Make connections and sign up now for our virtual ‘randomised coffee trial’

Randomised Coffee Trials (RCTs) are a well-used way to meet people across an organisation and find out more about them. They can help to give you a better idea of what goes on in other teams, and what their challenges are. It’s an easy way to meet new people, build relationships, share learning and build community.

In these times, they can also be a good way to promote your own mental wellbeing, talk about how you’re feeling, and feel more connected.

We ran a successful Randomised Coffee Trial across Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust last November, and the feedback was really positive with people learning new things and making new connections.

This year will be a little different and instead of meeting face to face, we’re encouraging ‘virtual’ meetings. This could be as simple as a phone call, or you may want to try a video call if that suits you both. So, grab a hot drink and get talking! It’s also open to any NHS staff or students across Shropshire.

Simply send your details to Jason Curtis (jason.curtis1@nhs.net) and you’ll be randomly* matched with someone. You’ll then arrange to meet virtually with them for half an hour over a coffee (or any other hot drink) during May. What you talk about is up to you, and it doesn’t need to be work-related.

May not be entirely random, as we’ll try to make sure your RCT partner is from a different team

Support your mental health and wellbeing with these free apps

NHS staff have been given free access to a number of helpful apps until the end of December, to help you support your own mental health and wellbeing through this challenging time.  For more information on how to access these, visit the NHS Employers website.

Unmind

Unmind is a mental health platform that empowers staff to proactively improve their mental wellbeing. Using scientifically-backed assessments, tools and training you can measure and manage your personal mental health needs, including digital programmes designed to help with stress, sleep, coping, connection, fulfillment and nutrition.

Headspace

Headspace is a science-backed app in mindfulness and meditation, providing unique tools and resources to help reduce stress, build resilience, and aid better sleep.

Sleepio

Sleepio is a clinically-evidenced sleep improvement programme that is fully automated and highly personalised, using cognitive behavioural techniques to help improve poor sleep.

Daylight

Daylight is a smartphone-based app that provides help to people experiencing symptoms of worry and anxiety, using evidence-based cognitive behavioural techniques, voice and animation.

Take part in a ‘Randomised Coffee Trial’ in November

Randomised Coffee Trials (RCTs) are a well-used way to meet people across an organisation and find out more about them. They can help to give you a better idea of what goes on other teams, and what their challenges are. It’s an easy way to meet new people, build relationships, share learning and build community.

A Randomised Coffee Trial (a play on the term ‘randomised controlled trial’ in medical research) is taking place across SaTH during November and anyone can sign up to take part.

Simply send your details to Jason Curtis (jason.curtis1@nhs.net) and you’ll be randomly* matched with someone else in a different team. You’ll then arrange to meet with them for half an hour over a coffee (or other hot drink) at a venue of your choice during November. What you talk about is up to you, it doesn’t even need to be work-related!

You don’t need to meet in the library, but if you do you can both claim a free hot drink and biscuit.

* May not be entirely random, as we’ll match you with someone at the same site as you, and we’ll make sure your RCT partner is from a different team.