Looking after ourselves – A crash course in Wellbeing and Mindfulness.

Looking after ourselves – A crash course in Wellbeing and Mindfulness.
22 May 2017

THE Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is inviting staff, patients, the public and its Trust members to attend a free talk on ‘Looking after ourselves – A crash course in Wellbeing and Mindfulness’ on Friday 9th June 2017, 2pm – 3pm, Room D3, Education Centre, Rochdale Infirmary.

The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is eager to help improve the health and well-being of its staff.  It is now widely recognized that this not only benefits the individual staff member but ultimately leads to a better and safer patient experience.  Since 2013, the Trust has trained 72 Wellbeing Champions who support their colleagues in finding ways to improve their own health. The Trust has many initiatives in place to raise awareness of potential health issues and provide information for staff to make changes in their lifestyle to help their overall wellbeing.

This talk gives an overview of the initiatives in place to support employees working for the Trust.  It will also include a brief look at the different dimensions of health to enable us all to make the right choices for ourselves.  Wellbeing is much broader than simply our physical health.  It includes our psychological wellbeing as well, and in this busy world we live in, it is more crucial than ever to find ways of coping with the stresses and anxieties of everyday life.  With this in mind, the talk will also include a taster session and overview of Mindfulness.  There is substantial scientific evidence on the benefits of Mindfulness and it has been recently recommended by a Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group and The King’s Fund.

Lindsay Eavis, Curriculum Delivery Facilitator who will be giving the talk said “As a trainer of the Pennine Acute Trust Wellbeing Champions and a champion myself, I am grateful of being given this opportunity to share some essential pointers to help each of us to enhance our health and wellbeing.  I will also be sharing the good work of all wellbeing champions across the Trust who support and encourage their colleagues to do the same.

Mindfulness has personally enriched my life since I took up the practice at a particularly difficult time about two years ago.  If you come along you can find out for yourself whether it is a tool you might choose to use to assist you to bring a more attentive and kindful approach to your life.”

The event is free and is one of a series of ‘Medicine for Members’ events arranged to give the public and the Trust’s public members a greater insight into their local hospital and the services it provides. So far, more than 12,500 people have signed up to become Trust members.  To book your place contact Angela Greenwood on 01706 517302 or email membership@pat.nhs.uk