Covid-19 was new to everyone. In our jobs, we are being asked to work differently, under increasing pressure, with new people and teams, sometimes outside of our skill-set. Our body and brain systems may experience this as mentally and physically stressful, and perhaps even unsafe. Increased anxiety and fear is normal. This is not a sign of mental health problems, but is part of the natural process of adapting to radically changed circumstances. The wellbeing hub recognises that the real potential for overcoming adversity at work lies in teams that work effectively together and are supported by leaders who are available, responsive and equipped.

To prevent psychological depletion during all phases of the pandemic, teams can use a 'team wellbeing plan' to support this. This can be used by any team, in any context. There is no requirement for this to be facilitated by the staff wellbeing hub, although please do contact wellbeinghub@merseycare.nhs.uk for advice and support to enable your teams to get the most out of it. 

To support teams to develop team wellbeing action plans, or to discuss team wellbeing in the context of your team, you can contact us to arrange for one of our wellbeing and lifestyle coaches a to meet your team and support you to develop and/or review your team wellbeing plan. Request yours by emailing wellbeinghub@merseycare.nhs.uk

For some teams, the Covid-19 pandemic will have been particularly challenging and teams may feel that they need a greater level of support to restore and rebuild team dynamics or to establish ways of working. During this period, the OD Team will be on hand to offer tailored support where required, and an initial conversation to assess the team's requirements can be requested by emailing ODTeam@merseycare.nhs.uk

  • Covid-19 pandemic phases

    • This resource explains each of the phases of the pandemic and the potential psychological impacts on individuals and teams

Now more than ever it is important to connect with our teams and check in on their wellbeing. These practical guides are ready for you to use and put into practice with your teams at the start and end of every day/shift.

It can be easy to forget the impact of Covid-19 on those staff who may be working from home. Establishing new routines, feeling disconnected from the team and colleagues, and isolation are just some of the challenges faced. These simple resources offer simple tips and techniques for managing remote teams.

The recovery phase will be a significant and important stage in order to effectively heal as a team and to support individuals who may require additional help.The staff wellbeing hub is currently working on the offer for teams during the Post Covid-19 phase, with more information to follow. However, in the meantime, we have uploaded a simple guide and some practical tips for managers to consider at this time.

If you want to talk – we are here to listen

Our internal coaches want to help if leaders or managers are finding things tough and need to talk or things through and problem solve. To access a confidential coaching conversation email ODTeam@nwbh.nhs.uk