mental health - leighton hospital first aider scheme

Leighton hospital has introduced new mental health first aiders to help look after the health and wellbeing of staff.

A group of 17 staff at the South Cheshire hospital, run by Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, have received training to support colleagues.

The training, accredited by Mental Health First Aid England, allows the group to be a first point of contact for someone who is experiencing a mental health issue or in emotional distress.

Bobby Sharma, chair of the hospital’s Health and Wellbeing Group, said: “One in four people will experience a mental health problem this year but unfortunately, not everyone will feel confident to talk about it.

“We want to change the way mental ill-health is perceived and remove the stigma and discrimination, so our staff feel confident to discuss how they are feeling and seek out the appropriate support.”

Heather Barnett, director of Workforce and Organisational Development, said: “It is important to us that the wellbeing of the staff is looked after. With the new mental health first aiders we can support staff when they need help.

“Looking after our staff is the best way in making sure that our patients receive the very best care possible.”

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One Comment

  1. Andrew says:

    Meanwhile the NHS support for patients mental health would be a joke if the conseqences werent so serious. Not fit for purpose. A 1940’s has been

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