An online resource for healthcare workers to maintain their psychological wellbeing during and after the COVID-19 pandemic has been developed.
Dr Holly Blake, from the University of Nottingham, received funding from NIHR CLAHRC EM to conduct a systematic review, on which this online resource is based.
The e-package covers:
- Advice for team leaders to create psychologically safe workplaces where staff feel comfortable raising issues and concerns
- Communication: the importance of language and avoiding social stigma
- Guidance on supporting mental health in others through Psychological First Aid
- Guidance on rest and work breaks, shift-work, sleep and fatigue
- Specific impacts of the pandemic, such as making morally challenging decisions around providing for patients with limited resources, and balancing the needs of patients with the needs of self
- Guidance around dealing with grief, and managing emotions such as fear, anxiety and low mood
The resource can be accessed here: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/toolkits/play_22794
Blake H, Bermingham F. Psychological wellbeing for healthcare workers: mitigating the impact of covid-19. The University of Nottingham. Version 1.0, April 2020. https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/toolkits/play_22794