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
Offer compassionate, person-centred care to the whole hospital community – people of all backgrounds, faiths and belief groups and none.
Covid-19 related resources:
- ICU Consultant talking about resilience & wellbeing in COVID-19 (Youtube video)
- FACE COVID - How To Respond Effectively To The Corona Crisis (Youtube video)
- Intensive Care Society Staff Poster
- NES Psychological Distress and Coronavirus: Advice for Professionals Providing Support to People in Self-Isolation
- NES: Staying Safe and Well Staying Safe & Well: A Self Care Guide for Staff looking after patients with Coronavirus
Looking after your mental health during COVID-19: