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Evaluation of staff wellbeing initiatives during Covid-19

A rapid insight evaluation undertaken by the Oxford AHSN, Health Innovation Network (HIN) and North East and North Cumbria (NENC) AHSN captured the views of NHS staff on the utility of national and local health and wellbeing initiatives that were rolled-out during the initial COVID-19 pandemic – March to July 2020.  Several themes that emerged were about keeping the offer simple, changing culture where staff feel safe to report difficulties they are having and ensuring equity and fairness of offer for all.

Here’s what some had to say:

  • “Far too many offers, how can anyone keep up with what is available”
  • “Just caring and compassionate leadership, a manager that takes our concerns seriously”
  • “I just needed support as so many people were dying”
  • “Greater equality in how staff were treated. Staff in the community were largely ignored by the trust and it was hugely demoralising”
  • “To be able to look after others you need to take care of yourself. If I am stressed my team will be affected”
  • “I think at the end of the day it just comes down to humans just being nice to each other”

Download an overview and summary of the evaluation here.

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