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Devon County Council’s wellbeing plan for Adult Social Care

Devon County Council recognised the need to develop and expand its wellbeing offer in response to the pandemic. They wanted to establish a sustainable model for staff wellbeing, that would support staff to be happy and effective in their role, whilst also supporting our overall recruitment and retention of the workforce.

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Some examples of what the offer included:

  • Establishing a network of Wellbeing Supporters that act as wellbeing champions for their team/service and who signpost and promote wellbeing activities at frontline level
  • Virtual wellbeing sessions for Team Managers to come together and share experiences and learn from each other
  • Resilience workshops for whole teams, facilitated by solution-focused practitioners
  • “Wellbeing Wednesday”, a weekly online session for undertaking practical tools to support wellbeing, e.g. meditation online toolkits for managers and employees accessed through an online staff page
  • A Wellbeing Reference Group, comprising staff representing Adult Social Care that assisted in the co-production of resources and inputting into the wider service plans for wellbeing.

For more information about Devon County Council’s wellbeing offer, please contact [email protected]

The future

Devon has secured funding for a 12-month fixed term Wellbeing Co-ordinator role within Adult Social Care to build upon, embed and develop their approach to wellbeing and their learning from the pandemic.

The impact

Score of 79 ‘Wellbeing standard’ of the Healthcheck for Adult Social Care Team Managers scored Devon’s wellbeing sessions on average as 4/5* From their wellbeing survey:

  • 87 per cent of Adult Social Care workforce feel that the organisation is supporting their wellbeing
  • 93 per cent of staff know where to get support for their wellbeing.