COVID-19: Health & wellbeing support

Our NHS people are doing extraordinary things in the face of an extraordinary challenge, and so need an extraordinary level of support.

You might be worried about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. This may include having to stay at home and avoid other people. This might feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing.

This is why the NHS nationally and locally has developed a range of wellbeing support to care for and protect all of our NHS people, whether at the front line or in supporting services.

We encourage NHS teams to take immediate advantage of these services.  They can be used in addition to the support available from your own NHS organisations and will develop further in coming days and weeks.

HCSWellbeing initiative

We are really pleased to support this HCS wellbeing initiative that has been brought to you by the Academy for Healthcare Science, AHCS Professional Bodies Council and the Office of the Chief Scientific Officer for England. They have worked together to develop a free text service with NHSE and the Behavioural Insights Team.

By signing up you’ll receive one message a week for 8 weeks, offering you prompts and signposting to wellbeing resources. All you need to do is provide your UK mobile phone number – it will take you about 30 seconds to sign up and you can unsubscribe at any time. Your information won’t be used for any other purpose.

The deadline for signing up is the 24th June.

Sign up to HCSWellbeing today

Our NHS People Wellbeing Support

All NHS staff will have access to a range of support (#OurNHSPeople Wellbeing Support):

  • a free wellbeing support helpline 0300 131 7000, available from 7.00 am – 11.00 pm seven days a week, providing confidential listening from trained professionals and specialist advice – including coaching, bereavement care, mental health and financial help
  • a 24/7 text alternative to the above helpline – simply text FRONTLINE to 85258
  • an online staff common room for NHS people to come together and support each other
  • online peer to peer, team and personal resilience support, including through Silver Cloud, and free mindfulness apps including Unmind, Horizons NHS, Headspace Sleepio and Daylight

NHS Bereavement support

NHS England and NHS Improvement have put together a suite of resources that aim to help you access support during what will be a difficult time for our staff, given the restrictions and changes to normal grieving patterns and processes for staff who come from diverse backgrounds.

Bereavement support

NHS Every Mind Matters

Every Mind Matters is here to help you manage and maintain your mental health, as good mental health makes such a difference. It helps us to relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more.

Every Mind Matters gives you simple and practical advice to get a healthier mind and get more out of life – from how to deal with stress and anxiety, to boosting our mood or sleeping better. It will help you spot the signs of common mental health conditions, get personalised practical self-care tips and information on further support. You’ll also learn about what you can do to help others.

Every Mind Matters has been created by Public Health England, with tips and advice developed with experts and approved by the NHS. It has also been endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners. In January 2020, we teamed up with Heads Up for the biggest weekend in football, the Emirates FA Cup Third Round, to help you discover simple steps to look after your mental health.

It only takes a minute to get started with our short free quiz to create Your Mind Plan with personalised tips and advice.

The One You site also includes tips for home workouts during self-isolation.

Contacting the NSHCS

The School is very much open at present. We are continuing to work (from home!) and are here for you.

If you need to speak to someone urgently, please see below the contacts.

Phone number – 0121 695 2529

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