Stronger Together, supporting health and social care staff in NorthamptonshirePublic sector colleagues across Northamptonshire are benefiting from coordinated local support for their mental health and wellbeing.

Stronger Together provides support to health and social care staff in Northamptonshire in response to the intense pressures of the coronavirus pandemic.

It offers accessible, high quality and confidential support from experienced clinical and counselling psychologists, and help with signposting to the wide range of services and resources available in the county.

The service, hosted by Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT), launched in February and has provided care and support for public sector colleagues across the county.

Users of the service are offered confidential and high-quality support from a clinical or counselling psychologist in a very timely manner: all colleagues have been seen within two weeks, and are offered appointments within the week if the need is urgent.

As well as working with individuals, the service works with teams of colleagues, offering direct support to managers and team leaders and facilitating care spaces and reflective sessions with teams where this is helpful.

In order to provide psychological wellbeing interventions for care home colleagues, the service also includes a care home project which NHFT psychologists have been working on since last June, offering telephone support to care home managers and a wellbeing survey for their staff. In April 2021 they contacted 89 care homes to follow up on initial offers of support.

To find out more about the Stronger Together service and the support available to health and care colleagues across the county, click here.

There are a number of other services both locally and nationally which provide mental wellbeing and psychological support. Stronger Together has collated an information and resources directory which provides details of various services; to find out more, click here.