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Health and Wellbeing


CDDFT Internal Resources

These are the resources which are available to staff in the Trust. Details of these services are available on the Trust Intranet  here or can be requested by emailing

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

Your Employee Assistance Programme (Health Assured) provides valuable resources and personal advice to help you through life's tricky times, including counselling.

Help is at hand all day, every day.

These are some of the topics counsellors and professional advisers can talk you through:

• Family issues • Medical information

• Alcohol or drug issues • Gambling issues

• Consumer issues • Financial information

• Relationship advice • Childcare support

• Domestic abuse • Tax information

• Legal information • Housing concerns

• Stress & anxiety • Retirement • Bereavement
Occupational Health

Available Monday - Friday 8.30am -16.30pm.

If you have any queries and wish to contact the Occupational Health Team please contact us on 01388 455715 / 01388 455716 or email

We will return your call or answer your query as soon as possible.
Trauma Risk Management (TRiM) A trauma focused peer support system designed to help people who have experienced a traumatic, or potentially traumatic event.

TRiM Practitioners help people understand the effects that traumatic events can have upon people and can signpost to help.

Listening Ear This process supports well-being during times of stress, by providing constructive thinking space facilitated in a supportive, non-judgemental environment which is enabled through access to a qualified coach or clinician.
Wellbeing Conversations

As a member of #TeamCDDFT we want you to be at your best and care for yourself so that you can continue to deliver safe, compassionate, joined-up care to others in the form of patients, carers, community and colleagues.

This wellbeing conversation tool is to support you to share how you are feeling and identify any support that you may need to continue to be at your best.

You can use this as a personal reflection tool and to start a conversation with your manager or colleague.  Your manager will also use it as a way to touch base and check-in with you.
Menopause support


  • Menopause policy
  • Menopause support risk assessment
  • Staff and manager booklets
Health and Wellbeing Champions We have recruited Health and Wellbeing Champions in the Trust. Health and Wellbeing Champions are spread across the Trust on different sites and in different departments. Their aim is to signpost colleagues to our health and wellbeing offer and to promote health and wellbeing campaigns, activities and initiatives.

Chaplains are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for staff and patients, to offer support, to help with reflection on challenging dilemmas, or simply as someone to listen and as a shoulder to cry on.

Learning and Development

The Trust can offer the following health and wellbeing training sessions for staff:

  • Personal resilience workshops
  • Basic mental health awareness (for all staff)
  • Mental health at work (for line managers)
Library Service

The library service is available to CDDFT staff including those working in the community and students on placement within the Trust.

The service is able to provide books, ebooks and audio books on a range of health and wellbeing topics.

Colleagues are very welcome to come and visit us in the library to find out more.

Contact the library at Darlington Memorial Hospital

Contact the library at University Hospital of North Durham


Local Resources


The Hub is here for you.

Take a look at our website to find out how the Hub can help you, including:

  • Confidential Staff Helpline - offering information, advice, and guidance to help staff navigate the support available for their needs. It can also arrange call-backs from experienced NHS psychological therapists if required.
  • Online Wellbeing Diary - to help people track their mood and understand what helps them stay well.
  • Wellbeing Toolkit - with short and practical self-help exercises.
  • A range of wellbeing offers, including coaching for managers to help them look after their team, group support such as Balint Groups for clinicians and teams, and other ways to regulate and manage stress
  • A collection of Useful Resources.
For more information click here
Cost of Living

There are lots of sources of support for you and your family if you need help or advice about the cost of living. On this page you will find relevant information links to advice pages provided by your council by local authority area including warm spaces, food support, benefits and other financial assistance, and how to get help with housing.

For more information click here


Food banks are community organisations that can help if you can't afford the food you need. You'll usually need to get a referral to a food bank before you can use it.

For more information click here


National Resources

Supporting Our People

NHS England and NHS Improvement have developed a range of support which all NHS colleagues can access through one point of contact. This includes a free wellbeing support helpline, providing confidential listening from trained professionals and specialist advice, including coaching, bereavement care, mental health and financial help.

For more information click here
Financial Wellbeing

Many staff are increasingly concerned about how they can make their money go further. NHS England have a range of ideas to help any member of health and care staff to support their financial wellbeing.

For more information click here


NHS staff have been given free access to a number of wellbeing apps to support with their mental health and wellbeing.  Find out for more information, including how to access support and when this free offer expires.

For more information click here

'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very thankful and relieved patient'.

Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital of North Durham