Staff Support Hub Update – Finance support for staff & volunteers

Tools and Webinars to help your Financial Wellbeing

The cost-of-living crisis is increasing and so are the financial worries. More than a quarter of the UK adults feel ashamed, depressed, and anxious due to financial worries. This isn’t something to be ashamed of, but it is important that you can face up to it and get the help you need.

To help reduce the financial worries of the staff, we the Staff Support Hub have collaborated with the MoneyHelper to add some useful finance calculators to our website.

We have a range of free financial tools including:

  • Budget Planner
  • Savings Calculator
  • Credit Card Calculator
  • Loan Calculator
  • Redundancy pay calculator and planner
  • Pension calculator
  • Workplace pension contribution calculators


Also, this new financial help webpage on our website has got:

  • Online, Telephone, and Face-to-face debt advice services
  • Money Manager for Universal Credit claimants
  • Redundancy Advice Plan


Accessing the Financial Tools

To access these tools, please click here. Alternatively, you can find these calculators on our website under the ‘More Support’ tab.


Money worries can impact your mental health.

If you feel your financial worries are affecting your mental health, please call our helpline number at 0808 801 0377 or chat with us online from our website here.


Financial Wellbeing Webinars

 Also, along with Money Charity, we are organising two financial wellbeing webinars this month.

Please click on the below webinar titles for more details and to register.




Other Upcoming Webinars

Please click on the webinar dates below for more details about the webinar and to register.


The Support Staff Hub Latest Newsletter

The NHS Staff Support Hub is open to all Voluntary and community volunteers and workers who work on the front line. They have a number of services you can access free of charge and are welcome to attend any of their events.

Below you will  find their latest newsletter.


In this issue:

*Accident & Emergency. The Front Line   *Hospital Discharge Policy Legal Judgement   *New “Working Well” Team Just For You   *Brand New Counselling Service   *Mindfulness. Join an 8-Week Course   *OH Pilot: Rebranded to Primary Care OH and HR Service   *Pre-Retirement Courses   *Wellbeing Webinars. Focus on: Staff Support Forums   *Upcoming Events! Webinars & Support Forums   *About Us & Hub On A Page   *Don’t Miss Out! Previous Newsletters

Click on the image to view the newsletter

Together Fund from Sport England and Versus Arthritis

Versus Arthritis have teamed up with Sport England to distribute grants of up to £5,000 to organisations in England who want to support people with long-term health conditions to get active.


The fund will support organisations to increase the availability of exercise opportunities for people in local communities, to help aid recovery from the negative impact of COVID-19 and reduce the widening of inequalities in sport and physical activity.


Applications are particularly welcome from groups who also support people from culturally diverse communities, disabled people, and people from lower socio-economic groups.


They are particularly interested in supporting people with musculoskeletal conditions which affect 32% of people in England and anticipate that a number of groups will be eligible. More information about these conditions can be found here.


More information about the Together Fund, including how organisations can apply, can be found here. 


If you have any questions or wish to discuss the funding available further, please email

Join the new Citizen Participation Group

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Adopting Innovation Hub are looking for people to join their Citizen Participation Group. Interested? Read on for what they have to say about the role.

The Innovation Hub

In June 2021, we were delighted to be awarded a grant by the Health Foundation Adopting Innovation programme. Selected as one of four hubs, we will work across NHS organisations in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to become so good at adapting innovations that we can target new solutions to the most pressing problems we face and improve health outcomes for all.

An innovation is a new idea, practice or object whose application leads to added value, such as better health outcomes or cheaper costs. Spreading these new approaches within the NHS is challenging, but our experience tells us that working alongside citizens and staff really helps.

Co-production is the word we use to describe working together with citizens and staff on the design, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of services.  The partners in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Innovation Hub are passionate about co-production because we understand innovations need to meet the needs of people who use them.

In accordance with the grant we have been awarded, the programme shall run from Feb 2022 to early 2024.

