Staff wellbeing

Staff health and wellbeing

We care about our staff – you!

UHSussex takes positive action on health and wellbeing.

Our staff are our greatest asset. They work tirelessly to provide compassionate, professional, respectful and inclusive care – putting our patients’ first. We care for our staff so they can continue to provide outstanding care to our patients.

Quicklinks

Mental and emotional wellbeing

Please note that some links may only open on devices connected to the NHS network. If you have any questions about support and activities available please contact: uhsussex.staffhealth@nhs.net

Wellbeing webinars

Make your wellbeing a priority – if you missed our live wellbeing webinars then there’s still chance to listen back. The content is timely and engaging and offers a great opportunity to learn and reset after a challenging year. The webinars were funded by our Trust charities based on a grant awarded from NHS Charities Together for recovery post-Covid.  

The webinars are:

The sessions last 60 minutes and can be watched via Iris.

Email Divya.beri@nhs.net with any queries.

To support the Wellbeing Webinars, please see below Liggy Webb’s light and practical bite-sized eBooks that distil complexity and cover a range of powerful life skills.

Staff in Mind – mindfulness course

A Mindfulness course is a chance to take a pause, to learn a different approach to manage stress and difficulties, to reflect on what’s important to you and to take care of yourself.

The course is offered free of charge to all health and local authority social care staff across Sussex, including administrators and management staff. You will need agreement from your Manager to attend.

View the attached page for more information and how to sign up.

2022 Staff in Mind – mindfulness groups (all online)

  • Thursdays 18.30 – 20.30 (21 April – 16 June)
  • Thursdays 14.00 – 16.00 (28 April – 30 June *no session on 19 May)
  • Saturdays 10.00 – 12.00 (30 April – 25 June)
  • Wednesdays 11.00 – 13.00 (4 May – 29 June)
  • Mondays 18.00 – 20.00 (9 May – 4 July)
  • Fridays 15.30 – 17.30 (22 July – 16 September)
  • Thursdays 18.00 – 20.00 (8 September – 10 November *no session on the 6 October)
  • Mondays 18.00 – 20.00 (12 September – 14 November *no session on the 3 October)
  • Thursdays 10.00 – 12.00 (15 September – 17 November *no session on the 6 October)
  • Fridays 15.30 – 17.30 (30 September – 2 December *no session on the 7 October)
  • Mondays 17.00 – 19.00 (10 October – 5 December)
  • Tuesday 10.00 – 12.00 (11 October – 6 December)
  • Fridays 10.00 – 12.00 (14 October – 9 December)
  • Tuesdays 09.30 – 11.30 (18 October – 13 December)
  • Mondays 10.00 – 12.00 (24 October – 12 December)
Counselling
The Counselling Service (St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands staff)

The counselling service is confidential and is available to all staff. The service is available via self-referral and the form can be found on StaffNet. The provision provides staff to be listened to, worries to be taken seriously and staff to be supported in reaching their own decisions and conclusions. These issues may be in the here and now, or the past.

St. Richard’s Hospital: call 01243 831624 ext. 31624 or email uhsussex.staffcounselling-strichards@nhs.net

Worthing Hospital: call 01903 205111 ext. 85356 or email uhsussex.staffcounselling-worthing@nhs.net

VIVUP Employee Assistance Programme

24/7 counselling and online support service.

Up to 6 sessions including the provision of CBT.

The Vivup team are there to listen and support with any and all personal issues from day to day challenges at home, to mounting pressures in the workplace. The team of mental health support specialists – led by clinicians with over 45 years of experience – can offer help and advice as well as differing levels of support to employees, including a 24/7/365 confidential telephone helpline, face to face counselling, online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) workbooks and additional support and training services. To access the service, call 0330 380 0658 or go online:

Access for staff at Brighton and Princess Royal hospitals

Access for staff at Worthing, St Richard’s and Southlands

HELP service (Brighton and Princess Royal staff)

The Health Employee Learning and Psychotherapy (HELP) service provides staff with confidential support, counselling and psychotherapy for a range of issues. From stress management to relational issues, employment difficulties or following critical/traumatic events, to personal issues that may be affecting the individual. HELP also provides specialist EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) trauma therapy for staff who have had stressful or traumatic experiences. Staff must be referred by their Manager, another Band 7 senior (or above), the Medico-Legal Manager, Occupational Health, HR or Staff Side using the referral forms. Call ext. 63692 or email uhsussex.help.referrals@nhs.net

In-house 121 Counselling

In-house confidential support, counselling and psychotherapy.

Royal Sussex County, Brighton General, Princess Royal hospital:  
HELP Service           x63692

Worthing, Royal Hospital, Southlands: 
Counselling Team  x31624 SRH x85356 WGH/SLH

MindOut Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Mental Health Service

All MindOut services are confidential, independent and impartial.

MindOut is a project run by and for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer people. Our staff, volunteers and board of trustees, are all LGBTQ. We believe that sharing this identity is essential to our work.  

Chaplaincy

Our Chaplains are always happy to listen and are available to speak individually or signpost you to other services or agencies. Responsible for the spiritual and religious care of patients and staff, of all faiths and beliefs, or none. If you or one of your patients, or their relatives would value a listening ear please contact us:

Call St.Richard’s hospital ext. 35380; Worthing hospital ext..84004; Royal Sussex County site ext.4122; Princess Royal hospital ext.8232 or email uhsussex.chaplaincy@nhs.net.

Library services

The Library have a huge selection of rich resources to support your mental wellbeing and resilience and have put together a book collection based on just this. View the collection for more information.

You can also access more resources from the Health Sciences Library, Worthing Hospital: uhsussex.library@nhs.net, ext. 85025 and Dunhill Library, St Richards Hospital: uhsussex.dunhill.library@nhs.net / 32733.

