“Yellow hats are not just for builders”

31 March 2017 Nicolson Building, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham B15 2RA

Do you work in an organisation committed to staff wellbeing? Are you finding it hard to maintain this focus while delivering on other pressing challenges?

If so, this free one day workshop may be for you. The University of Birmingham has been working in partnership with a number of organisations to help them develop their staff support offer. The approach focuses on the importance of understanding and recognising emotional labour. Builders undertake hard physical labour, and wear yellow hats to protect them from the dangers in their environment, yet healthcare professionals engage in hard emotional labour, often without protection or support. The equivalent yellow hat is hard to find! However, many systems exist, and organisations may need some help to assess the suitability of the available options.

The workshop is practical and evidence-based. At the end of the session you will have:

  • developed a better understanding of emotional labour and the impact it has on the delivery of compassionate care to patients;
  • found out about a range of staff support interventions currently in use;
  • identified an approach to staff support which best fits your organisation;
  • taken the first step to improving staff support.

The workshop will use “Improvement Lab” techniques to help you examine the issues and develop a plan of action for your workplace. Previous experience of this method is not required, but interest, enthusiasm and commitment to supporting staff is essential. 

There is space for up to 20 teams. All that is needed from you at this stage is:

  • Confirmation that three people from your workplace will attend on 31 March. It is suggested that you nominate a combination of people senior enough to be able to implement some actions on your return, and those well-versed in the everyday work of frontline staff, to have a sense of what would be possible/acceptable
  • Your commitment to engage fully in the day
  • A belief that looking after staff really matters.

This is a repeat of an Improvement Lab held in September 2016; as this was hugely oversubscribed, places are likely to go quickly! Please contact Evelina Balandyte at e.balandyte@bham.ac.uk to apply for a place. A programme will be sent nearer the date.