Keeping our people safe continues to be our top priority, as we navigate through the coronavirus pandemic.

Did you know that in in the current climate across the UK:

  • Two out of five employees feel stressed, anxious or have experienced mental health difficulties due to their working situation?
  • One in two people working from home feel isolated?
  • Seven out of 10 people feel that they are missing social interactions with others at work?


If you are struggling with any of the above, you can:

  • Talk to your manager about your worries and concerns – see if it is possible to take an additional break to support your wellbeing
  • Talk to family, friends or colleagues about how you are feeling
  • Keep active, exercise and make time for activities you enjoy


Or contact our new confidential support service, Talk2Us – more details of this are below.

Dealing with Bereavement

With lockdown measures in place, and hospital and care home visiting procedures restricting the contact we can have with patients and residents, some people are sadly losing the opportunity to say goodbye to loved ones.

Grief is a natural response to loss, yet everyone grieves differently. Find out the common reactions we feel when we lose someone, tips to help manage loss and simple lifestyle changes that can help you feel more in control, with our attached Dealing with Bereavement factsheet.

Bereavement Workshop

Our Learning and Development team have been working with The Bereavement Coach to adapt our current face to face Bereavement workshop to a series of virtual webinars, to enable you to keep supporting our colleagues during this difficult time.

The webinar includes group activities and discussions with skilled facilitators who will share their personal journeys of both grief and supporting teams during bereavement. If you’re interested in attending, please get in touch with a member of your local HR team or sign up at

Download the Dealing with Bereavement factsheet here.


It’s great to see the launch of our new peer to peer confidential support service, Talk2Us. Run by colleagues across the business, offering general advice, a listening ear, additional care or just someone to talk to about your day.

This facility is accessible for all colleagues, so if you or anyone in your team would benefit from extra support – get in touch. Volunteers are available on 01246 385290 or on email via (service available Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 4.30pm – an answerphone will be available to take your details outside these hours).

Occupational Health Support Materials

We have a wide range of materials to further support health and wellbeing during this difficult time. From a guide to fitness, dealing with isolation or supporting your mental health, help is available online. These materials are available in the Occupational Health section of our intranet or within this section of our external website.

It’s okay not to be okay – make sure you take that time to talk.

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