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Working in a busy hospital environment with a high clinical demand can be tiring and sometimes overwhelming. Working with a vulnerable patient group such as paediatrics can be physically and emotionally draining. Debriefing, taking time out and having access to support are important elements in dealing with such an environment. Different people employ a variety of different mechanisms and skills to manage the demanding role of working in healthcare. Support from friends and colleagues, talking through issues or having the space to unwind or process are some ways people find help with managing difficult situations or stress.

Staff health and wellbeing is essential for a sustainable workforce and safe patient care. Accessing available support services may help individuals to manage the load and maintain their own wellbeing, allowing them to continue caring for others.

If you would like to talk to someone or find some quiet space, regardless of the reason or trigger there are local services available. Some are listed below:

This information applies to all staff whether attached as rotating trainees, studying as students, or permanent  employees.

Bereavement Support for Staff

Provide support and information sessions, staff consultation and confidential listening, team debriefs and access to study days.

Support Around Death

This NHS Education for Scotland website aims to support 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

Chaplaincy service:

Offer compassionate, person-centred care to the whole hospital community – people of all backgrounds, faiths and belief groups and none.

Sanctuary available on ground floor of Royal Hospital for Children if you are looking for a quiet space or place for reflection.

Chaplaincy information leaflet.

Covid-19 related resources:

Looking after your mental health during COVID-19:

Royal Hospital for Children Peer Support

Peer Support is a well documented and researched support mechanism for people involved in events with the potential for emotional impact. The Peer Support Network is a multi-disciplinary team of people who work within RHC who have undergone further training to help support their peers at RHC. This network is available to all staff who would benefit from chatting through issues with a friendly peer.

More information is available here.

Editorial Information

Last reviewed: 25 November 2019

Next review: 25 November 2021

Author(s): Monique McLeod