Sector: 
Health & NHS
Date of Pledge: 
31/08/2020

About this pledge

Salutem offer specialist services for adults with Physical Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Autism, Mental Health, Acquired Brain Injury and complex needs.  We also offer children’s and education services across the UK.  

Salutem are the parent organisation of Ambito, Ambito Education, Clearwater Care, Modus and The Pathways Group. We offer a range of services including supported living, residential services, day opportunities, specialist education and children’s services, as well as development of bespoke service models in response to specific needs of individuals and commissioners. Salutem currently operate 130 services in England and Wales and employ approximately 3000 staff. 

Working in Social Care and Education is one of the most rewarding careers, but it can also be one of the most demanding. That’s why we take the mental health of our employees extremely seriously. We already offer a range of solutions such as an employee assistance programme; induction and training opportunities; resources to tackle workplace stress and build resilience. 

Our objective is to become the leading provider of learning disability services; physical disability services; children’s services; education services; mental health and autism services. The senior leadership team recognise that our ambitions are only achievable if we proactively invest in employee wellbeing, ensuring we deliver outstanding services to the people we support through an engaged, present and fulfilled workforce. Senior leaders have already shown great enthusiasm for sponsoring wellbeing initiatives and are further committed to our Time to Change pledge.

We take pride in being an organisation of ‘people looking after people’, and we do this through our person-centred culture based on the Salutem values (Supportive – Ambitious – Loyal – Unique – Transparent – Engaging – Meaningful). We encourage open conversations with staff to increase awareness, seek mutual understanding, and to support and signpost those who may need additional help. In response to COVID19 we increased the level of education, advice and guidance for staff in order to cope with the unprecedented pressures of being a keyworker on the frontline. This was well received and affirmed there was appetite from staff on how to look after themselves and others better. It’s prompted new ideas on how we could evolve our wellbeing offering, not only in times of a pandemic, but to all life’s events.

We’re fully committed to implementing new solutions through our Time to Change action plan, and continuously reviewing how we break the stigma of mental health, tackle discrimination and further support employees.  We will do this by continuing to give our employees a voice, ensuring they have opportunities to contribute, challenge and influence actions. This enables us to deliver solutions that people have a thirst for and will therefore make a real difference to employee mental wellbeing.