Skills for Care

We're sharing our wellbeing stories which explore practical tips and ideas that support yourself and others. 

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Blog: Compassionate and human approach to leadership 

Lisa Cowley, CEO of Beacon Vision discusses the organisations approach to compassionate and human leadership. Beacon Vision is a leading regional charity, supporting people across the Black Country and Staffordshire impacted by or at high risk of sight loss.

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Compasionate leadership

Melanie Weatherley MBE, CEO of Walnut Care in Lincolnshire talks to Juliet Green from Skills for Care about kindness and compassion in the workplace and how leaders can take a person-centred approach with their staff.

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Duration 5 min 20 secs


Supporting staff to feel valued and safe at work

Sue Ann Nnamani, Registered Manager and Nosi Avery, HR Manager of Priscilla Wakefield Nursing Care Home in North London are both mental health first aiders and talk about how they’ve support staff with mental health and wellbeing through individual support meetings and practical support.

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Duration 5 min 15 secs


Staying connected with your team

Caroline Sommerville, Registered Operations Manager and Emma Williams, Recruitment and Development Officer from Bluebird Care, Mid and West Cornwall share their Wonder of Wellbeing News to show us how wellbeing throughout the whole team is one of their top priorities.

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Duration 8 min 15 secs



Peer-to-peer support

We spoke to Tracey Tilstone, the Deputy Manager at St Michael’s Care Home about how they’ve supported the wellbeing of their workforce during the pandemic.

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"You can speak to a counsellor who can listen and be empathetic, but they can’t really understand what you’ve been through or still going through

Tracey Tilstone
Deputy manager


Blog: Question time with Anushka Karmali!

Anushka Karmali, Development Officer from 360 Degrees Healthcare shares how they’ve created ‘staff bubbles’ to provide peer-to-peer support across their domiciliary service.

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Wellbeing ideas

Sallys Words of Wisdom

Sally Percival employs personal assistants to support her family members. She also works as a PA and is the Chair of the TLAP National Co-production Advisory Group. She shares her ‘words of wisdom’ to encourage you to look after your wellbeing.

Duration 2 min 30 secs


Homeinstead wellbeing conversations

Clare Cliff, General Manager from Home Instead in Stockport sharing the different wellbeing initiatives they’ve introduced.

Duration 1 min 30 secs


Introducing wellbeing reviews

We spoke to Dennisford Talbert, Locality and Registered Manager for Walsingham Support about how the organisation introduced wellbeing reviews. Walsingham Support provides support to individuals with a learning disability, autism, acquired brain injuries, and complex needs. Read the story


Using mindfulness to support mental wellbeing

Mark Anslow, Service Manager – Prevention and Early Help, Children’s Services

NICE guidance recommends that organisations should develop workplace solutions to reduce the risk of stress and identify when to provide additional support. In Bradford we’ve used mindfulness for stress and anxiety experienced by children’s social care practitioners and also offered it as a strategy to support employees’ wellbeing and resilience during COVID-19.

Mindfulness can help people feel calmer and better able to deal with stress and difficult situations and feelings, like worry or anger. Feedback from staff has been very positive,

‘I feel I am able to use the skills I learnt from this and bring myself back into the moment (here and now) without ruminating and becoming anxious.’ - Staff member from Mark's team

Use mindfulness to support mental wellbeing at work for children’s social care practitioners at Bradford Council


Health and wellbeing support  

Marlene Kelly, Director and Registered Manager at Auburn Mere Residential Care Home and Dr Bhavisha Dave, Clinical Psychologist from the Here for You Health and Wellbeing hub share information about how they offered care home staff the opportunity to talk about their experiences during the pandemic by creating safe reflective spaces.

Watch our three bite size videos to understand why the spaces were put in place to how valuable they’ve become. 

Marlene tells us why she contacted the wellbeing hub for support for her team and Bhavisha explains why the hubs have been established and the support available.

Duration 5 mins 50 secs

Bhavisha presents the themes and experiences of staff, what helped them personally, what helped at work and what managers can do to help. 

Duration 16 mins 20 secs

Marlene and Bhavisha talk about the unique and personalised needs of staff. Marlene encourages other managers to connect and check-in with their team and to know what support is available.

Duration 8 mins



Mark Fry-Jones Registered Manager for Leeds Recovery Service talks to Nigel Wainwright, Consultant Clinical Psychologist from the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Juliet Green from Skills for Care. In this 30 minute podcast Working together – West Yorkshire and Harrogate. Mark shares his experiences during the pandemic and encourages others to access support from the wellbeing hubs.

Each area has a health and wellbeing hub that offers confidential, free counselling and psychological therapies to health and social care workers and offer a variety of support. Hubs can be used for support for COVID related concerns e.g. long Covid, anxiety or stress related to factors caused by the pandemic. They also provide support with work related concerns, emotional wellbeing and mental health reasons, for example trauma, burnout, anxiety or for personal circumstances such as difficulties with relationship, finances or family concerns. 

If you are unsure whether you need help, you can make contact with your local hub, explore the support available and either self-refer or a manager can refer with consent.