Health and Wellbeing for the Humber, Coast and Vale Workforce

Here in Humber, Coast and Vale we are committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of all our colleagues. We know that individual organisations in Humber, Coast and Vale are doing some fantastic work and have strong health and wellbeing offers available to their staff and we want to build on that work to support our colleagues further. That’s why on this page you will find health and wellbeing offers available to all health and social care colleagues across Humber, Coast and Vale.

To view our upcoming health and wellbeing sessions please visit our booking page


There’s a close relationship between sleep and mental health. Living with a mental health problem can affect how well you sleep and poor sleep can have a negative impact on your mental health. But the good news is that better sleep is the biggest single contributor to living better.

Do you have difficulties with your sleep? or do you want to pick up some tips for loved ones?’

Lots of people wish they could wake up feeling more refreshed and those who work shift patterns often find they wreak havoc on their sleep quality.

In collaboration with The Sleep School we are offering ‘Sleep Session’ webinars across January 2022 to anyone working across the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership.

Sleep sessions include:

  • Sleep and Circadian Essentials Programme (four-part series) – 27 January, 3, 10 and 17 February 2022, 12pm – Includes Prioritising Sleep, Winding Down for Sleep, Falling Asleep Quickly and Waking up Refreshed
  • Psychological Flexibility Series (four-part series) – 3, 10, 17 & 24 March 2022, 12pm – How to move towards who and what matters in our daily life in order to effectively navigate stress
  • Sleep Essentials for Women – Tuesday 5 April 2022, 12pm – Sleep and women’s health including, how to sleep better during menstruation, pregnancy and menopause
  • Sleep Essentials for Men– Tuesday 26 April 2022, 12pm – Includes sleep and its importance for Men’s health and common sleep disorders such as snoring, sleep apnoea and insomnia
  • Sleep Essentials for Shift Work – Tuesday 10 May 2022, 12pm – Includes how to reduce the impact of shift work on sleep quality, and managing daytime fatigue.

To find out more and book please visit our booking page

Men’s Health

Globally, men die on average six years earlier than women, and for reasons that are largely preventable. Which means that it doesn’t have to be that way: we can all take action to live healthier, happier and longer lives. During our Men’s Health week in November we held sessions on lots of different topics including sleep, nutrition, mental health awareness, exercise and cancer awareness. We were joined by 2 fantastic guest speakers, Dr Alex George and Gareth Thomas CBE and we have uploaded the recordings below for anybody who was unable to attend.

There are a number of Men’s Health Resources below that you may find useful including all of our resources and sign posting highlighted during Men’s Health week.

Please keep checking back to our booking page for future events.

Mental Health Support

Resilience HUB – The Resilience Hub staff are trained mental health professionals with extensive experience of working with people who have experienced traumatic and distressing events. Theteam works with individuals as well as teams to develop and promote resilience.

Qwell – A free online mental health and emotional wellbeing support service has been launched to help men living across the Humber, Coast and Vale area.

Talk Suicide – #Talksuicide is a suicide prevention campaign run by the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership where you can also find local support near you.

Men’s Support Groups in the Region

Andy’s Man Club – The club run talking groups for men who have either been through a storm, are currently going through a storm or have a storm brewing in life.

Menfulness – A men’s wellbeing group group led by 5 blokes from York who, like most of us, have struggled with mental health and the pressures of life. 

FIT Mums and friends – You don’t have to be a mum or fit – men, dads, grandparents are all welcome. Fitmums & Friends are friendly, sociable and supportive running and walking clubs organised by volunteers.

Armed Forces & Veteran’s breakfast club – The purpose is to facilitate veterans and serving Armed Forces personnel to meet face-to-face in a relaxed, safe, social environment to enjoy breakfast and banter, to combat loneliness and allow veterans to ‘return to the tribe’.

