A new-look Tranquility Courtyard was opened last week, to provide staff at the Nuneaton hospital with an area to relax and take a few moments to deal with some of the pressures associated with working in a busy hospital.
The courtyard is filled with comfortable seating and a wellbeing hub - a small hut that staff are able to use for ‘time-out sessions’ such as mindfulness, hobbies, craft, and wellbeing meetings. The Tranquility Courtyard is the latest initiative that seeks to build mental resilience within the Trust’s workforce, help guard against stress and enhance patient care.
The hospital’s Workforce Health and Wellbeing Group is behind the initiative with the courtyard funded by the Healthier Workplace Trust Fund, which draws from a number of sources, but mostly relies on a staff lottery.
Sue Wakeman, Director of Human Resources at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, said: “This is a brilliant new facility, which can be used freely by all members of staff. When working in such a busy environment, a five minute break where you can step into your own space can be incredibly positive for the mental health of staff members. It is also well proven that happy staff means great patient care.
“The initial feedback we have had from staff has been really positive and we look forward to running many events for staff in the future.”
The Trust are grateful for the charitable work done on the courtyard by local business Glendale Grounds Management, who laid the gravel base for the courtyard, as well as volunteer group, Men in Sheds, and Warwickshire Youth Justice, who worked on the woodwork and painting.
For more information about the wellbeing of the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust’s workforce visit http://www.geh.nhs.uk/working-with-us/workforce-wellbeing/