16 July 2021
We now offer mindfulness courses to health and care professionals across the North East and North Cumbria, and the Humber, Coast and Vale areas.
At TEWV we have provided mindfulness courses for people across our Trust area, and for our staff, for many years. Courses are generally provided face-to-face but are currently being provided online.
During the pandemic, many health and care professionals have experienced more pressures and challenges on their working and home lives. To support these staff, two staff wellbeing hubs have been set up covering our region:
The hubs offer a range of support, advice and signposting services for health and care staff affected by the ongoing impact of the pandemic. One of these services is mindfulness and the courses are provided by the mindfulness team here at TEWV.
Mindfulness helps us become more aware of our thoughts and emotions and relate to them in a different way. We learn skills that can help us to:
- become more focused and steady
- feel less overwhelmed
- respond more wisely to difficulties and stress.
Through the hubs, health and care professionals can access free online (via MS Teams) mindfulness courses including:
- taster sessions – for people to have a try and see if mindfulness is for them
- 4-week summer introduction to mindfulness courses (starting 19 July)
- 8-week courses
- Drop-in sessions – 30 minute sessions three times a week (no booking required).
Details of course dates and how to book are available on the hub websites.
Elinor Morgan, staff mindfulness service lead at TEWV, said “We know that for many people mindfulness can have a hugely positive impact on their lives so we are delighted to be able to offer mindfulness online courses to health and care staff right across the region.
“Earlier in the year we provided some taster sessions followed by three eight-week courses. We had staff from a great many organisations and backgrounds take part in the sessions including people from the ambulance services, GP surgeries, prison services, and NHS acute and mental health Trusts across the whole region.
“Feedback has been positive. People are telling us they appreciate taking the time to focus on their own wellbeing and thinking about how better to be kind to themselves. Learning life skills to help look after our own self has been a common theme of people’s feedback along with developing strategies to help during difficult times.”