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How to get support - our wellbeing offers

On this page, you’ll find details of the some of the wellbeing support we can offer, such as coaching, group support, and other ways to regulate the stress in your body or mind.

Wellbeing offers

Tuesday 1 November 2022, 8.15pm – Rest and Restore Yoga

Wednesday 2 November 2022, 6.30pm – Rest and Restore Yoga

Wednesday 2 November 2022, 7.40pm – Improvers Yoga

Thursday 3 November 2022, 7.30am – Morning Flow Yoga

If you are interested in signing up for any of the above Yoga 6 week sessions then please contact the hub huboffers@cntw.nhs.uk

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.

For more info, please email huboffers@cntw.nhs.uk

The Hub psychological therapists are now running a Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia group intervention (CBT-i). This is a 6 week course, 1.5 hours per session, delivered via MS Teams which is available through either self-referral or referral by a Hub clinician. If you self-refer then you will be offered a screening assessment to ensure this intervention is suitable for your sleep problems.


Tuesday 10th, Tuesday 17th, Tuesday 24th and Tuesday 31st January 2023 from 1.30-3.30pm

What is CBTi (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia)

CBT-i is a non-medical treatment for insomnia that is based upon scientific knowledge about sleep. The aims of the programme are to help participants fall asleep, stay asleep and, because of better sleep at night, this can improve daily functioning.

As its name suggests, CBT-I has two main parts: ‘cognitive’ and ‘behavioural’. The cognitive aspect of the programme explores the relationship between thoughts, feelings and expectations about sleep that might be in themselves, barriers to getting a good night’s sleep.

The behavioural part supports the changing of behaviours and habits, and routines, based upon the science of sleep,  that can help improve sleep.


This programme is for adults referred to or receiving support from the Hub who are presenting with insomnia.

What is insomnia?

The diagnosis of Insomnia is based on the following five criteria

The complaint

Difficulty getting to sleep, staying asleep or experiencing sleep that is not restorative

Its frequency


More than 3 nights per week

Its severity

Sleep-onset latency (SOL) or wake time after sleep onset (WASO) more than 30 minutes

Its duration


More than 6 months

Its effects

Marked distress, difficulty with social and/or occupational functioning, and/or other meaningful consequences

The group programme

The programme lasts for 6 weeks, an initial session which comprises of a one-to-one assessment and then a rolling programme of 4 session (so that we can support people accessing this intervention as quickly as possible).  The final session will be a follow up either group or individual session.

If you are interested in this course, please contact the Hub via email hubstheword@cntw.nhs.uk or phone 0191 223 2030 and we will offer you a screening appointment. If you are currently receiving support from a member of the Hub team please speak to them for advice about whether this course would be helpful for you.

The Hub will be running an 9 week mindfulness-based cognitive therapy group programme for NHS and other care staff.

When: Wednesday 12th, 19th, 26th April and then Wednesday 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st May and  Wednesday 7th June 2023

Where: Teams

This mindfulness-based programme will incorporate the following:

  • Mindfulness training to support the development of awareness and pacing to learn to override automatic habits of overriding exhaustion and discomfort and, as a consequence, to learn how to be with and reduce the tension and anxiety that a life-long condition or long-covid can bring
  • To explore how to integrate recommended physical exercises and activities into your routine
  • To support and receive support from others with similar experiences and challenges in a safe group space

Who is this for?

NHS and other care staff with long-covid and/or a long-term condition

What is a long-term condition?

Long-term conditions or chronic diseases are conditions for which there is currently no cure, and which are managed with drugs and other treatment, for example: diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, arthritis and hypertension.

How many places are there?

There are 8 places available (however this group is intended to be delivered on an ongoing basis if there is demand)

How do I access a place?

If you are interested in this course, please contact the Hub via email hubstheword@cntw.nhs.uk or phone 0191 223 2030 and we will offer you a screening appointment. If you are currently receiving support from a member of the Hub team please speak to them for advice about whether this course would be helpful for you.

It is with great pleasure we can announce that the North East and North Cumbria Staff Wellbeing Hub together with partners will host a series of Livecasts in the coming months. These will be live events held on Teams.

