This year’s NHCP Virtual Wellbeing Festival (Monday 28 June to Friday 2 July) proved a resounding success, uniting health and social care colleagues across the county for a packed programme of inspiration, fun and learning.

The festival was a free, online event for all those working across the Northamptonshire health and care system, offering colleagues an indispensable opportunity to spend time focusing on themselves and their own wellbeing. Throughout the week, attendees were treated to a varied schedule of pre recorded activities, live sessions and illustrious keynote speakers.

Whether it was Disco Diva dancing on Monday, yoga on Tuesday or gardening on Friday, each day offered something new and fun for colleagues to experience – all while connecting with colleagues countywide.

The programme also included live sessions offering perspectives on emotive topics, such as reducing the stigma of mental health difficulties, learning the benefits of trauma informed care approaches and raising workplace awareness of the menopause.

Each day featured a live headline appearance from a keynote speaker – this year, NHCP was delighted to welcome Ruby Wax, Amazin LeThi, Andy Cope, Dan Cross and Efrem Brynin, plus Gareth Thomas. The guest speakers provided a series of unmissable moments, inspiring, entertaining – and at times – reducing colleagues to tears.

The combination of such diverse and interesting wellbeing content certainly resonated with Northamptonshire’s health and social care staff, with more than 1,000 people tuning in to live events or catching up with recorded sessions on demand.

Despite the incredible turnout across each day of the festival, it’s inevitable that busy colleagues will have missed some of the sessions they were hoping to attend. To ensure nobody misses out on any of the content from Virtual Wellbeing Festival 2021, all sessions were recorded, and footage will remain on the website indefinitely. That means every second of the festival is accessible here  – simply find the relevant event on the programme and the session is immediately viewable on that page. The majority of sessions are also available on the NHCP YouTube channel.

In addition, it’s possible to rewatch the headline keynote speakers, though these recordings have been password-protected to keep the content exclusive for health and social care colleagues. Please check your organisation’s internal communications channels for the access password.

Last year’s first Virtual Wellbeing Festival set a new precedent for viewership that extended far beyond the actual week of the event, with colleagues making the most of its wellbeing resources throughout the year. After another successful, informative edition, it is certain that the impact of VWBF21 will also be felt for many months to come.

Facts and figures from this year's Virtual Wellbeing Festival

More ways to get involved!

The week-long schedule of wellbeing activities and sessions may be behind us, but there are still plenty of ways to get involved with Virtual Wellbeing Festival 2021.

This year, NHCP organised a series of wellbeing challenges to enable colleagues to channel their energy into something for themselves.
Head to the Challenges page and get your steps in, listen to some feel-good tunes or venture outdoors to take some photographs. Take a look at some stunning entries to the VWBF21 photography challenge.