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Employee Assistance

Supporting you at work

As a Derbyshire Healthcare employee the importance of your individual wellbeing inside and outside the workplace is recognised. 

To increase the motivation, wellbeing and job satisfaction of all staff, the Trust hosts a range of health promotion programmes and forums to help employees feel supported at work. Through an engaged and enthusiastic workforce, Derbyshire Healthcare hopes to reap the rewards of high quality patient care and service delivery.

See a full list of initiatives and details about how to get involved below:

BME Network logo

Mission: To achieve open and fair access to opportunities, development and progression to ensure equality in career outcomes.


  • Representation, having a voice and visibility (to be heard, seen and listened to)
  • BME staff and wider staff reporting positive working experience and environment Ensure BME people no longer feel bullied
  • Diverse, skilled, talented and experienced workforce providing quality service based on individual need
  • To have a happy and healthy workforce and community
  • Equality and fairness - recognition by Trust and accessibility.


The Trust recognises that it has a diverse workforce, and that it has a duty to provide equal opportunities to all of its employees without bias or discrimination regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, age, religious beliefs, disability or sexual orientation. 

Our Black and Minority Employees (BME) Network offers Black, Asian and Minority employees a safe place to receive support, advice and encouragement about work-related issues. The BME Network also provides an open forum to exchange views, experiences and raise concerns. 

Its aim is to improve working lives, promote diversity and raise the standard of service delivery within the Trust. 

The Network will support policies that promote the above aims, and challenge anything that undermines them.

For further information about the BME Network and to find out how to get involved, please email dhcft.bmeinfo@nhs.net or  WorkPerks@derbyshcft.nhs.uk    

BME Staff Support Network annual conference

The 2018 annual conference was held on 23 May 2018. Read a summary of the conference event:


The 2017 annual conference was held on 17 March 2017. Read a summary of the conference event:


Elderly Asian lady with carer

All Derbyshire Healthcare employees with caring responsibilities at home can be supported to stay in work, if this is what they choose to do. However, it is important for staff to inform their line manager about their caring commitments to ensure the appropriate support is received.

Keeping communication lines open between employee and manager is vital to ensure workload is managed and sufficient notice is provided to the employer for reasonable adjustments/special arrangements to be made.   

Local and national carer support:


Right to a life outside of caring

Carers who provide regular and substantial care are entitled to a carer’s assessment. This is an opportunity for carers to discuss with staff the effect that caring has on their daily lives. Staff carrying out these assessments have new duties to support carers who express a wish to start learning or working, or who are having problems maintaining paid work. Find out more by emailing WorkPerks@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Carers also have the legal right to ask for flexible working. Find out more about the opportunities available, please visit the flexible working page on Works Perks.

Derbyshire Healthcare is an approved Disability Confident employer and is committed to supporting employees with their individual needs.

As a Disability Confident employer we:

  • Have undertaken and successfully completed the Disability Confident self-assessment
  • Are taking all of the core actions to be a Disability Confident employer
  • Are offering at least one activity to get the right people for our business and at least one activity to keep and develop our people.

To find out more about the Trust's commitment to disabled employees and the support that can be provided in the workplace, please email WorkPerks@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Employee Assistance Programme Signpost
The employee assistance programme, called Confidential Care, is a free service offering counselling, coaching, advice and support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is completely confidential – everyone that you speak to will be independent of the Trust (the service is run by Confidential Care).

The programme is also available to your spouse or partner and any children over the age of 16 living at home with you – because their emotional wellbeing is likely to be crucial to your own.

What kinds of support can I get?

By calling the free, confidential employee assistance helpline you can benefit from:

Telephone counselling – if you’re experiencing any kind of life event that is causing you stress or upset, you can speak to a qualified counsellor who is independent of the Trust. Here are just some of the problems the counsellors can help with:

  • Relationship worries
  • Bereavement
  • Emotional problems
  • Difficulties at work
  • Substance misuse
  • Anxiety and depression.

