A&E staff have put on an event to help improve employee health in the department.
On Wednesday 3 October 2018 the A&E department at Royal Stoke hosted a wellbeing event, with highlights including a sleep pod, acupuncture and spa freebies. The team have also set up a special committee which will ensure the physical and mental needs of employees are focused upon going forward. The department were supported by the wellbeing team from the hospital.
Previous studies have shown that 28% of doctors suffer from above usual levels of stress, in comparison to 18% of the general population, and one in ten sick days taken by nurses are down to stress and/or depression. It is hoped that days such as these, which help teach clinicians simple self-care techniques, should help combat these issues.
Julie Norton, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, said: "Staff feel drained during winter, so we wanted to do something to show them that we care and that we want them to be able to feel better this year. We started out with the idea of just the committee and then we decided to have a wellbeing afternoon, and things sort of snowballed from there.
"The afternoon was great and lots of people turned up. We had brilliant support from local businesses as well, so staff have been able to get lots of nice freebies. The highlight is probably the sleep pod, which has been very popular, especially with staff working nights. It allows them to shut off completely from the world for a few minutes, providing a much-needed break and downtime."
Occupational Health, Staff Counselling and staff from the Trust's physiotherapy and nutrition teams also supported the event.