COVID-19 Staff Health and Wellbeing

The COVID-19 outbreak is creating unprecedented pressure on health care services across the globe. It is more important now than ever before that we provide our King’s Health Partners workforce with a range of resources to support our mental health and wellbeing.

This page provides a range of staff health and wellbeing resources from trusted sources that have been developed locally, nationally or internationally and this page will be updated regularly to ensure that you can access timely, accurate and relevant resources all in one place.

The list of resources below will provide useful guidance and support in the following areas:

  • Building individual and team resilience
  • Managing distress
  • Developing coping and adjustment skills
  • Providing access to peer support networks and stress management tools.

If you are a Mind & Body Champion and you would be willing to share any positive news stories or tips for supporting your mental health and wellbeing and the wellbeing of your team during the COVID-19 outbreak, we would love to hear from you. Please email us at mindandbody@slam.nhs.uk.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, shares his message of thanks to all King's Health Partners staff and students working through the pandemic, and the importance of mental health and wellbeing for our staff. 

Resources:

World Health Organisation ‘coping with stress’ poster - this can be printed and put up in break/coffee rooms to provide useful guidance around coping with stress during the COVID-19 outbreak

Positive wellbeing and resilience poster – this poster has been developed by King’s Health Partners and the Health Innovation Network (HIN) and provides staff and communities with six top tips for maintaining good mental wellbeing and resilience. This poster provides targeted messaging for staff working at home and for residents and communities. 

NHS Employers guidance – recommends reviewing plans for staff wellbeing particularly for those with disabilities to enable staff to:

  • keep hydrated and have 24-hour access to food and take regular breaks
  • know where to go to access local support, e.g. occupational health contacts, employee assistance provider (EAP) information and psychological support provision
  • have an effective safety induction into any new areas that staff are being re-deployed

The charity, MIND has produced helpful UK guidance including plans for staying at home, taking care of your mental health and wellbeing and a checklist: are you ready to stay at home?

Public Health England’s Every Mind Matters campaign provides a range of support relating to mental health and wellbeing including anxiety, stress, sleep and low mood. Additional coronavirus related support has been developed for people staying at home and for managing anxiety

Support the workers – is a collaborative resource providing a series of evidence-based briefing notes on issues that are relevant during the COVID-19 response including extreme stressors, resilience, motivation, anxiety and fear, moral injury, PTSD and leadership

Integrating Mental and Physical healthcare: Research, Training and Services (IMPARTS) has a range of Covid-19 self-help resources tailored to patients living with medical conditions including cardiology, liver, rheumatology and renal

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has published information about COVID-19 and how adults and young people can manage their mental health during the pandemic

Headspace - 1000+ hours of mindfulness and sleep content, now free for all NHS staff. 

Members of NHS Contact, Help, Advice and Information Network (CHAIN) have provided useful online resources for Covid-19 including a living map of the evidence, best practice guidance from the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and Communities Together platform to help all UK communities respond to COVID-19

NHS Scotland has published a helpful guide on psychosocial responses to Covid-19 - looking after yourself, patients and staff including a range of infographics on stress, coping and resilience

The Psychology Tools website contains a range of resources offering psychological support and advice to front-line medical staff, as well as to other clients, and to the public. Resources include information handouts, policy documents, research, interventions, websites, working remotely and articles

Future Learn has developed a COVID-19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus three-week course on ‘what is COVID-19 and how might the outbreak affect you? Find out more about coronavirus and explore its worldwide implications’ *This course is provided for personal use only and not for any commercial, professional medical or business purpose.

NHS England and NHS Improvement has produced a range of Learning Disability and Autism resources for coronavirus including easy read guides, posters, e-learning and advice for providers and families.   

Rethink Mental Illness has set up an online hub to provide practical support and information that is useful for people living with, or supporting people with mental illness. 

NHS in Mind is a free platform containing 8 easy-to-access, short interventions to help NHS staff alleviate and combat high anxiety, panic and fatigue at this time. 

Maudsley Learning has created a range of resources on mental health and COVID-19,  aiming to support you during the COVID-19 pandemic. Blog posts about looking after your wellbeing and podcasts are available, along with online resources provided by clinical experts. 

COVID-19: Supporting your recovery. Recovery from COVID-19 will take time. The length of time needed will vary from person to person and it is important not to compare yourself to others. A new resource developed by a group of multi-disciplinary health professionals at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals provides patients and their families with advice on recovering from COVID-19.

Equally Well shares looking after your health during COVID-19: a guide for people with severe mental illness and Healthy Weight Management in People with severe mental illness: a review of the literature to identify effective weight management interventions

South East London Clinical Commissioning Group has put together a list of clinical support to be used during COVID-19. The resource includes locally relevant and curated clinical support for Primary Care teams during COVID-19 pandemic. It covers both COVID care and support in managing unwell patients who would normally be managed in secondary care.