We called the site this name because we wanted something hopeful that illustrated how people flock together towards the greater good and that may provide a hub for shared learning. We also hope to create a social movement towards a healthier working life #wingstowellbeing on social media.

An open narrative system is a way of exploring narrative based themes to provoke learning and reflection. The aim is to capture the complexity of change in systems. It uses a 3D structure where routes to exploration can deepen and be individualised. The themes are based on an analysis of real good practice examples and these exist as narratives at the deepest level to illustrate practical applications.

Open Narrative Enquiry is the large scale qualitative methodology that was developed to extract themes rapidly from real practical examples. It was developed by Petia Sice, Associate Professor (Specialising in Wellbeing Informatics), and Angela Kennedy, Psychologist, in 2019 for use at a national trauma summit hosted by the Northern England Clinical Network and the Academic Health Sciences Network. It draws on ideas from "world cafes", "socratic cafes", "appreciative enquiry" and "qualitative research methodology".

Starting with a large number of constructive real world examples, small teams extract salient points and pass around their thinking to other teams until a consensus is reached. This process takes up to one day in vivo.

This staff health version has allowed online submissions to be collected and then categorised them using data analytics into themes relevant to this area of exploration.

This Open Narrative System was based on an idea by Dr Angela Kennedy and created by the team at Northumbria University: Garry Elvin, Drummond Heckels, Dan Turner and Petia Sice. Its development was funded by NHS-England's North East and North Cumbria Staff Wellbeing Hub, set up as part of the support for health and care staff during the covid-19 pandemic.

Choose a theme to explore by clicking on it. Different routes will be opened at each level thereby creating bespoke explorations. Narratives that inform each theme and illustrate how to implement each are at the deepest level. Most practice examples are tagged with more than one theme. All examples are positive ones. Some practice examples include contact details of the person to contact for more information and they would be willing to network about it.

There is an option to submit more good practice examples for consideration via the submission page which can be found here: Good practice submission

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The site is an open access website that is currently hosted on a secure web hosting server (although that may change). No one is making money from the website nor its information. You retain copyright and intellectual property of any information that you share, although you may want to consider what you add to the site if you are concerned. The purpose of the sharing is so that other people can learn from and use the learning.

We have never been more aware of the need to address mental health and wellbeing at work. Those in healthcare or other public services face particular strains and we have a duty to look after them. To maintain staff who enjoy coming to work and can do their job well, there are things that we can do. This site is a way of capturing some examples that work towards the prevention of wellbeing difficulties at work, addressing problems once they arise or are aiming for growth, development and innovation. Collective action and community based wisdom for cultures of wellness.