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​Staff Health and Wellbeing

To deliver high quality patient care, the NHS needs staff that are healthy, well and at work. Looking after the health and wellbeing of staff directly contributes to the delivery of quality patient care. Poor workforce health has high and far reaching costs to NHS organisations and ultimately patients.​

We are developing resources, help and advice to develop maintain and support staff's ongoing health and wellbeing because by doing so, life in work and outside of it can be so much more rewarding.

There is a wealth of information and advice available on the DCH intranet for staff to access and a health and wellbeing group meets regularly to move initiatives forward.

​​​Care First - Employee Assistance Solutions

​Who are Care First?
Care First are a leading provider of professional counselling, information and advice offering support for issues arising from home or work.  Care first employ professionally qualified Counsellors and Information Specialists, who are experienced in helping people to deal with all kinds of practical and emotional issu​es.

What does the service provide?

  • Unlimited Freephone access 24 hours a day, every day of the year for personal and work related issues. 

  • Short term counselling and support by telephone and face to face (up to six one hour sessions per issue).

  • Support and referral for longer term issues.

  • Information services for any practical and day-to-day issues.

  • Management support and referral services.

  • On-line counselling, supporting articles and wellbeing advice.

How do I use the service?
You don’t need to ask your manager to use Care First, just call 0800 174319 and you can speak to a professional counsellor in confidence.