The Covid-19 pandemic has put health care professionals in an unprecedented situation. We know that NHS staff have been working under extreme pressure, working long hours and having to make impossible decisions that may include how to allocate resources to equally needy patients, and how to provide care for all severely unwell patients with constrained resources. The impact of Covid-19 on the mental health and wellbeing of the NHS workforce cannot be underestimated.
We also know that the hero narrative promoted by the media, which is intended to communicate the value with which we hold health care professionals, may unintentionally add to the pressure individuals are feeling to rise to the present challenge, continually going above and beyond their duty of care, putting their mental health at risk and not feeling able to reach our for support.
At Mind, the UK’s largest mental health charity, we are committed to understanding more about the impact of Covid-19 on the mental health of the NHS workforce so that we can provide the right support at the right time.
With funding from the British Medical Association, we will develop information, resources and tools to support the mental health and wellbeing of all NHS staff in response to Covid-19 but before we do that, we need your help. We are going to be running a series of focus group to better understand the impact of COVID19 and what support the NHE workforce needs:
We’re looking for up to 40 NHS staff to take part in an online focus group. We’re seeking representation from a range of roles, from across the UK and differences in length of service. We hope to engage as diverse a range of staff as possible and particularly welcome staff from LGBTQIA+ and BAME communities and those who identify with having a disability to tell their story.
To help shape information, resources and tools that Mind will develop to support the mental health and wellbeing of the NHS workforce.
We’ll be running two virtual focus groups, with up to 20 participants on each:
1. Over 18 and are currently working within the NHS.
2. Access to Zoom to take part in the focus group session.