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NHS Trust affirms its commitment to supporting staff

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The Trust has introduced a variety of new initiatives to support the wellbeing of their staff and ease pressures associated from increased living costs.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, the main provider of mental health and learning disability services in both counties, and community services in Worcestershire, have launched a package of support to aid their staff during the period of increased financial pressure.

This includes expense reduction initiatives such as free parking at Trust owned car parks, increased mileage remuneration, a monthly draw for shopping vouchers, and free refreshments at work. There is also a drive to encourage staff to work closer to home, thereby reducing fuel costs and aiding the Trust’s commitment to becoming Net Zero by 2040.

Sarah Dugan, Chief Executive highlights the importance of providing such support to staff, “Like many people across the country, our staff have really felt the impact of the rising cost of living. We know that these pressures can negatively impact upon physical and mental wellbeing so we are committed to doing all that we can to ease the pressure on our staff during this time.”

The Trust, which enlists one of its core values as supportive, leads the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub- a service offering confidential mental health and wellbeing support to all health, care, and social care workers across the two counties.

 ‘The Hub’ boasts a comprehensive variety of support- from assessments to access to local mental health services and signposting to external services that offer guidance on matters such as finances, domestic abuse, and relationships.

Kate Leese, Staff Health and Wellbeing Lead said, “To us, it’s really important to be there for our staff and help them in as many ways as we can. We want to make sure that we are doing all we can to support our staff both physically and mentally to keep them happy and healthy at work.”

To find out more about staff wellbeing support, visit our dedicated careers website.

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