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The Trust's two wellbeing and lifestyle coaches are Danny Sculthorpe and Phil Vievers and they work within our Occupational Health and Wellbeing Team. You can read more about Danny, Phil here.The wellbeing and lifestyle coaches aim to improve physical wellbeing and mental resilience for everyone across our workforce. Both Danny and Phil have vast experience of supporting individuals through their work with State of Mind and hold recognised physical activity qualifications including Personal Training, and have undertaken mental health and suicide prevention courses, such as Mental Health First Aid.

The Trust's health and wellbeing offer is led by our Occupational Health and Wellbeing Department. The team consists of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists and counsellors, all of which have specific occupational health training and experience. The role of wellbeing and lifestyle coaches has been developed specifically to provide additional support to you. The coaches are  available to provide support to all staff member on either an individual or group/team basis, in person, via telephone or online as requested.

Mental fitness sessions

 The coaches will share with the audience their personal story, which has proven a powerful means of getting the key messages across with real impact. The sessions will address mood, depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation and, in the case of the coaches, what worked for them in turning their lives around.

The key objectives of the session are to:

  • Describe the symptoms of anxiety and depressed moods
  • Discuss issues of suicide prevention
  • List the signs of potential alcohol and drug misuse
  • Share information to improve mental fitness and wellbeing
  • Consider setting of goals and measures for overcoming adversity
  • Encourage looking out for and responding to work mates who might be experiencing problems

Support with weight management and increasing physical fitness levels

 If you are looking to lose weight, the coaches can support you. They can check your weight, height, waist circumference, calculate your BMI and then provide evidence based dietary advice. Physical activity sessions are also available.

The key objectives of the sessions are to:

  • Learn about the current UK healthy eating guidelines for adults
  • Understand Food Labels
  • Know your calorie requirements to promote weight loss
  • Find out about the best ways to stay hydrated
  • Learn about the current UK physical activity guidelines for adults and how to incorporate into everyday life.

To book a session with one of our wellbeing and lifestyle coaches or make an enquiry, please email our dedicated health and wellbeing mailbox: wellbeinghub@merseycare.nhs.uk 


'I just wanted to give an absolutely massive thank you to both for the presentation you shared with the team.  I think a lot of your messages will resonate with many of the staff, women as well as men – definitely a Northern thing being drummed into us as kids about not talking about feelings.  Your openness regarding your own struggles and personal losses was really moving and powerful.  You have definitely achieved something today in addition to making your bed!' - Kate


'My ‘walk and talks’ with Phil and Danny have been a real boost to me.  Shielding and working from home, together with other health issues and surgery over the past year have taken their toll.  Feeling a little isolated, low mood, putting on weight, problems sleeping and physical restraints following surgery were the reasons for getting in touch with the Trust’s Wellbeing Coaches.  I didn’t know what they could do to help, but they have helped.  By taking things at my pace, and being genuinely interested, and ‘invested’ in my wellbeing, things have turned around, my personal wellbeing is a priority for me now, whereby it wasn’t previously – everything else came first.  The advice they give is based on own personal experiences,  which is what makes this work, being able to talk and more importantly laugh, has been a real game changer.   I look forward to our walk and talks, and I would encourage others to take this opportunity – it will make you feel better – it worked for me!' - The author wishes to remain anonymous


'I’d like to thank you for the help I have received within the walk session and the PT that I have received when able around the pandemic. Danny and Phil have helped during the worst part with my anxiety and my physical health issues and weight gain which have increased the anxieties around self esteem and confidence in my work. They have helped during the time with walks to build good rapport and therapeutic relationships with them to enable I can work with them and also improve my self which has been having a positive effect on myself and my work  and couldn’t have done any of this without them this year' - John