Listening services
In-reach face-to-face listening support

An in-reach listening ear and signposting staff service to help individuals/teams manage stress and look after mental health.The objective is for staff to feel comfortable to talk about what is happening either at work or at home which is affecting them or worrying them. There is agreement at the start of each session that any conversations are confidential and taken with no bias or judgement and individuals are in a safe space to share feelings and thoughts.

Connections

Our Connections team provides an impartial and confidential point of contact for you to discuss concerns that may be affecting you at work. We will listen to your concerns and help you to find the right advice, information or help that you might need. Where appropriate, we will also put you in touch with the other support services available within the Trust. Please feel welcome to get in touch to arrange a telephone or face to face appointment. Appointments are available Tuesdays to Fridays 10:00 – 14:00, contact uhsussex.connections@nhs.net or call ext. 67452 or 64254.

NHS links – one You and Staff in Mind
NHS one You

Making better choices today can have a big impact on your health. NHS One You is here to help you get healthier and feel better with free tips, tools and support. Whether it’s moving more, eating more healthily or checking yourself – One You can help you make small, practical changes that fit in with your life. To find out more, visit the website www.nhs.uk/oneyou/

Staff in Mind

A new confidential NHS service specifically for health and care staff working across Sussex who may be experiencing emotional or psychological difficulties. It offers staff the opportunity to take a quick, easy and discreet online self-assessment to see how you’re feeling; a referral for a full follow-up clinical assessment with a mental health practitioner; followed by priority access to appropriate treatment services or support where required. All the details you and colleagues need about the Staff In Mind service including the online self-assessment and self-referral can be found on their website www.sussexstaffinmind.nhs.uk/

Schwartz Rounds/Team Time
Team Time

Due to the restrictions Covid-19 has created, The Point of Care Foundation has launched a new model of virtual team support. Team Time shares many common features of Schwartz Rounds, aiming to provide a safe facilitated forum to help staff feel connected and supported. It is not a debrief or a form of therapy, but it is an opportunity to process high levels of stress. Team Time provides a regular forum for those working in highly pressured environments, to share anxieties and reduce isolation. It offers a place where these experiences can be acknowledged, and these feelings shared. Team Time is a place where people can meet as fellow human beings away from their professional role. Trained facilitators, experienced in managing reflective forums, manage the sessions:

• Each session lasts 30-45 minutes

• Any member of the team can take part, regardless of their role

• Participants call into Zoom or similar video webinar platform, to join a password protected team-based gathering. For further information call 07584 465494 or email uhsussex.schwartzrounds@nhs.net

Schwartz Rounds

Schwartz Rounds are there to provide a forum for hospital staff from all backgrounds to come together to talk about the emotional and social challenges of caring for patients. The aim is to offer a safe environment in which to share stories and offer support to one another.

Evidence shows that staff who attend these feel less stressed and isolated, with increased insight and appreciation for each other’s roles.

Staff can request a Schwartz Round for wards or departments by contacting carrie.weller1@nhs.net

Upcoming dates:

• 7 February – PRH

• 8 February – RSCH

TBC Feb – SRH

Become a UHSussex Green Ambassador

Green Ambassadors is a new staff network for colleagues who are passionate about environmental sustainability and who want to share ideas, innovate and champion improvements in their teams. You can hear updates about local and national initiatives, get into contact with likeminded colleagues and departmental groups. There is also a focus on nature and wellbeing in terms of improving and promoting green spaces and active travel.

There’s no minimum time commitment and the aims are:

  • to get everyone involved in the environmental strategy at the Trust
  • create more sustainable clinical pathways
  • work towards the wider NHS aim of getting to net-zero carbon by 2040.

To join or find out more, email uhsussex.green@nhs.net or check out Environment Week – UHSussex Intranet

Wellbeing Apps

Headspace:

The meditation and mindfulness app Headspace has extended their offer to all NHS staff to join for free until 31 December 2022. Find out more about the Headspace app and how to sign up.

Please find some useful resources:

Stay Alive:

The Stay Alive app is a suicide prevention resource in the UK with lots of useless information and tools to help you or a loved one to stay safe in a crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.

Unmind:

Unmind is a mental health platform to empower staff to proactively improve their mental wellbeing. It includes digital programmes that are designed to help with stress, sleep, coping, connection, fulfilment, and nutrition. You can have free access until 31 December 2022.

Wellbeing hubs

Coming soon! Wellbeing hubs will be opening at RSCH, PRH, Worthing and St Richard’s soon. Pop in for a cup of tea, try your hand at a decompression activity and enjoy a massage. Look out for more details.

NHS Retirement Fellowship

The NHS Retirement Fellowship is the organisation for retired NHS and Social Care staff, providing a bridge between life in employment and new opportunities in retirement. Members can enjoy a range of activities and interests meeting former colleagues, making new friends and participating in a variety of events. Walking, golf, photography and sightseeing are just some of the activities enjoyed, and members benefit from various discounts including cruises, holidays and annual worldwide travel, home and car insurance.​

Visit the website for details of over 150 branches, events, and activities: www.nhsrf.org.uk.

You can also call the free membership team number on 0800 9151455 or you can contact the secretary of your local branch, Anne Jones: annecjones@tiscali.co.uk

Staff Support Line

This is a confidential staff support line, operated by Samaritans, and is free to access from 7am-11pm 7 days a week. The line is here for you if you may have had a tough day at work, feeling worried or a little overwhelmed. Whatever your worries are, trained advisers are here to help with signposting and confidential listening.

Call: 0800 069 6222 or text FRONTLINE to 85258 for support 24/7 via text.

Bereavement Support Line

This support line is operated by Hospice UK and is free to access from 8am-8pm, 7 days a week. A team of fully qualified and trained bereavement specialists are here to support you with bereavement and wellbeing issues relating to loss experiences through your work. Call: 0300 303 4434.

