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.


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:

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:

  • Leading Wellbeing  
  • Relaxation
  • Energy – prioritising your wellbeing

The sessions last 60 minutes and can be watched via your media player by clicking the links above or accessed via Iris.

Email with any queries.

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

Worthing Hospital: call 01903 205111 ext. 85356 or email

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 03303 800658 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


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

Freedom to speak up guardian

The Freedom to Speak Up Guardian is here to give you support and advice if you are worried about something you think may affect the quality or safety of patient care or is a risk to our Trust.  You will get advice on how to raise your concern effectively and guidance for how our policy and process works for raising concerns. You can talk with them in confidence, and they are able to provide personal support through the process if you encounter difficulties with speaking up about patient safety, care and risk. If you need help, support or guidance then email or contact our Freedom to Speak Up Guardian at, or call 07387259307 or ext. 62870.

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:, ext. 85025 and Dunhill Library, St Richards Hospital: / 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.


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 or call ext. 67452 or 64254.

NHS links
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

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

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

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

Dates for January and February are:

• 10 January – PRH

• 14 January – RSCH

• 7 February – PRH

• 8 February – RSCH


Weekly support groups for nurses with long COVID and/or shielding nurses

CHSA, a subsidiary of the RCN have teamed up with Doctors in Distress to offer a programme of free group support sessions for nurses and allied healthcare workers (incl. Nurses, Midwives, Health Visitors, Health Care Assistants, Physiotherapists & Occupational Therapists) who have been suffering with Long COVID or have been shielding due to COVID19.

Visit the group’s Eventbrite page to find out more and book

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 or check out Environment Week – UHSussex Intranet

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.

Physical wellbeing

Free health checks

As part of our health and wellbeing commitment for staff, we are pleased to offer free and confidential health checks for those at a higher risk from Covid-19; those more at risk due to their health, race, age, disability or pregnancy and anyone previously shielding. 

Sessions will include a body composition, cardiovascular assessment, mental wellbeing assessment and a life style discussion with a healthcare professional to improve both physical and mental wellbeing.

Are you in a high-risk group? Book a health check in January 2022.

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

Sadly many of our activities are currently paused due to Covid-19, however, examples of the different activities ordinarily on offer for staff across our sites include:

  • Mindfulness
  • Yoga
  • Tap dancing
  • Meditation
  • Hiking
  • Football
  • Choir
  • Knitting
  • Hula-hooping
  • Zumba
Social and sports club at Princess Royal Hospital

St Francis Social & Sports Club – various exercise classes (PRH). Contact 01444 441881 or

Swimming for staff (coming soon!)

Free swimming sessions at Brighton Swimming Centre and discounted swimming sessions at St. Francis Swimming Pool.

Virtual fitness

#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

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

My Studio F Zumba Classes is very kindly offering free online Zumba classes for anyone with an 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 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 for more information and an application form  or email if you have an questions.

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.

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

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:

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. There are volunteers from various airlines on hand for a listening ear, where you can sit and have a tea or coffee (and possibly cake!) during your break.

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

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, 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 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:

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.

Travel and transport
Fleet Solutions car lease scheme

Designed to provide you with the option of purchasing a new vehicle of your choice at a competitive price, whilst at the same time having the opportunity to make monetary savings through salary sacrifice. Staff participating in the Vehicle Lease Scheme receive a new car for family or business use that is fully taxed, insured and maintained. Access to quotations for a choice of cars can be found via the Fleet Solutions website. 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.


Visit the staff intranet or contact the transport bureau for more information about current parking arrangements for staff across all our site:

Bus passes

We have an exclusive deal with the Brighton and Hove bus company whereby you can have an annual bus pass deducted over a 12 month period (Salary Sacrifice optional). To apply please complete the application form or contact Staff using the 270, 271 and 272 to travel between Royal County and Princess Royal sites on hospital business can also apply for a free inter-site bus pass or a commuting pass if they are using these routes to commute from home to work. You can also buy discounted tickets on board by showing your NHS ID, tickets cost £2.20 for a single, £3.50 for a return and £14.50 weekly.

Easit Scheme (bus and rail travel)

The Easit Scheme is open for all Staff Members to join. The trust is a corporate member of the Easit Network, providing staff who pay £5.05 for an Easit Network card with savings, such as 15% off rail travel and discounts on local bus services. The easit card benefits include: 15% discount with Southern & Southwestern Railway; discounts on local travel and discounts at Halfords.

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,


Vivup’s Cycle to Work Scheme is now running monthly as appose to bi-monthly! Sign up to the scheme and enjoy tax free bikes and accessories for your commute to work. The scheme is open to all substantive members of staff and the deadline for orders is 4pm on the 28th of each month. To register and find out more details, visit the Vivup website. Then simply visit a local, participating bike shop to select any brand of bike or accessory, or browse and order Evans Cycles products online through the Vivup portal. Visit the website to register and find out more or contact the Transport Bureau at

NHS People Leader support

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

Staff Networks and Groups

LGBTQ+ staff network

Our LGBTQ+ Network is a volunteer-run group of LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ staff, volunteers and our allies, to help UHSussex be an inclusive ‘employer of choice’, to engage with local LGBTQ+ communities, and to provide excellent, non-discriminatory care for our LGBTQ patients and service users. 

If you’d like to know more, need support or advice, or would like to get involved, contact 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 or 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 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 or for more information.

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

Upcoming webinars

24/11/21: 18:00 – 19:00: The topic will be carer benefit entitlements. Book your place at

29/12/21: 18:00 – 19:00

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: