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Report | Centre for Mental Health | Better Together

Monday, November 22, 2021

Suggested actions for mentally healthier integrated care systems | Source: Centre for Mental Health The Centre for Mental Health has published a briefing: Better together: A public health model for mentally healthier integrated care systems. Ed Davie, Policy and Public Affairs Lead at Centre for Mental Health, writes: ‘The Covid-19 pandemic is being accompanied by […]

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UK Fuel Shortage: Your Rights if you can’t get to Work – By Debbie Taggio

Thursday, November 4, 2021

A shortage of HGV drivers has been blamed for the recent fuel crisis, but as the army are being drafted in to ease the pressure, what are your rights if you can’t get to work because of the fuel shortage? Can I be dismissed if I can’t get to work? Your employer cannot instantly dismiss […]

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‘Inclusion at Work’ – By Debbie Taggio

Thursday, November 4, 2021

  You may have never heard of inclusion, so are oblivious to how inclusion at work affects you. Many use the word ‘inclusion’ interchangeably with diversity or equality, and as a culture, it includes those issues. But when focussed on in the round, inclusion helps to lessen workplace inequalities, encourages greater diversity and promotes equality […]

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‘First Aid at Work after COVID’ by Debbie Taggio

Friday, September 3, 2021

Under the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981, employers must make appropriate first aid arrangements within working environments. The legislation gives employers a duty of care to employees to provide first aid, which may, in certain circumstances, extend to members of the public.   In the current coronavirus crisis, employers will need to consider […]

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‘Heath & Safety at Work After COVID’ by Debbie Taggio

Friday, September 3, 2021

This article summarises the things an employer should do to allow their workers to continue to work safely, and the steps they should take to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. Risk Assessments Your employer should have updated their risk assessment policies to manage the risk of COVID-19 within the workplace. This will […]

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‘COVID-19: Mandatory Vaccinations are Coming Into Force for Care Workers’ by Debbie Taggio

Friday, August 6, 2021

Following on from my previous article surrounding compulsory COVID-19 regulations for care home staff, from 11th November, anyone working in a Care Quality Commission registered care home in England and Wales must have two vaccine doses unless they have a valid medical exemption.   To whom do the regulations apply? They will apply to all […]

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‘Why Brain Injury Training for Prison Staff is Vital’ by Debbie Taggio

Friday, August 6, 2021

Many brain injuries result from assaults and domestic situations, so it is not unusual for prison inmates to suffer from cognitive and developmental disabilities. Studies carried out in 2016 showed that around 60% of adults in prison have a history of brain injury. This is six times the rate of the general population. It will […]

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Atrium statements and policy access

Friday, July 30, 2021

Atrium Clinic has key policies and statements that you can access here. Modern Slavery statement  Atrium policy Modern Slavery and Human trafficking  Data Protection Data protection policy Complaints policy Atrium Complaints Procedure For many more of our policies and processes, please contact the atrium office info@atriumclinic.co.uk or call on tel. 01702 332857

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Reducing Loneliness Among Migrant and Ethnic Minority People

Friday, July 23, 2021

You can download a copy of this document here.

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Supporting Emotional Health Among People Living With Long-Term Conditions

Thursday, July 15, 2021

You can download a copy of this report here.

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Maternal Mental Health During a Pandemic | A Review | 2021

Thursday, July 15, 2021

You can download a copy of this report here. 

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Useful Report Links

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The Future of Prison Mental Health in England | 2021 Engaging With Complexity | Providing Effective Trauma-Informed Care for Women | 2019 Guidance for Therapists & Counsellors | Providing Care for Children and Adults Affected by Trauma Race, Culture, & Diversity | A Collection of Articles | 2017 Taking Trauma Home | Reducing the Likelihood […]

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Self monitoring….

