Healthy Ireland in Cork Kerry Community Healthcare

Priscilla Lynch, Head of Service Health & Wellbeing, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare

Covid-19 is presenting unprecedented challenges to both our staff and the public. 

Keeping ourselves well physically and mentally is very important at the moment and to help with that our Principal Psychology Manager, Daniel Flynn, has developed a series of videos for Cork Kerry Community Healthcare YouTube Channel on how to manage our mental wellbeing.

There are three cycles of videos:

5 ways over 5 days

1. Understanding our Emotions Why we have emotions and how we manage them even if we do not like them.

2. Understanding our states of mind How we balance emotion and reason and find a wiser mind.

3. Daily Mindfulness How to be in the moment; the “what” and “how” of everyday practice.

4. Relationship Mindfulness How to be mindful of others and protect your relationships.

5. Coping with Distress Some crisis survival tips when things are not how you want them to be.

5 more ways over 5 days.

1. Working with young children – featuring Ella Lovett, Principal Psychologist, Specialist in Child and Adolescent Health

2. Working with Teenagers – featuring Anthony Kiernan, Senior Psychologist, Child and Adolescent Health 

3. Working with Intellectual Disabilities – featuring Paul Duggan, Senior Psychologist, Mental Health and Intellectual Disability.

4. Working with Older People – featuring Judy Wall, Senior Psychologist, Mental Health Services for Older People

5. Advancing our Mindfulness Skills Practice – featuring Coleen Cormack, Senior Psychologist, Adult Mental Health Services.

Mindfulness Practices

1. Mindful Practice: Handwashing

2. Mindful Practice: Forest Walk

3. Mindful Practice: Breath

4. Mindful Practice: Body

5. Mindful Practice: Butterfly Hug

Plus, for health care workers, there is a video, Calm with tips on how to manage emotional responses to unprecedented circumstances.

Downloadable Leaflets

Daniel and his team have also produced a series of downloadable ‘How to’ articles containing exercises and tips that can help with:

Effective Use of Mindfulness

Managing My Sleep

Coping with Distress

Managing My Emotions

Finding Calm 

I would also like to thank the very many people who have volunteered to support our community response. Aware of the challenges that lie ahead for volunteers Daniel Flynn has also developed a guidance for Volunteers. Please download and share widely.

Wellbeing at Work Resource

People spend up to a third of their day at work, therefore our work environment has a significant impact on our health. Cork Kerry Community Healthcare (CKCH) is committed to supporting staff health and wellbeing across the region. This booklet will highlight some of the ways you can care for your health and wellbeing and the supports available to you as an employee of CKCH. View and download Wellbeing at Work

Slaintecare Integrated Fund Projects 2019-20

Health and wellbeing community referral

Health & Wellbeing Community Referral is a means of enabling GPs and other front-line healthcare practitioners to refer patients to a link worker who can provide them with a face to face conversation during which they can learn about local opportunities to improve health & wellbeing and design their own personalised solutions,. People with social, emotional or practical needs are empowered to find practical solutions with the support of a link worker. The current phase will see additional sites based at Family Resource Centres in Adrigole, Ballincollig, Kenmare Kerry Head (Ballyheigue), Mallow & Midleton. Sites already exist in Listowel & Ballyphehane. This project is partnered by National Family Resource Centre Mental Health Project.

Chronic disease prevention

Self management support

A directory of services for the management of chronic conditions has been developed for Cork and Kerry. Click on this link to view the directory. The directory intends to: • Highlight the ever increasing services and supports available for people with long term health conditions within the health service, the voluntary sector and also in the wider community where people live. • Increase awareness of the importance of self management supports for people living with long term health conditions. The fact that mental health and physical health are fundamentally linked requires a response to include emotional and mental wellbeing, social, and community supports. • Assist health and social care professionals who may be in a position to refer or signpost people to some of the services and supports listed. In this way the directory may also support healthcare professionals to implement Making Every Contact Count. 

The directory is now available online as a map to making it easy for you to identify services in your area. The pins on the map are colour coded as follows: Blue - Diabetes, Green - Chronic Obstructive pulmonary Disease (COPD), Red - Heart Conditions, Purple - Stroke, Yellow - Generic

Staff wellbeing

Staff campus bike scheme

Bikes have been located at the following campus,

  • Model Business Park,
  • St Marys Health Campus,
  • St Finbarrs Health Campus
  • Rathass Community Services
  • Mount Alvernia
  • Coolnagarrane, Skibbereen

Staff health and wellbeing resources

Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Staff Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Wellbeing at Work Resource Booklet July 2020

Health & Wellbeing Annual Report 2019

Health & Wellbeing Newsletter Archive

A5 Tips for a Healthy Ireland Flyers

A5 Well at Work Flyers

A5 Self Care Flyers

A6 Steps to a Healthy Body Healthy Mind

Corporate Discounts for HSE Staff

Healthy Meeting Guidelines

HSE A3 Physical Activity Poster

Know your Numbers Card

Download the Know Your Numbers card at this link or to order hard copy resources register as a Health Professional via and search under the 'General' category for Know Your Numbers. A maximum of 100 units can be ordered on each request

Request for Staff Health Checks Blank

Healthy Ireland Champions Interactive Map

The role of the Healthy Ireland champion is to:

  • Communicate with colleagues the diverse Health & Wellbeing opportunities available to them. Share information detailed in our H&WB newsletters, theme of the month, broadcast email, and on our website.
  •  Support staff who do not have access to these platforms by displaying posters on notice boards and sharing information in conversation with colleagues. 
  • Feedback on local initiatives that can benefit from H&WB support centrally

System reform

Making every contact count

Cork Kerry Community Healthcare is implementing Making Every Contact Count at pilt sites across Cork and Kerry and in Primary Care, Mental health, Older Persons & Disability Settings. Sign up for Making Every Contact Count online training

Cork Kerry Community Healthcare COMPASS Healthy Ireland Implementation Plan Video