Title Reducing Occupational Stress in Employment
Project Number 142840-LLP-1-2008-1-IE-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text ROSE is a Leonardo da Vinci funded project aimed at reducing stress and burnout amongst people working in the mental health and intellectual disability occupational support sector. The project was carried out by 9 different partner organisations across 6 EU member states.
ROSE is a Leonardo da Vinci funded project aimed at reducing stress and burnout amongst people working in the mental health and intellectual disability occupational support sector. The project was carried out by 9 different partner organisations across 6 EU member states.
The literature indicates that working with this group of people in support and training centres can be particularly challenging for staff in terms of occupational stress, emotional exhaustion and ‘burnout’. This is a significant reason for experienced staff leaving their jobs. This in turn reduces the ability of services to provide effective support to people with mental health problems and intellectual disabilities.
Whilst a number of stress management programmes have been developed for staff working in clinical environments no such programmes have been developed to support staff working in rehabilitation, employment support or social care environments.
The ROSE project is particularly significant at this time as levels of stress in the workplace and society at large are likely to increase as a consequence of the current economic downturn.
The Reducing Occupational Stress in Employment (ROSE) project aims to support front line staff and managers who work in the occupational/rehabilitation and social care intellectual disability and mental health sectors. The literature indicates that working in this area of training can be particularly challenging for staff in terms of occupational stress and emotional exhaustion, which can be significant reasons for experienced personnel leaving posts. Such loss of experienced personnel may diminish the ability of organisations to provide effective delivery to service users.
Whilst a number of de-stressor programmes have been developed for staff working in clinical environments no such programmes have been developed to support staff working in the occupational/rehabilitative and social care environments.
This project aims to develop a combined person and work directed multi modal intervention de-stressor programme in order to improve long-term retention of training and support staff who work with people with mental health and/or intellectual disabilities in the occupational/rehabilitation and social care environment.
The ROSE consortium comprises nine organisations drawn from six countries within the European Union. The partners bring a range of high value clinical, research and service delivery expertise including cognitive behaviour therapies, multiple intelligence teaching approaches, e-learning, service design and quality assurance.
The project employed surveys, stress assessment tools and focus groups with the potential beneficiaries – that is front line staff and managers who work in the occupational/rehabilitation and social care intellectual disability and mental health sectors within five EU countries. Information gathered was used to develop a pilot person and work directed stress management intervention. This pilot programme was tested from December 2009 and the full programme was launched in June 2010.
Results indicate a lack of uniformity in organisational approaches, staff education and staff support as this relates to workplace stress. Those working in the sector see a need for effective individual and organisational support in the management of stress. The adoption of an online stress management programme is perceived by workers as a commitment on the part of their organisation to employee well being.
Our results indicate a need to address the issue of work related stress in an ongoing way. An online delivery platform mechanism coupled with interactive communication and review appears to be a sustainable way of achieving this. The ROSE project consortium is well placed to engage with this sustainability.
The ROSE project has established a promotional website where details of the project and the consortium partners, including contact details, can be found. The website address is www.roseproject.eu
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The ROSE project aims to develop a ‘user-friendly’ person and work directed stress management online programme for staff working with people with mental health problems and intellectual disabilities in occupational and rehabilitation centres. The project has four main objectives. These are:
• Develop a short integrated person and work directed programme that can be used in a variety of vocational rehabilitation settings within the social care sector of the participating member states;
• Raise awareness of the importance of dealing with the issue of occupational stress and risk of burnout amongst staff working in the vocational training and employment sector, initially for those staff dealing with users of mental health services;
• Evaluate the programme utilising a range of measures to assess the views of programme participants on the efficacy of the programme;
• Assess the value of the programme to the wider social care service domain.
In order to achieve its objectives the ROSE programme team have consulted widely with managers and support workers in the sector to enable them to understand the nature of stress in the sector and also what workers feel will help them to cope with such stress. The views of this target audience have been incorporated into the design of the programme.
The ROSE programme will educate managers and front line workers- including trainers and support workers, to manage their stress, at both an individual level and also in terms of the working environment. It will thus enhance workers’ well being. The development of an open web based learning platform through which workers can easily access the programme will mean that managers and staff will be able to regularly access information and guidance. This regularity of access is likely to reinforce their learning and provide them with support.
The research literature shows that stress is a significant cause of ill health amongst front line workers and often leads them to leave their employment. Therefore, by supporting workers to manage their stress more effectively, the ROSE programme aims to impact in a positive way on staff retention in the work place.