Wessex LMCs are here to help you however we can. There are plenty of resources out there, you may find the following helpful for the practice team…

Apps & Websites

Daylight – A smartphone based app that provides help to people experiencing symptoms of worry and anxiety, using evidence-based cognitive behavioural techniques, voice and animation.

Headspace – An app based around teaching mindfulness meditation principles to improve your wellbeing.

Mood – A web based mood tracking and management platform.

Sleepio – An app for sleep management, combining cognitive behaviour principles and the latest in sleep research.

Unmind – Unmind is a mental health platform that empowers staff to proactively improve their mental wellbeing. Using scientifically-backed assessments, tools and training you can measure and manage your personal mental health needs, including digital programmes designed to help with stress, sleep, coping, connection, fulfilment and nutrition.

Wellbeing Podcasts – A series of free audio podcasts to improve wellbeing, including guided relaxation, mindfulness and overcoming fear and anxiety.

Various NHS recommended Apps – NHS staff have been given free access to a number of wellbeing apps to support with their mental health and wellbeing.

(with many thanks to Julia O’Mara. Mental Health First Aider for the information above)

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Bereavement Support

Sudden Bereavement Support Pilot (

The sudden passing of a friend or colleague can be a difficult and traumatic experience, which may be made harder to cope with given the pressures of continuing to run a busy general practice. This immediate support is funded by NHS England following the sudden death of a key practice member; such as a partner or practice manager whose impact on the practice is considered to be critical.

The RCGP have selected a small team of advisers from our Primary Care Development programme and trained them to provide practical operational support and be a voice for the practice as they navigate a difficult and destabilising time. This work is supported by the mental health service provided by Practitioner Health. This support is provided at no cost to the practice.

Please use this contact form to get in touch. Alternatively, you can ring the Practice Support team on 020 3188 7637. Please note that this number is not monitored during evenings or weekends.

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Project5 helps NHS staff manage personal stress and burnout. Access three FREE Confidential Psychological support sessions at

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Locum Support for the Practice Team

Click here to find a list of GPs, PMs, Nurses and Practice Staff who are advertising their capacity to work as locums. (please note you must be logged into the website with your email and password to view). It’s recommend that practices and individuals using our jobs pages undertake their own due diligence, before entering into an agreement.

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Looking After You Too

#LookingAfterYouToo is an individual coaching support offer for primary care staff. Recognising that frontline staff are facing many challenges, a support programme was launched on 24 April 2020.

Social Media graphics with quotes from Practice Managers that can be used to promote the offer:

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It’s an easy to access, individually tailored coaching support service for the frontline primary care workforce, proactively supporting people through COVID-19. It’s a space for staff to offload the demands of whatever they are experiencing and be supported in developing practical strategies for dealing with this is available 7 days a week, 8:00am – 10:00pm Monday to Friday and 10:00am – 6:00pm Saturday and Sunday.

Coaching sessions will continue throughout the COVID-19 pandemic until at least March 2021.

Take a look at some of the positive feedback form those who have already participated:

“The best 45 minutes I have had invested in me in a long time. I felt listened too and confident to share my thoughts and concerns for the future. Thank you to all for the opportunity to do this”

“I felt the sessions helped with a break through with my issues. My concerns were well listened to and the advice and understanding given was excellent”

“I find these sessions allows you protected time to focus on an area that is concerning you in a protected supportive environment. My coach has allowed me to desensitize the situation and be proud of my behaviour throughout a difficult time”

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Looking After You: new free virtual away day for primary care teams

Staff working in primary care can now book a free two or four hour virtual away day for up to eight team members on NHS England’s Looking After You coaching programme . A highly skilled coach who has extensive experience of working with and supporting teams will support you to design a session to suit your objectives and to ensure the session focuses on your team needs. Your coach will also provide a free, one hour follow up session to discuss how the day went and to focus on next steps. Register your interest and the Looking After You team will be in touch to arrange your first session.

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Looking After Your Team

Following the success of the #LookingAfterYouToo coaching offer, NHSE have expanded the health and wellbeing offer to include coaching for leaders and managers in primary care settings.

The new #LookingAfterYourTeam service will create an opportunity for individuals who lead, manage or organise teams, groups, services or networks, to access coaching about their team. The coaching conversations will centre around compassionate and collaborative team leadership to support psychological wellbeing and resilience.

The free and confidential #LookingAfterYourTeam service is now open for bookings for 2021, with further information in the attached poster.

Please also see an email banner and social media graphic which can be shared with your networks and on your channels.