Zero Suicide Alliance

Follow the link below to access a range of free online learning sessions that provide you with a better understanding of the signs to look out for and skills required to approach someone who is struggling with either social isolation or suicidal thoughts. https://www.zerosuicidealliance.com/training

Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness

Do you know about sexual assault referral centres?

The NHS has launched a new national campaign to raise awareness of sexual assault referral centres (SARCs) – specialist NHS services that provide a safe space and dedicated care for anyone who has been raped, sexually assaulted or abused.

Sexual assault and abuse can happen to anyone either through a single event or repeatedly, however, it isn’t uncommon for a survivor not to disclose their experience or have no physical injuries.

As NHS staff, understanding more about sexual assault and abuse including the signs and where patients can access further help is really important. There may also be colleagues who could access these services to find support dealing with their own experiences.

Information and resources

SARCs centres

These are located across the country and available for everyone, regardless of gender, age, the type of incident and when it happened. Their services include crisis care, medical and forensic examinations, emergency contraception and testing for sexually transmitted infections. SARCs can also arrange access to an independent sexual violence advisor, as well as referrals to mental health support and voluntary sector sexual violence support providers. Find out more about SARCs, including your nearest service online.

SARCs animation

Watch this short animation which explains what happens at SARCs.

E-learning course

The Health Education England Identifying and Responding to Sexual Assault and Abuse Programme provides information and advice on identifying and responding to sexual assault and abuse.

Broader support

More information on the signs of domestic violence and abuse and accessing help can be found on these websites:

Physical wellbeing

Free health checks

As part of the health and wellbeing package at UHSussex, the Health and Wellbeing Team are pleased to offer free and confidential health checks for staff who are at a higher risk from COVID-19 due to their health, race, disability or pregnancy. Anyone who is over 60 or was previously shielding is also eligible.

The sessions are run by healthcare professionals from TPHealth, our external Occupational Health provider, and aim to support staff’s health and wellbeing during the challenging winter period. Sessions are self-directed and can address any aspect of staff’s health and wellbeing. Appointments could include activities such as a body composition, cardiovascular assessment, mental wellbeing assessment and a life style discussion.

At UHSussex, we are committed to equality for all our staff, and recognise the health inequalities that certain groups face. The staff at TPHealth are comprehensively trained to support individuals’ varying needs, including topics such as nutrition for different ethnic groups, Mental Health First Aid for LGBTQ+ communities, and exercise with at risk/clinical populations.

To book a health check appointment, please access the relevant links below. Only available appointments will appear and once all appointments are fully booked there will be no clickable appointment times. Dates for further clinics in the coming weeks and months will be released in due course, so if you are unable to book an appointment this month, please revisit this page at a later date.

The booking system will confirm your appointment directly, and email reminders will be sent to you a week, and 24 hours before your appointment, along with a reminder on the day. If a booked appointment needs to be cancelled up to 24 hours prior to the appointment, please use the booking system below. If a booked appointment needs to be cancelled less than 24 hours prior then please email: healthandwellbeing@teamprevent.co.uk.

If you have any questions, please contact the Health and Wellbeing Team at uhsussex.staffhealth@nhs.net.

Free massage sessions at the Trust

Following the success of the free massage sessions at our Wellbeing Events last summer, we are providing free 20-minute massages for staff working across our main hospital sites, over the next six months.

The massages at Worthing and St Richard’s hospitals will be taking place in wards and departments.  

At the Princess Royal and Royal Sussex County hospitals massage sessions will alternate between wards and departments and the staff lounges. Colleagues at these sites can sign up for either a head and neck, or back and shoulder massage using the following links:

Sign up:

  • Princess Royal Hospital
  • Royal Sussex County Hospital
  • Staff lounges are based on Level 4 of the Thomas Kemp Tower, next to the F&E offices and on the first floor of the main building at Princess Royal hospital
  • There will also be paper sign up sheets in the staff lounges for staff who do not have easy access to the intranet.
Carer’s passport

We recognise the diverse nature of caring responsibilities within our workforce. The purpose of the Carer’s passport is to enable staff with caring responsibilities and their managers to hold supportive and open conversations to discuss and document the flexibilities needed to support combining caring and work. These conversations involve balancing the needs of the staff members with the needs of the department, within existing UHSussex policies. The aim is to minimise the need to re-negotiate these flexibilities every time a staff member moves post, moves between departments or is assigned a new manager. The carer’s passport can be completed by any staff member who has caring responsibilities which they believe could have an impact on their ability to work currently or at some point in the future. All information will remain confidential between the manager and the staff member and not shared unless prior agreement is sort from the staff member. This is designed to be a ‘live’ document to be reviewed every year and/or in response to any changes in the nature or impact of the caring responsibilities.

You may also want to join our colleagues as carers group.

Exercise clubs and leisure activities
Social and sports club at Princess Royal Hospital

St Francis Social & Sports Club – various exercise classes (PRH). Contact 01444 441881 or sfsc@hotmail.co.uk

Swimming is up and running at Brighton Swimming Centre and St Francis Swimming Pool

Brighton Swimming Centre: FREE to all NHS staff ID must be shown

NHS Lane Swimming Times
Wednesday 14:00-15:00
Saturday 20:00-20:55

Booking for lane swimming must now be made online – https://www.takeabyte.co.uk/InContact/public/gateway.aspx?func_id=79A2A98E7C95DA57&obc_id=907D52AC7B31F94025B022274A6E5D1B

Website: http://www.brightonswimmingcentre.com/nhs-lane-swimming.html

St. Francis Swimming Pool Discounted swimming.

NHS staff get £1 discount if they show their ID badge.
This is on all of our Adult Only Lane Swimming Sessions.

Website: https://stfrancispool.co.uk/public-swimming-prices

Yoga classes are back in Brighton!

Sonia has kindly offered her expertise to provide a yoga class every Tuesday from 17:30-18:30 for all staff in the Lecture Hall at Sussex House on Abbey Road. Everyone is welcome, just bring your own yoga mat.

