About

About

A warm welcome to #OurNHSPeople wellbeing support

Prerana Issar, NHS Chief People Officer
Prerana Issar, NHS Chief People Officer

Firstly, I’d like to thank you for your unwavering support and commitment to the fight against COVID-19. Whether you’re on the front line directly caring for patients or in one of the thousands of essential roles we rely on each and every day, this is a challenging time. We are all working very differently, and combined with the additional pressures of looking after loved ones and anxiety about the future, this is a huge psychological shift. 

With all of that in mind, we need to take steps to maintain our physical and mental health and overall wellbeing, and we want to help.  

Now more than ever, our amazing NHS colleagues deserve a comprehensive package of emotional, psychological and practical support that develops in line with what people tell us they feel they need and can be accessed through one point of contact. This includes a free wellbeing support helpline, a 24/7 text alternative, peer to peer, team and personal resilience support and free mindfulness apps.

We continue to work hard to enhance this offer and will update these pages as new information is available. This will include further information on practical support that will make a real difference to the working and living experiences of our NHS people.

In the meantime, I hope these resources help you find comfort, reassurance and guidance as we all work together in such challenging circumstances.

No matter where we are or what work we’re involved in, we are part of one unified team. Let’s look after one another, and ourselves.

Thank you

Prerana Issar,
NHS Chief People Officer


#OurNHSPeople wellbeing team

In recognition of the health and wellbeing taskforce, workstream leads, content authors and supporting staff responsible for the health and wellbeing support offer during COVID-19.

Taskforce

Chair

Professor Em Wilkinson-Brice has a career in the NHS spanning 31 years, beginning as a nurse in 1989, and holding a range of positions including Deputy CEO/Chief Nurse, Director of Nursing & Facilities and Chief Operating Officer. She completed the NHS Leadership Academy Aspiring Chief Executive programme in February 2017.

In 2019, she was appointed Deputy Chief People Officer for NHSE/I and is playing a leading role in delivering the NHS’ Long term and People plans. She is passionate about the people at the heart of the NHS. She is motivated to bring about the changes required to make the NHS an inclusive, supportive organisation which enables its staff members to deliver the highest standard of compassionate care.

Dr Sonya Wallbank is the Head of Culture Transformation for NHS England and Improvement and a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. Sonya is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development. She is the Clinical Lead for the Health and Wellbeing response to COVID-19 for staff and has a background in resilience responses to workplace trauma and loss. Sonya has worked with staff groups across the United Kingdom and internationally to support their skills in restorative techniques during and following complex stress experiences at work.

Professor Michael West is Senior Visiting Fellow at the King’s Fund, and Professor of Organizational Psychology at Lancaster University. He led the Department of Health Policy Research Programme into cultures of quality and safety. He also led the NHS National Staff Survey development and implementation. He assisted in developing the national framework on improvement and leadership development in England (Developing People, Improving Care – 2016) and in Northern Ireland in developing the Collective Leadership Strategy for Health and Social Care (2017). He is supporting HEIW to develop the national NHS leadership strategy in Wales. He co-chaired with Dame Denise Coia, the two-year inquiry on behalf of the UK General Medical Council into the mental health and well-being of doctors Caring for Doctors, Caring for Patients (2019).

Professor Neil Greenberg is an academic psychiatrist based at King’s College London UK and is a consultant occupational and forensic psychiatrist. Neil served in the United Kingdom Armed Forces for more than 23 years. He is a past president of the UK Psychological Trauma Society and he chairs the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) Special Interest Group in Occupational Psychiatry. Neil has published more than 250 scientific papers and book chapters related to the psychological health of the UK Armed Forces, organisational management of traumatic stress and occupational mental health. 

