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Health and wellbeing training improves approaches to mental health

As part of a larger public sector project across the region, Public Health Lincolnshire required health and wellbeing training for 1,000 senior managers, and they asked our experts to design a bespoke training package.

What we did

A multidisciplinary team from the Centre for Sport and Exercise Science (CSES), led by senior exercise and health sciences officer Lindsey Reece, designed an exclusive training package. The aim was to raise awareness and educate managers on key health and wellbeing topics to improve their own health and that of their wider workforce.

Key themes of the training included health and wellbeing, mental health in the workplace and building a resilient workforce. These themes were embedded within a robust evaluation framework to determine the effectiveness of the training and the impact amongst the workforce.

The result

This innovative, evidence-based training package was designed to optimise engagement through interactive workshops and online resources. All delegates were required to attend a four hour workshop, with additional resources promoted using the online portal hosted by Lincolnshire Council.

38 manager training workshops were delivered to a total of 657 staff delegates. Training significantly increased staff knowledge of mental health and increased staff confidence to raise conversations about mental health at work. Staff stress levels were perceived as high amongst managers, which was maintained post-training, yet the training seemed to help individuals re-evaluate their sources of stress and. Positive engagement was observed by all staff.

The training offered managers an important opportunity to share experiences, resources and initiate discussions about strategies to improve health and wellbeing at work. This opportunity to have open, honest dialogue establishing relationships across the organisations was a key success of the project.

They say

The team at Sheffield Hallam were fantastic in the development and delivery of our manager training programme. They ensured the programme met our objectives and the delivery techniques were engaging to managers from a range of public sector organisations. The feedback from the delegates has been positive, with many asking for further training dates.

Joanne Hart, senior programme officer, Public Health, Lincolnshire County Council

This is one of the best training workshops and I think it should be made available to all staff. Thought provoking, engaging and very knowledgeable trainers.

Training delegate

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