Wellbeing Hubs launched to support staff across King’s Health Partners
Find out more about new spaces created for you to access support and wellbeing information during this difficult time.
Our staff and students are playing a role in the fight against coronavirus. During this difficult and unprecedented time, we understand mental health could be affected and are committed to being here for you.
Our partners are doing all that they can to support the wellbeing of staff and students. One of the ways they are doing this is through the creation of places where staff can take time out and decompress.
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s Wellbeing Hubs offer staff the opportunity to safely connect with one another, as well as rest, recharge, eat and hydrate.
A programme of wellbeing activities is also being delivered. These include mediation and relaxation sessions.
Mental health staff are available on site to provide support and advice, as well as connect staff with further help available. For example, telephone-based psychologists and counsellors.
The hubs are available at:
- The Denmark Hill campus: in the Board Room on the ground floor of Hambleden Wing from 8am-8pm, and the Neuro-gym on the first floor of Ruskin Wing, open 24 hours a day
- the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH): West Kent Eye Centre, south corridor, second floor, open from 7am-10pm Monday - Friday and 8am-8pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Additional hubs are being created in wards that require their own dedicated space. Local donations, such as sweet and savoury food, sanitary items, shavers, hand moisturiser, phone chargers are available at the hubs.
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust’s Rest and Recharge Hubs are spaces where staff can take a moment to relax or to safely connect with colleagues.
Free food, drinks, treats, phone charging and internet access is available.
Hubs are open at:
- Lambeth canteen, open to all staff 9am-5pm (5pm-9am in the Board Exec room, Reay House)
- Maudsley canteen, open to all staff 9am-5pm (5pm-9am in sanctuary off corridor between canteen and main admin)
- Lewisham Harbour Cafe, open to all staff 9am-5pm (car park 7 / Old Nursery Block)
- Bethlem canteen, open to all staff 9am-5pm (5pm-9am in hub next to canteen)
- River House, Sports Hall, open 9am-5pm.
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
With support from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has opened new wellbeing zones and rest and recharge areas. These zones are dedicated spaces for staff to take a break, access the support available to them and speak to our wellbeing advisors.
These zones are currently available from 11.30am-2.30pm at the following locations:
- Atrium 1, Guy’s Hospital
- TOMS Riverside, St Thomas’ Hospital
- Evelina School, 3rd floor atrium (open 10am-6pm, 7 days a week).
Rest and Recharge Areas
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust’s Rest and Recharge Areas are quiet space where staff can come and take some time out and reflect, away from their busy jobs.
Complementary therapists offer relaxation techniques, such as meditation and aromatherapy.
The new areas are based in cardiac outpatients, on the ground floor of North Wing at St Thomas’ Hospital, and in the genetics department on the seventh floor of Borough Wing at Guy’s Hospital.
These areas are currently open from 9am to 5pm and the Trust is looking to extend opening hours to support staff working at night. Wellbeing advisors will be available, although they will not be permanently based in these areas.
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Health and wellbeing online
The health and wellbeing hub contains useful tips for maintaining health and wellbeing while working and studying remotely, with a focus on mental health and staying connected.
Free, confidential expert advice and support including counselling is available to all King’s College London staff on the employee assistance programme. Visit the King’s College London intranet for more information.