BHF Medical Director, Professor Sir Nilesh Samani, explains why our mission has never been more important, and how research leaders are tackling Covid-19 and cardiovascular disease together
Scientists across the country are investigating ways to treat Covid-19. Doug Killen, Reward Manager at the BHF, recently gave plasma as part of a clinical trial aimed at improving care for patients.
Over the last month we have run an internal competition asking our staff to get creative by drawing inspiration from hearts. We received 70 incredible entries, from crochet hearts, heart flower arrangements and even a heart-shaped pizza! We’re delighted to announce Rachel from our Hillsborough Furniture and Electrical Store as the winner with her drawing!
Inspiring piece in the Huffington Post about three BHF nurses, Vanessa, Victoria and Chloe, who all returned to healthcare settings to help the fight against Covid-19.
Everything we do is driven by our mission to continue helping and supporting all those living with heart and circulatory diseases in the UK. During the coronavirus crisis, we remain committed to supporting those who need us the most through these concerning times. Our Chief Executive, Dr Charmaine Griffiths, updates on the measures we’re taking to support people with heart and circulatory diseases and protect our future.
We caught up with Recruitment Partner, Sarah, who shared a few tips on working remotely whilst looking after her young son. “Being at home, it can be hard to switch off from my other role as a parent. The BHF have been very supportive by setting up a parent network to share ideas, resources and advice during this time. I’ve created my own workspace at home and continue to communicate regularly with my supportive team, particularly if I need to be away for any reason during working hours. My husband and I take it in turns to work ‘shifts’ and try to split the day up into different activities such as crafts and puzzles. I make sure that I take breaks to spend time with Kian and we’ve been making the most of the nice weather by having lunch in the garden! Probably the most important thing to know during this unprecedented time is that you’re not alone - so reach out to colleagues either to share tips or let off steam. Remember that you’re doing your best and are still a great parent and colleague.'
At the BHF we offer remote learning to support our colleagues with their personal and self-development. The courses available include; virtual coaching, top tips to effectively work from home, building confidence and thinking creatively. Each course is accessible online via Workday and Learning Box for our colleagues to develop their skills now and for the future.
In a letter to our supporters, BHF Chief Exec, Charmaine Griffiths explains how we are adapting as a charity during these unprecedented times, and the steps we are taking to ensure that we can still work together to beat heartbreak forever.
Thinking of trying something different and volunteering in 2020? The latest edition of our volunteer magazine has landed in our shops and stores and at volunteer's doors this week! Check out the digital version that is available on our website to find out how by gifting us your spare time, you can help people and families who are affected by heart and circulatory diseases.
This week we caught up with wellbeing leader Louise on how we encourage colleagues to live a healthy and happy life both at home and at work. "The Live Well. Work well group centres its work around four pillars: healthy eating, mental health, physical activity and kicking habits. I immediately asked to join as I wanted to encourage employees to look after both their mental and physical health. The BHF offers many health and wellbeing benefits such as a gym subsidy and a Mental Health Ambassador programme. The fundamental lesson I’ve learned is how important your team can be in supporting you to look after your wellbeing. I am often having conversations with different departments to share ideas on how we can improve and care for our own welfare."