Mental health support for staff

Photo Credit: Imperial Health Charity, Photo: Richard Gray
Dr Sarah Finlay © Daily Express

Imperial Health Charity, London 

Imperial Health Charity in London has used its funding from the Covid Appeal in a number of ways to support the hospital trust above and beyond what the NHS can usually provide. 

This has included urgent support to the front line to meet the practical needs of staff, including hot meals so that they could continue with their vital work. 

The funding also enabled the hospital to expand its counselling service for staff. Between April and December 2020, the service was able to refer 637 staff members for one-to-one counselling and support, an increase of 76 percent on the previous year. An additional 3000 staff accessed emotional wellbeing groups during the pandemic. 

“The remarkable support from NHS Charities Together and the public have ensured many more of our staff have been able to reach out and access support when they have needed it most. The pandemic has been very difficult and everyone has been affected.” 

Dr Sarah Finlay, A&E Lead at St Mary’s Hospital