Growing Our Own Wellbeing Champions

Paul Dunning, Head of Staff Health & Wellbeing

Bethan Lavercombe, Workforce Manager

Victoria Williams, In-Work Support Manager

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board


Our Wellbeing Champions encourage colleagues to seek early intervention for their health issues so that they feel supported and valued and able to remain in work.


We have empowered and encouraged our Champions to feel valued in their role of supporting colleagues to manage their own health and wellbeing.

We began with 40 ABMU staff who volunteered to become Wellbeing Champions, this has now grown to more than 150 in less than 12 months and continues to flourish, with more staff volunteering to help and support their colleagues.


What our Champions have told us:

“I feel very proud and excited about being a Wellbeing Champion”

"When we feel well at work we flourish and are able to reach our full potential. This has a positive impact for everyone. I feel strongly that everyone should be given the support to blossom and believe my role in that is an important one"

Feedback from ABMU staff:

“My Champion took the time to listen to me and what I was struggling with. She was empathetic and took the initiative to support me in accessing the correct services”

“The role of the Champions is greatly valued in our team. It is so reassuring to know there is support available”

Wellbeing services available to NHS staff in ABMU Health Board:

  • Counselling;

  • Stress-busting sessions;

  • Discounted Leisure Facilities;

  • Physiotherapy;

  • Occupational Health;

  • Emotional Support;

  • Wellbeing Courses;

  • Emotional Support;

  • Cycle for Health; and

  • Fast-track MSK Appointments.


  • Caring for Each Other is one of the ABMU's core values. Providing a supportive environment and opportunities which positively impact the lives of employees, will demonstrate that we value the health and wellbeing of our staff and want to work together to create a workplace that supports and nurtures this;

  • Our staff play a vital role in the delivery of NHS provisions - without them it would not be possible to provide high-quality and effective services. Improving staff experience will have a positive impact not only on employee health and wellbeing, but also on the experience and outcomes of the patients we serve.

Part of cohort Bevan Exemplar Projects 2016-17