Supporting You Through Winter

As we continue to experience a deeply challenging and uncertain environment, and as increasing demands on our time, attention, energy and capacity may become detrimental to health and well-being, we are sharing again our current portfolio of opportunities with additional resources that have been designed to respond to the pressures of winter.

At the SWLA, we have committed this year to building our portfolio around three major themes – recovery, integration and cultural change – and we have been inspired by the interest, participation and feedback for these experiences and programmes. Through our collaboration with the leadership community and our thinking partners, we continue to introduce new and emerging ideas in leadership practice that we hope will have a powerful impact on the future of health and care in the South-West.

Importantly, now is the time to refocus and reframe our portfolio to respond to the next step in recovery for the region. We know that recovery is a term that provokes debate, and that for many, it is a personal journey. For us, recovery is not simply about asking you to become more resilient in the face of impossible demands, nor is it producing out-of-context, at scale interventions that only demand more time, and more energy, with little genuine application or acknowledgement as to how you meet the challenges of change in your environment. However, we also know that for many, access to open resources and a community can provide deeply powerful experiences that can lift, sustain and retain your energy, hope and ambition. We will continue to signpost to resources.

Therefore, we offer below what we hope is balanced, meaningful support for the multiple demands of winter, and the ongoing pressures we are facing. These include bitesize workshops, resources and stories to inspire system change, and the return of the Slow Swimming Club. For those that can, that want to, or those that feel inspired to try, we also have more experiential, longer form programmes that seek to continue elevate our collective practice of leadership that can respond to crisis, but that is rooted in hope.

Health and Wellbeing Offers

Bitesize Wellbeing Workshops

It’s become clichéd to say that these are challenging times. Everyone knows that many people are more stressed, anxious, worried, and exhausted than usual. It is entirely reasonable to feel these things, given what’s going on. In these four, 1.5hour, workshops will touch on different topics to support your wellbeing. Topics include: ‘Reflect, Revive and Refresh’, ‘Emotions Matter’, ‘Boost Your Bounce! (Resilience), and ‘You Matter’ (Self Care & Compassion).

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Wellbeing Podcasts

The impact of Covid-19 and winter pressures continue to disrupt and interrupt our everyday lives in many ways, and we are all experiencing a level of change that is both unprecedented in speed . The impact of this has been felt more acutely and keenly by those working for at the front-line of patient care or working hard to maintain a service in extremely challenging circumstances.

We are supporting the Somerset Emotional Wellbeing Podcast – a free weekly show hosted by Dr. Andrew Tresidder and Dr. Peter Bagshaw. In each episode, the doctors discuss a different topic related to mental health and emotional wellbeing and often invite expert guests to join them in conversation.

Additionally, through a series of three podcasts, we aim to provide some thoughts, ideas and strategies to help you make sense of your experience over recent months and move through the next phase of response.

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Wellbeing Blogs

You may find it helpful to have the opportunity to take 10-15 minutes time to read and reflect. We have a series of blogs, around a range of topics or with the aim of supporting you during these particularly difficult months. There are a variety of titles around mindfulness, compassion, adapting to uncertainty and taking time to pause.

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Mindfulness Sessions

When you are mindful you know that you are mindful; you are aware of what you’re thinking, feeling and sensing in your body. Due to workplace demands of multitasking, instant messaging and constant connectivity, we can find it increasing difficult to switch off and concentrate, which can have a negative impact on wellbeing as well as our performance. Mindfulness practice helps us become aware of how our own thoughts and feelings impact our experience of the world around us.

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Coffee connection opportunities for team leaders and managers

#WinterWarmers is for any team leader or manager currently working in health and care and is like ‘coffee roulette.’ You will be randomly selected to connect with another health and care peer and invited to self-organise at least one 30-minute call to connect, learn more about each other and have a peer conversation on staying-well and leading-well during winter.  Our hope is, that through enabling peers to connect, you will find your strength and shared learning to support you and your teams to continue to deliver amazing things for the NHS.  Find out more about #WinterWarmers

Register for #WinterWarmers here

Leadership and Management Offers

Masterclass Series – Stories of Change

This virtual 6-part workshop series focuses on four frameworks to help us understand how change happens, diagnose current complex issues and work more systemically with others. The aim of this series is to create accessible resources to co-learn and help change agents to design more systemic strategies and interventions. Please note: by registering for a minimum of 1 session, you will gain access to recordings of all the 6 sessions to be watched later.

