We highly value the wellbeing of our staff at Darent Valley Hospital and take pride in the support and services we offer. These include support for mental health, physical health, finance and relationships. The full extent of support available can be found via the Trust’s Adagio platform, a few examples include:
Complementary therapies and meditation
Time to Talk
In addition to this, private consultations are also available with counsellors and clinical psychologists, offering CBT throughout the week.
Trust staff have access to a new Employee Assistance Programme provided by Care first, enabling staff to access a confidential 24 hour Counselling helpline, as well as up to 6 sessions of face to face or telephone counselling. To get in contact, call 0800 174 319.
The marquee by the Children’s Resource Centre is available to use as a wellbeing space. With new outdoor furniture to enjoy the summer months, the marquee offers a lovely environment for staff to relax.
Walking Club and Guinness the dog
The DGT walking club restarted on 21st April and promotes a healthy working day by ensuring you get some time away from your desk. The first walk is for the early risers or those ending their night shifts, meeting at the main entrance at 7.30am. There is also a lunchtime walk at noon, joined by our wellbeing dog Guinness once a month. Staff are also able to volunteer to walk Guiness during the week!
Staff food bank
The Wellbeing Team will be setting up a staff grocery bank to support any staff who find themselves in need. Whilst we are all employed, we are aware some staff may now find themselves in difficult circumstances due to Covid changing household income.
A recent survey carried out by the BMA found that the mental health of doctors has been seriously affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Results highlighted that 44% of doctors say they suffer from depression, anxiety, stress, burnout or other mental health conditions relating to or made worse by their work.
Suggested guidance on sleep deprivation and fatigue can be found via:
The BMA website has lots of information regarding wellbeing offerings and counselling services available. Please click the link to access the website: Your wellbeing (bma.org.uk) - please see below for summary of services they offer: