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Ward helps establish ‘take a break’ culture

A new initiative has been launched on Meadow Ward at Penn Hospital to encourage staff to take frequent breaks to help improve their health and wellbeing.

The ‘taking a break' initiative aims to help make staff aware that taking enough breaks can also help them to provide the highest standard of patient care, by putting them in a position to make the best decisions for patients and helping to strengthen morale and create relationships.

Liz Meeks, Ward Manger at Meadow Ward, said: “The initiative reiterates our commitment to ensuring that all staff take their breaks, and that we create a ‘take a break’ culture at our Trust.

“Taking a break gives our staff the chance to take a breather and to replenish energy levels by eating or having a drink, physically resting or taking a mental break helping to reduce the chance of creating stress and tiredness which may occur from working eight hours straight,” she said.

“As well as being important for staff health and wellbeing, taking breaks is also important for patients as it allows staff to make the best possible decisions for our patients and help create meaningful social interaction and communication when returning to the ward,” she added.

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is committed to supporting staff to improve their health and wellbeing and encourages all staff to ensure that they take their breaks whilst at work. As part of a wider health and wellbeing campaign the Trust is actively supporting staff by providing a series of exercises classes including Boxercise and Health and Wellbeing roadshows promoting local health check services and staff benefits schemes such as cycle to work. If you would like further information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..