Our health and wellbeing programme is about you being physically and emotionally healthy when you work for us.

We're committed to ensuring our working environments are safe and conducive to health, and that we implement initiatives that promote and support healthy lifestyles.

As an employee here, you'll have access to a range of occupational health and wellbeing services, including: osteopathy and physiotherapy services; acupuncture; dental checks; complementary therapies; and immunisation programmes.
 

Employee health

Find out more about our pay and benefits here.You will also be prided with: moving and handling training, risk assessments, appropriate work-related equipment, as well as training you on techniques that will be useful in your job.We offer staff a range of occupational health and rehabilitation services that employees can be referred to after being assessed by an occupational health adviser.

Our rehabilitation units can help with a wide variety of problems including: changes to posture due to pregnancy; repetitive strain injury; postural problems caused by driving or work strain; the pain of arthritis and sports injuries. We can also help to treat specific problems such as tension headaches, whiplash, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, arthritis, and sports injuries.

Depending on the nature of the problem, you could be referred onto a specialist service like physiotherapy, acupuncture, osteopathy and bespoke rehabilitation programmes.

Your health and wellbeing is of the upmost importance to us and we also offer:

  • Pre-employment health screening to help address any health needs you may have.
  • Access to an immunisation programme to ensure you are trained on the management of occupational exposures to blood and body fluids and are able to undertake latex risk assessments.
  • All of our staff are encouraged to have the free flu vaccination every year.
  • Access to the our staff dental service which includes dental check-ups, dental cleaning and access to more extensive dental work.
  • Travel vaccinations at a reduced rate (for you and your partner).
  • Stop smoking programmes.
  • Group weight management programmes.
  • Contributions to the costs of your eyesight tests and glasses if you need them to be able to work. We also provide health and safety training, give you advice specific to your job and assess and monitor the environment you work in.

Find out more about our pay and benefits here
 

Psychological and welfare services

Staff here have access to psychologists and counsellors, who you can speak to confidentially about work-related or personal issues. The service is free for staff and self-referrals are accepted.

We can help you deal with a range of issues including mental health problems, the psychological impact of physical health conditions, domestic violence, coping and confidence issues. We also offer cognitive behaviour therapy and mediation services to staff who feel they need to use the facilities for work or non-work related issues.

Addressing bullying, harassment, violence and aggression at work

As part of our overall commitment to the equality of opportunity and valuing diversity, as an organisation we are fully committed to promoting a harmonious and supportive working environment, where every employee is treated with consideration, respect and dignity.

Harassment and bullying are in direct opposition to our aims and values, which include our commitment to treat people with courtesy, dignity and respect and to embrace difference, diversity and fairness. Harassment and bullying in any form can have a detrimental impact on working lives by adversely affecting the health, morale and performance of those affected by it, including those who witness it.

Similarly, we do not tolerate acts of violence, aggression, harassment or abuse towards staff and professionals who work in, or provide services to, the NHS. We consider the safety of all staff of paramount importance and are committed to providing, as far as is reasonably practicable, safe environments and systems of work for all staff whilst you are performing their duties. We do not expect staff to subject themselves to, or be exposed to, any unnecessary risks or to cope alone with potential or actual violent situations.

We will do all that is reasonable and practicable to prevent and protect all staff from any form of violence at work and to equip them, as far as possible, to deal with any incidents that do arise. We will ensure that all complaints of violence are taken seriously and that there are procedures in place for managers and staff that help them to deal with potential or actual violent situations.

Procedures are also available at both informal and formal levels to deal with complaints and disputes relating to bullying and harassment, including an option for mediation. Support for those involved in or affected by bullying and harassment is also available and a robust monitoring system for cases of bullying and harassment is in place.

In addition, a number of Trust employees have been appointed and trained as wellbeing champions as an independent and confidential resource to offer support to staff to help with emotional and physical wellbeing.