Posted by Daniel Harper at 23/01/2018 14:55:15
On 18 January 2018, Ian Ayres, Accountable Officer for NHS West Kent CCG, signed the Time to Change employer pledge before all staff at the monthly Town Hall meeting. The pledge is a way for organisations to demonstrate their commitment to changing the way we think and act about mental health in the workplace. It aims to ensure employees feel supported discussing their experiences.
Ian emphasised the CCG’s commitment to promoting staff’s mental health and wellbeing at work and ensuring there is no stigma or discrimination for people struggling with stress or mental health problems. Dr David Chesover, Clinical Lead for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities and Vice Chair of NHS West Kent CCG, explained how the senior team will support staff to maintain their mental wellbeing.
Angela Etherington, the Community Equalities Coordinator for the South East, Community Leadership Team, Time to Change, spoke to staff about the importance of being there for colleagues. Sue Scammell, Commissioning Manager for Mental Health at Kent County Council, shared her personal experience of discussing her mental health with colleagues and how supportive they were.
From now on, workplace wellbeing will be a standing agenda item at the regular monthly staff engagement forums. Any issues raised will be fed into Senior Management Team meetings. Staff will also have the opportunity to become a Time to Change Employee Champion, who will promote the campaign among colleagues.
The signing of the pledge happened just before the campaign’s Time to Talk day, on 1 February, which encourages conversations about mental health.
Find out more about the Time to Change initiative.