Stoke-on-Trent PCT Health Improvement Team

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Developing a mentally healthy workplace. Stoke-on-Trent PCT, Health Improvement Team.

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  • 1. Developing a mentally healthy workplace Positive practice stories www.howsyourbusinessfeeling.org.uk How’s your business feeling?
  • 2. Stoke-on-Trent PCT, Health Improvement Team A whole team assessment
  • 3. Activity
    • Completed the self-assessment exercise at a team level, involving a mixed group of staff from a range of programme areas
  • 4. Outcomes
    • developing the department ’s existing mental health policy to cover recruitment and support of people with mental health problems and encouraging the adoption of the revised policy across the wider PCT
    • reviewing sickness absence/return to work policies against the standards set by the CD and highlighting gaps/areas for improvement
  • 5. Outcomes
    • raising staff awareness of support available including through the departmental induction process
    • providing training for managers in addressing mental well-being as part of routine management practice, and a checklist for line management meetings to support this
    • ensuring stress is included in the risk assessment process by issuing the HSE Management Standards to all staff as a framework for addressing risks to mental health at work
  • 6. Learning
    • ‘ b ottom-up ’ team-level approach to undertaking the exercise with a mixed group of staff was effective
    • the process was inclusive and provided a realistic picture of mental health at work in the organisation
    • generated achievable actions that those involved could take direct responsibility for implementing
  • 7. Further information
    • Kate Edwards Senior Health Improvement Specialist – Mental Health, Employability and Substance Misuse [email_address]