Nurses from across England at a workshop at the Royal College of Nursing, London who wanted an online supportive tool.
An interactive PDF decision-making tool designed for nurses who are obese, to help them to understand their decisions around unhealthy behaviours, particularly relating to their experiences at work, and find alternative courses of action.
The WIN project has revealed a demand for greater understanding of the challenges of nursing, and how these challenges may make it difficult for nurses to make healthy choices.
Nurses at a workshop at one NHS Foundation Trust with representatives from the Trust’s Occupational Health and Human Resources teams.
Nurses in the hospital will be able to set their own personal health objectives in a “My Health” page which will be added to the Trust Appraisal form. So that managers are skilled to discuss healthy weight and associated behaviours, a specially designed training programme on having a healthy conversation about obesity is being developed and delivered.
Conversations about healthy weight do not often take place formally within the healthcare workplace. This pilot will test if it is possible for the issue of nurses’ weight to be discussed within existing HR systems and processes. It will also encourage greater collaboration between professionals and departments within the Trust (such as HR, Occupational Health, dieticians), and provide an opportunity for nurses to get help and support through their workplace to reach and maintain a healthy weight.
Nurses at all the workshops and focus groups identified the difficulties of eating healthily at work and staying hydrated.
Before designing a specific intervention the Win. project will be trying to find out more about the barriers to eating healthily at work.
Nurses have told us that often hospital canteens are far away from the workplace, do not always provide healthy food, are not open or stocked at nurses’ break times; there is little or no provision for eating home-bought food, staff rooms lack storage facilities, food heating facilities, eating utensils and often nowhere to eat the food. Alongside this we have also heard that access to drinking water can be restricted too.
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