HALSA and Cellar Trust Wellbeing Offer to Staff

The West Yorkshire Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub is working with HALSA and the Cellar Trust to bring a range of free wellbeing resources, events and other support to people working in the West Yorkshire health and care system, including volunteers and people working in local authorities. This is all part of the West Yorkshire Health and Wellbeing Programme for 2022.


Between February and April HALSA are offering 23 different wellbeing sessions, with 45 different date and time slots to choose from. These are all live webinar sessions delivered by specialist HALSA Wellbeing trainers focusing on fast and practical tips for supporting your wellbeing.

Further information on the resources and online sessions available in February, April and March 2022 can be found on this leaflet here and on the West Yorkshire HCP website here. You can book on to these HASLA led sessions now here.

The Cellar Trust e-learning modules are free for anyone in West Yorkshire and you can register for these on Living Well Training – Training for a healthy mind.

Regional Leadership for Personalised Care Programme

Making personalised care happen calls for new types of leaders who can work across orgaisational boundaries, make connections and bring staff, people and communities together to drive change.

There is currently the opportunity for colleagues to join the Regional Leadership for Personalised Care Programme, co-delivered by national experts, many of whom have lived experience and a long history of leading change. This programme is free of charge and applications are invited from teams and individuals across the NHS, Councils and the Voluntary sector (VCSE).

Further infromation can be found on the event poster here.

Please note the closing date for applications is Wednesday 15th September.

Further infromation on cohort dates can be found here.

Public Health Training Recruitment Open Day

The Yorkshire and Humber School of Public Health are recruiting as part of an annual national programme and are hosting an online Recruitment Day on Thursday 7th October 2pm-4pm.

The event flyer can be found here.

Do you want to join an exciting Public Health training scheme and contribute to improving health and wellbeing and reducing inequalities for our local communities?

Do you have a medical degree with current GMC registration and a minimum of 2 years postgraduate medical experience OR do you have 48 months’ work experience (including 24 months at Agenda for Change 6 work experience which is relevant to population health practice) over the previous 4 years and a degree at 2.1 or above or a master’s degree?

This event will give you a chance to learn about the Public Health Training Programme and meet the Head of School, Val Barker, and the Training Programme Directors, Susan Hird and Shirley Brierley. You will also hear from Registrars currenly on the Progrmme, about the application process and about the training programme itself.

Click here to book a place on the recruitment day.

Other useful links:

The Yorkshire and Humber Deanery Website – Provides useful information for anyone interested in public health training in Yorkshire and the Humber. Please view this website, the videos and all links before attending the open day.

Faculty of Public Health Website – Provides specific details about recruitment and eligibility, which will be updated for 2021/22 in October 2021.

Wakefield EDI Summit – 30th September

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Summit
Thursday 30th September


As health, social care, community and housing services continue to manage the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever that we work together to build an inclusive workforce and tackle inequality across the Wakefield District.

If you’re passionate about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and want to be part of our conversation, come along to our FREE Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Summit on 30th September! 

Wakefield Integrated Care Partnership

This FREE online event has been developed on behalf of the Wakefield Integrated Care Partnership HR Directors Network, a network of health, social care, voluntary and community sector and housing organisations that are passionate about equality and diversity. Together, we’re reaching out to our staff to spark conversations around inclusivity and explore how we can do more to tackle inequalities in the workplace.

Click here to view the event poster and click here to view the agenda.

The full event guide, with details on speakers can be accessed here and is also available as a plain text version.

Join our Wakefield Summit for some fantastic keynote speakers and get involved with workshops discussing key EDI issues, including:

Building a more inclusive workplace

Reflecting BAME experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic

Inclusive Recruitment

Trans Inclusion

The full event guide, with details on speakers can be accessed here and is also available as a plain text version.

You can book your place here.

Please feel free to share this email with your colleagues and look out for your event Invite soon!

Allied Healthcare Professionals Day Celebrations

Allied Healthcare Professionals (AHP) Day 2021 is fast approaching and the West Yorkshire and Harrogate AHP Faculty are promoting a series of events to celebrate.

On Thursday 14th October, the AHP faculty would like to take the opportunity to come together, share a virtual breakfast, hear about some of the work completed in the AHP Faculty and look at how we can support each other going forward.

The Faculty will also be promoting some national events and on Saturday 9th October there is an opportunity for individuals to come together and get moving at their local park run – more information to follow.

The Save the Date and further information can be accessed here.

Please can you save the date for these events and share across your organisations. All AHPs are encouraged to come along  to these events, but colleagues from other professions who are keen to hear about the work of AHPs in West Yorkshire and Harrogate are also welcome to join!


Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub – Weekly Q&A drop ins

The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub – find out more at the weekly drop-in sessions!

