• Talk to someone
  • Supporting individuals and teams, building connections and community

Do you need to talk to someone to seek advice for yourself or because you are worried about a colleague?

Stronger Together provides support to health and care colleagues in Northamptonshire in response to the pressures of the coronavirus pandemic. The support offered by Stronger Together is entirely confidential and any support received will not go down on your health record.

The first appointment

Your first appointment will be between 45 minutes to an hour long and is a chance to have an informal conversation to find out about the service and what might be of help.

We try to organise appointments to fit in with the needs of busy clinicians, and can sometimes offer evening appointments and arrange to meet online or talk on the phone.

What can you expect?

After you contact Stronger Together a confidential first appointment will be offered with a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist within one to two weeks.

We meet people one-to-one or work with a pair or small group. For example, you might want to bring a colleague or family member to talk with us together, particularly if it is about a shared concern.

What happens next?

Colleagues often want to talk to us just one or two times, and we offer up to four support sessions in total. The aim of these appointments will be to explore an area of concern away from work pressures, to make sense of what is happening and think together about best next steps. It might be that this is referral to another service, in which case we would help you to access it.

Information on who the service is for

Stronger Together provides support for health and social care colleagues working in statutory, third sector and voluntary services in Northamptonshire.

You can get in touch to talk about yourself or if you are concerned for a member of your team or family. The issue can be anything, from something in your personal life to distress related to the job or a work problem.

Our service is here for ALL our colleagues, whatever your role is in your organisation and whether or not you are directly involved in clinical or care work. We also recognise that the burden of responsibility on leaders at the moment is very great. We invite senior colleagues to get in touch to share concerns, either about themselves or others, and we can talk about how to arrange out-of-county support if this would be helpful.

Accessing the service

To get in touch with the service, please download the Stronger Together Access Form and email the completed form to: stronger.together@nhft.nhs.uk

Please watch this space for our online referral form which is coming soon!

We will respond promptly to your contact and aim to offer a first appointment within a fortnight; however if an urgent need is identified and/or requested, we endeavour to make contact within a week.

We are a confidential service and use of our support will not go down on your health record.

We would like to say a huge thank you to our sponsors; NHS Charities and NHS England, for providing us with the funds to make this bespoke service for our colleagues possible.

Along with our sponsors, the service is made up of organisational colleagues from Kettering General Hospital, Northampton General Hospital and Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.