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Support and services for staff

NHS Borders is committed to promoting staff health and wellbeing and supporting staff to take good care of themselves. There are a range of services available to enable you to lead healthy working lives.

Work and well being services

NHS Borders Occupational Health Service & Healthy Working Lives teams offer a wide range of service including:

  • Vaccinations (relevant to your job)
  • Physiotherapy
  • Counselling
  • Workplace health promotion
  • Lifestyle assessment and support  
  • Workplace rehabilitation following changes to your health or sickness absence
  • Training, e.g. first aid, stress awareness, blood borne viruses, dignity at work
  • Needlestick and contamination injury risk assessment and follow up
  • Moving and handling advice and training
  • Workstation advice
  • Monitoring the impact of work on your health and health on your work

For more information go to the Workplace Health and Wellbeing microsite on the NHS Borders intranet or the Work and Well Being Service page on the NHS Borders website.

Ideas to get you more active 

  • Cycle to Work is a Government scheme which enables employees to purchase a bike for cycling to work and has a number of benefits such as improved fitness and health, reduced carbon footprint and reduction in car parking congestion. For further details go to the Cycle to Work scheme department page on the NHS Borders Staff Intranet.
  • Walk to Work Week is a national walking challenge organised by the charity Living Streets. The aim is to get people walking more to and from work, during work and at lunchtimes during the week and beyond. Walk to work place takes place in May each year and further information can be found at www.livingstreets.org.uk
  • Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling, and show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life, demonstrating the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling. Bike week takes place in June each year and further information can be found at www.cyclingscotland.org
  • The Stepcount Challenge is aimed at improving fitness and getting people more active in their day to day lives. Teams of up to five take part in an 8 week walking challenge with participants measuring the distance walked each day using a pedometer.  In the Borders, the Healthy Working Lives team organise an NHS Borders Stepcount Challenge to coincide with the national ‘Stepcount Challenge’ run by Paths for All in April each year. Further information can be found at www.pathsforall.org.uk or on the NHS Borders Staff intranet.
  • There are many physical activity opportunities promoted on NHS Borders staff intranet on a regular basis- Basketball, Zumba, Fun Runs, Pilates, Bodyfit Boot Camps. 

More support for healthy living

Healthy meal deals - Look out for healthy meal deals in the BGH dining room. You can find healthy choices all year round.

Stress - Stressbusters Borders provides helpful advice on how you can improve how you are feeling. But, if you are still struggling, you should contact your GP as soon as you can.  They can give you some advice and may organise some additional support for you. Steps for Stress offer a step by step self-help guide, relaxation tips and signposts to a variety of other services.

Interested in quitting smoking? -Visit Borders Quit4Good. This stop smoking service provides free support in the community via specialist advisors in various locations in the Borders including: Eyemouth, Jedburgh, Hawick, Galashiels, Kelso, Innerleithen and Selkirk. 

Quit4Good’s Facebook page includes up to date information about session times or please call the service on 01835 825 971. This number is open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm, to take referrals from members of the public, give out information about local services and other resources. An out of hours answering facility is available.

Email: smoking.cessation@borders.scot.nhs.uk

You can also call the national helpline Smokeline on 0800 848484. This number is open 7 days a week 8am-10pm. There is also a web chat service for those who prefer to chat online on the canstopsmoking website

Concerned about alcohol and drugs?  You can get contact details for all Borders services from the Borders Alcohol and Drugs Partnership