The wellbeing of our Fellows and Members is a priority for the College. And now with COVID-19, more than ever, the College is putting this front and centre in everything it does. There has never been a more important time to work collaboratively and to sustain our teams through these difficult times. We have already seen incredible teamwork, flexibility and professionalism from clinicians, managers and other NHS staff.
Please do get in touch if there is an area of work focused around the wellbeing of the healthcare profession that you would be interested in working with us on – contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are some links to useful resources from others and to work we are doing to help you through these difficult times.
Wellbeing and self-care resources for front line health professionals
- Caring for the workforce - a focus on wellbeing - President Jackie Taylor's priorities include Wellbeing and Workforce, two areas which are critical during the current COVID-19 crisis. In this webinar, chaired by Professor Taylor, we will hear from key speakers sharing their experiences of practical ways that individuals and organisations can enhance wellbeing for healthcare professionals, and provide support both in the current pandemic and beyond.
- NHS Scotland Staff Governance Guidance - NHS Scotland has guidance on assisting healthcare workers.
- NES resources on psychosocial responses to COVID19 - NES have launched a new e-module “COVID-19 Psychological First Aid” designed to support anyone who is delivering health or social care to deliver effective Psychological First Aid (PFA) throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Wellbeing for Healthcare Workers during COVID19 - Wellbeing resource during COVID-19 compiled by a combination of UK and international subject matter experts in the psychology of staff wellbeing plus medical managers and everyday clinicians.
- Self-care resources from the Intensive Care Society - The Intensive Care Society have produced a wellbeing resource pack to improve understanding of psychological wellbeing at work, the impact reduced wellbeing can have and what to do in response, and includes tips for dealing with extraordinary situations such as COVID-19 and everyday working in critical care.
- BMA Counselling Service - Confidential 24/7 counselling and peer support services open to all doctors and medical students.
- Practitioner Health program - Practitioner Health is a free, confidential NHS service for doctors and dentists across England with mental illness and addiction problems, who are working or looking to return to clinical practice.
- The Joyful Doctor - Support service for doctors through coaching, wellbeing, workshops and online courses.
- FACE COVID – video resource - Brief animation from Dr Russ Harris, author of the international best-seller The Happiness Trap. The animation illustrates how to use ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to deal with the Corona crisis and the fear, anxiety and worry that goes with it.
- COVID Trauma Response Working Group - The COVID trauma working group, an expert group of psychological trauma specialists have produced guidance to inform planners, managers and team leaders of the organizational and psychological processes to support staff during the early stages of the response to COVID.
- Webinar: Maintaining your wellbeing through Covid-19 - Webinar with Dr Rachel Morris and Dr Amrita Sen Mukharjee, chaired by Angus Waite, Head of Engagement and Innovation at the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management
- Stress Control - Free online stress control course, including videos and other resources, by Stress Control Limited in collaboration with NHS England, IAPT, NHS Wales, Department of Health Northern Ireland, HSE and NHS Scotland.
- Health Education England – National School of Healthcare Science - Our NHS people are doing extraordinary things in the face of an extraordinary challenge, and so need an extraordinary level of support.
- Big Health - Big Health has recently partnered with NHS England to provide free access to Sleepio and Daylight for all NHS staff to protect their mental health throughout the COVID-19 response. This page on their website has further details on the programmes and how to sign up if required.
- IHI - A range of resources around safety, quality and excellence during Covid-19 from the IHI Safety Team.
- Coaching for Wellbeing - a digital coaching service for all health and social care staff.
- Psychosocial mental health and wellbeing support - helping managers, planners and leader of health and social care teams understand the evidence based factors that support wellbeing through crisis events such as COVID-19.
- Wellbeing During Coronavirus - A PICU Practical Perspective.
- The Wellbeing Hub - a partnership between national, local and professional bodies with a shared passion for looking after the emotional and psychological wellbeing of Scotland’s health and social services workers.
- Dentistry during COVID-19: Psychological advice for dental teams, policy makers and communicators - developed by psychologists from the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology, this offers straightforward suggestions to address common challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic in dental practices, and lists resources and organisations which can support dental professionals’ mental wellbeing.
- Scotland Deanery – Professional Support during COVID-19 - As a doctor in training you may have many questions and concerns about how COVID-19 might impact on your training.
- Rapid research in COVID-19 programme - This study aimed to form a robust evidence base to inform the development and implementation of interventions to support the wellbeing of and promote resilience within doctors in Scotland.
- Health Education England - This package is to help staff to deal with the pressures faced during this global health pandemic and includes a new mental health hotline.
General self-care resources in COVID-19
- World Health Organization - Series of messages developed by the WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Use that can be used in communications to support mental and psychosocial well-being in different target groups during the outbreak.
- Mental Health Foundation - The Mental Health Foundation is part of the national mental health response providing support to address the mental health and psychosocial aspects of the Coronavirus outbreak.
- Scottish Association for Mental Health - The Scottish Association for Mental Health have collated information, links and resources to help keep you informed and protect your mental health during COVID-19.
- Staying safe - StayingSafe.net offers compassion, kindness and easy ways to help keep people safer from thoughts of harm and suicide, seek support and discover hope of recovery through powerful videos from people with personal experience. Jointly funded by NHS England, the website provides vital ‘Safety Plan' guidance tools with easy to print / online templates and guidance video tutorials.
- Living with Worry and Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty - Free guide by Psychology Tools ‘Living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty’ to help you to manage your worry and anxiety in these uncertain times.
- Mental Health Foundation - The charity Mental Health Foundation is offering their free SHOUT text support service to all NHS staff who are experiencing distress. See ‘Do you need urgent help?’ section.
- GMC - GMC Health and wellbeing page, including Covid FAQs.
Mindfulness and meditation resources with free access for NHS staff
- Ten Per Cent - Ten Per Cent Happier is a meditation resource offering NHS workers free access to meditations, podcasts, blog posts, and talks, to help you build resilience and find some calm amidst the chaos.
- Headspace - Access to guided meditations, animations, articles and videos, all in the distinct Headspace style. NHS professionals can also gain access to Headspace Plus free of charge.
Capturing learning, good practice and stories from COVID19
- Learning from Excellence COVID-19 page - A repository of what works well during the COVID-19 pandemic, offering insights and ideas gained from real experience of success / excellence.
Practical and financial support for healthcare professionals during COVID-19
- Royal Medical Benevolent Fund - The RMBF provides support for doctors and their families through all stages of their career and beyond. Help ranges from financial assistance in the form of grants and loans to a telephone befriending scheme for those who may be isolated and in need of support.
Resources for health professionals seeking practical support with children, pets, and shopping during COVID-19
- National Health Supporters - National Health Supporters is a directory for known networks of students across the country assisting staff with their needs. The aim is for students to help alleviate pressures on staff including, but not exclusive to: babysitting; grocery shopping; and pet sitting.
- Health Ship - HealthSHIP, a student-led social movement set up to support health and social care staff with everyday tasks from caring responsibilities to grocery shopping.
- Caring for the workforce - a focus on wellbeing
- Self-care in self-isolation
- Self-care for health professionals during COVID-19
- COVID-19: Informing our practice
- PPE for COVID-19: What you need to know
29 March 2019: “Tackling work and life pressures with self-care, CBT and mindfulness” – delivered in partnership with the BMA.
6 June 2019: “West of Scotland SAS Development Day” incorporating sessions on alternative working patterns, raising concerns and work and personal issues including bullying and harassment.
12 September 2019: “Making Life Work Better” - an impactful and entertaining one day conference, which addresses areas where we can all make a difference to our own health and wellbeing in the workplace, and that of our colleagues.
21 November 2019: “Human Factors – conference” - Taking a lead from other high risk organisations including aviation and air traffic services this conference has examined human factors and their relevance to mistakes in an innovative and engaging way.
General Wellbeing Resources and Guidance
The little book of wellbeing
Tips from people working in healthcare on how we can take care of ourselves and each other. Download the book here.
BMA Wellbeing Support Service
Open to all doctors and medical students 24/7, the BMA Wellbeing Support Service is confidential and free of charge. The website also contains a list of services and resources that offer help for individuals struggling with addiction or looking for legal advice.
Civility Saves Lives
A collective voice for the importance of respect, professional courtesy and valuing each other, Civility Saves Lives works to raise awareness of the negative impact that rudeness (incivility) can have in healthcare so that we can understand the impact of our behaviours.
Cycle to work scheme
The UK-based cycle to work scheme enables employees to purchase a bike at reduced rates. Find out more here.
Healthy Meetings Checklist
The Scottish Cancer Prevention Network provide a checklist for meeting organisers to support them in the delivery of healthier meetings and conferences. The website also provides additional resources on incorporating healthy eating and exercise into your day.
Medics Against Violence
Healthcare workers deal with the consequences of violence every day. Medics Against Violence was established to enable healthcare workers to join the campaign to prevent violence before it happens.
Point of Care Foundation
Supporting organisations to introduce Schartz Rounds, a group reflective practice forum which provides an opportunity for staff from all disciplines to reflect on the emotional aspects of their work. Find out more here.
Support Around Death
NHS Education for Scotland website supporting healthcare staff who are working with patients, carers and families before, at, and after death. It provides key information on the clinical, legislative, and practical issues involved.
Support for doctors
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges have produced this signposting resource for issues related to wellbeing, especially related to support / doctors in difficulty.
The Scottish Psychological Trauma Training Plan
The Scottish Psychological Trauma Training Plan is designed to enable organisations to effectively develop and sustain a workforce that is able to respond to the needs of everyone affected by psychological trauma.
Understanding Suicide and Suicide Prevention Strategies in a Global Context
Understanding Suicide and Suicide Prevention Strategies in a Global Context is a free course to develop and understanding of suicide risk factors and ways to help prevent it.
United to Prevent Suicide
United to Prevent Suicide is a social movement of people from all across Scotland, we are united in a shared belief that each and every one of us has a role to play in preventing suicide.
NHS England wellbeing resources to help you manage your own health and wellbeing whilst looking after others.
What we stand for
Together we are demanding action to address workforce shortages and implement solutions to help reduce staff burnout.
Who we are
We are a worldwide community of inspiring health professionals working together to advance our profession and improve patient care.
What we do
Over the past year we’ve made great advances in professionalising our approach to engaging more effectively with government, parliament and the wider health sector.