Stress awareness and management workshop for staff……

I was delighted when Dr Asmara Goodwin contacted us to talk about stress management here at Valerie Manor and provided a workshop for all staff to attend. I truly believe that we underestimate the amount of stress that we can experience as individuals and working in a care setting can be quite stressful although very rewarding. I was really interested to know what I could do as an employer to help staff to understand what causes stress and also address anything that staff felt we could do to reduce stress in the workplace. Thank you for a very informative and rewarding sessions – we have already implemented ideas to help reduce stress here at Valerie Manor.

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This is an extract from what Asmara had to say about the session here at Valerie Manor:

‘Last week I had the pleasure of facilitating a stress awareness and management workshop for staff at Valerie Manor Nursing and Residential Care Home. Valerie Manor is one of very few care homes in the country to be rated as ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission. The home has won numerous accolades including Independent Care Home of the Year in the Care Home Awards 2017. Perhaps, therefore, it’s no coincidence that the owner and manager, Zoë Bates – herself a qualified nurse – takes staff wellbeing very seriously. So much so that this year my stress awareness workshop formed part of the mandatory staff training programme. The team spent the morning updating their fire safety training and the afternoon with me discussing how to avoid burning out themselves. They were a wonderfully engaged group and there was much laughter in the room (which of course is great for stress relief!). The team identified several features in their current work environment which help to protect them from stress and came up with some positive suggestions which could further reduce their stresses at work and also – very importantly – allow them to provide better care for their clients.’