Alice Walker

Lead physiotherapist

My professional experience is as a community physio and lead physio in learning disabilities and mental health.

Without staff, we are unable to look after patients. As health care professionals, we are not invincible and because we put others before ourselves naturally, I feel that we now need to take the time for self-care! Life is there to be lived and we can only live it if our emotional wellbeing is good, and therefore wellbeing should be at the top of everyone’s list.   

To look after my own wellbeing I gallop my horse across the countryside, as well as giving him lots of cuddles and kisses. I spend time with my daughter, who is blissfully unaware of the issues engulfing our world. I also try and complete a yoga session once a day, focusing on breathing and my own body and space.

Claire Kremer

Programme Officer

Prior to joining the team I worked as a freelance health and wellbeing consultant, working with individuals on their fitness and wellbeing goals and with corporates to delivering employee wellbeing programmes for a resilient workforce. I am qualified in fitness instruction, nutrition and wellbeing coaching to provide a holistic approach to wellbeing, and this has given me a great insight into programme design and delivery.

In recent years I have managed community health and wellbeing programmes in Hertfordshire, delivered the National Diabetes Prevention Programme in the South East region and managed healthcare projects for the NHS in Hertfordshire. Following a relocation to Dorset, I am embracing life by the sea and now proud to be part of the Here For Each Other team.

I believe that being physically active has so many benefits to your body and mind, as does nutrition and what you put inside your body. I love being outdoors whenever I can and enjoy running, cycling and paddleboarding. I also enjoy, cooking and experimenting with healthy ingredients and new recipes, but never deny myself the odd treat! 😉

Chloe from the Here For Each Other team

Chloe Matson

Senior Counsellor

I have worked within the mental health field for Dorset Healthcare for seven years. I have a degree in Forensic Psychology, however my career path led me down a different avenue and I discovered that counselling was the career for me!

I qualified as a counsellor in 2017 and feel very privileged to be a part of people’s journeys to improved wellbeing.

I am excited to be a part of the Here for Each Other team so that we can help those who do so much for others.

For my own wellbeing I enjoy activities that I can lose myself in such as walking my dog in the countryside, baking, adult colouring or simply a nice bubble bath!

Emma Shipton

Programme Director

We spend so much time thinking about other people and we don’t spend enough time thinking about what support we may need from other people.

I am a firm believer in bringing your whole self to work, therefore who you are at work and who you are outside of work is important and we need to make sure we don’t neglect ourselves.  

To look after my own wellbeing I take lots of long dog walks in the autumn/winter and I am a seasonal (fair weather) runner in the spring and summer.

Fran Harber

Assistant Psychologist

I have eight years of experience working for the NHS within a variety of roles, more recently working for the Dorset Pain Management Service as an Assistant Psychologist.

I believe wellbeing is so important as we can often lose touch of looking after ourselves. Day-to-day life can be busy and challenging and looking after our own wellbeing gives us the very best chance of managing these demands. Doing the things we enjoy makes us feel good, so I am strong advocate for doing more of these feel-good things!!

My Labrador keeps me busy with beach and forest adventures and there is nothing better than a cuddle after a frantic day. I enjoy running rain or sun, as well as getting out for a lunchtime walk to get some fresh air. Practising relaxation is also a very much part of my day as well as snippets of screen-free time. Spending time with friends and family, usually involving great food is another key part of maintaining my wellbeing.

Holly Scott

Project Support Officer

Before the Wellbeing hub I started working within the ICS as a part of the Medical Staffing Systems Programme. Prior to this I was the team leader for the Steps 2 Wellbeing Admin team.

I believe wellbeing is so important because if we can’t look after ourselves how can we look after others?

My own wellbeing is catered for with my outdoor hobbies (I have horses so spend a lot of time outside looking after them), I try and get out for lunchtime walks as well as a good chunk of pampering and physically looking after myself!

Jo Tibbles

Workforce engagement

My primary role is in the Public Health Dorset team where I work with all ICS workforces around development and wellbeing. This includes coordinating the Mental Health First Aid programme across the system, rolling out suicide prevention training and promoting and encouraging all of the opportunities that can upskill and support our wider public health workforce.