Professor Prathiba Chitsabesan is a Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry working in a large mental health and learning disability trust in Greater Manchester. She became the Associate National Clinical Director for Children and Young People’s Mental Health in 2017 (NHS England and Improvement). She was involved in developing the mental health response following the Manchester MEN major incident (2017) and contributing to the national framework for psychosocial and mental health care following incidents and emergencies (Emergency Preparedness Resilience Response, EPRR). She continues to be research active as a Visiting Chair (Manchester Metropolitan University) and has been involved in a number of regional and national transformation programmes. 

Helen Bevan is a leader of change within the NHS. She has led and facilitated many nationwide initiatives to improve care. Helen has demonstrated a constancy of purpose and resilience to stay within the system over decades that is rare in internal change agents. Her focus has shifted from managing big programmes of change to approaches that mobilise and build energy and commitment to change on a large scale. Helen has an ability to connect directly with thousands of frontline staff and patient leaders. She is one of the top social influencers in healthcare globally.

Chris Brewin is Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology at University College London and has a background in the research and treatment of complex posttraumatic stress disorder. Chris is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy, and the Academy of Social Sciences. Since 2005 he has been centrally involved in helping to design and implement mental health responses following major terrorist attacks in the U.K.

Anne de Bono is President of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine and a consultant at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.  She has developed a multidisciplinary OH  team at UHL which now serves 35,000 staff, students and their employing organisations, the majority NHS or healthcare-related.  She has a background in facilitating effective return to work programmes across the workforce, particular experience and interest in doctors’ health, and was a member of HEE’s Wellbeing Guardian Working Group.

Dr Pattani is an accredited specialist in Occupational Health with 25 years of experience, holding the FFOM since 2002. She has led Occupational Health Services as a Clinical Director in the NHS for 20 years and has experience working in the public and private sector. She also continues to practice as a General Practitioner having attained her MRCGP qualification in 1996. She holds diplomas in Dermatology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Family Planning. She has an interest in workplace mental health and has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Occupational Health Practitioners and Workplace Mediation. She has written about ‘Sick Doctors’ in a book entitled ‘Management Essentials for Doctors’ which was published in 2011. She was awarded the Faculty of Occupational Medicines ‘Peter Taylor Award’ for her research into ‘Ill-Health Retirement’ with a subsequent publication in the British Medical Journal and the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.  She is also a co-author of the “ABC of Asthma (6th edition)’ as she has a particular interest in workplace respiratory conditions. She is Chair of NHS Health at Work Network, which represents Occupational Health services in the NHS across England. 

Carol Black is currently Chair of the British Library, the Centre for Ageing Better, and Think Ahead, the Government’s fast-stream training programme for Mental Health Social Workers.   She chairs NHS Improvement’s Advisory Board on Employee Health and Wellbeing, and is Adviser to NHSI and PHE on Health and Work and chairs the Advisory Board from Britain’s Heathiest Workplace Survey.   She is also a member of RAND Europe’s Council of Advisers, and of the Board of UKActive.  

Dame Carol has completed four independent reviews for the UK Government: of the health of the working-age population in 2008; of sickness absence in Britain in 2011 as co-chair; of employment outcomes of addiction to drugs or alcohol, or obesity, in 2016; and in February 2020 the first part of a review of illicit drugs, demand and supply.    She is now working on Part 2 which will cover treatment, recovery and prevention.   

Dr Idit Albert is the Mental Health Lead to Major Incidents, NHS London Violence Reduction Programme for NHS England and Improvement. She is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and PTSD Lead at South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. Idit is the Clinical Lead for the psychological support service for London terror attacks and an Academic Director at King’s College London.  She is a Clinical Lead for the psychological care pathways for  COVID-19 for staff. She has a background in developing and leading the psychological outreach, screen and support services for terror incidents (Tunisia, Paris, Brussels and London) and the psychological support service for medical staff that volunteered with the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. 

Professor Mike Holmes is a GP in York/Hull and Vice-Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners with responsibility for Membership, English Faculties and the International work of the College. He is leading the COVID-19 Wellbeing response on behalf of the RCGP aiming to provide support for all GPs and the wider practice teams not just their 53,000 members.

