Dedicated app for social care workers
The Department of Health and Social Care have launched an app designed to help and support those working in our care sector.
Join the Official Department of Health and Social Care COVID-19 Workforce app to:
• Get up-to-the-minute advice on everything you need to know about managing Covid-19, all in one easy-to-access digital hub
• Practical resources on everything from daily briefings to the latest on safety and procedural advice
• Exclusive offers, wellbeing tips, and more
Download the CARE Workforce app for the latest information, support and discount offers.
Guidance report: The psychological needs of healthcare staff as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic
This is a guide for leaders and managers of healthcare services who will need to consider the wellbeing needs of all healthcare staff (clinical and non-clinical) as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.
It offers practical recommendations for how to respond at individual, management and organisational level involving the appropriate utilisation of expertise within their practitioner psychologist and mental health professionals and anticipates the psychological reactions over time, and what people may need to recover psychologically from this.
Access the full report here.
Support your team and yourself with free Guides to Wellness Action Plans from MIND
Wellness Actions Plans (WAPs) are an easy, practical way of helping you to support your own mental health at work and, if you are a manager, helping you to support the mental health of your team members.
Everyone can complete a Wellness Action Plan, you don’t need to have a mental health problem in order to feel the benefits. It just means that you already have practical steps in place to ensure you are supported when you aren’t feeling great.
MIND have three guides available which you can fill in electronically:
- Our Guide for line managers is for managers or supervisors who are interested in introducing WAPs to their team members.
- Our Guide for employees is for any member of staff who would like to try a WAP for themselves and introduce the idea of using WAPs to their manager or supervisor.
- Our Working from home WAP is designed to support staff with their mental health and wellbeing when working from home.
Wellbeing support line for health and social care workers
Samaritans have launched new, confidential support lines for health and social care workers and volunteers based in England and Wales.
The support lines are run by Samaritans and all calls are answered by trained Samaritans volunteers, who provide confidential, non-judgmental support.
The confidential support line is open 7 am to 11 pm, 7 days a week, and is run by dedicated and trained Samaritan volunteers who are self-isolating following government guidance. You can call them for free on the number below.