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Sometimes we feel good or our wellbeing dips and we notice. It may be that you start to feel better and in hindsight, realise that you have been feeling ‘off’ or ‘tired’. It can be hard to name what is troubling us or making us tired. Consider a self review to help you drill down […]

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Can Duvet Days reduce staff absence? By Debbie Taggio

Monday, July 12, 2021

Opinions are divided on “duvet days”. Some employers see them as a perk to attract the best talent, others believe they are harmful to their business. Although suspecting an employee is ‘pulling a sickie’ at home and cuddled up with the dog, on the sofa watching TV whilst their colleagues are stuck at their desk […]

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Dealing with persistent poor performance because of ill-health. By Debbie Taggio

Monday, July 12, 2021

When dealing with poor performance or incapability issues because of ill health, an employer needs to exercise great care if they are to avoid an employment tribunal claim. A written capability policy is the gold standard, however, not all employers have one in place. In all cases, the capability process must be fair and transparent, […]

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Am I entitled to a break if I work more than six hours? By Debbie Taggio

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Adult workers in the UK are covered by the Working Time Regulations. These regulations entitle workers to an uninterrupted rest break of at least 20 minutes from work during a working day exceeding six hours. Young workers aged between 16 and 17 are entitled to an uninterrupted break of at least 30 minutes after working […]

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Can an employer force you to cover shifts? By Debbie Taggio

Thursday, June 10, 2021

It can be particularly stressful when your employer is short-staffed, and your line-manager is doing the rounds with their clipboard looking for “volunteers” to cover shifts. It might not be easy, or even possible, to step into the breach. You may have difficulties arranging childcare or have to care for other relatives, you may not […]

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Brain injury

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

‘ ‘In wealthier countries, we can expect 1/10 people to be impacted in some way by brain injury’, according to the Economist author. ‘Those who have experienced such injuries are more likely to suffer mental-health problems and loneliness. They are more likely to struggle with addiction to drink or drugs, or to be homeless. They […]

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Managing Stress

Friday, February 19, 2021

Managing Stress By Sara Ireland Stress results when the demands of the environment are greater than the individual’s perceived coping resources. It refers to a collection of physiological, emotional, behavioural and cognitive reactions that occur in response to environmental demands. ‘Pressure’ to a varying degree has benefits but when it edges into prolonged stress; there […]

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Managing Confidence and Self Belief

Friday, February 19, 2021

Managing Confidence and Self Belief By Sara Ireland Confidence, self confidence, self belief and self esteem are often linked. Confidence relates to knowing your own abilities. Self confidence is learnt and externally driven and self belief is a trust in your own abilities and positive regard for yourself irrespective of your achievements (internally driven). The […]

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Can my Employer Force me to have a Coronavirus Vaccine?

Monday, February 8, 2021

Can my Employer Force me to have a Coronavirus Vaccine? By Debbie Taggio Among the first to receive the coronavirus vaccination are high risk healthcare and care home workers, and over the coming year it is expected tens of millions of people will follow suit. So, what are your rights as an employee, can your […]

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Can my Employer force me to have a COVID-19 test?

Monday, February 8, 2021

Can my Employer force me to have a COVID-19 test? By Debbie Taggio Some employers consider providing testing for their employees, even where the employees are not displaying symptoms will help prevent transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace. But what if you feel constant testing is invasive or unnecessary, do you have to take a […]

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Loneliness And Social Isolation In The Workplace – Why Does It Matter?

Monday, January 11, 2021

Loneliness And Social Isolation In The Workplace – Why Does It Matter? By Dr Paul Husselbee In a world as connected as it is today it is perverse to think that loneliness is on the rise. Increasing numbers of us are feeling more socially isolated than ever. Loneliness can have long-lasting and damaging effects on […]

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Debt and Wellbeing – Part Two

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Debt and Wellbeing – Part Two By Debbie Taggio In part one, I discussed dealing with growing debts and the best way of dealing with them. But what if you’re past that point? What can you do if enforcement action is being taken against you? Is there anything you can do? If you haven’t paid […]

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Debt and Wellbeing – Part One

Monday, October 19, 2020

Debt and Wellbeing – Part One By Debbie Taggio Does a shiver of dread run along your spine each time the phone rings or there’s a knock at the door? The worries of debt and persistent creditor contact can result in stress, difficulty sleeping, extreme anxiety, muscle tension, chest pain and irritability. You might spend […]

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Workplace wellbeing coaching

