Val's blog - Spring 2020
I published a story on our website today describing the focus, compassion and intensive work rate of you all, our staff and partners, in recent weeks. I refer to several concrete examples of incredible progress, testament to the phenomenal team spirit driving our robust response to COVID-19.
Our HSCP has set about the task of protecting lives and keeping people safe - with a force that would move mountains.
But moving mountains takes its toll.
We’re now past Easter, normally a time for rest, reflection and spending time with family and friends. As we continue to meet the complexity and scale of the COVID challenge square on – and with ongoing restrictions – Easter looked and felt very different for us all. But I’d like to reiterate the following message: It’s vitally important that you continue look after yourself – and each other – physically and mentally.
It’s crucial that we are all able to talk openly about our mental health and wellbeing, and that we can access the right support when we need it. Take the time, when you can, to share your feelings and experiences with colleagues – and I’d urge you to speak to your line manager if you’re concerned about yourself or others.
There are a number of websites, listed below, with information on looking after mental health. Please take a look at these – and the up-to-date information sent out in regular staff briefings. They are there to help you too. A telephone line for stress support has also been opened by Salus. Contact 0808 281 9288. Lines open from 9am - 7pm Monday to Sunday.
Finally, I’m determined to support you too via my open door sessions. You can speak to me on a one-to-one basis via telephone.
Details of how to get in contact with me are below.
Once again, moving mountains isn’t easy, for anyone. Please rest when you can, look after yourselves - and each other.
Finally, my sincere thanks to you all for your steadfast dedication and professionalism.
Val de Souza
Director of Health and Social Care
South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership
Val's Open Door Session
If you’d like to talk to Val, you can do so by booking a 15-minute slot at her virtual open door session on 24 April 11.30 – 13.00 via (telephone). Call 01698 453700 or email Val's office to reserve a slot and for more info.
- To find out more about stress visit Elament:
- Audio support is available at this link.
- See also Mind.org for information
- Tips on practical ways to relieve stress are found here.
- Sites such as www.nhsinform.scot and www.nhslanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk have lots of self-help tips about managing anxiety and low mood
- Scottish Social Services Council have produced Workforce support and wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak. See: https://learn.sssc.uk.com/wellbeing/