NHS Staff create app to boost health and wellbeing at work


Staff from The Walton Centre have helped to create an app to improve daily wellbeing and resilience during work – the first in the NHS.

Working in partnership with Shiny Mind, a company which has delivered wellbeing and resilience training to over 1500 staff in more than 20 NHS Trusts, staff from all levels of the organisation have helped to develop an app, which allows users to send and receive messages of encouragement and positivity.

The app, launched today, provides interactive exercises and support aimed to reduce stress and increase wellbeing. It also gives staff coping skills and access to the resources 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Chief Executive of The Walton Centre Hayley Citrine said: “The co-production aspect has proved critical to the success of the app. With 10% of our staff receiving face-to-face training, staff have had a significant input to the design and content of the app.

“Different parts of it have been designed to suit different individual needs, meaning you can filter what’s important to you. The Daily Shine in particular is one of my favourite features, offering an opportunity to reflect on your day and take stock.

“The app recognises the difficulties and challenges that come with working in a healthcare environment, and this is our way of supporting staff.”

The app is available to all Walton Centre staff to download for free.

Shiny Mind CEO Rebecca Howard said: “It’s been fantastic to work with Walton Centre staff on creating this wellbeing app. In recent times many parts of the NHS have become stressful places to work. So we’ve come up with an innovative solution to this national pressure, and feedback so far has been amazing.

“If it continues to be successful here at The Walton Centre, hopefully we can work with other Trusts who want to support the wellbeing of their staff.”


Notes to editors

Further information, or to arrange a visit contact:
Sam Fleet, External Communications Officer, on 0151 556 3397 or email sam.fleet@thewaltoncentre.nhs.uk
The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust is the only hospital trust in the UK specialising in neurology, neurosurgery and pain services. Although the majority of patients come from Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales, Lancashire and the Isle of Man, for some specialist treatments of complex disorders we see patients from all parts of the country, referred by their GPs or other neurologists, neurosurgeons and pain clinicians.

  • The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission. The independent regulator of all health and social care services in England published its rating on Friday 21 October 2016, following announced and unannounced inspection visits to the Trust in April 2016.

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