Our award-winning staff wellbeing programme


It’s through your support of our 12,000 staff that your loved ones stand the best chance of getting better. We are exceptionally proud of the award-winning wellbeing programme that donors like you have made possible.

Our comprehensive programme includes a huge range of physical, psychological, and lifestyle support provided by staff working at the Trust, including a free over-the-phone physiotherapy assessment service, bespoke psychological support sessions, access to the Arts on Referral, and the Mental Health First Aid network.

We know that the better our staff feel, the higher the quality of care they can provide to our patients. The wellbeing of our staff is hugely important to us, which is why we are always saying ‘your health is as important as our patients.’’

Guy Dickson, Head of People Strategy and the Wellbeing Programme lead

Looking after the people who look after you

With your help, we are also incredibly proud to support the award-winning StartWell>EndWell programme, developed by North Bristol NHS Trust’s senior clinicians, lead psychologist for staff wellbeing, quality improvement team, and Perform team during the early stages of the pandemic. Designed to provide a practical, peer-led approach, it helps colleagues support each other while promoting effective team working during really difficult periods. Using approaches including psychological safety, behavioural science, and compassionate care, the programme easily integrates into some of the routine processes that teams already use at the beginning, during and end of their working day.

Staff also have access to a 24/7 free, confidential helpline offering counselling about financial, legal, relationships, and more, provided by partner organisation Health Assured.

“The staff and volunteers at North Bristol NHS Trust work hard, and often in very challenging circumstances. Whilst the team’s focus is on caring and supporting their patients, it is right that staff and volunteers have the opportunity to focus on their own needs too.”

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West

Thank you for your support – it makes a huge difference to our patients, their families and our staff.

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