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More people will be able to get help from Wellbeing Matters Tamworth following the appointment of 21 new staff.

The five qualified therapists and 16 trainees all start this week as part of a new initiative focusing on improving mental health support for people with long term physical conditions such as diabetes or respiratory conditions.

Colleagues will be gathering at St George’s Hospital in Stafford tomorrow to find out more about how IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) and Wellbeing Services are making a difference to the lives of service users.

Delegates at South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s annual South Staffordshire IAPT Conference will have the opportunity to hear a range of presentations, many of which are co-produced with experts by experience.

South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted in the Staff Engagement category of the prestigious national Health Service Journal Awards.

The Trust has achieved significant improvements in how staff feel about working for the organisation, and this in turn has positively affected patient care, resulting in the Trust being rated “good” by the Care Quality Commission as well as other external recognition.

The evidence from more than two decades of study is that a workforce that feels valued and has an element of control over its future is healthier and more productive. High levels of staff engagement result in improved levels of patient satisfaction, so staff wellbeing is essential to patient wellbeing.

Service users, carers and staff at South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will be in party mood on Wednesday 13 September when the Trust holds its annual Trust Festival, followed by the Annual Members’ Meeting.

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