Men’s ShedsWhat is a Men’s Shed? Men’s Sheds (or Sheds) are similar to garden sheds – a place to pursue practical interests at leisure, to practice skills and enjoy making and mending. The difference is that garden sheds and their activities are often solitary in nature while Men’s Sheds are the opposite. They’re about social connections and friendship building, sharing skills and knowledge, and of course a lot of laughter.

Other Resources and Support

Hub of Hope The Hub of Hope is the UK’s leading mental health support database. It is provided by national mental health charity, Chasing the Stigma, and brings local, national, peer, community, charity, private and NHS mental health support and services together in one place for the first time.

Good SamaritansIf you need to contact someone urgently for a confidential chat you can call The Samaritans free any time, from any phone, on 116 123.

CalmCalm run a free and confidential helpline and webchat – 7 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone who needs to talk about life’s problems.

MiricylMiricyl offer a directory of Mental Health Services and Resources across the United Kingdom, tailored to individuals.

Halsa Wellbeing SessionsHere you will find details on recent sessions such as sleep aware, blood pressure aware, exercise for non-exercisers, heads up on men’s minds, and men’s health and wellbeing


We know that 75-80% of our workforce are women and consequently, at any one time a significant proportion of our female workers will experience symptoms of menopause which might impact on their working life. 

As a partnership, Humber, Coast and Vale has an ambition to become accredited as menopause friendly and to start our work towards we are offering menopause training to all staff as well as sessions specifically for line managers. The training is available to all staff in all organisations across Humber, Coast and Vale so please do share this offer with your colleagues, teams and networks.

Take a look at our available resources below.

Programme of events for desk based staff

We are delivering a programme of virtual sessions to support the health and wellbeing of staff who are primarily desk-based. We will offer a range of sessions, some of which are webinars and some of which are practical sessions, however, all the sessions are accessible to people of all abilities.

There are clear and evidence-based links to the benefits of undertaking exercise to improve our mental and physical wellbeing yet many of us do not take time out during the working day to do this. Our virtual sessions are an invitation for you to take some time to support your own health and wellbeing and are open to all staff in Humber, Coast and Vale.

Following the success of our first programme of support for desk based colleagues we are delighted to launch the next programme of webinars and movement sessions beginning in November. We continue to work in partnership with HÄLSA Wellbeing to offer a programme of support to promote our wellbeing through these winter months and into the new year. Why not join us for some chair yoga or relaxation movement and learn about the benefits of digital detox and winter nutrition and hydration? Click here to book your sessions.

See below for recordings of recent sessions.

What's on offer and who can sign up?

Throughout November we have a range of webinars including winter nutrition and hydration, digital detox and healthy habits. There are also a number of practical sessions which look at Self-Care and Relaxation through Reflexology and Breath Work, Back Pain, Movement for Relaxation Class and Chair based Yoga Class amongst others.

Anyone working in Humber, Coast and Vale! Although the sessions are aimed at colleagues who work at a desk for the majority of the working day all staff are welcome to attend. Please note that this offer is available to colleagues from our social care, voluntary sector, local authority partner organisations as well as our NHS workforce.

How do I sign up and what if I can't attend?

To book onto any of our upcoming sessions, please click here

Feedback people have given after attending the sessions

  • “After attending this session I will pay more attention to my posture whilst sitting at my desk and working. I found the information and exercise demonstrations informative and helpful and I could tell the difference in a positive way after doing this session”
  • “The techniques were well explained and easy to do so I will put them in practice in the future”
  • “The exercises were really good, not too many repeats and lots of adaption depending on your ability. I will do these exercises more regularly”
  • “There are many of the exercises that I can do in short (5 minute) bursts throughout the day.  I have set a reminder on my phone for every hour to get up and move.”

