On February 13th, 400 NHS staff and learners were brought together at Birmingham University by Health Education England to discuss the importance of Mental Wellbeing in the workplace.
As the NHS sets out a plan to ‘make the NHS the best place to work’ it is recognised that the mental wellbeing of the future NHS workforce will be crucial in achieving this ambition. This event provided an opportunity for learning about mental wellbeing and sharing experiences.
The event offered a combination of expert speakers including Simon Gregory Deputy Medical Director, Primary and Integrated Care, Health Education England, interactive workshops and social/relaxation sessions with the key themes being:
•The value of self-care
•Rest and relaxation
•Wellbeing in the digital age
•Suicide, bereavement and support
Simon Gregory said of the event:
“I think its really important that we are all mindful of our own wellbeing and of those that we work and learn with, we need a culture where everyone cares for ourselves and for each other and where the organisations care for us as well.
“I think there has been a real buzz, its been there in the sessions, people taking away some practical tips from each other and they are learning that this is a really important issue that we all care about and we can only make a real difference if we do that as a community.”
Below is a selection of the slides from the day as well as a short film in which those who attended talk about the importance of the subject as well as what they learned from the day.