Henpicked Menopause Awareness Sessions

A series of free menopause awareness sessions are taking place to coincide with International Women’s Day on Tuesday 8 March 2022. The sessions are being offered in partnership between Henpicked and West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (our integrated care system, or ICS) and are open to all staff and volunteers working in health and social care.

Sessions are being held for colleagues, for people working in human resources (HR) and occupational health (OH), for line mangers wanting to understand how to support their teams
and for partners, friends and family members of someone going through the menopause.

It is a fantastic opportunity for those who are affected by the menopause, those who aren’t affected and wider health and care professionals to work together to raise awareness and look at ways to support people impacted by this experience.

Further information about the sessions on offer and details of how to book onto these, can be found on the flyer here.

Wakefield Adult Education Service – Online Courses 2022

Wakefield Adult Education Service have released their Online Learning Course Guide for 2022.

Included in this guide are over 40 nationally recognised qualifications which can be completed in 8-10 weeks. This includes a number of courses relating to Health and Social Care, Mental Health and Special Education Needs, including:

Prevention and Control of Infection

Principles of End of Life Care

Understanding Mental Health First Aid and Advocacy in the Workplace

Principles of Dementia Care

Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities

Equality and Diversity


If you have any questions about these courses, please contact Stacey Grandidge at staceygrandidge@wakefield.gov.uk.

You can view the full guide for 2022 here.

Mind Wellbeing Workshops

Throughout March 2022, Mind Leeds are hosting a series of online wellbeing workshops open to all NHS, voluntary sector and social care staff and volunteers.

The peer support sessions being offered focus on a variety of different topics, including sleep, confidence, managing change and stress. All sessions will be delivered online via Microsoft Teams.

Sleep – Tuesday 2nd March, 11am – 1pm

Confidence – Thursday 10th March, 10am-12pm

Managing Change – Tuesday 22nd March, 10am – 12pm

Stress and burnout – Tuesday 29th march, 2pm – 4pm

You can view the flyers here for further details and information on how to book your place.

Please note spaces on these workshops are limited and where sessions reach capacity, a waiting list system will be operated.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Pledge for Wakefield District HCP

The COVID-19 pandemic shone a light on the inequalities in our society. This was evident from the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on people from black and minority ethnic communities.

Our new EDI Pledge for Wakefield District Health & Care Partnership (HCP) has been developed over time through a collaborative approach across the partnership. We are now very pleased to share the pledge with everyone, which has been signed by the leaders of 15 partner organisations, showing our collective commitment to put the pledge into action.

Our Wakefield District HCP EDI group is now considering how to take these important conversations forward, fulfilling the four commitments contained in the EDI pledge and building on the six themes identified through the EDI Summit held in 2021. We want to support all our workforce to develop their skills and confidence to take meaningful action, and to understand the ways in which we can all contribute to further developing a workforce culture we are all proud to be a part of.

The EDI group is part of our HR network, which manages our collaborative People Plan. The EDI group works together to identify and promote best practice and shared improvements to wide ranging issues.

Further information on our EDI Pledge and People Plan can be found here.

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.

Men’s Mental Health podcast

The West Yorkshire staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub works with men year-round, trying to tackle some of the barriers that men face seeking help when their mental health is compromised.

In their ‘We Work Together’ podcast series, the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Heath and Care Partnership are showcasing the Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub and hearing from people across the Partnership.

For International Men’s Day 2021, Mark Ambrose was joined by Paul Croston, a Post-vention Practitioner at the West Yorkshire Bereaved By Suicide Service and Johnny Richardson-Glenn, Chief Officer of Healthy Minds, a mental health charity based in Calderdale to talk about male mental health.

This special episode can be accessed here.

Islamophobia Awareness Month

November is Islamophobia Awareness Week and this year the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership are running a campaign called ‘Positive about Islam and Muslims’.

Islamophobia is defined by MEND (Muslim Engagement and Development) as “a predjudice, aversion, hostility or hatred towards Muslims” and by the Muslim Council of Britain as “a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.” This racism is centred on negative feelings towards Muslims and can be expressed through discrimination against Muslims, stereotyping of Muslim communities, distorted media coverage, negative social media messaging and even hate crimes.

Further information and resources relating to Islamophobia Awareness Month can be found here and the MEND website can be accessed here.

WY&H Health and Care Partnership – Positive About Islam Campaign:

Our West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership are proud of the diversity of our workforce and communities and strongly believe in the fairness of all. During Islamophobia Awareness Week, the Partnership are showing how we are positive about Islam and the contributions which followers of the faith make to society, challenging stereotypes and tackling myths about Islam and Muslims.

As part of this, resources and facts about Islam are shared on their webpage here and on their Twitter account @WYHPartnership.

