Thanks to donations received to our COVID-19 Appeal, and grants received from NHS Charities Together, we were able to provide funding to support the Occupational Health Physiotherapy Service to produce a wellbeing booklet for staff who work shifts.
Working in highly pressured environments, our amazing NHS staff often spend much more time thinking about how they care for their patients’ health and wellbeing than they do thinking about how they can care for their own health, happiness and safety. For many, this may also include the additional pressures of shift working.
Developed and researched by the Occupational Health and Physiotherapy Service, the booklet contains advice and guidance on how NHS staff, in particular shift workers, can look after their own emotional and physical health. It has been designed to be educational and engaging and to support staff in undertaking positive behaviours for physical and mental health to counter the potential negative impacts of not only working through the pandemic but also of managing the pressures that come with regular shift working.
Funding was provided to commission illustrations for the booklet, helping to break up the text and make the booklet more appealing to read, as well as an initial print run of 100 to pilot with staff across the organisation.
Illustrations by David Galletly, a recently commissioned Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation artist.