Work Programme 8 Description

The Staff and Member Well-being Service is led by Dr Ruth Elvish, clinical psychologist, who is employed for one day per week to work onto the Neighbourhoods and Dementia research programme.

The well-being service provides free support to all staff and members of the Neighbourhoods and Dementia Study should they choose to access it. The service will be flexible throughout the duration of the project, aiming to meet the needs of staff and members in a variety of ways. Initially, the primary aim of the service is to provide 1:1 sessions to staff and members in a variety of circumstances.

Provision for staff

Staff are encouraged to view the service as an additional space for support and reflection, as well as a provision which is available if there be a ‘problem’ or ‘difficulty’. Sessions can be used to reflect about on-going research work, including discussion of topics such as assessment of risk, assessment of capacity, and clinical responsibility/boundaries within research work. Sessions are also available in any circumstance which is deemed to give rise to a psychological need, for example, if a personal life event is impacting on a person’s work, if work has given rise to situations that require consideration of emotional issues, or if a person would like to undertake a piece of work around confidence/self-esteem.

Staff have the opportunity to undertake single sessions, a series of sessions, or on-going sessions for the duration of the Neighbourhoods and Dementia Study.

Whilst the Staff and Member Well-being Service is based at The University of Manchester, significant attempts are made to provide an outreach service to all participating centres. The service may also provide different types of input to each centre, including video/audio calls and consultations.

Referrals are accepted through a self-referral process only. Referral forms are available on the study website or from Ruth Elvish or Linda Welch.

Provision for members

Members are offered 1:1 sessions for any issues that arise as a result of working within the Neighbourhoods and Dementia study. Consistent with provision for staff, attempts are made to provide a service to members in all geographical locations of the study, and options for single or on-going sessions are available.

In addition to a self-referral process, referrals for members are accepted from the Member Involvement Co-ordinator and academic buddies. Referral forms are available from Ruth Elvish or Linda Welch.