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 Programme
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.
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 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.
For those 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 instructor-led videos across our aerobics exercise, strength and resistance, and pilates and yoga categories.
These workouts have been created by fitness experts InstructorLive and range from 10 to 45 minutes.
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.