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Looking After Your Career – Coaching Opportunity

NHS England and Improvement has launched Looking After Your Career which is a new coaching service for anyone working in primary care. Coaches are on hand to support people take practical steps over career direction and to proactively advance it. Conversations may include:

• exploring future career pathways
• preparing for interviews and opportunities
• developing more meaning or purpose in current roles.

This offer is part of the ‘Looking After You’ coaching series, which includes individual wellbeing support and a service for those who lead and manage teams.

Looking After You – Primary Care Coaching Toolkit

To find out more take a look at this information poster or visit the Looking After Your Career website

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Mental Health at Work

A new health and wellbeing guide has been developed by NHS England to support teams to improve their health and wellbeing through a culture-change approach. This guide is designed to empower and enable teams to come together to shape their health and wellbeing journey, building on the NHS Health and Wellbeing Framework and the NHS Healthy Leadership Framework.

Supporting your Mental Health at Work; NHS Learners’ guide to accessing support for mental health at work, to download a helpful leaflet click here

Supervisors’ Guide to Supporting Learners’ Mental Health; For NHS staff, supervisors and line managers, to download a helpful leaflet click here.

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Mental Health & Wellbeing Hubs

The staff mental health and wellbeing hubs have been set up to provide health and social care colleagues rapid access to assessment and local evidence-based mental health services and support where needed. The hub offer is confidential and free of charge for all health and social care staff. NHS England » Staff mental health and wellbeing hubs


Dorset Wellbeing Hub has self help resources available at:

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NHS Talking Therapies

Talking therapies, or psychological therapies, are effective and confidential treatments delivered by fully trained and accredited NHS practitioners. They can help with common mental health problems like stress, anxiety and depression.

You can access talking therapies for free on the NHS. A GP can refer you, or you can refer yourself directly to an NHS psychological therapies service (IAPT) without a referral from a GP. Find out more here: NHS talking therapies – NHS (

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Psychological First Aid Training

From 21st February 2021, people who care for or work with children and young people aged up to 25 who have been affected by COVID-19 (or other emergencies or individual crises) will be able to access a new online Psychological First Aid (PFA) training course:

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Podcasts from Wessex LMCs

We are continuing to develop relevant podcasts. Do subscribe via your podcast app on your phone to access our complete range of podcasts, and catch the new ones as we release them:

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Self-Care & Stress Management

Ongoing news reports can contribute to increased anxiety and stress. Set a limit on how much time you spend checking the news. The World Health Organization’s director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus encouraged people to check the news from reliable sources only once or twice a day.

Other ways you can manage your stress include:

Adequate sleep – ensure you’re getting 6-8 hours of sleep a night

Up your vitamin C intake – citrus fruits are the best way to boost your immune system

Meditation – even three minutes of meditation a day can have positive effects on your health

Light exercise – take a walk around the neighbourhood; fresh air and sunlight are great for your immune system and can increase your mood and decrease your anxiety levels

Alternative methods to Socialise – check in with friends via FaceTime or give them a call

At-home hobbies to give your mind some respite from work –puzzles or just catching up on TV shows

When it’s all feeling a bit too overwhelming, it may be helpful to focus on what you are grateful for. Some people find it really therapeutic to make a daily “gratitude list” in order to build psychological resiliency.

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Support for GPs

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Support for Practice Nurses

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Support for Practice Managers

  • Training for line managers to support you in having safe and effective wellbeing conversations.
  • Conflict resolution training to support you in managing challenging behaviour
  • The NHS England commissioned service ‘Practitioner Health’ details what is available for PRACTICE MANAGERS as well as GPs:
  • A new health and wellbeing guide has been developed by NHS England to support teams to improve their health and wellbeing through a culture-change approach. This guide is designed to empower and enable teams to come together to shape their health and wellbeing journey, building on the NHS Health and Wellbeing Framework and the NHS Healthy Leadership Framework  
  • ​​Wessex LMCs are running regular webinars (details here). Our Directors of Primary Care will be giving an update to our PMs and will be answering questions. It will be a chance for PMs to share good practice and vent frustration! For those unable to join us live, we will have an audio podcast available for anyone to listen to after the event (accessed here)
  • Our Practice Manager Supporters, who are working as PMs right now, are brilliantly placed to sympathetically understand exactly what you are going through and what pressure you are under. Do contact them via our webpage

Don’t forget that Looking After You Too is for PMs too!

  • Space to Thrive for PM’s. Would you like:
    • head space?
    • space in your day to think?
    • a safe space to share and discuss?
    • space to develop, thrive and flourish?

Then join a space to thrive! Find out more in this short video.

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And finally…..

The Wessex LMCs team is here to support you – do not hesitate to contact one of our Directors via if we can help in any way.

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