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Social wellbeing

Human beings are natural social beings with an evolutionary desire to be with, around or connected to others.

It generates feelings of safety, happiness and belonging, all of which contribute to our sense of wellbeing.

This page contains information, groups and networks within OUH that can contribute to our social wellbeing.

OUH staff networks

Our staff networks offer safe spaces for the discussion of topics and issues that concern and impact on our staff.

Disability and Accessibility Network (DAN)

Our Disability and Accessibility Network (DAN) is for anyone with an interest in supporting disabled staff and carers, to highlight barriers that they may face and to influence our Trust to resolve these. It offers the opportunity to connect with other interested people, so please join our mailing list and receive updates.


Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Staff Network

We are an inclusive group of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) OUH staff, with a vision to promote equality, diversity and inclusivity, raise the profile of issues of race, ethnicity and cultural heritage, and forge links with other networks locally, nationally and internationally.


LGBT+ Staff Network

Our LGBT+ Staff Network offers support to colleagues within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans communities. Our activities are wide ranging, so please do contact us if you would like to find out more.


Women's Network

We work with our stakeholders and Executive Sponsor to deliver meaningful change to our members and women across the Trust. Our vision is to promote a culture of openness and fairness for all women across the Trust by inviting dialogue around key issues such as gender pay gap and gender equity.


Rainbow Shielders

For OUH staff who are shielding, or have returned to work from shielding. Meetings are on Microsoft (MS) Teams on an ad hoc basis, approximately once a month, to chat, share experiences and ask questions.


Bullying and Harassment Support

We are committed to addressing bullying and harassment within the workplace. If you feel you have been bullied or harassed at work, you may wish to have a confidential conversation about it with a colleague.

Our trained Bullying and Harassment Support Colleagues will listen to you and provide guidance and confidential support. Contact us for the up-to-date list of Colleagues in the Trust.

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Freedom to Speak Up (FtSU) Guardians

We recognise that to deliver excellent patient care we must look after the physical and emotional needs of our staff.

If you are aware of a situation that is adversely affecting your, or your colleagues', health and wellbeing, or you witness an incident of incivility, please do discuss this with your line manager, or seek the support of your Wellbeing Team.

If you feel they cannot help, or you need extra support, then please contact the Freedom to Speak Up Team and tell us about it, so we can suggest ways to address the situation.

You can speak to our Freedom to Speak Up Guardians in confidence.


Tel: 07500 107889

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Guide to health and wellbeing - In this guide

Last reviewed:01 August 2022