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The Trust has appointed three wellbeing and lifestyle coaches, Danny Sculthorpe, Phil Vievers and Amanda Devereux to work alongside our established Occupational Health and Wellbeing Team. You can read more about Danny, Phil and Amanda.

The wellbeing and lifestyle coaches aim to improve physical wellbeing and mental resilience for everyone across our workforce. Both Danny and Phil have vast experience of supporting individuals through their work with State of Mind and hold recognised physical activity qualifications including Personal Training, and have undertaken mental health and suicide prevention courses, such as Mental Health First Aid.

Amanda is a qualified personal trainer who specialises in GP referrals, ante and postnatal exercise and has recently completed a meditation course that she can use to support people with stressful lives.

The Trust's health and wellbeing offer is led by our Occupational Health and Wellbeing Department. The team consists of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists and counsellors, all of which have specific occupational health training and experience. The role of wellbeing and lifestyle coaches has been developed specifically to provide additional support to you.

Initially, the coaches will focus on staff considered to be 'at risk' following the roll out of the Covid-19 risk assessments, so additional support can be provided to keep them safe.

In addition, the coaches will be available to provide support to anyone on either an individual or group/team basis, in person or online as requested.

You can also download a poster to display in your workplace to help promote the coaches.

Mental fitness sessions

 The coaches will share with the audience their personal story, which has proven a powerful means of getting the key messages across with real impact. The sessions will address mood, depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation and, in the case of the coaches, what worked for them in turning their lives around.

The key objectives of the session are to:

  • Describe the symptoms of anxiety and depressed moods
  • Discuss issues of suicide prevention
  • List the signs of potential alcohol and drug misuse
  • Share information to improve mental fitness and wellbeing
  • Consider setting of goals and measures for overcoming adversity
  • Encourage looking out for and responding to work mates who might be experiencing problems

Support with weight management

 If you are looking to lose weight, the coaches can support you. They can check your weight, height, waist circumference, calculate your BMI and then provide evidence based dietary advice. Physical activity sessions are also available.

The key objectives of the sessions are to:

  • Learn about the current UK healthy eating guidelines for adults
  • Understand Food Labels
  • Know your calorie requirements to promote weight loss
  • Find out about the best ways to stay hydrated
  • Learn about the current UK physical activity guidelines for adults and how to incorporate into everyday life.

To book a session with one of our wellbeing and lifestyle coaches or make an enquiry, please email our dedicated health and wellbeing mailbox: wellbeinghub@nwbh.nhs.uk