Due to the nature of our work we are acutely aware of the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle and having a good work/life balance. NCL ICB strives to ensure that staff are provided with an environment and opportunities that encourage and enable a healthy life, both in the workplace and outside of it. There are a number of schemes and activities available which support your health and wellbeing.
Cutting down on alcohol can bring some great rewards. Not only will it mean a reduced risk to your health, but you could lose weight, feel better, and have more time and cash to spend on doing other things.
Further information and support is available via:
Staff are able to claim a maximum of £20 towards an annual eyesight test, in line with display screen equipment (DSE) legislation. If the test shows that glasses are needed specifically for visual display unit work (i.e. computers), the ICB will make a contribution of up to £50 towards basic frames and lenses/contact lenses.
Full details of the costs the ICB will cover, and how to make an expenses claim via Workforce, are available on the ‘claiming expenses’ section of the HR FAQs on the intranet.
Below are links to websites that offer advice, videos, and guides to help you feel mentally and emotionally better.
- Scientific evidence points to five steps that we can take to improve our mental wellbeing. If you give them a try, you may feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from your life. More information can be found on NHS choices – Five steps to mental wellbeing.
- Mindfulness can be a very effective way of reducing stress, enjoying life more and understand ourselves better. Follow this link to NHS Choices – Mindfulness – give it a try.
- Good Thinking – a free, digital mental health and wellbeing service that gives Londoners 24/7 access to tailored advice and NHS-approved resources.
- Find some top tips for managing stress.
- The NHS website has lots of information and support for your mental health.
- Uplifting resources – Chosen by NHS staff for NHS staff: The Health Education England national NHS Knowledge and Library Services team has worked with the Reading Agency to crowd-source some uplifting resources. They have been chosen by NHS staff for NHS staff and are ideal for boosting your mood. The selection of digital resources which include apps, podcasts and other online resources can be accessed via the Knowledge and Library Services website.
Having a balanced diet is key to our health and wellbeing.
For more information visit NHS choices – Eating a balanced diet.
Keeping Well NCL - mental health support for staff
The Keeping Well Hub provides tailored original content in response to workforce feedback, curates existing resources and tools, and signposts to local, regional and national initiatives. They also provide a Health Chat platform that enables real-time sign-posting and onward referral into local services as required. The Keeping Well NCL website includes a great selection of resources to support you and your colleagues, such as:
- top tips, templates and ideas on how to have Wellbeing Conversations
- support for organisations, teams and individuals
- mental health & wellbeing webinars and podcasts
- 1-1 support with Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners through the live chat function.
We encourage all staff to take some time to visit the Keeping Well Hub.
Musculoskeletal wellbeing and the impact of home working
As part of our ongoing staff wellbeing programme, the ICB ran a session for staff which focused on musculoskeletal wellbeing. The session was led by a physiotherapist from our Barnet Musculoskeletal service and focused on providing an understanding of how the musculoskeletal system is impacted by home working and included:
- an overview of the impact of sitting on musculoskeletal health
- examples of how to prevent and relieve aches and pains caused by prolonged sitting
- opportunities for people to ask specific questions about their own circumstances.
We have saved the recording of the session as a resource for staff and the slides and the example exercises. The musculoskeletal wellbeing session was led by Vicky, one of the physiotherapists at Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust (CLCH). CLCH have recently launched their new Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy website. The website has some excellent resources, including exercise videos, physical activity guides and advice to support the self-management of musculoskeletal pain.
NHS England Support
Supporting our NHS people – managing your own health and well being while supporting others.
NHS Digital Weight Management Programme: staff self-referral offer
Managing weight may be a consideration for many. NHS England has a range of health and wellbeing programmes available to support NHS staff with this.
This includes the free NHS Digital Weight Management Programme. The 12-week programme provides online weight management plans for staff who want to make changes to their health and have a BMI of 30+ (or 27.5+ for people from Black Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds due to an increased health risk).
Sport and leisure incentive scheme
The Civil Service Sports Council (CSSC) is a not for profit organisation, grant funded by the Cabinet Office, that supports the health and wellbeing of staff across the civil service and public sector by providing countless opportunities for members to pursue sporting, leisure and social interests; most often on a heavily subsidised basis. Membership is available to all public sector staff including contract and temporary staff and costs £4.50 per month. To find out more, visit the CSSC website for more information.
More information on the benefits of physical exercise can be found NHS Choices Benefits of exercise page.
If you would like help to stop smoking, staff are encouraged to visit the NHS Stop Smoking website where there is lots of free support and help available. Local borough councils also offer access to local borough services to support people to stop smoking. Further resources and support is available via: