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You’re invited to our Wellbeing Festival 7th-13th February 2022

Workforce wellbeing is a massively important topic across health and social care, even in ‘regular’ times. During the Covid times that importance has been magnified many times over. Of even greater importance is our individual wellbeing.

  • How can leaders and managers in health and social care ensure that their workforce wellbeing measures are effective?
  • How can new workforce wellbeing measures be speedily implemented?
  • Where can leaders and managers find details of workforce wellbeing activity that is proven?
  • What can we do to look after ourselves, before we help others?

This festival is an opportunity to explore skills, best practice solutions, and resources for individual and team wellbeing. Take part in live relaxation sessions, create a toolkit of resources, and find out more about what organisations are doing to improve the wellbeing of their workforce.


Friday 4th February 2022 is Time to Talk Day, and this day marks the start of our virtual IHSCM Wellbeing Festival. Time to Talk Day is dedicated to talking about mental health, and helps raise awareness to change lives. The latest research shows that mental health problems now affect one in four of us, yet it is still something that isn’t discussed as frequently as it should be. This is why Time to Talk Day takes place once a year to encourage everyone to be more open about mental health, to talk, listen and to help change lives. It is hoped that our Wellbeing Festival will also become an annual event.

To coincide with the festival we held two support sessions on 15th December 2021 and 12th January 2022. We will be holding the third wellbeing lunchtime sessions with mental health first aiders, and non-clinical support, on 11th February 2022 from 12:00-13:00.

We are encouraging our partners, members and their organisations to also hold their own sessions. These could be in-person sessions or virtual. If you are holding your own sessions, we would be delighted if you could record or stream these events and share the outcomes with us. We would like to share the recordings/streams across our social media channels throughout the festival. Follow us on Twitter to join in the live sessions: @IHM_Tweets.

We will also be sharing healthy recipes that are cheap, quick to make, and filling; relaxation and feel-good music; apps and libraries of resources that can be easily accessed; and accounts of people to follow who spread joy and positivity on social media.

We look forward to seeing you at the sessions.

Best wishes



Catch-up on sessions from December 2021 and 12th January 2022

‘Keeping the workforce Well’ by Keeping Well Southeast London (KWSEL). Looking at a platform for health, community and social care staff to go on matters around their mental health and wellbeing. https://www.keepingwellsel.nhs.uk/

Benefits of bringing the outside in for health – Helen Mason, Occupational Therapist, Advanced Sensory Integration Therapist, The Shed at Powderham Castle.

Pause and Play – Mwamba Bennett MCIPS, Senior Contracts Manager, Freedom to Speak Up Guardian, Managers in Partnership Union (MiP) Representative, Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources & Wellbeing Hubs – Julie Keith, Performance Manager, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust.

Working from Home Exercises – Guy Brightman, Personal Trainer

Kindness/gratitude/positivity – Patrick Melville, TAP and a Mental Health expert.

Increasing Resilience and Ability to Cope with Changes: The mindful approach – Susie Hooper, Co-Founder, Pause and Breathe CIC and Managing Director of The Heart Movement.

Counselling, Mentoring and Coaching: What, when and how to use – Sue Jones, Thoughts Become Things, Qualified hypnotherapist and counsellor.

A guided space for reflective pause – Dr Maria Kordowicz, Chartered Psychologist and Trainer Person-Centred Psychotherapist, will guide us through a session to help us pause and reflect on what is meaningful to us.

Finding the right online resource for managing your own mental health and wellbeing – the good, the bad and the ugly – Dr Lloyd Humphreys, Managing Director, ORCHA

Chocolate mindfulness – Helen Mason, Occupational Therapist, Advanced Sensory Integration Therapist, The Shed at Powderham Castle.



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