During this difficult time and with everyone working so hard, we know that our staff need more support now than ever. That's why we have compiled the below lists of all the new local discounts to help ease the financial pressures, and all of the support available to help cope with the added stress.
Support Services for Staff
BSUH HELP Service
It is normal to feel worried, stressed, anxious and fearful when we hear of the coronavirus spreading and the loss of lives. Donna Butler, Lead psychotherapist for the BSUH HELP Service has put together some useful tips to help us cope. You can find these here.
To ensure frontline staff have the best possible support during this difficult time, the HELP team have prepared a priority telephone helpline. This is open from 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday on 63691 or 67904.
Find out more about the BSUH HELP service on info-net here.
The Employee Assistance Helpline
This is a 24/7 helpline to ensure that help is available to all BSUH staff, especially with the additional
stress of COVID-19. Talk to a professional advisor for help with anxiety, bereavement, stress, depression, workplace issues, trauma, relationships, finances and family difficulties. Call the helpline anytime on 03303 800658 or visit the Vivup website here to find the full range of services available.
Childcare for Key Workers
With the new lockdown announced on Monday, everyone is encouraged to stay at home as much as possible. Schools have been told to move to online learning until at least the February half term.
As an NHS employee, you qualify as a key worker and are entitled to take up a school place at your child’s school. In case you need evidence of your key worker status, we have produced a letter for you to give to your child’s school.
In addition, there are several other childcare options available:
Early Years settings (including nurseries and childminders) remain open
Vulnerable children and children of critical workers can continue to use registered childcare, childminders and other childcare activities (including wraparound care)
Parents can form a childcare bubble with one other household for the purposes of informal childcare, where the child is under 14. This is mainly to enable parents to work, and must not be used to enable social contact between adults
Some households will also be able to benefit from being in a support bubble
Nannies will be able to continue to provide services, including in the home
To find out whats available around Brighton and East Sussex, click on the links below:
Childcare Services Brighton: For more information, or to register your interest in finding an At Home Child-Carer, please contact 01273 293 545 or email email@example.com
BSUH COVID-19 Info-Net Page
This page is updated regularly and contains relevant links and information on Coronavirus published nationally, click here.
BSUH COVID-19 Workplace Group
Join the BSUH COVID-19 Workplace group for up to date information and notices, click here.
The Well is an established social network and emotional support group that is run through Facebook. Initially set up to provide mindfulness, yoga sessions, social events and workshops, it will now offer online resources including virtual meditation and mindfulness classes, yoga, online community support, crafty videos and information on self-care.
You can join this group by clicking here.
The British Medical Association
Wellbeing services are available from the British Medical Association for doctors and medical students. There is a range of services and information to help support you. The BMA counselling service is open 24/7 to all doctors and medical students. It’s confidential and free of charge. Other resources include:
Counselling and peer support
GMC Investigation support
Psychotherapy for doctors
Sources of support for your wellbeing
To find out more information, visit the BMA website here.
Whilst staying at home and watching Netflix might sounds great to begin with, socially distancing from others and changing your daily routine is not as easy as it sounds! Similarly, if you’re still at work and things are getting stressful, the team at Mind have put together some fantastic resources to help you cope:
Plan for staying at home or indoors
Take care of your mental health and wellbeing
Checklist: are you ready to stay at home?
Handwashing and anxiety
Taking care with news and information
To find out more, visit the Mind website here.
NHS One You
Making better choices today can have a big impact on your health. One You is here to help you get healthier and feel better with free tips, tools and support. Whether it's moving more, eating more healthily or checking yourself – One You can help you make small, practical changes that fit in with your life. To find out more, visit the website here.
Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard. To find out more information or to sign up, visit their website here.
Free yoga sessions are being run specifically for BSUH NHS workers! These take place on Wednesdays at 18:00 and are being run by yoga teacher Jenny! Sessions will be for 1 hour and will be held on Zoom. The classes will also be recorded and available for 24 hours to do later if you aren’t free at that time. To join Zoom click here and the Meeting ID is 743 495 375.
