Analysis

No gimmicks or patronising gestures: the well-being support staff really need

Tea tents are no use if you can’t take a tea break; initiatives should start with the basics

Tea tents are no use if you can’t take a tea break; initiatives should start with the essentials

  • Nurses have reported feeling patronised and let down by well-being initiatives that ignore the realities and difficulties of their working days
  • Managers need to ensure that nurses have the essentials and stop relying on gimmicky quick fixes
  • Practical advice from nurse leaders on how managers can properly support their team’s well-being

Giving exhausted NHS staff gifts of sunflower seeds to plant as a symbol of resilience, setting up well-being tents that overstretched professionals can’t take the time to visit, and providing water bottles that are banned from clinical areas are among the ways managers have

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