Mental wellbeing health tech to be introduced at Lincolnshire medical practice

Mental wellbeing health tech to be introduced at Lincolnshire medical practice

Pilot trials of an innovative self-reporting wellbeing device are set to provide mental health support to GPs, clinical and non-clinical members of staff at Riverside Surgery in Brigg, North Lincolnshire.

Commencing on Monday 16 November 2020, the eight-week trial will see 80 employees use Moodbeam’s cutting-edge self-reporting wellbeing tool to assess how their mood, feelings and behaviours change on a daily basis. This is the second practice to undertake trials of the device via Moodbeam’s partnership with Agencia’s healthcare business support service Primary Care Direct.

The Moodbeam One allows the user to log how they feel in the moment through the simple pushing of a button. Two buttons on the device are used to record when the user’s day is going well, or not so well. The information is tracked within Moodbeam’s companion app and provides visualisations of mood information, which is stored in the cloud and gives employers a unique insight into how their people are coping.

Comparisons and changes are visualised in real-time across different groups and serves as a driver for employee engagement, people support and positive organisational change – and crucially allowing managers to step in and identify the most appropriate additional support for employees or teams.

Christina Colmer McHugh, co-founder and director of Hull-based Moodbeam, said:

“The NHS is battling a mental health crisis among staff fighting against the second wave of coronavirus. According to figures revealed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in July, that the number of people affected by depression in the UK has risen from one in ten to one in five when compared to the same time in 2019.

“At Moodbeam, our aim is to empower employees from all walks of life to have a voice within their workplace and ensure that they have the opportunity to gain access to professional help before reaching crisis point in relation to their mental health. Unsurprisingly, the ever-changing restrictions and exacerbated pressures of higher hospital admissions and an increased demand on local services has meant that GPs and healthcare professionals are, understandably, feeling the strain. We’re incredibly pleased to be working with Riverside Surgery and hope that their members of staff benefit from our technology.”

Originally released in a wristband format, a new clip version of the device for use within healthcare settings and other environments has been developed.

The organisation dashboard also allows employers to create a question prompt for staff - such as ‘how is your day going?’ - and allows allocation of staff members to different groups – called ‘circles’ – to reflect areas such as departments, teams, locations, or projects.

The Riverside Surgery trials of the Moodbeam One quickly follow the announcement of similar trials at Amicus Health GP practice in Devon, which began in October.

Kiran Johnson, co-founder of Primary Care Direct, said:

“The NHS People’s Plan places an emphasis on staff wellbeing and the most important thing we do in our business is support the wellbeing of general practice teams, so it is fantastic to see that Riverside Surgery are focussing on their own staff’s mental wellness through this pilot trial with Moodbeam.”

Michelle Slimm, practice manager at Riverside Surgery, said:

“We are delighted to be working with Moodbeam to ensure that our staff feel as supported as possible. Considering what’s happened over the last eight months and being in the middle of a second national lockdown, there’s never been a more important time to look after mental wellbeing.”

Dr. Avinash Pillai, GP partner at Riverside Surgery, said:

“The nation’s mental health has sadly taken a massive blow throughout the coronavirus pandemic. It’s crucial that we are all putting measures in place to safeguard our mental wellbeing and through the use of the Moodbeam One, we hope that our staff feel supported and heard.

“With staff having the ability to report how their day is going in real-time, we will have the ability to monitor how everyone is feeling and make sure that each member of staff has access to mental health support before reaching crisis point.”  
For more information about Moodbeam and how its technology can support businesses with employee wellbeing strategies, please visit https://www.moodbeam.co.uk/.


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