Accentuate the positive – New report references Certitude’s positive practices for staff wellbeing
Certitude has recently been highlighted for creating a happy and healthy workforce in a new report by the Positive Practice in Mental Health Collaborative (PPiMH) and the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH).
PPiMH brings together NHS Trusts, third-sector providers and front-line charities to identify and disseminate positive practice in mental health services, as well as raising the profile of mental health with politicians and policy makers. NCCMH develops guidance for the mental health sector, working with bodies such as NHS England and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
The report highlights that for the sector to deliver exceptional mental health support, it needs well supported, happy, healthy staff. The report also indicates that staff burnout is a substantial challenge in mental health services and 43% of mental health staff point to work-related stress as a reason for sickness absence. According to the report, “good staff health improves morale, job satisfaction and wellbeing.”
Recommendations for creating a happy workplace are included in the report with Certitude referenced for best practice in several of them. These recommendations include:
- Organisations should have a clear strategy for engaging their staff in their work and the wider organisation, including shared values and goals
- Organisations should work towards improving the working lives of staff, regularly monitoring and measuring staff health and wellbeing to ensure continuous improvement
- Organisations should look at different ways to recruit staff, including the use of social media, visits to universities, colleges and schools, and the introduction of childcare support via shared creche facilities
“When I first joined Certitude, I was taken aback by how happy staff were to work for the organisation,” says Liz Durrant, Director of Mental Health for Certitude. “I met colleagues who have worked for Certitude for many years who told me they feel valued and respected and that they work for an organisation they are proud of. I think this sense of pride and engagement plays a big part in the wellbeing and happiness of our staff, as displayed by our staff engagement survey – with 79% of respondents telling us they are proud to work for Certitude.”
The report was officially launched at the House of Commons on 27 February with a keynote speech from Professor Heather Tierney-Moore, Patron for PPiMH. Representatives from Langley Green Hospital of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Mersey Fire and Rescue Service, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and Mersey Care NHS shared their knowledge of improving staff wellbeing. Certitude’s Hirila Rose spoke about mental health in the workplace and said “if we don’t look after staff then we can’t deliver genuine caring services. At Certitude we know our staff are our most important asset and we ensure we put good practises in place to support their well-being.”
Click here to read the full report.