In these challenging times we find ourselves in, the CLIC Team thought it would be helpful to share some tools, resources, articles (and anything in between!) that may prove useful to all of you working in health and care across North Cumbria.
These are things that the CLIC Team are using themselves, enabling us to be a little more resilient and well in current circumstances.
We will be adding to this page over the coming weeks, and we will be including it within each of our eBulletins as a reminder that it's here and available to access anytime.
So, here are some things we're finding useful...
Managing your own Personal Resilience
CLIC have been partnering with an organisation called Go Engage for a number of years now. Through them we can now make available some additional resources to help you manage your own wellbeing and resilience during this difficult time. The links below contain some short (5-15 minute) guided sessions:
Inner Engineering Online - Complete Programme for Inner Wellbeing
FREE for all Healthcare Personnel Worldwide. Experience Inner Engineering with Sadhguru in your own space, at your own pace. Inner Engineering Online is comprised of seven 90-minute sessions that impart powerful tools from the ancient science of Yoga, with the potential of transforming the very way you live, conduct and experience your life:
Ian Rigg from the team said: "I did the course last year and paid normal price for it and it was well worth it. They are now offering it free to health care workers, so what are you waiting for!!!"
Free Yoga Classes for Key Workers
The Yoga Studio Carlisle is offering a series of free, 1 hour online stress relief yoga session for key workers. Access is via a private Facebook Group ('FREE CLASSES FOR KEY WORKERS'), which can be found through ‘The Yoga Studio Carlisle’ page. Or alternatively, you can visit www.theyogastudiocarlisle.co.uk for more information on other classes you can access at this time.
The studio has also created a number of 10-15 minute yoga sessions, including a 10 minute standing session that can be done at work to ease tension. The sessions are available to view on NCIC's staff website:
COVID-19 Literature Search Bank
Health Education England (HEE) has created a central repository for good quality literature searches on COVID-19 with the aim of saving time and reducing duplication across NHS Libraries. A range of topics are covered within the searches, for example: admissions; prevention; PPE; complications; and recovery.
Covid-19 Wellbeing and Mental Health Resources
Covid-19 has now had a far reaching impact on people right across the world and it’s important during this time to take care of your mind as well as your body. A new Covid-19 Wellbeing and Mental Health booklet has been pulled together by Every Life Matters, and contains practical information about things you can do now to look after your mental health and wellbeing, and how you can support others:
The North East and North Cumbria’s Suicide Prevention Network website is also now live, covering the whole North East and North Cumbria area. The website will provide resources for people seeking help about suicide and mental wellbeing and for people who work in suicide prevention. It will also include guidance for those who have been bereaved by suicide:
Dr Rick Hanson: The Neuroscience of Lasting Happiness
Practical self-help resources to overcome the brain's negativity bias and find more happiness, self-worth, love, and peace in your life:
Rachael Davies from the team said: "I find these resources useful in gaining insight in to the brains bias to focus on negative experiences, it has helped me to develop tactics for appreciating the good and grounding me in the present moment, as opposed to mulling over the past and worrying about the future"
Free access to wellbeing apps for all NHS staff
Experiencing a pandemic can be very unsettling for some people and has the potential to impact an individual’s mental health. There is now free access to wellbeing apps for all NHS staff until the end of December 2020. To access these apps, please click on the link to the NHS Employers website:
Harvard Business Review: That Discomfort You're Feeling Is Grief
"If we name it, perhaps we can manage it" - An article describing how David Kessler's ideas on grief relate to the coronavirus pandemic, and how we might manage what we're feeling:
MBTI Type Tips for Living and Working in Corona Times
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) framework identifies specific activities to help us deal with the changes and practice self-care, in this challenging and uncertain time of Corona outbreak. Here are a few tips that we can use to lean on the best sides of our MBTI personality types:
Amy Aitken from the team said: "Individuals that know their MBTI preferences will know how powerful this tool is in terms of life-long personal development. Here is a great resource from the MBTI company which I hope you will find useful"
Mindfulness Resources for Staff
At present, our usual rolling programme of free mindfulness based interventions for staff has taken a pause. During this time, our mindfulness facilitator Ian Rigg has been offering weekly online mindfulness practice sessions for staff. These sessions are aimed at staff who have some experience of mindfulness, however, if you don’t have experience and would like to participate, then feel free to contact Ian (email@example.com) and he can answer any questions you may have and send you an invitation.
The Mindfulness Initiative have put together a range of resources available for Health and Care Staff: www.themindfulnessinitiative.org/covid-19-mindfulness-resources-for-health-and-care-staff
The mindfulness community has made an effort to offer a variety of free mindfulness resources available to all - see the link for further details: www.freemindfulness.org/covid19
Outlook Time Saving Hints and Tips
At LOC in the Lakes 2020, Peter Skelhorn and Karen Gooding (IM&T Training, North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust) shared some great time-saving tips for Outlook:
Amy Aitken from the team said: "With more people working from home, many of us are finding ourselves relying on emails now more than ever. This is a really useful guide on how you can manage your emails better, and ultimately save yourself some time"
Psychology Tools: Unhelpful Thinking Styles
An information handout describing common cognitive biases, and providing a simple reminder about being kind to ourselves:
Amy Aitken from the team said: "Time and time again in conversations with colleagues across the system I hear them adopting 'unhelpful thinking styles', and I recommend this as a visual prompt to remind people to be objective, and kinder to themselves - it certainly works for me!"
Resilience "A Journey of Becoming" Masterclass Series
Join the University of Cumbria for their FREE online Resilience Masterclass, where a range of National experts, Cumbrian Practitioners and University lecturers will explore key themes focused on business resilience. Starting Thursday 23rd April, 1-2pm:
The BMJ Visual Summary - Covid-19: Remote Consultations, A quick guide to assessing patients by video or voice call
This graphic, intended for use in a primary care setting, is based on data available in March 2020, much of which is from hospital settings in China. It will be revised as more relevant data emerges:
Stephen Singleton from the team said: “GPs will clearly find this useful (we all want to be on the same hymn sheet!) but it helped me to visualise what GPs were doing and I thought the graphic on the right about symptom prevalence (clinical characteristic) was very informative”