Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust hosted its first ever Staff Wellbeing Conference this week, on Thursday 19th October. The event was a big success, with over 100 staff members in attendance. The conference followed the launch of Kingston Hospital’s new Health and Wellbeing strategy earlier in the year, focussing on ‘four pillars’ of wellbeing – physical, mental, financial and family health.
The event began with a focus on financial wellbeing, with representatives from Anderson Financial Management talking through the range of independent support available and how staff might achieve their goals as a result of good financial planning. They also offered our staff the opportunity to have free, no obligation one to one financial checks.
One of the big focuses of the conference was the importance of mental health, for which Kingston Hospital welcomed former political aide and mental health campaigner Alastair Campbell to the stage. Mr Campbell discussed his own experiences with mental health problems, including depression and psychosis, and reinforced the importance of being able to talk about mental health openly, particularly in the work place.
As an ambassador for Time to Change, the campaign for ousting the stigma attached to discussing mental health openly, Alastair Campbell supported us in signing the Time to Change Employer Pledge: demonstrating our commitment to change how we think and act about mental health in the workplace.
Later in the conference, Kingston Hospital celebrated its success in the Virgin Pulse Global Challenge, with awards for the best performing teams and individuals. The Trust was also awarded a trophy for being the third most active NHS Trust in the country: staff who took part walked over 430million steps during the 60 day challenge.
Other health and wellbeing topics in focus at the conference included Yoga and Pilates, Mindfulness and employee engagement.
Kelvin Cheatle, Director of Workforce at Kingston Hospital, said: “Our first Staff Wellbeing Conference was a huge success and it really brings to a head all the work we’ve been doing around the health and wellbeing of our staff since the launch of our new strategy.
“Mental health has been a particular focus for us in recent months and we were delighted to welcome Alastair Campbell to the Trust to discuss the importance of being able to talk about mental health openly. Signing the Time to Change Employer pledge was a landmark moment for us as an organisation; as we want to ensure all our employees facing mental health problems feel supported.”