Research team:    

Prof Rebecca Lawton
Dr Jane Heyhoe
Dr Raabia Sattar
Dr Ruth Simms -Ellis
Dr Judith Johnson

Why is this study important?

NHS healthcare staff are currently facing unprecedented pressure which has been exacerbated due to the Covid-19 crisis. The stress of this crisis has been amplified by NHS-wide shortages in healthcare staff, where 100,000 jobs stand vacant and this number is rising. This shortage is primarily due to a high number of healthcare staff leaving their jobs, with many citing stress as their main reason for leaving. High stress and sickness levels in healthcare staff impact on patient care, leading to the delivery of poor quality, less safe care. There is a need for research to understand the experiences of NHS frontline healthcare staff during the Covid-19 crisis to inform how the wellbeing and mental health of healthcare staff can be safeguarded as a crisis progresses, and to understand how psychological interventions can be tailored to meet the needs of those who may suffer from psychological distress in the aftermath of a crisis.

Study overview:

This study aims to better understand the stressors and uplifts that healthcare staff experienced during the Covid-19 crisis, and the support they required to deal with the impact of this. This qualitative study uses a mixture of social media (a Facebook group for frontline NHS healthcare staff), diaries and interviews to address these research questions. Ultimately, this work will provide research evidence on how healthcare professionals respond in a crisis and what can be done to support recovery.

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