Face-to-face counselling – after speaking to you on the phone and assessing your situation, your counsellor may decide that you would benefit from face-to-face counselling. They will arrange for you to meet with a qualified counsellor at a time and place that suits you.

Practical information – a team of information specialists is on hand to give you the facts you need to make informed decisions about…

  • Household finances
  • Moving house and mortgages
  • Landlord disputes
  • Divorce
  • Consumer rights
  • Parenting
  • Careers and training advice.

Child and dependant care – you will have access to a dedicated support service giving you information on a whole range of issues relating to the care of children and other dependants. This includes recommending options for childcare and older people’s care in your local area.

How to access the employee assistance programme

Call 0800 085 1376. Or, if you prefer, you can email assist@cic-eap.co.uk 

Alternatively, you can do a live chat online by visiting: www.well-online.co.uk and entering the login details below: 

Username: DTlogin 

Password: wellbeing

Login details applicable for Derbyshire Healthcare employees only. Online you will also find a range of general information from matters relating to life at work and at home, your mind and body, legal, money, and much more.

image of Kully Hans

The Freedom to Speak Up Guardian will be able to offer guidance and support if you are not able to speak up through your normal line management chain.

They advise on best practice to encourage and enable staff to speak up safely within their own workplaces.

Your Freedom to Speak Up Guardian is Kully Hans.

What is a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian?

  • Independent in the advice they give to staff, and Trust senior leaders with the ability to hold the Trust to account.

  • Impartial and able to review fairly how cases have been handled.

  • Influential with regular access to Trust boards and senior leaders.

  • Knowledgeable about Freedom to Speak Up and processes for raising concerns.

  • Willing to support people who may struggle to have their concerns heard.

  • Empathetic with good mediation and facilitation skills.

  • Trusted to deal with issues sensitively and confidentially. 

  • Forward thinking with the ability to improve the handling of concerns and suggest ways to do things differently. 


Email dhcft.freedom2SUG@nhs.net

Call/ text 07917 511699; 

Write to Freedom to Speak Up Guardian, PO Box 6941, Derby DE1 9GY.

LGBT flag

All Derbyshire Healthcare employees are invited to access the LGBT+ Colleague Network.

The network is for all staff who are interested in promoting LGBT+ equality through:

  • Providing mutual support to other members of the network
  • Supporting positive cultural change for LGBT+ staff who work for us so they are treated with respect
  • Ensuring both organisations meet their equality targets and objectives.


To find out more and register your interest in attending, please email dhcft.lgbtinfo@nhs.net or WorkPerks@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

The first LGBT+ conference was held on the 15 May 2018 - a report is currently with LGBT+ network for feedback and will be uploaded shortly.

Mother and Baby

If you require a Maternity, Paternity or Adoption pack including risk assessment, handbook and application forms please contact 01332 623768 or email WorkPerks@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

For the Maternity, Paternity and Adoption policies, please refer to the policy section on Connect, the Trust intranet site.

Childcare vouchers

Childcare vouchers provide a flexible way to meet the costs of your childcare. As a Derbyshire Healthcare employee, you can join the popular childcare voucher scheme and benefit from some significant savings.

For information, please visit the childcare vouchers page on Works Perks.

Derbyshire Healthcare can offer mediation to help resolve conflicts and disagreements with others so individuals can get on with ‘normal’ life again.

Mediation is a process whereby a trained neutral person ‘the mediator’, works with people who have a disagreement. The aim and objective is to help them to find their own solution and reach an agreement to sort out their particular problem or improve the situation. The mediator won’t take sides or judge who is right or wrong. 

To find out more about what mediation is and how it can help, please visit the Acas website

For advice and information about mediation at Derbyshire Healthcare, please email WorkPerks@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Small meeting

During our working life there may be occasions when we experience a frightening or shocking incident such as a self-harm event, a death or incident of aggression. 