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Frequently asked questions 1.What happens in a Wellbeing Coaching session? The Atrium pathway coordinating team will already have told you the name of your wellbeing specialist. In the first session, your wellbeing specialist will introduce themselves to you. They will check- in on your wellbeing at the beginning of the session to see if there […]

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Debbie Taggio Introduction

Friday, September 25, 2020

Welcome, Debbie! What am I about? A question we all ask ourselves at one time or another, I think. Certainly, for me it’s a question that doesn’t just have one answer. In my early twenties I was about caring for my young children, but towards the end of the decade I wanted something else and […]

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Black Lives Matter by Angela, counsellor and psychotherapist, with Atrium Clinic

Thursday, June 11, 2020

 

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Bite size courses online for staff in the workplace

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Bite size learning workplace online call tel 01702332857 to find out more

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Signs of distress in your children during coronavirus

Monday, May 11, 2020

Coronavirus has changed our adult lives but what about the impact on your children? Surveys carried out in this period, indicate that whilst some children are loving being at home for a prolonged period, others are showing signs of distress and parents are not sure what to do to help. If you’re worried, here are […]

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Parent Groups -supporting your child’s wellbeing

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Are you worried about your child’s wellbeing? Are you wondering what you can do to support them better? Or are you worried about your teenager and you are not sure what is normal teenage behaviour or what needs more specialised help? We run groups on supporting you to help your child with worries or challenging […]

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What is the difference between mental health and wellbeing?

Friday, May 1, 2020

Mental health We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. How we feel can vary from good mental wellbeing to difficult feelings and emotions, to severe mental health problems. Mental wellbeing Mental wellbeing is the ability to cope with the day-to-day stresses of life, work productively, interact positively with others and […]

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Commonly asked questions about our services to the public.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Are your staff qualified? Yes all our psychologists, therapists and coaches are qualified to support you. How long will I attend sessions for? That depends on your needs. The research says many people only need to attend a single session. Others need more. When you finish your course of coaching or therapy, you will have […]

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For GPs, their patients and the Public

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Telephone 01702 332857 or info@atriumclinic.co.uk Atrium Online Services Are you a mental health practitioner or a GP getting calls from patients with worries? Or are you a member of the public worried about your wellbeing and wondering who else can help?  Atrium services could be an option – no referral required – to access a […]

Posted by: Sara Ireland

Wellbeing without labels

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

In our everyday lives, we are deluged with information about our wellbeing. Our consumerist culture tells us it can be cultivated with the help of mindfulness meditation apps, wholesomely marketed vitamin supplements and exorbitantly priced sessions of goat yoga (sadly no longer practicable unless you have your own goats at home). Celebrities and influencers peddle […]

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Workplace Terms -Consent for services

Monday, April 13, 2020

Telephone 01702 332857 or info@atriumclinic.co.uk  Terms for Workplace We assume terms are accepted unless you tell us otherwise before the service commences. Please request additional policy information from the Atrium office. Each business has a slightly different service delivery model with Atrium so please call Atrium office if you have queries about your specific service […]

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Single Session Therapy

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Single Session Therapy or SST is a model of service delivery that recognises that most people can benefit from one session of therapy alone. It can be useful when there is a high demand for help, such as during a time of crisis like we are now facing with the Coronavirus outbreak. By tapping into […]

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Getting Help

Friday, April 3, 2020

Samaritans www.samaritans.org Call Day or Night 116 123 jo@samaritans.org Dial 111 NHS Direct (and request option 2 for mental health issues) or seek advice on whether the situation warrants urgent action.  Contact your GP MIND www.mind.org.uk www.anxietyuk.org.uk http://learn.4mentalhealth.com/ Other Tips and Resources https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-anxiety-tips/ For support in a crisis, Text Shout to 85258. If you’re experiencing a personal crisis, […]

Posted by: Sara Ireland

Coping in a Coronavirus world

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

These are devastating times for some people, very worrying and inconvenient times for others and strange times (for us all- not least the children). We are affected by multiple levels of uncertainty and change – at the national level of purpose and policy, how our communities and local services function, the impact on our work […]

Posted by: Sara Ireland