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Bitesize Safe Winter Leadership Offers

Understanding Trauma in HealthcareFor leaders in the NHS who would like to understand what trauma looks like and how it can impact your staff and yourself. An understanding of what trauma is, how it impacts people at an individual level and the systems or teams they work within. Click here to find out more

Supporting Your People When Noticing Burnout Designed for staff who are concerned that their teams are working through times of extreme pressure and want to know how to better understand and support their people. Click here to find out more

Art of Being Brilliant – During uncertainty and complexity, it’s even more important that you know how to be at your best. We all know how to be the best, brilliant version of ourselves, but at times this can be hard and as a leader, it’s even more. Click here to find out more

Rising Stronger – The world has moved on and so must our thinking and behaviours. This session is about nudging you to remember who you are at your best with individual and team resilience at its core. Click here to find out more

Spaces for Recovery – Slow Swimming Club

Following the overwhelmingly positive feedback to the first Slow Swimming Club, we will again be inviting our storyteller-in-residence, Clare Murphy, to host a series of virtual spaces where creative, joyful and stimulating ideas are explored to help shape the way we revisit recovery and (re)find our path through the existing and emerging challenges we face in work, and life.

Click here to find out more about the We Cannot Do This Alone: The Power of Communities session

More sessions coming soon!

Leading with Hope

The past year has been incredible challenging for our NHS colleagues. This programme is designed to help leaders be able to foster hope for themselves and within their practice to support colleagues to maintain their health, well-being and continue to persevere with the valuable work they do.

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Leadership Learning Zone

We know how important it is for clinicians and leaders at all levels to keep their skills updated to inspire and lead their teams. Equally, we understand how crucial it is for you to personally improve your skills and effectiveness. Truly authentic leadership is a journey and these online modules that we have created will enable you to support that journey to truly realise your potential.
22 eLearning modules complimented by training events and workshops to help you lead your team

Coming soon!


Coaching and Mentoring Offers

Bitesize Coaching for Frontline Leaders and Managers

In response to the additional challenges this winter, we are pleased to introduce our new, Bitesize Coaching offer to support Frontline Leaders & Managers across the South West. We are working with a team of professional coaches who will provide focused, short-term support in the form of a 45-minute virtual or telephone coaching session. These are designed to offer a safe space where Frontline Leaders & Managers can reflect on and explore their concerns, needs and challenges in a constructive way.

Find out more here

Coaching Register

Coaching is one of the key approaches through which leadership within organisations can be developed. Coaching is a method of developing an individual’s capabilities in order to facilitate the achievement of organisational success. Coaching is series of purposeful conversations that unlock a person’s potential to maximise their own performance.  It helps individuals learn and grow through a collaborative, solution focused, result-orientated process.

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Mentoring Register

Mentoring is a developmental relationship in which one person (the Mentor) – usually someone more knowledgeable (though ‘peer’ mentoring can be as successful) helps another (the Mentee) to discover more about themselves, and develop their potential capability.

This is achieved through a professional friendship designed to support career progression, widen an individual’s networks, develop leadership capability and improve performance.

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Other Resources

E-Learning Modules

E-learning for healthcare provides e-learning programmes to support the health and care workforce. Topics include coaching skills, managing change, health and wellbeing champions and staff recovery resources. Find out more here

National Support for Our People

Supporting our people – helping you manage your own health and wellbeing whilst looking after others. Online resources, guides and programmes to support staff health and wellbeing through the pandemic and beyond. Find out more here

South West Wellbeing Hubs

The staff mental health and wellbeing hubs have been set up to provide health and social care colleagues rapid access to assessment and local evidence-based mental health services and support where needed. The hub offer is confidential and free of charge for all health and social care staff. Find out more here


A place and space for team leaders and managers to connect, share and learn together. Through your feedback, contributions and emerging themes we will be releasing new content led by you, for you. Find out more here

Healthcare Leadership Model

The Healthcare Leadership Model is useful for everyone because it describes the things you can see leaders doing at work and demonstrates how you can develop as a leader – even if you’re not in a formal leadership role. Find out more here

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