A National Wellbeing Hub is now providing support to the health and social care workforce.
The Hub is acting as the ‘front door’ to the wide range of support and wellbeing resources available in Scotland – including many originating within Dumfries and Galloway.
Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership’s Wellbeing Champion and NHS Director of Psychology Dr Louise Cumbley said: “This is a great resource that we welcome and are happy to fully support within Dumfries and Galloway.
“Developed on the principles of Psychological First Aid, the Hub will supplement the information and support available locally and be an accessible resource for the entire health and social care workforce, including unpaid carers, volunteers deployed within health and social care services and their families.”
The Hub has been developed by PRoMIS, a collaborative project between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Anchor Service and NHS Lothian’s Rivers Centre, with partners across health and social care.
The resource includes the following:
- information which addresses the specific challenges health and social care staff are facing during COVID-19
- information about the factors which affect emotional and psychological wellbeing
- help for people to recognise their own ‘warning signs’
- self-care resources for staff and their colleagues, along with advice on how self-care can be implemented in the current circumstances. This includes video and audio clips.
- information for friends, family and children who may have concerns about loved ones working in health and social care roles
- signposting to help and support that is available to health and social care staff and unpaid carers, nationally, locally and within their own organisations.
The Hub can be found at: www.promis.scot, and it includes an interactive map.
Please note, however, that using the map to access information on Dumfries and Galloway requires either a Chrome internet browser or a Windows 10 computer.
Messaging emerging from the National Wellbeing Hub will be shared with those working across the Partnership on an ongoing basis – including information focused on such topics such as ‘homeworking’, ‘dealing with isolation and loneliness’ and ‘managing uncertainty’.
Dr Cumbley said: “These are challenging times for everybody, and it’s important that everyone working or volunteering across the health and social care partnership is given every support to ensure their wellbeing.
“The new National Wellbeing Hub is a welcome resource, and we hope that everybody can benefit.”