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How to get support - our wellbeing offers

On this page, you’ll find details of some of the wellbeing offers the Hub can provide, such as coaching, mindfulness and other ways to support your health and wellbeing.

Wellbeing offers

Readhead Associates work with the Staff Wellbeing Hub to provide bespoke one to one coaching and mentoring to individual staff members via phone, teams or zoom, usually over 2 to 3 sessions, spaced 3 months apart.

The main focus of this coaching is career development and retirement planning with an emphasis on developing skills and goal planning for the short, medium and long term.

To be able to access the coaching offer, you would firstly need to speak to one of the Hub Team, you can do this by:

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danceSing is the inclusive, intergenerational, feel-good wellbeing experience, anytime, anywhere. Expert led vocal training sessions On Demand anytime anywhere, as well as timetabled Live sessions weekly. Join our vibrant online community and enjoy motivational support and a 5-star customer experience. With sessions from beginner to advanced, we have something for everyone.

Our Singing Programme sessions include: vocal production; part-singing; breathing and relaxation techniques; vocal layering; harmonising; diction; enunciation agility and much more! Our series repertoire songs cover a broad range of musical genre everyone will love and enjoy.

Our Fitness Programme sessions include: all Dance Fitness workouts covering a broad range of genre and styles; Yoga, Ballet Barre, Pilates based workouts from gentle to more intense; 10-Minute Motivators to kick-start any day and get you in the right mood; and Strength Training sessions as the foundation for everything and key to staying fitter, active and more flexible for longer.

If you would like further information then please email hubstheword@cntw.nhs.uk 

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the natural capacity we all have to bring awareness and interest to what is happening in the present moment. Becoming more mindful can support our wellbeing and mental health.

Learning mindfulness can help you:

  • be more aware of your thoughts and feelings
  • be kinder to yourself
  • respond more wisely to difficulties and stress.

Mindfulness is recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence.

What do we offer?

  • Drop-in sessions
  • 2-hour taster sessions
  • 3-week introductory courses
  • 8-week courses
  • Follow up activities, such as days of mindfulness practice.

Drop-in sessions

These regular 30-minute weekly drop-in sessions aim to support staff wellbeing and include:

  • A guided meditation
  • An opportunity for some brief discussion.

You don’t need to book in advance, and no previous experience of mindfulness is necessary.  The sessions are delivered online via Microsoft Teams.

For information on how to register please see TEWV Mindfulness Service Website.


Taster sessions

The 2-hour online sessions will give you a taste of what mindfulness is all about and the variety of offerings our service provides. Sessions include information, discussion, and guided meditations.  The taster sessions are open to health and social care staff and members of the public, including service users and carers.  You need to attend a taster before applying for the 8-week course.

For dates and booking information please see TEWV Mindfulness Service Website.

3-week introduction to mindfulness course

This course is online via Microsoft Teams and will introduce you to some skills that can help you manage distress and difficulty as well as appreciate the good things in life.  It consists of 3 sessions over a 3-week period.  Each online session is an hour long and will include brief guided meditations, as well as some theory and discussion.  Between these sessions, you will be invited to use the mindfulness practices at home so that you begin to experience the benefits of applying mindfulness to your everyday life.

The course is for people who are new to mindfulness or who only have limited time to attend a course.

For dates and booking information please see TEWV Mindfulness Service Website.


8-week courses

An in-depth course with a structured curriculum that combines training in mindfulness with elements of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). The course will teach you skills to manage distress and to appreciate the good things in life by inviting you to apply what you learn to your own life and developing a regular mindfulness practice.  This course does not teach you how to teach others about mindfulness.

Participants (usually 10-15) and the teacher meet once a week.  You will need to do some home practice every day to practise the skills you are learning.

If you would like to attend one of our 8-week courses, you will need to attend a taster session or an introductory course first.

For dates and booking information please see TEWV Mindfulness Service Website.

Days of mindfulness practice

Our days of mindfulness practice sessions are included in the 8-week course and previous graduates are also invited to support their ongoing mindfulness practice and sense of wellbeing. The day is spent engaging in a variety of mindfulness practices with limited talking and space for reflection.

These sessions may be online via Microsoft Teams or in-person.

For dates and booking information please see TEWV Mindfulness Service Website.


Contact us

For any other enquiries please email us on tewv.mindfulness@nhs.net or phone on 01325 552017.

We all know that whilst working in health and social care can be very rewarding, it can also be very stressful.  One important and powerful way to support ourselves is through practicing self-compassion.

This online course has been designed by Clinical Psychologist Dr Chris Irons. As Dr Irons knows that working in healthcare can be ‘full-on,’ it is an easy to access programme which helps you get the maximum benefits with a minimal amount of time commitment.

The programme consists of:

  • Four 30-minute videos, intended to be viewed once per week, which guide you through key ideas and practices of self-compassion. Each is accompanied by a short summary handout.
  • A variety of practices, each less than 10 minutes, designed to build self-compassion and reduce psychological distress.

The online course has been evaluated at University College London, and results show that people who complete the course have seen significant reductions in depression, anxiety, stress, shame, self-criticism, and feelings of insecurity in relationships.

To be able to access the self compassion course, you would firstly need to speak to one of the Hub Team, you can do this by:

The North East and North Cumbria ICS were given funding in 2020 by the local Health Education England team to provide some online training for healthcare staff during the COVID-19 pandemic both to support their service delivery and also support their wellbeing. This consisted of a series of experiential learning webinars that were recorded for use as an ongoing online resource.

Because the pandemic has had a multifaceted impact on people and communities, the webinars covered a range of topics that were informed by the evidence about managing and healing from adversity. They covered aspects of relational support, leadership, service design, specific interventions and tools, safety (both physical and social), unintended consequences and issues of empowerment and social cohesion (see Kennedy, 2019 model).

Recordings of these webinars, supporting documents and further information can be found here Staff webinars - Recovery College Online

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