While the peaks of the pandemic may now be behind us, the ongoing impact continues. Research released by NHS Charities Together in October 2021 revealed that 96% of NHS staff believed that pressures on the service will continue for years to come. They also reported that 44% had experienced anxiety since the pandemic started, 39% reported exhaustion and a quarter reported depression. So, we are proud to fund projects which recognise their contribution and support their wellbeing – from prestigious award events to the little things that help every day.
The chaplaincy and pastoral care team are pivotal in supporting the spiritual and emotional wellbeing of our staff, and they came to us looking to enhance the service they offer. They asked for a grant for ten stress relief, anxiety and relaxation devices.
These stress relievers are easily portable and use sounds, heat, light, vibrational therapy and guided breathing programmes to help staff relax, calming their anxiety and reducing the risk of panic attacks. There’s also a warming function which adds a cosy feel when staff need it most. The programme builds on established breathing exercises and can also help to lower blood pressure.
“Sometimes the wards can get overwhelming and you need some time out. These devices allow you a few minutes to yourself, so you can re-calibrate and prepare for the rest of the shift ahead.”Amanda Budd, Lead Nurse for patient experience and patient participation.