I never actively thought about my own wellbeing until I became a mother and returned to work. It took me a while to figure out what I needed to do and I still don’t always get it right - but never has the saying “you can't pour from an empty cup” felt more true to me.

When busy at work I find it easy to forget about wellbeing, so I try to use small 5-10 minute pick-me-ups like having a chat with a colleague or sharing some silly memes with friends - something to make me laugh or smile, especially when I am feeling under pressure. I love being outside, especially when the sun is shining, so might take a break with a cup of tea if I can find a sunny spot! The one thing I am trying to incorporate into my day is to move more regularly, this is a work in progress but something I know will boost my health and my productivity.

Kate Hall

Interim Service Manager

I originally commenced my career in the NHS back in 2000 working within Personnel (what is now Human Resources) for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Since moving to Bournemouth in 2007 I have undertaken a variety of roles within the Royal Bournemouth Hospital. Since September 2020 I have been employed as a Project Manager within the Medical Staffing Systems Programme for Our Dorset ICS. Throughout the third wave of Covid I was asked to assist in project managing the establishment of the Here For Each Other Service, something which I felt privileged to do and passionate about. I now continue to support the service since it went live in January as the Interim Service Manager.

A person's wellbeing can have a huge impact on their overall health and enjoyment of life. We owe it to ourselves and our staff to be able to provide the support and tools to get the most out of both our working and home life.

Since December I have started running again as I find exercise really helps my stress levels and general wellbeing. I also have a very large fluffy dog which makes sure I get out of the house and go for a walk every day.

Kerry

Staff Wellbeing Coach

I have 10 years' NHS experience in service development and redesign. In my 30s I retrained as a self-development coach and NLP trainer and have worked with groups and individuals helping them to make changes and build a balanced life.

Through my own life experiences and managing teams of staff over the years I have seen how important holistic wellbeing is for all people. How we are out of work affects how we are in work, and vice versa.  Life is all about balance and making sure that we are in alignment.

I found lots of different things that help me to feeling balanced: meditation, walking, yoga, Qoya and keeping a gratitude journal. I also have my own coaching which is really important.

Laila Jamil

Senior Clinical Psychologist

I had previously worked for the Trust for 27 years in learning disabilities then CAMHS.  I was co-located with social care teams working in adoption and fostering, and before that in primary care.

Wellbeing is important because care and health workers tend to look after others better than we do ourselves.  My experience of workers across these organisations is that they work hard, in difficult circumstances sometimes, doing more than their contracted hours, so we need to look after them.

I swim in the sea and am training for the Pier to Pier swim in July which was cancelled last year. I love being with my friends and family, cooking and baking for them.  Recently I started to lose myself in some impossible whimsical jigsaw puzzles.

Lara Rosa

Assistant Psychologist

I'm a Clinical Psychology Masters student, currently researching trajectories of mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wellbeing is important as it helps to build resilience to cope with life’s hurdles and to adapt during times of hardship. By acknowledging and reflecting on your own strengths and abilities, you’re able to live life to the fullest and feel your best.

To look after my own wellbeing, at the start of each month I like to spend time setting personal and professional goals for myself. I then reflect on these at the end of the month to see what I have achieved, what I have learnt, and what I can do differently in the future. This ultimately allows me to stay focussed, motivated and aligned with my values.

Meherzin Das

Clinical Lead and Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Setting up our Staff Wellbeing Service, informally over the past year through Covid and now on a stronger well-funded footing, has been a labour of love! Public sector staff, including those working with the NHS, put so much of themselves into uplifting the health and wellbeing of the people they serve, often by putting their own needs on the backburner. It is a pleasure and a privilege to do all that we can to ensure their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, either by providing interventions ourselves or by signposting them to others as needed.

As the Professional Lead for Psychology and Psychological Therapies for Dorset HealthCare and the Clinical Lead for the Dorset Pain Management Service, it has been a joy to work with our staff as well as members of the public over many decades to ensure that we provide the best services we possibly can in Dorset at the cutting edge of innovative healthcare. I have spent a lifetime advocating for and empowering the silent sufferers of society and currently, with all that staff are doing with through the pandemic, it is an honour to support those who are supporting others, selflessly and often, despite considerable cost to their own health.

