Integrated care system in Devon invests in workforce wellbeing with Gro Health

Integrated care system in Devon invests in workforce wellbeing with Gro Health

The integrated care system for Devon is providing more wellbeing support through a new initiative developed and delivered by the multi-award-winning provider DDM Health.  

The new program will help colleagues navigate the current challenges they face, promote wellbeing and increase resilience across the staff network.

Achieved through delivery of a bespoke 10-week program, the sessions will be facilitated by a team of experts led by Clinical Psychologist Dr Melanie Rendall, who has herself worked in the NHS for 15 years.

The course is free to staff members who are employed by a One Devon site. On-demand and live group sessions will run until Spring 2023.

Participants will focus on areas including Applying Psychological First Aid (PFA) at work, identifying burnout and stress in colleagues, and understanding trauma and its impact within the context of COVID-19.

The program will give staff the skills and confidence to have sensitive conversations and support colleagues with their wellbeing.

Clinical psychologist and curriculum development lead, Dr Hannah Jerome said: “Our hope for the staff taking part in the programme is that it will equip them to understand and protect their own wellbeing.

“In addition, it will give them the tools to recognise when colleagues are struggling and assist them appropriately with compassion and care.”

Jo Cheffey, Lead Clinical Psychologist in the Devon Wellbeing Hub, said: “We have lived alongside the pandemic now for more than two years and NHS and care staff have repeatedly been asked to step up, work harder, go the extra mile and work in very challenging and demanding circumstances.

“Putting patients first and prioritising the care of others underpins the work of all NHS and care staff and this has been alongside managing their own COVID related fears, worries and losses.”

She added: “Over time the likelihood of staff stress, burnout and mental health problems increases, and it is important that the wellbeing of staff continues to be prioritised.

:This offer from DDM focuses on helping to understand the psychological impact of the pandemic on yourself and others, along with strategies to cope and manage this stress.”

Users will also be able to access the number rated Gro Health app, a digital health engagement program which provides personalised self-management and behaviour change support across the four key pillars of health: Mental Wellbeing, Sleep, Nutrition and Activity.

Grounded in behaviour change psychology, Gro Health will allow the staff members to catch up on any missed sessions, communicate with the network of Wellbeing Buddies and take advantage of the guided meditation, yoga classes and one-to-one coaching.

Gro Health has been developed by a team of behavioural change and clinical experts at DDM Health, an organisation with the mission to empower with cutting-edge digital health solutions that improve health and wellbeing.

Led by AI Expert Arjun Panesar and Behavioural Change Psychologist Charlotte Summers (also creators of the Low Carb Program), Gro Health’s has been found to improve health and wellbeing including reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress.

Since its launch in June 2021, the app has been awarded six grants from NHSX, and launched in numerous settings including Cornwall Council, TfL and UHCW.

Author: Eileen Gilbert