North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust are dedicated to ensuring our staff journey is a positive experience for all who work here and we provide a number of support services that can help, or direct colleagues to the wealth of external support also available.
Health and Wellbeing magazine
The organisation launched a staff health and wellbeing magazine in the winter of 2021, which is published every three months.
The publication is a social occasion or space for relaxation, written by staff and for staff, which gives them the opportunity to share each others stories, reflections and tips on wellbeing while providing key support information.
The magazine was ‘highly commended’ in the NHS Communicate 2022 awards.
Read our latest issue or back catalogue
Colleagues can read the latest digital issue online.
Want to contribute to the magazine?
If you work for the Trust and would like to share an experience, review, picture or story that helps contribute to your health and wellbeing get in touch at [email protected]
The organisations Rainbow Rooms at our Stockton and Hartlepool hospital sites provide a safe and communal space for colleagues to rest, take a break and recharge during their work day.
Our chaplaincy services offer one off support, but also work with individuals and teams depending on the support required. The team are on hand to provide:
- Listening – so you know you are seen and heard
- Reflection – a non-judgemental space where issues are held gently together
- Bespoke service – seeking creative ways to offer pastoral care
- Faith support – prayer and sacramental provisions are available where appropriate
Colleagues can contact the chaplaincy team on 01642 383138.
Occupational health services
Our occupational health team can provide you with:
- Self-referral or formal management referral options – staff can have a confidential chat with one of the occupational health advisors to discuss any difficulties they may be having at work or home, or any psychological health issues for advice on how to manage them
- Signposting to Alliance for psychological and/or talking therapy
- Signposting to in house physiotherapy for musculoskeletal support
- Provisions of workplace ergonomic assessments to ensure protection and prevention of staff members musculoskeletal health
Staff can contact the occupational health team on 01642 383211.
Staff psychology support hub
The psychology staff support hub (SPSH) team work as a vital part of a regional Health and Wellbeing Hub and can support you by providing:
- A listening ear, guidance, support
- Signpost to other available support services
- A pre-booked appointment with one of the Trusts psychologists or with a team member from the central hub, which is arranged arround work and life commitments
- Drop-in ward sessions, team time reflective sessions and other group support sessions
- Schwartz Round support
Colleagues can contact the SPSH team on 01429 522049 to self-refer.
Domestic violence advocate
Working alongside the adult safeguarding team, our domestic violence advocate can offer confidential support to staff, guidance on spotting signs of and supporting those experience domestic abuse as well as one to one support.
For confidential help and support regarding domestic abuse contact 07789 506664.
Mental health first aiders
Key staff members throughout the organisation have been trained as trauma risk management (TRiM) practitioners and mental health first aiders, and are available to offer support to colleagues.
More information on who can support you from within your area can be found by contacting the people development team on 01642 383827.
- Able Futures: 0800 321 3137
- ICS TEWV Staff wellbeing hub: 0191 233 2030
- Recovery College Online
- Impact on Teesside: 01642 573924
We have a number of staff support network groups that staff can become members of. The networks provide a safe forum where colleagues can discuss and help resolve issues.
They enable individuals from across the organisation to get together, raise awareness of challenges and issues they may be facing, share ideas and most importantly, offer one another support.
For more information on the networks available, colleagues can contact the employee relations team on 01642 624033.
Supporting armed forces within the NHS
As a supporter of the Armed Forces and an employer of Reservists, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust are proud to be a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant, which is a promise by the nation to ensure that those who serve or who have served in the UK Armed Forces (and their families) are treated fairly. At North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, we are proud to support as many of our staff as possible to be part of the reserve forces, because we recognise the clear benefits this can bring. These are benefits which ultimately lead to improved patient care. Being a reservist is also a great way to progress in your career in health and obtain new skills.