What will your role be?  

The Citizen Participation Group is being established to embed the public voice in the work of the Innovation Hub. As a member of the Citizen Participation Group, you will help to guide the design, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of innovations that are implemented through the Hub.  The Citizen Participation Group will bring together a diverse range of citizen views and experiences from across the county to help to ensure that the work of the hub fully represents the views and interests of all.

About you

We are not expecting you to have any prior experience of being a citizen representative. All we ask is that you bring a passion for improving health and care and willingness to draw on your personal experience as a patient, family member or friend. The focus of the hub is to address health inequalities – unfair and avoidable differences in health across the population, and between different groups within society. Health inequalities arise because of conditions in which we are born, grow up, live, work and age. We would therefore love to hear from applicants from a diversity of backgrounds, including age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity and income.

What will you get in return?

The role provides a rewarding opportunity to contribute to the transformation of health and care and would be a valuable additional to your C.V. It will mean a commitment of approximately 3 hours a month which you will be paid for at approximately £10 per hour for meetings plus travel, and £20 per hour for additional work. The Citizen Participation Group will appoint two members to join the recruitment panel to appoint the Citizen Chair, who will sit within the hub leadership team.

How to Apply

Apply online at

Citizen Participation Group Application


Launch of Health Inequalities Prize

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough ICS is committed to tackling health inequalities, including those which are a result of digital exclusion. We have launched an innovative new challenge fund to tackle digital exclusion in healthcare across the county.

Digital health and care innovation is beginning to transform health services, and the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the use of digital healthcare support. However, it has also shone a light on the inequalities of digital access to health and care services, as people who do not have access to information and services online are likely to be more at risk of poorer health and social care outcomes.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough ICS Health Inequalities Challenge Prize 2022 aims to tackle the digital divide in our communities and support the most vulnerable people in our community.

The Health Inequalities Challenge Prize encourages NHS organisations, social care organisations, charities and local innovators to help tackle health and social care inequalities caused by digital exclusion. The prize has been launched in partnership with Cambridgeshire Community Foundation and Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.



Individuals, groups and organisations wishing to apply must do so by 1 February 2022.

Eight finalists will each be awarded a grant of £3,000 for projects designed to support those who are digitally excluded. From these, one winner will be chosen and awarded an additional £10,000 prize money to continue their project. All finalists and the winner must adhere to the objectives as set out by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough ICS. For more information please visit

Update on the development of the Health Care ICS

On the 28th of September, the Health and Wellbeing Network met to discuss the new changes and developments around the new Integrated Care System, implemented within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Julie Farrow, the CEO of Hunts Forum and lead organisation on the Support Cambridgeshire partnership, updated the group, explaining the ICS and back story and talked through the expectation moving forward. It was finally ended talking about a new pot of money that has been won around getting the VCSE engaged within the process.

The presentation can be viewed again below. Slides can be viewed here > HWN Sept 21

Following the presentation, the group were asked to think about two questions and feedback was inputted into a Jambaord, which can be accessed here we welcome further comments and ideas (Link live until December 2021)

The below links showcase more information for those who would like to know more about the ICS and ICP’s.

In Julie’s update, she talks through some funding obtained to support VCSE to engage with the ICS. The Express of Intrest can be found here > Embedding the VCSE in ICSs Cohort 3 EOI v4

If you would like to know more about the ICS or want to engage with its development, then please get in touch with Julie Farrow – 


Training around wellbeing of staff


Many people find it challenging to talk about mental health at work. Frontline staff may feel embarrassed about their suffering, while managers may not know what to say. Unfortunately, this can contribute to a vicious cycle as no one talks about it and the stigma and isolation grow.

In this workshop series, managers and supervisors will discover how to notice suffering in their team and start conversations safely. Through a straightforward four-step process, attendees will learn how to :

  1. Notice suffering in their colleagues
  2. Identify and overcome the barriers to engaging team members
  3. Cultivate empathy for their distress
  4. Respond appropriately and effectively to alleviate their concerns

There are two sessions in the series, of two hours duration each.

