Innovative project to improve health and wellbeing of NHS staff as a result of Covid

Redmoor Health is supporting an innovative pilot project aimed at improving the physical and mental health of the region’s NHS workforce.

In partnership with NHSEI, Redmoor has helped develop “Bwell” boxes, a kit box containing the latest health and well-being technology including a Fitbit, a posture device, a temperature monitor and the latest App subscriptions.

 

The boxes are aimed at addressing the significant work-related issues being faced by NHS staff as a result of the pandemic including stress, lack of movement, bad posture, dehydration and an inability to separate their work and home life.

As a provider of digital healthcare services, Redmoor was able to use its current knowledge of the tech industry to find a range of core products that could be used to address these key issues.

The team are now supporting the rollout of the Bwell boxes to Primary Care staff across Lancashire and South Cumbria as part of a trial for the programme.

They are leading the evaluation of the project including research into the products, their benefits for staff and how the kits can be rolled out across Primary Care.

Redmoor’s digital team are working with staff from GP practices, dentists, optometrists and pharmacists, who have been issued with the boxes in order to measure the impact of the initiative, looking at how they felt before and after receiving them.

The Bwell boxes help staff connect with others, be physically active, learn new skills, give to others and pay attention to the present moment. Significant evidence suggests these five steps can improve mental health and wellbeing.

The service has been commissioned by the workforce team at NHSEI in recognition of the toil that Covid has taken on many of its staff.

Many of its staff are mentally and physically exhausted from the demands of responding to the pandemic. The average health and wellbeing score in the NHS Staff Survey 2020 reported work-related stress increased from 40.3% to 44%.

The Bwell initiative is part of the NHS’s commitment to embedding more preventative health and wellbeing approaches into the workforce, tackle inequalities and boost efforts to attract and retain more people.

The boxes could be rolled out further, depending on the outcome of the pilot.

 

Anna Buckle, Digital Programme Manager who is leading the Bwell project, said: “This programme is a pilot across the Northwest of England. At this stage, we are testing the Bwell box and equipment with a small group of NHS primary care employees. Whilst the evaluation is still ongoing, our early findings are showing that the devices and apps are helping staff to improve their health and well-being.

“The last 18 months have been a stressful and difficult time for many NHS staff, and it is more important than ever that we help them manage their work-related issues and encourage them to look after their health and well-being.

“The Bwell programme will be rolled out further, depending on the outcomes and evaluation of the programme.”

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