Wellbeing and Mental Health is a joint initiative between The British Psychological Society, Division of Clinical Psychology, Leadership & Management Faculty and New Savoy conference.
About the Wellbeing Project
This collaboration was set up in 2014 to address concerns about staff wellbeing and mental health, ranging across a broad spectrum (including, but not limited to, low morale, stress, burn out, lived experiences, bullying and harassment).
Since its inception, the project has set out a number of initiatives including development of a psychometrically validated wellbeing tool, annual Wellbeing Surveys, setting out of a collaborative Learning Network (CLaN), Pathfinder Sites, development of Individual and Organizational Impact Tools, Round Table Consultations and awareness raising material.
Its awareness raising activities have included many successful events and meetings with psychological professionals, senior leaders, policy makers and politicians.
A set of events have been run across the country including:
- a showcase event as part of DCP 50th Birthday celebrations at the House of Commons
- the Launch of the CLaN and Pathfinder sites
- Psychological Safety in Preston
- the New Savoy Conferences
- Super Human or Simply Human - What we want from our leaders in York
- Collaborative Learning Network, Promoting Partnership & Supporting learning at APPTs Forum, London.
- No Health without Mental Health - European Clinical Psychology Takes Responsibility: Ensuring effective treatment with a whole system approach to psychological workforce wellbeing – lessons from the UK at European Association of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Treatment (EACLIPT) Annual Conference, Dresdon, Germany.
- Psychological Wellbeing of the NHS Workforce, Psychological Professional network conference
As part of its initiative to combat stigma a number of key leaders and professionals have joined the project events to speak about Lived Experiences and their experiences at work.
Whist the initiative reached a fast momentum in its initial years with a significant impact, it faced difficulties for voicing concerns and calling for action. However, the tide seems to be turning towards better awareness to tackle stigma and support workforce wellbeing.
Improved workforce wellbeing matters in its own right; it increases a number of highly valued clinical and organisational outcomes.
Unfortunately, despite the initiative’s success, it was not longer possible to deliver on the expectations without resources to match the scale of the problem. Consequently, the project was put on hold in 2018 except for its annual wellbeing survey.
The initiative is now being refreshed following an award by the DCP.
A partnership project has been set out in 2020 with the London School of Economics and Social Sciences.
Project Refresh including incorporating Covid-19 context
Our Key priorities for 2020 are:
- Strategy for Wellbeing Survey of Psychological Professions including making the tool available across organizations
- Development of Wellbeing Digital Resources
- Stakeholder Events, Symposiums & Round Table Consultations
- Organizational Impact Tool development for service accreditation & commissioning
- Research and Publication
- CLaN Review: Establish providers’ network of providers with responsibility of wellbeing.
- Advocating for a dedicated psychological service & supporting its development
- Scoping of future research into practitioner wellbeing.
- Project sustainability after 2020
The Steering Group in charge of the Wellbeing Project is made up of the following individuals:
- Amra Rao (co-chair)
- Jeremy Clarke (co-chair)
- Gita Bhutani
- Adrian Neal.