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NHS Highland staff health and wellbeing resources given Scottish Government funding boost

By Alan Shields

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The Scottish Government has given £335,000 of funding to NHS Highland to support staff health and wellbeing for those delivering health and social care services.

Staff will now have better access to hot drinks, food, transport and rest facilities, under the plans.

Following consultation with staff, these resources are now being allocated out to teams, including for those who work in primary and social care.

Teams are being asked to spend this in areas such as measures that support staff wellbeing to provide additional, evidence-based emotional, pastoral and psychological support for the workforce based on locally identified needs.

NHS Highland’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy Group said it would like to see staff offered something practical and or pragmatic to support teams and or individuals to "make their working day better".

Fiona Hogg, director of people and culture for NHS Highland said: “There are around 20,000 members of staff, working for the NHS, councils and other organisations, in social care, and in primary care across Highland and Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership.

“For over two years every one of them has worked through what has been a very challenging time – from hospital staff, colleagues in Primary Care, the teams looking after our residents in care homes and those looking after our care at home clients, our support services staff and our independent contractors – everyone has had to learn and adapt to what it is like providing health and social care services to the population we serve during a pandemic.

“The challenge is far from over as we begin to move forward in a world with less restrictions while also recognising that COVID is still here and can still impact on the services we provide.

“The health and wellbeing of those who look after us is so important and I look forward to hearing how this money is spent and how teams have benefited.”

Allocations of the funding include:

  • £114k to support staff working in independent sector social care
  • £26k to support staff working in GP practices
  • £91k to support other NHS staff
  • Staff are asked to speak to their line managers in the first instance and start a discussion amongst their team how they feel this could be used.

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