Trauma Recovery, Stress Reduction and Burnout Support Workshops

Rising levels of chronic stress, anxiety, PTSD/trauma, and burnout have been reported across health and social care in the last 18 months. We would like to recognise this and provide additional support to colleagues who are experiencing a negative impact on their wellbeing – whether that’s at work or at home. We have been providing Trauma Recovery workshops between July 2021 – April 2022, facilitated by trauma-integrated therapists and experts in their fields of mental health recovery. Unfortunately we cannot record these owing to staff confidentiality should any personal stories be shared during sessions with the groups and in order to ensure these are a safe container for those who participate.

There are minimal spaces left on these workshops running to April 2022, and we are in the process of evaluating this offer and considering sustainability going forwards, as they have been in high demand throughout 2021. We hope to offer something similar in future or work with your organisations to support the trauma and mental health support they already have in place. Running alongside this work we have trained 36 trauma debriefers in the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) methodology and we are currently developing a debriefing model for the ICS which will be able to work cross-sector and respond to urgent incidents that may be of a traumatising nature. For more information about this please contact the HCV Resilience Hub. You can also contact the Resilience Hub for 1-to-1 support with your mental health and any emotional difficulties you may be experiencing and which you feel you need some help with, whether they are work-related or not.

For information on the trauma recovery workshops and wider CISM/debriefing work please contact the HCV workforce programme team: [email protected]

Humber, Coast and Vale Coaching Network

The Humber, Coast and Vale Coaching Network are pleased to share with you the launch of the coaching masterclasses and supervision offer available to both qualified coaches and coaches in-training within Humber, Coast and Vale.

Our programme of events details the offer and provides the booking links – we hope you find the masterclasses interesting and developmental. These sessions will enable coaches to come together to build the coaching community further and enable coaches to network with like-minded colleagues across the partnership.

CMI Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring qualification

Hull CCG have commissioned a CMI Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring qualification and have kindly opened the opportunity up across Humber, Coast and Vale for a cohort of colleagues to undertake the training and achieve this qualification. The Level 5 qualifications in Management Coaching and Mentoring are designed to develop management coaching and mentoring skills, helping you to identify the links between coaching, mentoring and the achievement of business goals. The qualification is designed for managers who wish to apply coaching skills to better support or enhance the performance of their teams, and for individuals who wish to act as a professional management or executive coach.

There is an expectation that upon successful completion of the qualification, individuals would join the Humber, Coast and Vale coaching network and coach across the system.

For further details and an outline of the programme and an application form please contact [email protected] . The deadline for applications is no later than 12 noon on Monday 13th December 2021. A panel will determine which applicants are successful and all applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 16th December 2021. Applicants will need to commit to attending 4 full day (9:00-16:30) virtual training dates on 12th January 2022, 26th January 2022, 15th February and 16th February 2022. During the training they will be supported with the theory to complete their assignment based tasks and equipped to complete 12 hours of practical coaching experience.

We would particularly welcome applications from underrepresented groups.

Humber Recovery and Wellbeing College

The Humber Recovery and Wellbeing college provides peer-led education as a route to meaningful mental health recovery. The college work alongside and support students, volunteers, community organisations and healthcare professionals to coproduce an educational programme that responds to self-defined needs of a collective student body.

The college facilitate and deliver a range of free, coproduced courses, workshops and other opportunities for learning. Personal lived experience, strengths-based peer learning, grassroots coproduction and shared decision-making is at the centre of what is on offer. Educational resources are a result of blending different kinds of knowledge and experience, harnessing the expertise that comes from both professional training and real lived experience.

The college believe that learning more about your experiences, valuing your own self-expertise and building upon your own resourcefulness, talents and abilities contribute to your own sense of meaningful mental health recovery.

Visit our website for more information about us and for more information on our range of self-paced e-courses and live video-call sessions on our e-learning platform

If you would like to enrol it’s simple! Click on the Register link on the webpage and get yourself signed up. From there, you can access any of the e-courses, book onto any live sessions and keep track of your learning progress.

You can also contact the college by emailing [email protected]  or calling on 01482 389124.

For further information, please email the workforce team.