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Research Matron on staff wellbeing at CRN South London

We spoke to our Research Matron, Cherylin Reinholtz, about the importance of staff wellbeing in the workplace. Cherylin is a member of CRN South London's Wellbeing Panel.

Why did you join CRN South London's Wellbeing Panel?

During the pandemic, I was assigned the fantastic role of Staff Wellbeing Advisor, which I enjoyed and came naturally to me. I met with staff who were experiencing challenging times first-hand. The wellbeing areas and support from Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust are of enormous relief and impact in supporting our staff.

This support continues today, but we now have the tools to help staff where possible every day. Through the Wellbeing Panel, I want to make a difference and support wellbeing.

What do you think of the initiative?

The Wellbeing Panel helps our staff to feel empowered to make a difference in their lives.

Why is wellbeing important in the workplace?

Working in the NHS for over 20 years, I have seen the impact of the need for a wellbeing culture to be embedded in the workforce. Research shows that happy staff contribute to high-quality care for patients and participants, often going above and beyond. For example, look at the NHS Health and Wellbeing Strategic Overview 2023. Organisations prioritising staff wellbeing can have an impact on staff productivity and retention and in reducing sickness absences. Improving these areas in the workplace can also have a broader impact on public health and the wider community.

How do you feel about working for an organisation that prioritises staff wellbeing?

I am very proud to work in an organisation that supports wellbeing as a priority and continues to find ways to help staff in all roles to be the best they can be.

The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.