(For treatment side effects and complications only)
Posted 6th October 2020
We have signed a pledge of support for the Nursing Times 'COVID-19: Are you ok?' campaign for staff mental health and wellbeing. The campaign recognises the impact that the pandemic has had on so many nurses and other healthcare staff, and the need for appropriate support to be in place for staff mental health and wellbeing.
You can find out more about the campaign here on the Nursing Times website. You can read our pledge below.
The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust supports the principles of the Nursing Times Covid-19: Are You OK? campaign.
This means we recognise the often-distressing nature of caring for patients during Covid-19, particularly when patient numbers are high and resources are stretched. We also recognise the potential negative impact on the mental health and wellbeing of nurses and other staff of working through the coronavirus pandemic, and are committed to providing support to those who are affected. We also recognise that the effects of this work may be delayed and/or enduring and will ensure support remains available after the crisis has passed.
In supporting the campaign we pledge to:
We have already taken steps to protect staff mental health and wellbeing including training 20 staff as mental health first aiders, setting up a mental health first aid phone line (Mon-Fri), developing a half-day mental health awareness course, continuing to offer resilience training and individual coaching, and creating a staff wellbeing hub on the intranet. We have also introduced a virtual forum called ‘Team Time’ (similar to Schwartz rounds), which offers teams particularly affected by COVID-19 a safe discussion space with a member of our psychology team. Support is also available via our Employee Assistance Programme.
Staff are the heart of our organisation; you have ensured the NHS was not overwhelmed in the initial peak – often at great personal cost, and continue to provide excellent and compassionate care to patients and their families. It is our responsibility to care for you, and to ensure that you are more than OK.
Liz Bishop, Chief Executive of The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has been incredibly tough. Our staff have done an exceptional job in circumstances that were unimaginable this time last year but that can take its toll, both personally and professionally. That’s why it’s so important that people know they can tell us when things aren’t okay, and that we provide the support they need. We value everyone working here as an individual and their mental health and wellbeing really matters to us.”