The first Livecast will be on Teams on the 23 November at 12:00 – 12.45pm. This Livecast will be offered by Layla Mofrad and Ash Tiplady and chaired by Kevin Meares. Their topic will be “Making Friends with Uncertainty.”

The Livecasts will be chaired by the Staff Wellbeing Hub and will comprise of a 20-minute presentation followed by 20 minutes of questions. They will focus on issues that impact on wellbeing.

Layla and Ash have pioneered a group program for the treatment of anxiety disorders. The Livecast will focus on how considering and reflecting on uncertainty might impact on our experiences of wellbeing.

Please find the link below to the Livecast, please do add it to your diary.

Staff Wellbeing Hub: Livecasts. Making Friends with Uncertainty. 12:00-12:45 

You can find out more about Layla and Ashley’s work by these social media and web-links:

@laylamofrad @UnICorRNetwork Unicorn Website

We look forward to seeing you on the 23 November 2022. 

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.

GemArts: Cultural threads

Cultural threads is an arts, health and wellbeing programme by GemArts who work with professional artists across diverse art forms to help you to:

  • Develop new creative skills and interests
  • Have fun and connect with others
  • Access networks and support to improve mindfulness, health and wellbeing

Sessions available to book include:

Chinese Water Colour Painting

2 courses commencing: Monday 9 January 2023 from 7-8.30pm for 6 weeks and Tuesday 10 January 2022 from 7-8.30pm for 6 weeks.  Free to join 20 places available per course.

Visual Arts from across the World

Course commencing Thursday 12 January 2023 from 1-2.30pm for 6 weeks led by Jayamini De Silva.  Free to join 20 places available.

Poetry, Spoken Word and expressive writing

Course commencing Wednesday 11 January 2023 from 10-11.30am for 6 weeks led by Tahmina Ali.  Free to join 15 places available.

New Course just added!!!

Bollywood Dance

Course commencing Thursday 12 January 2023 from 11-12noon for 6 weeks led by Breeze George.  Free to join, 20 places available.

Get you yourself active and fit with step by step fun Bollywood dance sessions for absolute beginners. 

Try one of the most famous, fun modern dance styles from Indian Bollywood Films, fusing classical dance, folk dance, Bhangra, Hip Hop, Salsa, Jazz and Belly Dancing!

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.

For more information, please email huboffers@cntw.nhs.uk

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 on the Recovery College Online website.

The regional Integrated Care System is very aware of the amazing work that many psychology staff are doing to support their frontline colleagues. As part of the NHS-E funding for staff support we would like to offer ‘the scaffolders’ a space to reflect. This will hopefully be a safe space to practice what we preach, look after ourselves and help to inform the hub of the kind of themes that may be emerging for staff bearing the burden of the impact of the pandemic in order to create support for them matching their evolving needs.

Balint Groups

In essence, Balint Groups are a way of reflecting upon Clinical work using a psychodynamic/psychoanalytic model and are conducted on the basis that participants ‘will bring along’ a clinical case e.g. a patient and/or recent, perhaps troubling, case/encounter. Notes are usually not used.  

The presenting member outlines the case and then ‘sits back’ and the remaining participants discuss the case/patient in a reflective and associative sort of way i.e. not discussing e.g. the progress and outcome but try instead to get under the surface as to ‘what is going on’ in the relationship between clinician and patient.   So, the tools are fantasy, countertransference, imagination, association etc.

Balint Groups usually last 60-90 minutes are often held say, fortnightly and over an extended period of time, e.g. in ‘Terms’ of ten sessions.


Taking Care-Giving Care (TCGC) Groups

Taking Care-Giving Care (TCGC)  groups are more structured and again last for 60—90 minutes and are concerned with Compassion – how we offer it to our patients and how we can offer it to our colleagues and crucially, to ourselves.   Such sessions are often delivered as either one-offs or over two to three sessions.   The structured exercises are only so many and repetition would set-in.

A Bespoke Model

These are not either-or options and sometime a more evolving reflective/supportive group can be devised and be adapted over time, i.e. Bespoke Model is devised to fit the needs of each particular team.

Read more: Staff wellbeing Hub Group Support - further information.

For more information, please email hubstheword@cntw.nhs.uk

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