Are You Hungry, Angry, Late, Tired?
HALT (Hungry, Angry, Late, Tired) a new campaign launched by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS foundation trust aims to tackle tiredness and de-motivation in staff, by encouraging them to take frequent breaks throughout the day to improve their health and wellbeing.
By allowing staff to take frequent breaks, the campaign aims to put staff in the best position to make positive decisions for patients as well as to provide the highest level of care.
Managers and team leaders have been asked to lead by example, and adopt the “take a break” culture themselves, with all staff being expected to plan their own breaks during the work day, in order to maximise productivity.
The trust provided workers with workshops and presentations surrounding the importance of taking breaks during work, on World Sleep Day on Friday 17th March.
Dame Eilleen Sills, chief nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ said “Taking a break gives our staff the chance to take a breather and to replenish energy levels by eating or having a drink, physically resting or taking a mental break.”
“As well as being important for staff health and wellbeing, taking breaks is also important for patients as it allows staff to make the best possible decisions for our patients,” she added.