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Support available

One-to-one psychological support

Delivered in partnership through the Association of Clinical Psychologists

We recognise that some of our senior leaders may be experiencing anxiety, depression or burnout for which they would value a brief psychological intervention. These sessions offer a confidential, expert ear and informed strategies to help with a wide range of issues. Clinical psychologists have training and expertise in evidence-based psychological support for a range of difficulties. They are skilled in recognising and supporting acute stress in the context of unusual demands, such as those experienced in hospital and service management. They can also help with problems and reactions such as anxiety, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, burnout, and the demands of managing complex and dynamic situations.

Respondents will be paired with a senior or consultant grade clinical psychologist from a diverse pool on a first-come, first-served basis. All members of the Association of Clinical Psychologists are registered clinical psychologists who are regulated and adhere to strict standards of confidentiality. We envisage offering typically between three and six 30- to 60-minute sessions by your preferred video platform or phone.

Mentoring from the Centre for Army Leadership

Navigating leadership challenges can often benefit from reflecting with an experienced mentor. The Army for Centre Leadership mentoring offer will support you in finding real-time solutions to you move forward and find positive ways to stay resilient and overcome immediate challenges.

You will be matched with an experienced army leadership mentor who will support you in finding real-time solutions by:

  • Standing back to appraising decision-making ‘in the immediate moment’
  • Tackling the complexities of responding to the current crisis and recovery
  • Thinking forward to address and plan practically for the many dilemmas right now or anticipate in the near future

Executive Coaching

This coaching offer is available for senior leaders

We can match you with an experienced coach who will work with you to strengthen your leadership by creating space for you to stand back, slow-down and reflect if you want to:

  • appraise your decision-making in the midst of the current crisis
  • find ways to create time and space to consider how to lead the transition into the future state

Providing you with the opportunity to enhance your decision making, to ‘hold steady’ in and through this crisis and to build and maintain personal resilience in order to effectively role-model effective, inclusive and compassionate leadership.

Support will be provided:

  • virtually, for up to a maximum of twelve 45 to 60-minute sessions
  • by experienced Save the Children UK and Meyler Campbell coaches with over 10 years’ experience of coaching leaders working in humanitarian crisis response
  • In partnership with Save the Children UK (SCUK) and Meyler Campbell Coaching

Please note that as capacity for this offer is limited, priority will be given to those with significant organisational, system or national-level leadership roles.  You will be asked to make a short case for how you meet these criteria and how you, your team and/or patients will benefit from the coaching

Support for newly appointed CEOs

Through the Chief Executive Development Network, Newly appointed CEOS can access a dedicated transition coach. This covers two meetings over the course of twelve months, initially to welcome individuals into the network and then to help progress their individual personal learning agenda and shape network events.

Access to confidential mental wellbeing support through Practitioner Health

As part of the mental health and wellbeing offer for NHS staff, NHS England and NHS Improvement has commissioned Practitioner Health (NHSPH) to deliver a national service for NHS staff for more complex mental health needs whose needs cannot be met through local system-wide mental health and wellbeing hubs that are being established during Winter 2021.

This service is intended to be one part of the support offer to staff and will be linked to each of the local mental health and wellbeing hubs. While we expect that local mental health services will be able to meet the majority of NHS staff’s mental health needs, hubs will be able to refer staff with more complex mental health needs to the national service if needed.

The majority of NHS staff accessing the service will be via referral from local mental health and wellbeing hubs when they are established. However, very senior NHS staff (working at grade 8d or above) are eligible to self-refer to the service as we recognise some senior staff may have confidentiality issues accessing their mental health and wellbeing hub. You can find out how to self-refer to the service and find more information below.

Wellbeing apps

NHS staff have been given free access to a number of wellbeing apps from now until the end of December 2020 to support their mental health and wellbeing. Apps include Sleepio, Daylight, Unmind and Headspace


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