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NHS charity supports staff wellbeing initiative

Pictured above: Images from a staff wellbeing day.


Thanks to generous donations, Hywel Dda Health Charities, the official charity of Hywel Dda University Health Board, provided funding for three members of staff from the Intensive Care Units (ICUs) in Glangwili and Withybush hospitals to attend training to support a staff wellbeing initiative.

Tamara Lewis, Critical Care Outreach Team Nurse; Hayley Thomas, Junior Sister, and Amanda Backhouse, Staff Nurse, were all able to attend the training in 2023.

Tamara, Hayley and Amanda will support the delivery of a peer support programme across the four ICUs within the Hywel Dda University Health Board.

Dr Manon Griffiths, Clinical Psychologist, said: “We are incredibly grateful for the donations that have allowed three of our staff members to attend the wellbeing training.

“Pre-pandemic data has shown that one in three ICU staff members in the UK experience burnout. Staff wellbeing is essential for optimal patient care, with workplace stress and burnout associated with poorer clinical outcomes, including higher error, infection, and mortality rates. Wellbeing also has a significant impact on levels of staff of absenteeism, presenteeism and staff retention.

“The wellbeing initiative will hopefully improve and support the wellbeing of our workforce.”

Hayley Thomas, Junior Sister, said: “We would like to thank Hywel Dda Health Charities for funding myself and my colleagues to attend this training.

“I personally have found it very beneficial. Working in Intensive Care can be an emotional rollercoaster and have an impact on staff wellbeing. I have picked up many tips and gained knowledge that will impact and improve staff wellbeing, which will also support setting up our peer support group on the unit.”

Nicola Llewelyn, Head of Hywel Dda Health Charities, said: “The support of our local communities enables us to provide services over and above what the NHS can provide in the three counties of Hywel Dda and we are extremely grateful for every donation we receive.”

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