Throughout the pandemic, Basingstoke School Nursing Team have been looking for ways to boost morale and show appreciation for their staff.
Thanks to a grant received from NHS Charities Together earlier in the year, Brighterway were able to provide funding for a wellbeing lunch.
On December 15th, the team got together over zoom to catch up, relax, compete in a quiz and discuss positives for the future.
The School Nursing service works in partnership with children, young people and their families to ensure that pupil’s health needs are supported within their school and their community. This includes those attending a school within Hampshire and those that are electively home educated (except Southampton and Portsmouth city schools).
It’s been a very challenging year for the service, juggling with redeployment, limited staffing, restricted meetings and working from home. In August, during the Covid restrictions, they transformed into the newly commissioner 0-19 Service with School Nurses and Health Visitors working together to improve service delivery.
“My team have tried so hard to keep our service afloat and they always strive to give 100% to their duties” Gillian Broadway, School Nurse, commented. “I think the lunch was just what they needed as it was apparent that some of them were feeling the impact of this year.
I am so proud of them and their work ethic, it was lovely to be able to give them something back to say thank you.”
Staff were highly appreciative of the wellbeing lunch with one staff member commenting “How lovely it was to get a surprise gift” whilst another said “I feel humbled that Brighterway would want to help us”