For my own wellbeing … I always have a book on the boil and as a recital pianist in a former lifetime, music provides me with emotional sustenance in a variety of ways – my poor family knows how I’m feeling from the way I bang the ivories! Through the past year, I’ve really thrived on using online forums to connect with friends and family all over the world and while I can’t wait to see them in person, sharing a coffee and a laugh … or bingo … or faith events … or escape rooms! … has given me love, strength and perspective when I’ve needed it the most.

Rhya East

Senior Wellbeing Physiotherapist

I have supported and encouraged family and friends to participate in activity, not only for physical but mental health wellbeing.

During my previous roles within the NHS elderly services I aimed my assessments and treatments with a holistic approach to enable elderly patients to find motivation to exercise, not only for the physical benefits but to improve their mental health.

Society has branded exercise as a way of physical fitness and weight loss, but it is not advertised as a stress reliever or a way of increasing endorphins to boost mood or to boost energy levels when you’re feeling tired, stressed or overwhelmed. These are huge side effects of physical exercise that are being missed in wellbeing practice and I feel this new team and role will allow me to spread awareness.

I try to do at least four home workouts a week. I have hot baths, I set boundaries with work times and I ensure I take my 30 minute break every day. I have adult colouring books, I’ve recently reduced my intake of fizzy sugary drinks and drink more water and I try to get a good amount of sleep, but this is an area I need to improve.

Sarah Johnstone

Communications Lead

I joined this service having been supporting staff wellbeing at Dorset HealthCare since the beginning of COVID.

It's amazing how quickly we've been able to create a new service, designed to complement what's already on offer in our partners. It's given me a really fascinating insight into all those organisations and I've built a fantastic network of amazing and dedicated wellbeing and communications colleagues.

To help with my own wellbeing I like to be outside in my garden, noticing what's growing and blooming. I'm creating a veg plot, too, so fingers crossed for a productive season! I also like to crochet and generally create things. And I'm really looking forward to getting back in a room with my choir - singing on Zoom is not the same!

Sophia Callaghan

Joint Engagement Lead

I work as a Consultant in Public Health and support the wellbeing service through engaging and connecting organisations and teams to the staff wellbeing offer. As a team, we were already working with hospitals, councils, and other partners to develop workforce wellbeing approaches. So, it was an ideal and exciting opportunity to continue this valuable work with the wellbeing service and Here For Each Other Team.

The best time to give permission to look after ourselves and help each other is now. We can all be ambassadors for wellbeing and find those daily things that work well for us. In the last year we have all changed how we do things and I think there are many positives to come out of the flexible work and life approaches that are emerging for individuals and teams.

I believe looking after our wellbeing is important to stay physically and mentally strong and happy. It sets the canvas, so that we are the best person we can be and in turn live our lives well. For my wellbeing I like to catch up with and help my friends if they need a hand, as I like a good job to do. I have a van which always comes in handy! I love being outdoors, either hitting the downhill trails on my mountain bike or enjoying the sea, either in it swimming, or on it kayaking. Being active is fun and uplifting after time at a desk and helps me manage musculoskeletal pain beautifully, as long as I don’t fall off of course  😊

Viviana Ramneantu

Occupational Health Physiotherapist

I am Here ..to offer support to staff that are in need of advice, guidance, motivation, pain management, exercise prescription, f2f for manual therapy if needed, referral to other specialists, for their general wellbeing that includes musculoskeletal, mental and emotional balance. Ovee mny career I've worked with musculoskeletal specialty, mental health and older people.

For more than 10 years, I performed as a ballerina at the Opera House in Romania.

I now specialise in complementary therapy areas and am certified in Pilates, Yoga for Wellbeing, Shiatsu, Homeopathy, Nutritional Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I'm also planning to get qualified in Acupuncture.

I follow six daily principles to make sure my wellbeing is balanced:

  • Make sure to eat healthy and drink plenty
  • Exercise regularly
  • Connect with people
  • Care for others
  • Learn new things/ be creative
  • Sleep well/ meditate

I believe we are connected through our body, our mind and our emotions. We are naturally born to be happy and proactive, however if there is an imbalance in our wellbeing it reflects negatively on all three aspects (emotional, mental and physical). That;s why it's so important to be able to prevent imbalance through adopting a healthy lifestyle, recognise any imbalance and correct it.