Staff Wellbeing and Mental Health Support
Every day at Springfield Healthcare, we focus on caring for and supporting our residents and with the current challenges that we face with Coronavirus (COVID-19) it is now incredibly important that our employees prioritise their own mental health and wellbeing, recognising that it is more difficult to provide outstanding care for others if you are not adequately caring for yourself. The safety of our staff is of utmost importance and we have sufficient supplies of PPE to ensure that they are well equipped and we continue to do everything that we can to support our staff. We’ve made available a multitude of support and resources for all our staff to access, from details of our fully trained in-house mental health first aiders and raising awareness of mental health through to developing a culture of self-care predominantly using our MySpringfield employee app.
The team at Springfield Carehome have been incredible during this incredibly tough time, and we have been working on some new initiatives to support our current wellbeing and mental health. Our MySpringfield App has been a great way for us to share tips on how to look after our mental health, our self-care top tips and contact details for our many mental health first aiders. It also provides a platform for our staff to communicate with others in the group, to share their own wellbeing tips and stories.
Springfield Carehome has an ‘open door policy’ to actively encourage staff to speak with the management team regarding any aspect of their wellbeing and mental health. This highlights our culture of looking after one another despite everything happening around us. Debbie Smith, HR Administrator said “I personally think that at this time, it is so important to acknowledge staff on a daily basis, a simple thank you means a lot, and it costs nothing to be nice to people.”
Springfield Healthcare employs over 1300 staff, and it is our absolute priority to ensure that our workforce are healthy and cared for in order to continue to provide the high quality care to our service users that we are known for, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of our own key workers and all the staff working on the frontline, we are clapping at 8pm every Thursday to show our appreciation – you are all amazing. Thank you.