Please contact Sonia to request online classes and 1:1 classes on: son.yoga@yahoo.com

Available dates:

1 March, 2022
8 March, 2022
15 March, 2022
22 March, 2022
29 March, 2022
5 April, 2022
26 April, 2022
3 May, 2022
10 May, 2022
17 May, 2022
24 May, 2022
31 May, 2022
7 June, 2022
14 June, 2022
21 June, 2022
5 July, 2022
12 July, 2022

Free online exercise

#DoingOurBit is a platform of over 40 free workouts for NHS staff. Inspired by NHS key worker Julie Davis, who wanted to support her colleagues with access to free fitness during lockdown and beyond, #DoingOurBit was created by leading fitness industry businesses Active IQ, Study Active and Fibodo. Each gave their time generously and freely, as did all 28 PTs whose workouts are featured, to ‘give back’ and ‘do their bit’ to support the hardworking NHS. To sign up for free as an NHS worker visit www.fit4thefight.org/nhs-welcome

Triyoga are offering nine free weekly livestream classes in a variety of yoga styles exclusively for front line workers. Classes are available six days a week, at varying times, and offer something to everyone, from vinyasa flow to yoga to aid sleep, including classes for those who have never done yoga before. Visit triyoga.co.uk/discover/free-classes-for-nhs-workers/

My Studio F Zumba Classes is very kindly offering free online Zumba classes for anyone with an nhs.net email address! NHS Staff access includes:

FREE access to all pre-recorded classes FREE access to all our Zoom classes

50% discount in our in-person classes

Visit the website to sign up and book classes, staff must register with their nhs.net email.

Floatation therapy

With a big thank you to the National Lottery, The Unity Centre are able to provide free floatation therapy programmes to people across both East and West Sussex.

The free floatation therapy programmes are offered to people living with or experiencing physical disabilities, certain chronic difficulties or chronic mental health challenges. They’re also offered to key health, emergency and care workers to help with benefits in pain management, and in managing stress, anxieties, insomnia and much more.

Visit www.being-in-unity.com/floatation-therapy-project/ for more information and an application form  or email projects@being-in-unity.com if you have an questions.

Digital weight management support for our NHS people

This offer is a new and exciting programme available to NHS colleagues living with obesity, to provide support needed to stay healthy and active. The programme offers free, online access to a 12-week management programme which is designed to be personally tailored to support you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle. As a digital programme, it can be used anywhere, allowing you to complete the programme in your own time, at a pace that works for you. You can find out more details here.

Healthier You – NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

The Healthier You programme can help those with diabetes to improve their diet, get more physically active, and achieve a healthy weight with an aim to support you on your journey back to a Healthier You.

NHS colleagues can find out if they are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes using the Diabetes UK risk tool – it only takes a few minutes and could be the most important thing you do today. If your score comes back as a ‘moderate’ or ‘high’ risk, you’ll be invited to sign up to your free local Healthier You programme. Search ‘Know Your Risk’ or visit riskscore.diabetes.org.uk to find out more.

Eye tests

We have a pre arranged agreement with Specsavers to provide staff with a free eyetest voucher. In order to qualify for this you must be a ‘user’ as defined in our Display Screen Equipment policy (Section 4.7) and must have completed a DSE Checklist & Risk Assessment within the last 12 months. Once this is completed you can then apply for the voucher.

Health passport

The Health Passport is a new supportive tool for any staff that have long-term health conditions that may need to have a workplace or reasonable adjustment. The passport is voluntary and provides a structured way of having and recording meaningful conversations about health and adjustments between staff and their line manager or supervisor.

Menopause cafe

Going through the menopause can be a difficult and stressful time for staff. In order to make sure you have the support you need we have put together a useful Menopause Guide with tips and advice on managing the many effects it can have. We also hold Menopause Cafés in order to create a supportive culture where staff feel comfortable and able to talk about how it is affecting them, their friends, their families and their colleagues.

The sessions will be led by specialists from within the Trust and cover a range of topics including symptoms, guidance and self-care for individuals, guidance for managers as well as supporting menopause in the workplace.

Additional support and advice can be found on these websites:
Occupational health services
Team Prevent at Worthing, St Richard’s and Southlands sites

Team Prevent aims to protect and promote employee’s health by ensuring they are working in a healthy environment and by encouraging them to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, both inside and outside work, so that it does not impact on their ability to fulfill their contractual duties. Consultations with the Employee Health and Wellbeing Team may be held either face to face in the clinic, or by telephone or video consultation. The administration team can be contacted Monday–Friday between 08.30–17.30 by calling 01327 810269 or emailing wsht@teamprevent.co.uk

Occupational health at Brighton and Haywards Heath sites
Onsite restaurants and refreshments

Visit the hospital information pages for details of what is available at each site.

Worthing, St. Richard’s and Southlands

Spice of Life Restaurant, Costa, League of Friends, WHSmiths

Brighton hospitals and Princess Royal

Bluebells, The Terrace, 24/7 vending machine, Subway, WHSmith, Costa, WRVS, league of friends shop/cafe

Physiotherapy for staff

We offer a service to all staff to assess, treat and advise on any musculoskeletal condition that are affecting your ability to carry out your duties at work.

Worthing, St Richard’s and Southlands

If you would like to self-refer to the Physiotherapy service, please complete the referral form on Staff-net and read the guidelines in relation to Covid-19. The form can be either sent to staff physiotherapy at the physiotherapy department site that you wish to be seen at; or emailed to: uhsussex.physiotherapy@nhs.net

Brighton hospitals and Princess Royal
Staff rest spaces
Worthing and St. Richard’s hospitals

Lounges are open weekdays from 10am-3pm in the Southview Room at Worthing and Boardroom at St Richard’s.

