What is umatter?

UMatter is the name of our new website and staff health and wellbeing programme for all employees of the Southern Trust. The website and the Staff Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2018-2021, were launched on 23rd April 2018 following a period of staff engagement. 

The development of the staff health and wellbeing strategy underlines the Trust’s commitment to supporting the health and wellbeing of all staff. It also recognises how important good staff health and wellbeing are to the successful delivery of excellent healthcare in the Southern Trust area. Our commitment to staff health and wellbeing is embedded within other key work streams and plans including our Corporate Plan 2017/18-2020/21, and our Workforce Strategy 2017-2021. 

The Staff Health & Wellbeing Strategy has been developed by our Workplace Health & Wellbeing (HWB) Steering Group. Membership of the Steering Group includes: 


* Vivienne Toal, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development 

* Jane Carr, Senior Human Resources Manager 

* Graham White, Senior Human Resources Advisor

* Lynne Smart, Head of Health Improvement 

* Nina Daly, Workplace Health Improvement Specialist 

* Clare Drummy, Senior Health Promotion Officer: Physical Activity 

* Dr Angela Higgins, Interim Head Occupational Health  

* Grainne Donnelly, Physiotherapy 

* Margretta Chambers, Staff side representative 

* Margaret Dooley, Staff side representative 


Our Health & Wellbeing Strategy and the supporting action plan will enable us to further build on good practice to ensure a proactive and innovative approach to enhancing staff health and wellbeing and promoting a culture where health and wellbeing is embraced by all our staff. This will be achieved through provision of health and wellbeing information, opportunities for staff to participate in health and wellbeing initiatives, staff training, creating working environments that are conducive to good health and safety, providing staff support mechanisms and joint working with staff, their representatives, local partners and our wider HSC family to identify and address areas for improvement. 

A network of workplace health champions is being created and will be supported so that individuals are enabled to get involved in driving wellbeing forward for themselves and their colleagues. Details on the health champions and the events they run can be found on The umatter website will provide staff with accurate, relevant and up-to-date information, advice and support on a wide range of health and wellbeing issues and Trust based policies, initiatives and schemes. 

We hope that you will get involved in umatter as a participant or as a recipient or both. Here’s to improved health and wellbeing for all.