The NHS People Plan identifies health and wellbeing of staff as being essential to the workforce.
The OUR NHS PEOPLE website listed a range of resources to support with wellbeing, that includes telephone support, text support, short guides and learning, staff common rooms, financial help and help with gambling and addiction.
The Staff Support line offers a confidential service operated by the Samaritans. Its there for when you’ve had a tough day, are feeling worried or overwhelmed, or maybe you have a lot on your mind and need to talk it through. Trained advisers can help with signposting and confidential listening. Open daily from 7 am to 11 pm, seven days a week. Ring them on
General: 0800 06 96 222
You can also get support by TEXT sending the word
FRONTLINE to 85258 Its available 24/7 via text.
For support around Bereavement, a partnership with Hospices UK offers tailored support over the phone on 0300 303 443, between 8 am and 8 pm, seven days a week.
Other options available on the Our NHS People site include helpful guides
The Guides and Bitesize Learning cover new skills and new ways to improve your experience of work with short 10- to 20-minute guides developed by experts. Open to anyone in health and care, they cover topics such as resilience, supporting others, good sleep guide and taking a 10 minute pause. See them on all on the Our NHS People pages
Colleagues in the national People Team in partnership with NHS Practitioner Health have been busy developing virtual Staff Common Rooms for NHS colleagues. This is an opportunity for our NHS people to come together virtually and to invest some time in supporting each other during these challenging times. Open to absolutely anyone working within the NHS across England, regardless of job role, organisational context or hierarchy and includes all final year students who are working directly on the response to the Covid-19 pandemic and/or those who are keeping our services running throughout.
The Common Rooms are a safe and supportive environment hosted by an experienced and approved practitioner with at least one host coming from a BAME background.
They are one-off meetings for one hour with a maximum of 10 NHS staff – although you are of course able to access them as often as you may feel to be helpful to yourself. Discussion in the room is guided by the participants and focusses on present and future coping and support. They are an opportunity to share experiences and learning, with hosts also guiding people to additional support and resource.You can sign up to the common rooms via https://www.events.england.nhs.uk/events/common-rooms