Brighton hospitals and Princess Royal

The Bolthole, Level 4 TKT, RSCH

Heroes Lounge, 1st Floor, main building, PRH

Stopping smoking

This is a flexible service, tailored to the needs of staff, outpatients and their relatives, and visitors attending RSCH. You attend an initial assessment (15-20 mins) with a qualified smoking cessation advisor who help you to set a quit date and measure your carbon monoxide readings. You are then asked to return each week or fortnightly for a 5-10 minute consultation to discuss how you are getting on and to receive your nicotine products. Currently offering phone consultations rather than face to face due to Covid. Call Pharm@sea in Brighton on 01273523257, Mondays to Fridays 9.00am – 6.00pm, Saturdays 9.30am – 1.30pm.

Financial wellbeing and discounts

NHS staff support line

You can call this support line provided by the Money Helper service for free and impartial money guidance from Monday – Friday, 8am-6pm. Contact details: Call: 0800 448 0826

WhatsApp, add +44 7701 342 744 to your WhatsApp and send the Money Helper service’s national support team a message for help with sorting out your debts, credit questions and pensions guidance.

Webchat, chat to one of the Money Helper service team via their online portal.

NHS England – financial support page

Childcare
Onsite nursery (St Richard’s)

We have the Co Operative Childcare Nursery on the St Richards site in Chichester, offering day care for children aged 3 months to 5 years.

Sharon Bowell manages this setting with her staff team from a purpose built site at the back of the hospital.

The nursery has a super outdoor space, baby rooms, toddler and pre school rooms. Food is cooked onsite at the nursery and nappies, snacks etc are all included in the fees.

The Co-operative team would be happy to show you round, please call on 0800 9540669 to arrange a suitable time.

Onsite nurseries (Brighton and Haywards Heath)

We operate two full day care nurseries; Sussex House Nursery in Brighton and Wendy House Nursery in Haywards Heath. The nurseries provide care and education for children between the ages of six months and five years. To help staff, the nurseries operate a salary related fee scale to ensure they remain value for money. Employees using the nurseries can also join the Salary Sacrifice Scheme to assist with childcare costs. The nurseries also accept the Government Tax Free Childcare Scheme and Private Childcare Vouchers (subject to eligibility) to help towards fees. For more information, contact tracey.gregory3@nhs.net, the Childcare Services Manager.

Childcare scheme/vouchers
Credit union
Wave Community Bank – Brighton and Princess Royal staff

Save and repay loans simply and easily with Chorus from Wave Community Bank. Saving straight from your wages with your local community bank is a great way to build up your saving pot whilst supporting the local community. Wave offer PrizeSaver, the savings account where you can win £5000 from a monthly draw, as well as Wave Save which helps you reach your savings goals for holidays, Christmas, a new car or anything else you dream of! Plus your savings are protected by the FSCS. Wave offer flexible affordable loans to staff and repaying them is easy through your salary. Loans are available from £500 to £35,000 – visit the loan calculator on the website to see what your repayments could be. Membership has a one-off fee of £5 and you need to deposit £1 to open your savings account. Membership offers great benefits including 20% off B&H Buses annual tickets, 15% off Freedom Leisure annual membership and free use of the Quo Money app which helps you manage your money. Visit www.savewithchorus.org.uk to find out more.

Boom Credit Union – Worthing, St Richard’s and Southlands staff

We have teamed up with Boom Credit Union to offer you the opportunity to save as you earn, direct from your salary. An easy way to put some savings away, without thinking about it, whether you want to save for a special occasion or want to build up a nest egg for the future. Why save with Boom? “We make life fairer and better for our members and our local communities”: We are local and not for profit; Your Savings are 100% safe and fully protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS); You can access your money whenever you need to. All we ask if for you to leave £5 in your account to keep it open; You can save up to £60,000; We offer affordable loans to local people and a reduced rate for Trust employees; We campaign against high-interest lenders and/or loan sharks; Everyone gets to save with us – even borrowers; We talk to our customers so we can truly understand their story. For further information: www.boomcu.com/Save-As-You-Earn

Financial Webinars

These series of financial wellbeing webinars are available for anyone working for any of our employer partners and they are completely free. The webinars are designed to help demystify the world of finance and to help you plan your future.

Discounts and freebies
Local discounts

Thank you to the businesses and organisations that offer discounts to our staff. Discounts are available on things like gym memberships, beauty treatments, financial and legal services, restaurants and much more.

Local discounts list (updated 7 Jan 22)

National NHS discounts

For a comprehensive list of national discounts available for all NHS staff, visit the NHS England Staff Offers page

As an NHS worker you are also eligible to join the bluelight card scheme (for a small fee) and healthservicediscounts (free) – just register with your NHS email address.

Simply Health cash plans

Simplyhealth offer a variety of health plans that allow you to look after your health and wellbeing before things turn into bigger and more expensive problems. They spread the cost of the treatment you might need to a regular monthly premium, starting from £10 a month. Simplyhealth cash plan offer access to a range of health services including online GP appointments, counselling and physio assessments and offer money back on dentist and opticians appointments. Simplyhealth Cash Plans include Cash back towards your healthcare costs, including sight tests, dental check ups, prescriptions, physio consultations, and much more. No need for a GP referral and you choose the practitioner you see. Free cover for up to four children. Access to a 24/7 GP and Counselling helpline. Simple online claims process with claims paid straight into your bank account.

Food Banks

The Trust recognises the rising cost of living in the UK and are aware this may have a significant impact of staff’s access to necessities such as food. To support your wellbeing, we have collated a list of local food bank websites that indicate the processes on how to access this food if you are in need in an emergency.

Brighton and Hove:

Information on how to get referred to a food bank and the available foodbanks near you in the area is available on the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership website. Specialised banks are also located in Brighton & Hove for the BAME community, refugees, asylum seekers and vegans.

