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Our health and wellbeing programme supports your patients by giving them control of their own health 

Shocking healthcare statistics

  • 34% of Brits included in the long-running 1970 British Cohort Study have two or more chronic health problems, such as high blood pressure and mental ill-health, at age 46-48.*
  • Approximately 40% of hospital admissions in the UK are unplanned.^
  • Around 14% of all emergency admissions are for conditions that might be manageable in primary care.+
  • In 2020/21, 7 in every 1,000 people in England were admitted to hospital in an emergency with an ACS condition and 20 in every 1,000 were admitted with an urgent care sensitive condition, even though these are potentially preventable admissions.»

Stress and anxiety on the rise

We all know what an amazing job our National Health Service does to diagnose and treat most injuries and diseases. But what about underlying health conditions that are much harder to manage or treat with medication alone?  

According to Mind, “1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (like anxiety and depression) in any given week in England.” We know that stress and emotional burnout is on the increase too, especially following the global coronavirus pandemic. 

In fact, results published in summer 2021 from the 1970 British Cohort Study following the pandemic, show that 1 in 3 middle-aged people has multiple chronic health issues. According to the BBC, lead researcher Dr Dawid Gondek said he was surprised and worried to see how many had health issues while "still relatively young". He added, "It is not a good prospect for an aging population that you can expect to live longer but many in poor health."

Preventable emergency admissions

According to NHS England, “Ambulatory care sensitive conditions (ACSCs) are conditions where effective community care and case management can help prevent the need for hospital admission. Even if the ACSC episode itself is managed well, an emergency admission for an ACSC is often a sign of the poor overall quality of primary and community care.”

Relieving the strain

The founders of Vitality Works – John Simmons, an integrative GP; Bea Simmons, an integrative health facilitator; and Suzy Greenwood, a chartered physiotherapist and yoga teacher – have developed this health and wellbeing programme because we know all too well about the burdens on our current healthcare system. We’re here to bridge the gap to empower patients to take control of their own health.

“Time and again I would treat the patients’ symptoms without ever getting to the root cause of why they’d become ill. This spurred me to develop the programme as a tool to investigate, support and empower patients to take control of their own health.” – John Simmons

John Simmons

5 ways of wellbeing revitalised

The Five Ways to Wellbeing were developed by the New Economics Foundation and adopted by NHS Mental Health. We’ve built on this great foundation of evidence-based guidelines and taken them to the next level with our 10-Step Resilience Programme. Our programme has been designed to look at the root cause of symptoms of ill health, so we can work with your patients to create a self care resource kit, enabling them to set their own goals and embed the changes.

We want the NHS to be more effective. We want people to be well and happy, get educated and take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.

Benefits for your patients

Our 10-Step Resilience Programme will help your patients:

  • Cultivate a stronger self awareness and positive sense of self
  • Develop a better understanding of their needs and how to meet them
  • Build more honest and authentic relationships with others
  • Learn to communicate effectively with others, without judgment
  • Increase their ability to handle difficult situations
  • Feel empowered with their life and health choices
  • Have healthier boundaries and limits that work for them
  • Feel calmer, more positive and generally more content

Resilience in healthcare

But it’s not just about patients. Everyone needs to build resilience, especially frontline health staff and key workers. That’s why we include your whole community. Your healthcare providers and support staff, as well as your patients, can take advantage of our wellbeing programme, so you can build a more resilient health practice. 

How it works

  • Firstly, we work with your healthcare providers and practice staff from an individual’s perspective, explaining and engaging with the 4 Wellbeing Principles and 10-Step Resilience Programme. When we work on ourselves first we create self care awareness, we open the curious mind to what we need to remain healthy, and we develop our own self love and self empathy.
  • From here, we look at how your practice as a whole could engage with health and wellbeing, from patients to healthcare providers and support staff. The intention is that the wellbeing principles learned become integrated into the ethos of the practice.
  • Training is given to individual members of staff to become health and wellbeing leads. Embedding a health and wellbeing lead in your practice ensures that staff and patient wellbeing is addressed at every level of policy change and planning, and remains at the forefront of decision making.
  • Your practice will receive regular updates and newsletters and the designated health and wellbeing leads will receive training updates.

Benefits for you

Our 10-Step Resilience Programme will help you:

  • Build resilience in the workplace
  • Reduce workplace stress
  • Develop better communication with your colleagues and patients
  • Learn to handle challenging situations more effectively
  • Uncover your unique strengths and skills
  • Cultivate a more positive outlook to both your work and home life
  • Improve your work/life balance

Don’t just take our word for it

We’ve developed our 10-Step Resilience Programme by drawing on years’ of combined experience, and have tested it extensively on our own patients. Here’s what some of them say about it.

I no longer need GP appointments for anxiety and stress...

Prior to this course I was considering making GP appointments re: anxiety and stress. I no longer feel the need to due to learning the techniques from the course. – Michael

My blood pressure is lower and I'm feeling calmer...

My GP recommended the course. I have a poor immune system, nasal polyps and bronchitis and the course sounded as though it would help improve my immunity and reduce inflammation without having to take long term medication. My blood pressure has lowered and I am feeling calmer. – Ray

I feel brighter and more motivated, and my digestion is better too...

I feel brighter and motivated to move forward with things that need doing and feel happier in my home. I had come off omeprazole before the course but now my digestion is better too. I believe the gratitude and breathing has helped. – Amanda

The science of nutrition has been of interest...

The science throughout has been of interest, including the science of nutrition and the influence this has. – David

How to apply

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