means and what pulse rates require further investigation from a GP.  The Pulse Check Guide is suitable for all individuals with an interest in their personal heart health.
 
To download a free pulse check guide and find out more please visit www.knowyourpulse.org

01/08/2012

Debt and stress training can help retain staff
Debt and stress training can help retain staff
A survey conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) shows that better pay has become more important than job satisfaction.

In last year’s survey, job satisfaction was considered the most important reason for keeping or moving jobs, whereas pay is now considered the more important. Among the reasons for this change are employees experiencing pay freezes and higher inflation with 1 in 10 workers falling behind with bills. Employees experiencing financial difficulties are more likely to be under stress and less satisfied at work.

Ben Willmott, a Senior Adviser at the CIPD, explained that this kind of stress leads to higher absence from work, more accidents at work and more problems with mental health. However, employers can help by organising training to help deal with stress and financial problems which can help produce a more content workforce.

Mr. Willmott went on to state:

"It is, therefore, in employers' interests to support employees in tough times through ensuring line managers are equipped with effective people management skills and by providing advice and support on debt management and financial planning." 

If you are interested in receiving free stress training or debt management training, please contact Wellbeing through Work on 0300 456 8068 or complete the contact form
01/08/2012

New Wellbeing through Work website launched
New Wellbeing through Work website launched

Welcome to the new Wellbeing through Work website! The Wellbeing through Work website provides access to health and work related information.


This site has been launched to support people to remain healthy in work and promote improved wellbeing for those who may already have work limiting health conditions.  Work is good for health and speeds recovery and our aim is to provide advice, information and guidance to help you reap the benefits that work can bring.

 

 

 

The site as you see it today will continue to grow and improve in response to the requirements of you our audience and importantly we will be adding self management tools and promoting services that support self help.

 

 


How can we improve the Wellbeing through Work website?

We want the new Wellbeing through Work website to offer a complete service for health and work related information. If you want to provide constructive feedback to help us improve the website, then please submit feedback via the  form on the contact us page.

01/08/2012

Mental Health first aid benefits the workplace
Mental Health first aid benefits the workplace
One in four people may experience a mental health problem during the next 12 months which can be helped by staying in work according to occupational physician Dr. Clive Morgan.

Whereas some employees may need time off work, returning to work can help with recovery and organisations have an important role to play with ensuring that employees’ wellbeing is safeguarded under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Dr. Morgan claims that more progressive employers are recognising that mental wellbeing is as important as physical wellbeing and are sending staff to train as mental health first aiders. Dr. Morgan goes onto state that not only does a positive approach to mental health at work benefit the employee, it also benefits the organisation and economy.

To read more from Dr. Clive Morgan, please visit WalesOnline.

If you are interested in mental health in the workplace, please contact us on 0300 456 8068 or use our contact form.
04/08/2011

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