Care workers are unsung heroes who continue to play a huge role in supporting patient care across Dorset’s integrated care system. Carers took the hardest hit at the peak of the pandemic, putting themselves at risk to uphold their strong commitment to the safety and wellbeing of others. This demonstration of character not only reminds us of their importance to the system but also calls the system to prioritize their health and wellbeing!

In response to this call, we have pulled together helpful resources from Skills for Care and other sources to support carers to look after their own health and overall wellbeing.

Workforce wellbeing resource finder

Skills for Care have launched an easy tool to help our social care workforce find trusted resources to support their own or others’ wellbeing.

Through the platform, you can find:

  • Self-help and support for others
  • Someone to talk with confidentially
  • Support with mental health

Workforce wellbeing resource finder:  www.skillsforcare.org.uk/wellbeing.

New bite-size wellbeing guide for managers: www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Documents/Leadership-and-management/Resilience/Wellbeing-resources/Wellbeing-for-registered-managers-–-a-bite-size-practical-guide.pdf.

The Care Exchange

The care exchange is a new podcast series for managers in social care hosted by Skills for Care Locality Managers.

The care exchange welcomes special guests to celebrate the role of managers in social care and provides a great opportunity for managers to share their experiences and listen to those of other managers. Each episode leaves managers feeling less isolated, with good ideas for support in their own role.

More information here: www.skillsforcare.org.uk/careexchange.

Learn from others

Good practice stories, practical tips, and ideas from a diverse range of social care providers.

  • Using mindfulness to support mental wellbeing
  • Words of wisdom to encourage you to look after your wellbeing
  • Compassionate and human approach to leadership
  • ‘Staff bubbles’ to provide peer-to-peer support
  • Various wellbeing initiatives

Learn here: https://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Leadership-management/managing-people/Wellbeing/Wellbeing-sector-stories.aspx 

Every action counts

The Every Action Counts toolkit has been developed to support adult social care providers to use the resources effectively.

Leaflets

Download and share these leaflets about support from Here For Each Other for staff working in the care sector: