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

AIM:

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.

Drawing of an apple tree shaped like a hand

PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT:

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.

FEEDBACK:

“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”

What our Champions have told us

“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”

Feedback from ABMU staff

Wellbeing services available to NHS staff in ABMU Health Board:

FIT WITH PRUDENT HEALTH:

Part of cohort Bevan Exemplar Projects 2016-17