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Updated 21 September 2023
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To enhance the DCHFT Health and Wellbeing (HWB) offer, we have introduced a proactive Health and Wellbeing Coach model across the trust to improve the access to HWB information for staff, to show greater workforce support and to incorporate a professional approach to wellbeing support. 

To improve the proactive nature of wellbeing within DCHFT, Health and Wellbeing Coaches (HWCs) enhance the concept of Health and Wellbeing Champions.  This community of volunteers has been built using a mixture of existing Mental Health First Aiders (MHFAs) and new volunteers. It is expected that all HWCs will be MHFA qualified or prepared to train towards the qualification.  

Following application, HWCs have been inducted formally to add value to their role and clarity. They have received basic Coaching Skills Training and are fully briefed on signposting opportunities. Coaches have multiple enhanced HWB training opportunities. 

What will HWCs do?

  • Accurately signposting links to wellbeing support offered by the Trust and associated providers according to the wellbeing continuum;
  • Attend occasional HWC meetings organised by the Health and Wellbeing Lead;
  • Support other HWCs and share learning and knowledge;
  • Engage with staff and encourage supportive behaviours;
  • Refresh or work towards a qualification as a Mental Health First Aider and other relevant qualifications;
  • Attend and participate in other relevant update courses, both face to face and virtually;
  • Work together with the line managers to help staff within the teams;
  • Alert appropriate Managers/OD/Health and Wellbeing Lead to anyone at risk;
  • Feed back to the OD team/Health and Wellbeing Lead on the success of their interventions;
  • Work proactively on other interventions in partnership with the HWB Lead.

Click here for contact details for our Health and Wellbeing Coaches.

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