The University recognises the importance of ‘good wellbeing’ and is committed to providing a healthy working environment and improving the quality of working lives for all staff. The wellbeing strategy aims to support the University’s mission and core values of freedom of thought and expression, freedom from discrimination and the recognition that the University’s staff are its greatest asset. The wellbeing strategy’s ultimate goal is to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of University staff and to prevent work associated ill health, for the overall benefit of staff and the organisation. This encompasses the physical, mental and social health of employees and recognises that employees’ values, personal development and work within the University contribute to their overall wellbeing at work.
In conjunction with the University’s overall wellbeing strategy the School of Clinical Medicine launched its ‘Raising Mental Health Awareness Programme’ in early 2015, with the intention of embedding a culture of dignity in mental health that supports employees’ health in the workplace. As the programme evolved, the focus in year two broadened to include physical wellbeing in order to ensure equal parity and sign posting between all aspects of wellbeing. In line with this the Clinical School rebranded the programme as ‘The Clinical School Wellbeing Programme’ in April 2016 and updated it’s objectives as follows;
- To increase the confidence of employees and students, thus enabling them to discuss mental health issues freely within the workplace
- To provide appropriate training and support for managers and supervisors so they feel able to discuss concerns with and provide support to employees and students
- To encourage positive wellbeing and encourage staff to access the University’s staff benefits
- To highlight the availability of effective interventions to managers, staff and students through increased and prominent of information
- To support the strategy for health and wellbeing required for the Clinical School Athena SWAN Silver renewal and Gold application.
- To promote and facilitate good physical health amongst all staff across the Clinical School
- To work in collaboration with organisations across the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in order to promote wellbeing across the site.
The programme is now in it’s third (soon to be fourth year) and continues to grow as more and more staff feedback comes in. Further information about the programme and future events/activities can be found in our termly newsletter:
Feel free to browse our dedicated programme webpages and should you have any ideas as to ways we can improve the programme or feedback on a session that you have attended, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.