Outside of Brighton:

Residents in Newhaven, Peacehaven, Fishersgate & Shoreham can also access foodbanks near them from the Hove Food Partnership website.

Haywards Heath:

If you are in the Haywards Heath area and can’t afford food, you can call 0808 2082138 for free (open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm). You’ll confidentially talk to a trained Citizens Advice agent and, if needed, they’ll issue you with a food bank voucher. For more information on how this works and what to do, please see the Haywards Heath Food Bank website.

Chichester:

If you are in the Chichester area, please contact one of the agencies on the website, who will discuss your situation and supply you with a foodbank voucher where appropriate. If you need help, please do call, or email for advice.  Centres are on the end of the phone Monday to Friday between 9am – 5.oopm. Chichester Food Bank website has more information on how to access your food vouchers in Chichester.

Worthing:

If you are in the Worthing area, please see the Chichester Food Bank website to access a list of local foodbanks, their contact details, and links to their websites. Worthing also have a vegan foodbank for those who need it – this is located on the website.

Extra links:

The benefits calculator can help you see if you qualify for food bank vouchers.

Citizens Advice (West Sussex)

Citizens Advice (East Sussex)

For immediate advice and support about getting food, shopping and meal deliveries, email food.access@impact-initiatives.org.uk or call 01273 322950.

VIVUP Salary sacrifice scheme

Sign up and get access to information and services to help improve your financial wellbeing, such as payroll pay, exclusive travel offers, debt advice and lifestyle savings.

Home Electronics

Vivup’s Home Electronics Scheme helps you to afford the things that matter to you as you spread the cost through your pay. Simply sign up on the Vivup website and browse through a huge range of products from the UK’s leading technology retailers. Orders are then authorised by us and are delivered within days. Start browsing now to see the latest in computing, mobile phones, home cinema, small and large appliances, cameras and much more! Visit the website to register and find out more

Please note: there is a limit of no more than £1,500 on total equipment ordered per employee for the Home and Electronics staff benefit,

Bikes

Great news! 18-month Cycle to Work terms now available

Enjoy even more flexibility to ride your way

Our Cycle to Work employee benefit now has the option of an 18-month term, which means you can choose to spread the cost of your order across 18 fixed monthly salary reductions instead of 12!

Not only does this provide greater flexibility, but also it makes accessing the latest bikes, accessories and high-vis clothing for your commute even more manageable than before. Perfect for picking up premium and electric bike models!

It’s still possible to spread the cost of your order over 12 months if you’d prefer; you’re free to choose the option which suits you best. No matter which term you choose, you’ll enjoy savings of up to 42%* on your order and there’ll be no credit checks or deposit to pay

Start browsing our Cycle to Work employee benefit at vivup.co.uk or contact the Transport Bureau.

*Savings are realised through a salary sacrifice arrangement. Excluding disposal fee. Figures are a guide only and dependent on personal situation.

Local Council Wellbeing Support

Wellbeing Hubs

The wellbeing hubs can help you to find local wellbeing information and services. Wellbeing hubs offer a free, friendly and impartical advice and support on how to make small changes to improve your health and wellbeing, online, over the phone or in person.

Wellbeing hubs within the local area:

Healthy Travel

The UHSussex Green Travel team supports staff to walk, cycle or use public transport to get to work.  
You can benefit with discounts on bicycles, electric bikes, mopeds and cars, bus tickets and train travel. 
On this page you can find healthy travel options that are better for you and our planet. 

Cycling

Save up to 30% on a new bike and pay monthly 

Our Cycle to Work scheme – run by Vivup – helps you save 22% to 30% off the a new traditional or electric bicycle and accessories up to the value of £6,000.  

You pay for your new bike in monthly instalments, taken from your PAYE salary before tax every month. Visit www.vivupbenefits.co.uk/ and register as a UHSussex employee to see how much you could save. 

Secure cycle stores 

If you cycle to work, you can use your Trust ID swipe card to access secure bike stories at most of our hospitals.  

New secure bike stores are also coming soon for Southlands and RSCH.  For more information, please contact uhsussex.greentravel@nhs.net 

Showers, lockers and changing facilities 

There are changing areas and showers at each of our hospitals.  

These can be located on the Green Travel hospital maps. The Green Travel team is looking to expand changing facilities for staff. 

Dr Bike free maintenance for your bicycle 

To support you to cycle to work, the Green Travel team invites Dr Bike to our hospitals to provide free services and puncture repair sessions. 

Slots are allocated on a first come, first served basis and last for 15-20 minutes and must be pre-booked via the Green Travel Team to check the safety of your bicycle and conduct minor repairs.

Dr Bike sessions coming soon: 

  • Worthing: Thursday 23 June 7 Wednesday 24 August
  • Southlands: Friday 24 June and Tuesday 30 August
  • St Richards: Monday 30 June and Tuesday 23 August

Dates for the Royal Sussex County Hospital and Princess Royal Hospital will be released in due course.

Please contact the Green Travel Team on x67607 or email: uhsussex.greentravel@nhs.net 

Green Ambassador cycling group 

UHSussex Green Ambassadors champion environmental improvements across the trust. A dedicated cycling group promotes the interests of cyclists and suggests improvements. 

To find out more, email uhsussex.green@nhs.net

Adult cycle training

Whether you’re a complete beginner looking to start cycling or a regular cyclist who wants to brush up on their skills, our instructors will tailor a cycle training session to suit you.

Download the flyer for full details on costs and how to sign up.

Public transport discounts and staff minibus 

There are different options available, from membership of the easitNETWORK to discounts with various bus companies in Sussex. 

Join the easitNETWORK 

UHSussex staff can benefit from the trust being a corporate member easit scheme.  Staff can buy an easit card for £5.05 and receive up to 15% on selected train services and 10% on some bus services.  

Several local services are included: 

Visit www.easit.org.uk to apply for an easit card. 

