At Quantum Care, we understand that working in social care has been extremely tough over the last year for all of our teams. With this in mind, we have introduced a new training programme for Senior Colleagues to help them identify and support members of the team who may be experiencing poor mental health.

The Level 3 Supervising/Leading First Aid for Mental Health qualification provides the learner with the knowledge to recognise a wide range of mental health conditions and learn about the support/therapy provided by professional healthcare providers. The learner is given the skills to understand how to start a supportive conversation and when and how to signpost a person to seek appropriate professional help. The course also includes how to recognise and manage stress as well as learning about the First Aid Action Plan for Mental Health – designed to help Senior Managers promote a positive mental health culture in the workplace.

Following the successful completion of his training, Home Manager Simon Meredith from Trefoil House in Luton has been raising the issue of mental health and well-being in team meetings with his colleagues. He said “We have been talking about mental health awareness and the fact that stress has become a feature of our everyday life during the pandemic.

As a way of promoting good mental health, we’ve created a wellbeing bandwagon for staff and invited them to get on board. The bandwagon is available for everybody and has a selection of treats including sweets, crisps, chocolate and bottles of water. The idea is for staff to take something from the wagon and have a quiet 5 minutes to themselves if they’re having a bad day or moment. I am so proud of my team and the way they have provided first class care for the residents during the pandemic, but I also know that it has not been easy, so this is an opportunity for us to give something back. My most important message to the team is this:

It’s ok not be ok

As care workers in a pandemic we are under pressure like never before

It really is ok not to be ok

We need to communicate with one another. Listen with patience and compassions. Be kind to one another

Experiencing stress doesn’t mean you aren’t up to the job – it just means you are human