Staff wellbeing, education and training
King’s Health Partners has, and continues, to support the response to COVID-19 by creating and sharing staff health and wellbeing materials, developing online educational resources and creating virtual spaces to share learning on how to manage patients with COVID-19.
Supporting staff wellbeing
Throughout the pandemic we have emphasised the importance of staff health and wellbeing, and supported our partners’ response in the following ways:
- Helping create places where staff can take time to rest and decompress, known as wellbeing hubs or rest and recharge zones.
- Promoting materials developed nationally and internationally to support COVID-19 staff health and wellbeing, such as websites offering psychological support and advice to frontline medical staff.
- Developing materials to support staff mental and physical health, such as a poster outlining six tips for maintaining good mental wellbeing and resilience, which we created in collaboration with Health Innovation Network.
- Recording guided mediation sessions to support staff, students and the local community in their mindfulness learning and practice, known as Mindfulness For All.
Developing materials for staff to help them provide the best possible care for patients
To offer targeted support for the tangible changes affecting staff during the pandemic we have rapidly developed new education and training materials, including:
- Working with nursing colleagues to develop unique resources for quick look guides non-critical care staff asked to move from their normal working environments into critical care.
- Creating a new area on our Learning Hub, dedicated to COVID-19 resources. This space provides the latest resources and information available to support staff to deliver the best patient care.
- Promoting the London Transformation and Learning Collaborative free, open access training portal for healthcare professionals working in or being redeployed to work in critical care.
Sharing knowledge locally, nationally and globally
King’s Health Partners has established new forums to share learnings about the novel disease, COVID-19.
- In April 2020, we launched the online series Global: How I manage COVID-19 patients – meet the expert. The sessions brought together experts from around the world to discuss their learning from COVID-19 and answer pressing questions about how to manage patients. Since its launch, the series has broadened its remit to include more key topics from medical academia alongside COVID-19. The series is now officially hosted in collaboration with the European University Hospital Alliance. As of May 2021, we have welcomed over 3,900 attendees across 46 events. All sessions are available on our Learning Hub, free for staff and students across King’s Health Partners.
- Our primary care webinar series brings professionals from the across the healthcare system in south east London together to discuss the COVID-19 response in primary care settings and share learnings.
- Our Clinical Academic Innovation workshop series 2020-21 is an opportunity for health care professionals, clinicians, academics and other key stakeholders across King’s Health Partners and south London to discuss how best to realise our vision to deliver better health for all through high impact innovation. Key topics have included emerging insights and learning from the COVID-19 pandemic, compassionate leadership for a sustainable workforce and urban population health.
- King’s Health Partners Safety Connections Network is an opportunity for colleagues to learn about patient safety experiences and hear from experts about improving the safety, effectiveness and experience of care.
Facilitating online learning
King’s Health Partners has adapted to our new virtual learning environments in a range of ways. This includes:
- Hosting the King’s Health Partners annual conference online, which saw the launch of our new five-year plan – ‘Delivering better health for all through high impact innovation’. The presentations and workshops are available to view online.
- Moving our events and collaborative sessions from face-to-face to virtual settings.
- Moving our annual King’s Health Partners Summer School online, to ensure the programme continued despite the limitations caused by COVID-19.
In April 2021, the Mind & Body team made the Level 2: Mind and Body Awareness and Communication Skills for Adults available on the Learning Hub. The course aims to improve competence in managing challenging clinical situations about interacting physical and psychological needs.
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