Uk News Mental health helpline launched for NHS staff struggling after year of strain in Covid pandemic United Kingdom news
PremierLeague-News.Com - Struggling NHS staff are encouraged to ring the service directly, but anyone deemed vulnerable will proactively be contacted
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The NHS will launch 40 support hubs to help staff who have been traumatised from working on the Covid frontline, NHS England’s chief executive has said.NHS employees will be able to ring one of the hubs set up across England, and can receive online and one-to-one expert help from mental health clinicians, therapists and psychologists.Mental health and wellbeing hubs are starting to open in North East London, Bedfordshire, and Lancashire.The i newsletter latest news and analysisEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.The Government has been warned that doctors and nurses face a “mental health crisis” as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.Dr Zudin Puthucheary, of the Intensive Care Society, told i earlier this month one in seven doctors have shown signs of PTSD, while the nursing union warned that NHS employees are suffering “real trauma” with the effects likely to last for the long term.NHS England’s chief executive Simon Stephens announced the initiative in House Magazine and said: “It’s very important that people do get that workplace support, including psychological support, team-based support, and that people can see, sort of a brighter future.“Of course having just gone through the worst pandemic in a century, and the most intense operational pressure in the 72-year history of the NHS, it’s quite right that staff are feeling … under significant stress and pressure. And that is not just [due to] the intensity of it, but also the extended duration of the pandemic.
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. There has been increasing evidence to show that NHS staff are experiencing higher levels of mental health issues during the pandemic. Estimates from previous epidemics suggest up to a third of staff will experience high levels of distress.The British Medical Association surveyed 7,776 doctors in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in December and found that almost 60 per cent of doctors are now suffering from some form of anxiety or depression, with 46 per cent saying their condition had worsened since the start of pandemic.The new hubs will be modelled on the Greater Manchester Resilience Hub – set up to help all those affected by the 2017 Manchester Arena terrorist attack and has so far supported over 4,200 health and social care staff.NHS England received a £15m boost to mental health support for its staff last October.Officials said the investment built on many local programmes already put in place by providers such as Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Trust, which committed to a three-year programme of benefits for staff, including free car parking, free tea and coffee in all staff rooms, enhanced bereavement and special leave, flexible working and childcare provision. “NHS staff are used to dealing with the extremes of life on a daily basis, but this year has been exceptional, and in what is likely to be the toughest year in their career, staff have put their minds and bodies to the limit treating hundreds of thousands of seriously ill-patients with Covid-19,” the NHS’ National Mental Health Director, Claire Murdoch, said.“So it is vital that the people that played such a big role getting this country through the pandemic are given additional support, and I would urge anyone working in the NHS whether you are a porter, a nurse, paramedic or other role to please ask for help from one of our 40 mental health support hubs as they open over the coming weeks.”
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