Other benefits of the card include: 

  • 10% off cycling accessories in-store at Halfords 
  • Try before you buy – new bicycle loans 
  • 25% off Eco Move Smart electric mopeds 

Brighton & Hove Buses annual network saver 

You can save money with an annual network saver pass paid in monthly instalments taken direct from your salary. 

For £69.17 a month (subject to change April 2022), you receive unlimited access to one of the best bus services in the country, covering a widespread area and including night buses.  

New Staff who may wish to use the Brighton and Hove bus services or Metro Voyager Service (travelling to areas between Brighton and Sutton) can apply for a FREE 28-day saver ticket.  

For more information, please email uhsussex.greentravel@nhs.net.

Up to the minute bus times are published at www.citytransport.org.uk/bus.html.  

Metrobus annual commuter pass 

Metrobus 272/271 bus service provides a commuting and inter-site service between Princess Royal and Royal Sussex County Hospital. 

The 270 service runs from East Grinstead to the Princess Royal and to the Royal Sussex County. 

An annual commuting bus pass costs £240, which can be deducted in monthly instalments from your salary.  

The Metrobus annual commuter pass scheme allows you to travel anywhere between Cuckfield and Royal Sussex County Hospital using the 272/271/270 services. 

Metrobus 272/271 Princess Royal to Royal Sussex pass 

You can apply for a Metrobus inter-site keycard to travel between Royal Sussex County Hospital and Princess Royal Hospital on trust business.  

Inter-site keycard holders can also make use of the 270 service, travelling between Princess Royal and Old Steine. 

Stagecoach 700 south coast service – 10% discount 

You can receive 10% off selected Stagecoach 700 bus passes.   

The company runs a regular service along the south coast – Portsmouth – Chichester – Littlehampton – Worthing – Shoreham – Brighton (Old Steine).  

Email uhsussex.greentravel@nhs.net for more details. 

Southlands > Worthing > St Richard’s staff minibus 

The Green Travel staff minibus is free to use by staff and runs regularly on weekdays. 

Stops include: 

  • Southlands Hospital – main entrance 
  • Brooklands Park – park and ride 
  • Worthing Hospital – main entrance 
  • Fontwell Racecourse – park and ride 
  • St Richard’s Hospital – main entrance 

Please access the StaffNet minibus page for information on the free to use staff minibus.

From 3rd May there will be a new bus timetable to cover the increase in demand for the park and ride sites at Fontwell, Brooklands and Southlands.

Please note, new park and ride locations for staff will be introduced soon.  

Go electric

Drive a new electric car – salary sacrifice 

NHS Fleet Solutions provided highly discounted lease-hire deals on new electric vehicles. 

Visit https://nhsfleetsolutions.co.uk/ for the latest deals on EVs, hybrids and other vehicles. For staff at Brighton and Princess Royal hospitals, register using VPD number 379; staff at Worthing, St Richard’s and Southlands, register using VPD number 279.

Electric bikes

Cycle faster uphill with an electric bike – salary sacrifice. Save between 22% and 30% on the cost of an electric bicycle up to the value of £6,000.  Visit www.vivupbenefits.co.uk/ and register as a UHSussex employee to see how much you could save. 

Get 25% off an electric moped 

Apply for an easit card and save 25% on the cost of an Eco Move Smart electric moped. 

New electric vehicle charging points coming soon. More EV charging stations are being introduced at each of our hospitals. Check back soon for more details. 

Become a Green Travel ambassador 

If you would like to see and support more green travel at UHSussex, why not sign up to become a UHSussex Green Travel Ambassador by emailing uhsussex.green@nhs.net

Parking

Visit the staff intranet or contact the transport bureau for more information about current parking arrangements for staff across all our sites: uhsussex.transport.bureau@nhs.net

Further transport contact information

Please contact uhsussex.green.travel.team@nhs.net. for more information relating to the above and help us in doing our bit to reduce our carbon footprint. 

Leaders Toolkit

Our NHS People have put together useful guides and resources to help you manage your own health and wellbeing whilst looking after others.

The NHS South East Leadership Academy offers leadership development opportunities for future and current leaders empowering you to create a truly inclusive and vibrant leadership community across the South East to deliver better health and care outcomes for our patients. Working with NHS organisations and systems in the region, they harness the talent and potential of all our workforce so we can collectively meet the objectives set out in the People Plan and the ambitions of the Long-Term Plan. Find out more about how they can support you, your team, your organisation and your system by visiting se.leadershipacademy.nhs.uk/

Supporting your Team

Building an effective team

Building an effective team – Tuckman’s explanation of the stages a team goes through to be productive and cohesive and the managers role in this.

Does your team have the right balance? Meredith Belbin’s nine team roles and recognising the way team members like to work.

Psychological safety – 3 videos exploring this topic: how to lead in a crisis, why Psychological safety is important and 3 ways to create this in a healthcare setting.

Supporting teams through challenging times (COVID-19).

Build team resilience

Managers guidance

Resilience training for individuals or teams is available to book via staffnet for WGH, SRH, Crawley and S’Lands or via IRIS for those working at our Brighton sites, PRH, Newhaven, Lewes Vic, Bexhill or Eastbourne.

Structuring an end of shift huddle, some examples and tips

Leading with compassion

Compassionate leadership resources

Civility and respect is about how we treat each other at work. All NHS employees are responsible for tackling bullying and harassment and the importance of creating a civil and respectful culture.  View the NHS Civility and respect toolkit to find out more.

Creating a restorative just culture is a commitment to your workforce, patients, organisation and the wider system, in which you pledge to take every opportunity to listen, act, learn, improve, support and create an environment that enables your people to be the very best they can be and to do the very best they can do.

Top tips for holding virtual meetings and leading virtual meetings from the Kings Fund.

