Support measures put in place for NHS staff experiencing stress due to COVID-19

    A third of nurses say their mental health has become “very bad” according to poll

      • Sector News
    • 08.04.20

    The coronavirus pandemic has put unprecedented pressure on the health and social care system. Staff are dealing with the extra physical demands of keeping people safe as well as the emotional fallout of losing colleagues and people they work with to the virus.

    According to a poll of 3,500 nurses conducted by the Nursing Times, a third of nurses treating Covid-19 patients say their mental health has become “very bad” and this has been echoed in a YouGov poll for the Institute for Public Policy Research Institute, which found that more than half of health workers across the sector said the pandemic is having a “severe impact” on their mental health.

    In order to try and support staff who are dealing with the outbreak, a COVID Trauma Response Working Group has been set up to help co-ordinate trauma-informed responses to the COVID outbreak.

    The group have created guidance for staff in charge of putting in place psychological support for workers that are dealing with the outbreak, which highlights three key areas:

    • Fostering team spirit and cohesion; such as by providing opportunities for staff to talk about their experiences and allow time for staff to support each other
    • Promoting wellbeing through flexible, responsive resourcing; such as by proactively supporting vulnerable staff, monitor support needs as the crisis recedes, buddy less experienced colleagues with more experienced ones
    • Providing good, clear, timely communication, information and training; such as by providing open, honest and frank briefing and providing relevant training on dealing with trauma and mental health awareness


    Nursing Times: Exclusive: Nursing Times survey reveals the negative impact of Covid-19 on nurse mental health

    Kings Fund: Responding to stress experienced by hospital staff working with Covid-19

    Website: Trauma Response Working Group

    Trauma Response Working Group: Rapid guidance

    Maybo perspective

    It has been an incredibly challenging time for frontline workers and this guidance is full of useful tips that will be valuable to managers across health, education and social care settings.

    Early recognition and support helps prevent stress and trauma manifesting and we rate TAG Trauma Action Groups's Practitioner Programme which enables organisations to develop internal skills and access screening tools and resources. Now is the time to be genuinely trauma-informed and TAG helps organisations make this a reality: https://www.tagtrauma.com/

    Maybo has worked with TAG to create highly engaging eLearning to develop trauma awareness and understanding across the workforce: https://elearning.maybo.co.uk/store/858515-understanding-trauma-and-trauma-informed-approaches-elearning

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