It is normal to have physical, behavioural and emotional reactions in response to any major event, and these may continue for some weeks. People who are directly involved are the people who are likely to be most affected, however, witnesses, friends and relatives may have reactions too. 

To assist staff should this happen, the Trust provides a Post Incident Peer Support (PIPS) service to listen, facilitate and offers an opportunity to share your experience with colleagues and to offer advice on how to assist your recovery from the incident. 

For further information, please email WorkPerks@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

NHS nurse stressed

Schwartz Rounds provide a structured forum where all staff, clinical and non-clinical, come together regularly to discuss the emotional and social aspects of working in healthcare.

The purpose of Rounds is to understand the challenges and rewards that are intrinsic to providing care, not to solve problems or to focus on the clinical aspects of patient care. Previous Rounds run by the Trust have been very popular and offered a comfortable space for staff to reflect on their roles. 

Evidence shows that staff who attend Schwartz Rounds feel less stressed and isolated, with increased insight and appreciation for each other’s roles. They also help to reduce hierarchies between staff and to focus attention on relational aspects of care.  

Dates for the future Schwartz Rounds are as follows:

Thursday 28 September at the Radbourne Unit, Derby

Thursday 19 October at he Hartington Unit, Chesterfield

Thursday 30 November at the Radbourne Unit, Derby

Thursday 25 January 2018 at the Hartington Unit, Chesterfield

Thursday 15 February 2018 at the Radbourne Unit, Derby

Thursday 22 March 2018 at the Hartington Unit, Chesterfield

Thursday 26 April 2018 at the Radbourne Unit, Derby

Thursday 24 May 2018 at the Hartington Unit, Chesterfield

Light lunch 12.30 - round 1pm - 2pm

All Employees Welcome 

If you or a team of you, have a story to share – we’d love to hear from you.


For further information email WorkPerks@derbyshcft.nhs.uk


The Spirituality and Wellbeing Service is available to all staff, whatever your faith or beliefs and for those who do not practice a religion. 

There may be times when you feel the need to talk to someone - Chaplains have time to listen to your concerns and take what you say seriously.

Chaplains have links with many faith communities and can get an appropriate representative to cater for your needs. They respond to referrals throughout the Trust and within the community and also provide an on-call service in emergencies.

Our spirituality is an integral part of our identity, and therefore is individual to us. It is developed throughout our lives, and is built upon our beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviours. Therefore each person will experience spirituality in their own way.

Support for staff

The Spirituality & Wellbeing Service are concious that at times there might be matter that cause staff concern. We all experience different pressures and stresses in our lives and we believe that working together is about supporting one another in a human and caring way.

It is not a counselling service but there may be times when you would like to talk to someone. Chaplains are available to listen and offer support in an informal, confidential and safe place. So if you have any issues that you may want to share (whether faith felated or not), please feel free to contact them.

Contact details

Tel: 01332 623700 ext 33358 or 33357

Mob: 07584 888656

Email: chaplain@derbyshcft.nhs.uk 

Individual stress risk assessments are available for any staff member who identifies issues or difficulties which are work- and/or home-related. If you require support to complete the individual stress risk assessment, please contact the Staff Liaison Manager.

Team stress risk assessments - all teams should complete a team stress risk assessment. If you haven’t, please speak with your manager or the Health and Safety Advisor. 

Wellbeing Plans - Evidence suggests that people who have clear strategies and tools to help them manage their own mental health do better in the long run. In line with this thinking, the Trust has developed a self-management tool, called a Wellbeing Plan. 

The plan helps people: 

  • Think about their own health and wellbeing from a broad, holistic perspective
  • Consider what helps them personally to stay well
  • Work out what they can do if things start to go off track.
Julieann Trembling is the Staff Liaison Manager for Derbyshire Healthcare. For more details, please email WorkPerks@derbyshcft.nhs.uk
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