The Partnership have also produced a series of blogs, written by Muslim colleagues working in health and care in West Yorkshire, reflecting their experiences as Muslims. These blogs can be accessed here.

No one should live in fear of safely practicing their faith and we will not accept any forms of discrimination.

Reporting incidents of Islamophobia or hate crimes:

If you do witness any incidents you can report them to West Yorkshire Police. In an emergency call 999, if it is not an emergency you can call on 101 or complete an online hate crime reporting form.

If you would rather not speak to a Police Officer you can:

Contact Stop Hate UK (or use their free reporting App)

Contact True Vision

Contact Tell MAMA for Islamophic hate crimes or hate incidents

Contact Community Security Trust (CST) for anti-Semitic hate crimes or hate incidents

– Contact one of the Hate Incident Reporting Centres provided by Wakefield Council

Alcohol Awareness Week 2021

This year’s Alcohol Awareness Week campaign, led by Alcohol Change UK, runs from the 15th to 21st of November and is focussed on the theme of ‘Alcohol and Relationships’.

Research has shown that during the pandemic, many people have found themselves drinking more, but this can have a great impact on not only the individual but on their family, friends and work colleagues too. By better managing our drinking and staying in control, we can allow for better relationships as well as improving our health and wellbeing.

Alcohol Change UK give 3 top tips for healthier drinking and happier relationships:

Drinks Meter is a free app which helps you keep track of your drinking and support you to drink less.

Full information on this years campaign, including real life stories, can be found on the Alcohol Change UK website here.

Support is available if you or a loved one are drinking too much:

– A free, confidential helpline if you are concerned about your drinking, or someone else’s – 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am-8pm, weekends 11am-4pm).

Alcoholics Anonymous – Provides support to dependent drinkers. AA’s helpline is open 24/7 for support on 0800 9177 650. You can also email them at help@aamail.org or live chat on their website here.

Al-Anon – Provides support and understanding to families and friends of dependent drinkers. They have a confidential helpline 0800 0086 811 (open 10am-10pm) and more resources can be found here.

Nacoa – Support anyone affected by their parent(s) drinking, including adults. Further information can be found on their website here  or you can call 0800 358 3456 or email on helpline@nacoa.org.uk. Nacoa can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Samaritans – Provide urgent support 24/7 on 116 123 or via email at jo@samaritans.org.

Free Advanced Care Planning and Bereavement Webinars

Do you want to work with individuals and groups in your community?

Are you passionate about improving people’s lives/care?

Can you support people to have better, more personalised conversations about Advance Care Planning (ACP) and bereavement that are tailored to their needs?

If yes, become a Champion!

The West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership in collaboration with Wakefield Hospice, St Gemma’s Hospice and Overgate Hospice are offering free webinars to upskill people working or volunteering across health, social care and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Advance Care Planning and Bereavement Support.

This will help to build the emotional resilience of our communities and will support you to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to help people plan ahead for their health and social care needs and support those who are bereaved, whilst tailoring their plans to reflect what matters to them.

This training will equip you with the essential skills to have better, more personalised conversations, offer support and sign post when further help and information is needed.

Sessions are available on;

Thursday 2nd December 12:30-16:00


Tuesday 18th January 09:30-13:00

You can view the poster here and the application form here.

The below resources provide some more information on Advance Care Planning and the difference it can make to people:

With dementia;



Living with learning disabilities;

Advance Care Planning – YouTube



Men’s Health Week Sessions

We are now in Movember which is traditionally the month where we raise awareness of men’s health issues and Humber, Coast and Vale have a fantastic programme of events running throughout the week commencing on Monday 8th November. These events have kindly been opened to colleagues across North East and Yorkshire.

Here are some highlights:

Men’s sleep issues – (Monday 8th Nov 12-1pm and Friday 12th 2-3pm) – do you or your male partner have difficulty sleeping? Snoring, sleep apnea, frequent interruptions to go to the toilet? If so, this session is for you and the man in your life.

Gareth Thomas, Welsh Rugby Player – (Tuesday 9th Nov 2-3pm) – talking about LGBTQ+ equality, mental health and tackling stigma around HIV.

Q&A session with Dr Alex George – (Monday 8th Nov 10:30-11:30am) – Alex works in A&E as an emergency doctor and has become a well-known and respected healthcare professional in the UK and will be talking to us about men’s mental health and answer some your questions.

Men’s Mental Health with Dr Alex George – Friday 12th Nov 10:30-11:30am – Additional sessions looking at men’s mental health.

Veterans support – Thursday 11th November – There are specific sessions on Thursday for veterans to coincide with Remembrance Day.

There are also sessions during the week focusing on cancer, blood pressure, nutrition and exercise.

These sessions are open to all staff across North East and Yorkshire including male and female colleagues, their husbands, partners, fathers, brothers, friends…

Please book your place using this link: Booking for Men’s Health Sessions