Supporting individuals

Regular 121 discussions, appraisals and wellbeing conversations are an essential part of leadership. Understanding, supporting, and building an effective working relationship help support engagement at work.  These tools will help facilitate discussions:

Wellbeing conversations are now part of our annual appraisal, however as a people leader you are encouraged to have these regularly with your staff.  Here is some support and a video on what these are and how to get started.  There is also wellbeing conversations training available

Coaching and mentoring support for NHS staff.

Supporting difficult conversations

Supporting mental wellbeing: Everyone has mental health, just like everyone has physical health.  It includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.  As a people leader you are in the best place to recognise when your staff member or colleague might be acting differently or showing signs that something is wrong and in the best place to act early to provide support or signpost them to help: 

Mental Health First Aider training

Accredited by Mental Health First Aid England.  This two-day online course is for all people leaders at UHSussex.  The course will enable you to:

  • Learn what mental health is and why looking after it matters
  • Identify signs of distress and common triggers
  • Feel confident in starting conversations
  • Develop your interpersonal skills
  • Learn practical tools to support mental health and wellbeing
  • Know when to recommend professional help
  • Build a supportive and healthy work climate

To find out more about this free course please contact uhsussex.staffhealth@nhs.net.

The mental health escalation sheet provides contact details and guidance.

Neurodiversity guidance for managers and staff.

Developing your skills and looking after yourself

Make your wellbeing a priority with our pre-reocrded webinars and listen anytime.  The webinars were funded by our Trust charities based on a grant awarded from NHS Charities Together for recovery post-Covid:

The webinars are:


The sessions last 60 minutes and can be watched via Iris. (type ‘wellbeing’ into the search function for a quick access).  Email uhsussex.staffhealth@nhs.net with any queries.

To support the Wellbeing Webinars, Liggy Webb’s light and practical bite-sized eBooks that distil complexity and cover a range of powerful life skills.  Also available on Iris

A series of NHS leadership development programmes to help you grow as a leader Programmes – Leadership Academy

Look at your own management style and work on achieving a balance between task-orientated and people-orientated leadership.

Bitesize learning – covering inclusive leadership, manging different people, leading through tough times, courageous conversations and more  https://learninghub.leadershipacademy.nhs.uk/all-bitesize/

Supporting teams through challenging times (COVID-19) https://learninghub.leadershipacademy.nhs.uk/support-for-leaders/

Guide to working remotely

Short guides covering getting a good night of sleep, personal resilience, support for line managers, guidance on how to be a compassionate leader during a bereavement and tips on how to run your own 10 minute Pause Space.

Staff Networks and Groups

LGBTQi+ staff network

Our LGBTQi Network is a volunteer-run group of LGBT staff and volunteers (plus allies).

The Network runs a wide range of social events throughout the year and members often get involved with staff consultations and community events such as Pride. We’re here to support LGBTQi+ staff, volunteers and our allies, to help UHSussex be an inclusive ‘employer of choice’, to engage with local LGBTQi+ communities, and to provide excellent, non-discriminatory care for our LGBTQi+ patients and service users. 

If you’d like to know more, need support or advice, or would like to get involved, contact uhsussex.lgbtqinetwork@nhs.net and follow us on Twitter @uhsussex_lgbtq

Disabled staff network

Our Disabled Staff Network is for all members of staff at the Trust who define themselves as having a disability whether that be hidden or not. We hold regular group meetings to provide staff with a safe space to discuss common issues or concerns in relation to disability in the workplace and an opportunity to share their experiences and any resources or information that have helped them. It’s also an opportunity to meet and collaborate with others to offer ideas on what services the Trust could provide to staff with disabilities and an opportunity to feed any suggestions to the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion team for consideration.

Contact uhsussex.disabilitynetwork@nhs.net or uhsussex.disabilityforum@nhs.net for more information.

SOAR, BAME staff network

We actively celebrate all cultures at UHSussex with numerous network groups and initiatives such as the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) Working Group; BAME Celebrating Cultures Network; SOAR network and Diversity Matters Group. To find out more and get involved contact simon.anjoyeb@nhs.net or call ext. 64135.

Our BAME Covid-19 Support Volunteers have been supporting colleagues since Summer 2020. They can help provide support and guidance relating to issues concerning Covid-19 and they work closely with the Freedom to Speak Up Guardian and the Inclusion Team. Please contact Fadzai.fadairo@nhs.net or patience.mugawazi@nhs.net for more information.

Looking after you too: Coaching support for our Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic colleagues.

This programme has been developed to support any NHS colleagues who identify as part of our Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic workforce in NHS and ambulance trusts, in maintaining their psychological wellbeing during this challenging time.

This individually tailored coaching support will focus on proactively supporting you to process experiences, offload the demands of whatever you are experiencing deal with difficult conversations, develop coping skills and be support in developing practical strategies. Find out more on our NHS support page.

Individual coaching sessions for BAME NHS staff

Register for Looking After You Too and book your first session. The purpose of this service is support staff to maintain their psychological wellbeing.

Colleagues as Carers

Carers Support West Sussex is an independent charity supporting some of the 89,000 family and friend carers living or supporting someone in the County. The Trust is proud to be working with Carers Support West Sussex to help colleagues who are carers. To help colleagues who are caring for someone, they hold virtual information and support sessions via Eventbrite. Register your interest online. Practical resources and information are also available free by visiting the Carers Support West Sussex website at www.carerssupport.org.uk

Armed Forces Network

Our Armed Forces Network (AFN) connects members of staff from our Armed Forces community to provide mutual support and advice on all matters related to service, either in the military or in the NHS.

We aim to provide expertise and mentorship to anyone who wishes to support our Armed Forces community.

We also provide support to community members who may need an extra shoulder when and where they need it.

Our membership is inclusive across all employees, patients, relatives, students, volunteers and other on site workers who may have an interest. We actively encourage members of the Trust to become service champions.

Read about our commitment to the Armed Forces Community, upcoming events, support and more at: www.uhsussex.nhs.uk/af