"It's a day to do whatever makes you happy" - Trust thanks staff with 'wellbeing day'

Staff at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital (ROH) are being given a 'wellbeing day' as a small token of thanks for their hard work and commitment during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a message to all staff, Jo Williams, Chief Executive at ROH, said: "It’s not been an easy year for any of us and as we become more hopeful about being able to do the things we most enjoy, I would like to say a big thank you for your continued loyalty and commitment to ROH.

"We know it’s been a challenging year for everyone and you have been, and continue to be, incredible. From the early days of the pandemic, right through to now, you have all given so much. I acknowledge that for those of you who may have been shielding it has been extremely difficult but because you have been at home doesn’t mean that you have not contributed in helping the NHS to work through the pandemic in the interest of our families, friends, patients and colleagues and the wider public – thank you.

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Chief Executive Jo Williams

"We want to recognise your contribution and encourage you to prioritise your own wellbeing which may have seemed extremely challenging at times during the last 12 months. That’s why we are giving every member of staff a ‘wellbeing day’.

"It’s a day to do whatever makes you happy. Go for a walk, take a nap, do some yoga, it’s up to you! Just promise us you’ll spend your time prioritising yourself!"

Staff will be able to take the day between now and March 2022 - giving them over a year to enjoy the gesture, and the extra day is in addition to staffs’ annual leave entitlement.
 
The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest specialist orthopaedic units in Europe. Since 1877, ROH has been at the forefront of orthopaedic care, pioneering new surgical techniques and advancing treatment for people with bone and joint disorders. The Trust offers planned specialist care for all of the orthopaedic subspecialties, from elective arthroplasty for local patients, through to regional and supra-regional services (for example in spinal surgery and oncology). It is also the largest employer in Northfield.
 
The Trust, whose aim is to be 'the wellbeing hospital' has been driving a positive wellbeing culture for several years now, with a week-long programme launch in September 2019 by Strictly Come Dancing Winner and TV presenter Chris Hollins. Staff have access to a wealth of resources including online discounts, apps to prioritise their mental and physical health, counselling and much more, both in-house and externally. Managers are also encouraged to have health and wellbeing conversations with their teams.

Additionally, a grant from NHS Charities Together will soon be spent on a 'Your Space' room, where staff will be able to take time to relax or take a break away from their departments. The Trusts dedicated Wellbeing Team encourages staff to feed back ideas and suggestions through health and wellbeing conversations and is offering staff the opportunity to join the Trust Wellbeing Implementation Group (TWIG), which will help continued improvement within the Trust.

More information on looking after your wellbeing is available for staff on the dedicated Wellbeing intranet page.

You can follow The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital on Twitter and Facebook @ROHNHSFT. The Wellbeing Team are also on Twitter @ROHWellbeing.