The NHS People Plan sets out the ambition that every member of the NHS should have a health and wellbeing conversation with their line manager or a peer, and that as part of this conversation, line managers will be expected to discuss an individual’s health and wellbeing, and any flexible working requirements, as well as equality, diversity and inclusion.

This can seem daunting, and therefore we are pleased to confirm the extension of this national training programme that has been designed to support NHS colleagues in having safe and effective wellbeing conversations.

The programme will support delegates to understand what a wellbeing conversation is, when it may be appropriate to initiate one and provide them with additional knowledge and skills to have safe and compassionate conversations about various aspects of wellbeing. The programme will also advise how to safely signpost staff to additional support when needed, and offer an opportunity to practice a conversation in a safe, supportive and non-judgmental space of the session.

The programme is initially aimed at line managers (of any profession, banding or grade), peers and colleagues working across the NHS in roles which have caring responsibilities for staff – for example clinical and educational supervisors, team leaders, members of staff networks, health and wellbeing champions or Wellbeing Guardians.

The content for this programme has been co-designed with a number of NHS organisations and will be delivered by trained facilitators from Passe Partout, who successfully delivered the national Leadership Support Circles programme.

Colleagues who have completed the national REACT Mental Health conversations training may find that a lot of the skills and learning in this programme will be similar.

Training will be held via MS Teams, and delegates will need to commit to attending the full session. We are keen to encourage that colleagues are able to dedicate suitable time to this programme to emphasise the importance of supporting their own wellbeing, and that of each other. All discussions in the group will remain confidential and no personal stories will be shared outside the training session.

Please note that joining instructions will be issued to attendees via email prior to the event.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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