What is it?

How can I access it?

What immediate support / treatment / therapy is available for me?


In July and early August the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership are presenting (via zoom) a 10 minute overview of the Hub service, followed by a 5 minute Question and Answer Session. No need to sign up or register, the zoom link is given below.


These sessions and the Hub services are open to anyone working in West Yorkshire and Harrogate health and social care organisations, including VCSE.

Tuesday 6th July                 9.30 am

Monday 12th July                9.30 am

Thursday 22nd July            9.30 am

Wednesday 28th July         9.30am

Wednesday 4th August      9.30am

The host will open the zoom link 10 minutes before the start to allow people to log on, so please log in at least a few minutes before the start time.

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 871 6283 8436

Healthcare Support Worker Learning Labs

Are you interested in Healthcare Support Worker retention?

Join the Retention Learning Labs to find out more!


Thanks to the efforts of our colleagues across the regions, we have welcomed over 13,000 new HCSWs to the NHS since January 2021, over half of which are new to healthcare. Our focus must now turn to the retention of this valuable workforce, to ensure that they are supported, developed and empowered to thrive in their roles.

NHS England and NHS Improvement’s Healthcare Support Worker retention workstream are delivering a series of 6 interactive “Retention Learning Labs”, to share learning, practice and innovation as well as an opportunity to consider the latest data and evidence on HCSW retention.

Session 2 will be held on Thursday 8th July 2021 (10:30am-12:30pm) and more information can be found here, including a link to book onto the session.

Future sessions:

Session 1 – Thursday 24th June (14:00-16:00)
Evidence and Opportunities

Session 2 – Thursday 8th July (10:30-12:30)
Attraction, Recruitment and Induction

Session 3 – Thursday 9th September (10:30-12:30)
New to Role  (booking information to follow)

Session 4 – Thursday 7th October (10:30-12:30)
Morale  (booking information to follow)

Session 5 – Thursday 11th November (10:30-12:30)
Health and Wellbeing  (booking information to follow)

Session 6 – Thursday 9th December (10:30-12:30)
Career Development and Progression  (booking information to follow)


End of Life Care Training for H&SC Support Workers

Free places are available for health and social care staff working across West Yorkshire and Harrogate to attend virtual, interactive education sessions around end of life care. These sessions are available for staff in bands 1-4 who work in any care setting.

The training sessions cover 4 key areas of end of life care:

1) Supporting personalised and advance care planning discussions at the end of life

2) Difficult conversations at end of life

3) Care of patients in last weeks and days of life

4) Bereavement and loss (including self-care)


Do you look after patients/clients at the end of life?

Do you support patients/clients and those important to them to start to think about their care as they become less well?

Do you want to gain more skills and knowledge around end of life care and having those challenging conversations?

Then these courses are for you!


Further information, including details on the date/times of sessions and how to book, can be found here.

Psychological First Aid and Post Incident Facilitator Training

In response to the ongoing stress and trauma experienced by staff in response to COVID and other untoward incidents, the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub have commissioned training to create a cohort of debrief facilitators within the Partnership. They are aiming to creating a community of Level 3 accredited facilitators that are coordinated and supported by the hub, but also have autonomy to develop interventions within their own organisations and teams.

Post Incident Facilitation is a group intervention. It is aimed to mobilise connections and peer support following a serious and distressing incident. By sharing experiences, coping strategies and reactions to the event the emphasis is on creating a supportive conversation that destigmatises trauma reactions, creates a shared understanding, builds team support and where needed encourages early signposting to more specialist interventions. All these factors have been shown to be helpful to staff following experiencing potentially traumatic events.

The training course content is delivered over 5 days, with the first cohort undertaking training in June and July 2021 and the second undertaking training in September and October.

Course dates

Cohort 1:  28th and 29th June, and 5th, 6th, and 7th July

Cohort 2:  23rd, 24th, 29th and 30th September, and 1st October.

Further information can be found here and the expression of interest form can be found here.

Please note the deadline for EOI is the 25th April 2021.

Skills for Care CPD Training Packages

Skills for Care and the University of Huddersfield, in conjunction with NHS Health Education England, have developed a series of training packages to assist health and social care staff with their continued professional development during the Covid-19 pandemic.

There are currently 7 training packages on offer, which each offer the opportunity to access virtual learning on your chosen topic and attend a webinar, with dates available from April-September.


Available topics include:

Psychological Wellbeing and Resilience in Social Care Settings

Supporting People with Long Term Conditions

Recognising and Responding to Service User Deterioration

Practice Assessor Preparation

Nail Care

Infection Prevention and Control

Loss, Grief and Bereavement for the Social Care Workforce


For further information, please view the dedicated page here.

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