Today on what would have been Sir Captain Tom Moore’s 101st birthday, we are taking the opportunity to reflect on the positive impact his fundraising has made on NHS Trusts across the country, including ROH. Just one of the initiatives being supported by the funding received is around supporting the continued wellbeing of healthcare staff.
We sat down with Laura Tilley-Hood – Health & Wellbeing Officer and Clare Mair – Head of OD & Inclusion to talk about how Sir Captain Tom Moore’s fundraising is making an impact at ROH.
“As we all know the last year has been particularly tough for everybody, all our colleagues at ROH have worked extremely hard in challenging situations. We are delighted to receive funding from the money raised by the amazing Sir Captain Tom to help focus on our colleagues wellbeing.
“Wellbeing packs were given out at the start of the pandemic which staff really valued at a time when the shops were empty after their long shifts. Now we are focussing on supporting staff with the long term effects of stress, anxiety and more caused by the unprecedented time we have experienced in the last year.
“Just one of the projects we are working towards with the funding received is setting up a wellbeing room. This will be a place where colleagues can go and take five minutes to themselves. The room will be a calming and relaxing space to reconnect and recharge. We set up a pop up wellbeing room at the start of the pandemic which was used by lots of our colleagues and made a real difference to those in need of a quiet space. We want to recreate this, to ensure every member of staff has access to a quiet reflective space for when they need it. Refreshments will be added as well as comfy seating, mindfulness books, music and more to encourage colleagues to switch off and take the time they need. Colleagues from departments across the hospital are involved in ensuring the room has everything it needs for people to be able to utilise it appropriately.
“Our ambition is to be ‘The Wellbeing Hospital’ and we want to show staff that their wellbeing is a priority to us all. We are delighted to work with ROH charity to achieve this space which will be imperative to supporting staff in the future.”
If you have any ideas which you feel would be beneficial or would like to be part of the group creating this fantastic space please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To hear more about how the funding received from NHS Charities Together is being utilised at ROH, click here.