Stay Fit for Work
For many NHS staff the current Covid-19 pandemic has increased the physical and psychological demands of their work. This then unfortunately may put staff at higher risk of musculoskeletal injuries. During this challenging time Occupational Health physiotherapy and MSK physiotherapy services are working collaboratively to provide an in-house physiotherapy service for all BSUH workers who may be struggling with musculoskeletal issues. If you are struggling to work because of aches and pains and would like a virtual consultation from a physiotherapist you can now self-refer through the BSUH Occupational Health page accessed on the info-net. Click here and complete the online self-referral form. The OH or MSK physiotherapy team will then contact you directly to arrange a suitable telephone appointment. Alternatively, for additional information visit the MSK/Physiotherapy Hub here or get some tips for working from home here.
When self-isolating and staying at home, it’s important to keep moving to maintain fitness and look after our mental health. The NHS Fitness Studio has everything you need to keep healthy when at home. Take your pick from 24 free instructor-led videos across our aerobics exercise, strength and resistance, and pilates and yoga categories. These workouts have been created by fitness experts at InstructorLive and range from 10 to 45 minutes.
Creating art in any form can be a great way to de-stress, distract and cope with the current situation. We would like to offer the opportunity for people to send through pictures of artworks created during these difficult times. We hope we will then be able to present and sell these pieces as part of a BSUH exhibition, with all funds going back into the BSUH charity. There will also be prizes for the best art pieces submitted.
Please e-mail any submissions to Cristina Gatti (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your name, role and a title for your art piece.
Videos from Brighton and Hove Albion FC
Players from Brighton and Hove Albion FC have kindly offered to make personalised videos for NHS staff members’ children who may not be seeing their parents as much as they’d like due to their increased workload. If you would like a video for your child please email email@example.com with: your child’s name and age, your role, and a mobile number to which the video can then be forwarded to.
Headspace are offering free subscriptions to Headspace Plus for all NHS staff until the end of the year. All NHS employees with an nhs.net, nhsemployers.org and nhs.uk email address are eligible to receive full access to Headspace Plus, along with resources from the Headspace for Work program. To sign up click here.
SilverCloud Health is a leading digital mental health company that is the result of over 17 years of clinical research with leading academic institutions. The platform is validated through randomised control trials and real-world data from over 350,000 SilverCloud users. They are offering free wellbeing support for all NHS staff and their families, to sign up click here and use the access code NHS2020.
Unmind is a workplace mental health platform that empowers organisations and employees to measurably improve their mental wellbeing by providing tools and training across the entire spectrum of mental health. Unmind are offering a free subscription to NHS staff until the end of December, to sign up click here.
Sleepio is a clinically-evidenced sleep improvement programme that is fully automated and highly personalised, using cognitive behavioural techniques to help improve poor sleep. Free access to Sleepio is available for all NHS staff from now until 31 December, click here.
Daylight is a smartphone-based app that provides help to people experiencing symptoms of worry and anxiety, using evidence-based cognitive behavioural techniques, voice and animation. This is free to access for all NHS staff from now until 31 December, click here.
The mindfulness and meditation app Calm have introduced a new initiative, Calm Health. This makes it simpler for healthcare practitioners to access mindfulness tools that can then be shared with clients, whilst also experiencing the benefits for themselves. This initiative provides healthcare practitioners with:
A free one-year premium subscription (worth £35)
A shareable overview of the benefits of mindfulness meditation
A one-month premium trial to Calm for all clients and patients
To find out more information and sign up, visit the website here.
An app that offers culturally sensitive and diverse meditations curated for the black, Asian and minority ethnic (BME) community is now available free to staff in the NHS. The app, which has been made available by NHS England and NHS Improvement partnering with the Liberate Meditation app, aims to reduce anxiety, alleviate stress and promote rest.
With your free subscription, you can access:
experienced teachers that identify as black, indigenous and people of colour
guided meditations on topics such as sleep, mindfulness, grief, and anxiety
a supportive and empowering digital community
To sign up for free click here.
The Silver Line
Worried about an older friend, relative or neighbour? Refer them to The Silver Line, a free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to people aged 55 or older, 24/7. Call 0800 4 70 80 90 or visit the website here.
Centre for Disease Control
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. For useful tips and advice in managing and reducing anxiety and stress visit the CDC website here.
The first part of new COVID-19 guidance for the NHS workforce is now available on the NHS Employers website and covers staff health, safety and wellbeing, including advice on dealing with COVID-19 from Public Health England and the NHS Staff Council; occupational health services; staff with co-morbidities; personal protective equipment and emotional and mental support during the emergency period. To find out the latest information, visit their website here.
For the latest guidence and advice published by the government, click here. This will also be updated on the BSUH COVID-19 info-net page and Workplace group.