  • Session One: How to notice suffering in the workplace and start conversations with your staff.
  • Session Two: How to overcome barriers to compassion, build empathy and alleviate suffering.

Upon registering for Session 1, delegates will automatically receive an invite for Session 2 in that series. The series of workshops will run twice each month:

Wed 15th Sept 2-4 pm (Session 1); Wed 29th Sept 2-4 pm (Session 2) FULL

Fri 24th Sept 10-12 pm (Session 1); Fri 1st October 10-12 pm (Session 2) FULL

Wed 13th Oct 6-8 pm (Session 1); Wed 20th Oct 6-8 pm (Session 2) *evening sessions FULL

Fri 15th Oct 10-12 pm (Session 1); Fri 22nd Oct 10-12 pm (Session 2) FULL

Wed 10th November 2-4 pm (Session 1); Wed 24th Nov 2-4 pm (Session 2) FULL

Fri 19th November 10-12 pm (Session 1); Fri 26th Nov10-12 pm (Session 2) FULL


More training will be offered to check availability of this please  CLICK HERE


Please regularly check the Staff Support Hub website for more information about the Hub and for details of upcoming similar sessions.


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New listening service for VCSE staff and volunteers


Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Integrated Care System, in partnership with CPFT, have launched a new support service in response to the pandemic, specifically for people who work in healthcare, social care, the voluntary sector or not-for-profit sector in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The pandemic has affected us all in different ways. We know it can be particularly hard to look after yourself when you feel you have to be there for others. The Staff Support Hub has been set up to support volunteers and teams in the voluntary sector through any problems they are facing, whatever they may be. The Hub is run by experts in the mental health field and confidentiality is paramount.

Please help ensure your team/s are aware of its availability – whether they need to talk to somebody, seek advice on where to find specific resources, or receive counselling.  The attached leaflet contains the telephone number and link to the callback service.  We are also currently setting up a facility for managers to contact us to discuss the need and organise a group session or a team debrief from a particular situation, which will be delivered by the Hub team and will stay in touch via Hunts Forum with new developments.

For any queries about the Staff Support Hub, please contact Laura McEwen-Smith Project Lead


Becoming an ICS – We want your views

Health and care organisations across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are becoming more joined up than ever before after the creation of a new Integrated Care System (ICS) for the area.

Integrated Care Systems, or ICSs, are partnerships between organisations that meet the health and care needs of local people. There are 42 Integrated Care Systems in England, with our Integrated Care System covering all of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

By working together, different parts of the health and care system are better able to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities, reducing health inequalities and putting patients at the heart of everything we do.

Now that we have been accredited as an ICS, we are looking at how we ensure we are continuing to improve and meeting the needs of the population. As part of this we recognise that a key element of our success will be listening to and involving our staff and key stakeholders every step of the way.

It is vital those who know our local communities, understand the challenges we face and have unique insights into our patient needs have the opportunity to share their views on the future of local health and care services.

This is why we are asking for your views via a short survey. This will help us understand what you think an ICS is and should focus on alongside getting your views on elements such as branding, visions and ways in which those who would like to be more involved can do in the future. The survey will run until 25th June 2021 and we will share the results with you all soon after. You can access the survey HERE

You can also find further information on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Integrated Care System webpage

The New Integrated Care System

On the morning of the 21st April, Mike More the Independent Chair of the STP and Interim Chair of the Integrated Care System (ICS) shadow board came and spoke to a group of CEO’s and top-line management professionals about the new health care system which will replace the CCG.

Mike took the group through where the idea of the ICS came from, and how it will work and this was then followed by questions from the group. The slides can be found HERE


The CEO Network is a network of voluntary and community leaders across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, it is a close group however anyone can join. If you wish to be part of the CEO network then please contact Julie Farrow 0n 01480 420601 or at