He is a Partner at Haxby Group; a large practice caring for over 60,000 patients in the cities of York and Hull and he is Chair of Nimbus Care, a community provider organisation and PCN contract holder. He chairs the Faculty of Advanced Clinical Practitioners and Physician Associates in Humber, Coast and Vale and he is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York. 

Dr Nick Grey is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Research and Training Fellow at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Sussex. He has worked in the area of response to traumatic events since 1996, including specialist and routine NHS clinical services across levels of care. He is a member of the Wellcome Anxiety Disorders Research Group based at the University of Oxford. He was a committee member for the PTSD NICE Guidelines (2018).

Professor Richard Williams is a psychiatrist and an Emeritus Professor in the University of South Wales. He is Director of the Psychosocial and Mental Health Programme for the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care in the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Lead Adviser on Disaster Management for the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He was Scientific Adviser on Psychosocial and Mental Health Care to the Director of Emergency Preparedness in the Department of Health for England (2007 to 2012) and chief examiner for the Diploma in the Medical Care of Catastrophes at the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London (2012 to 2019). He is researching impacts of the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017.

Caroline Corrigan joined NHSI in June 2017 and most recently as a senior lead in the People Directorate. Portfolios of work include staff health and wellbeing, staff experience, temporary staffing, digital passport development and freedom to speak up.

During the past year Caroline has also spent some time supporting Frimley Integrated Care System as Strategic Workforce Lead. Prior to this Caroline was National Leadership & Workforce Lead for NHS England’s New Care Models Team. Caroline’s role was to support and enable vanguards to design and develop a modern, flexible workforce that addresses local population health need. Previously Caroline led Health Education East of England and had spent 6 years at the Department of Health. Her roles there included People Transition Director for the NHS and Talent Management Lead.

Caroline has worked for over 20 years for NHS Trusts as an HR Director and national organisations including the Modernisation Agency. Caroline is a fellow of the CIPD and has worked with the Complexity Group, London School of Economics.

Professor Simon Gregory is HEE’s Deputy Medical Director (Primary and Integrated Care) with responsibility for GP/ Primary Care, Dentistry, Mental Health and Wellbeing. Simon conceived and was Clinical Director and Vice Chair of HEE’s Commission on staff and learner mental wellbeing.

Dr Alan Barrett is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and the Strategic Clinical Lead (Adults) at the NHS Manchester Resilience Hub, which he helped establish to coordinate the psychological and mental health support for all those affected by the Manchester Arena Attack (May 2017). Implementing novel outreach and screening processes, along with whole family and whole systems support. Alan is also the Clinical lead for a specialist regional Military Veterans Service for those unable to have their clinical needs met within mainstream Mental Health services. He has extensive clinical experience of providing support and therapy to professional groups impacted by work-related traumatic incidents. He is also an Honorary Professor within the school of health sciences, University of Salford. Alan is currently assisting with the coordination and delivery of the Covid-19 pandemic psychosocial offer within Greater Manchester. Alan has consulted on a number of national and international disasters and mass casualty incidents.

Faye McGuinness joined Mind in 2015 to lead on the development and implementation of a Cabinet funded programme to address the mental health of emergency services employees. Now, as Head of Workplace Wellbeing Programmes Faye leads the Heads Together Workplace Wellbeing programme at Mind, which is responsible for the development and running of the Mental Health at Work website. The website provides employers with easy access to best practice employee mental health resources and empowers employees with the tools they need to support themselves in the workplace. Faye has worked closely with the NHS in her role, including supporting the development of the NHS Health and Wellbeing Framework. Faye also leads on Mind’s response to the Stevenson-Farmer review of mental health and employers ‘Thriving at Work’, supporting employers to adopt the Mental Health at Work Commitment and coordinating the Thriving at Work Leadership Council.

Dr Adrian Whittington is National Lead for Psychological Professions at NHS England and Improvement and Health Education England. Adrian co-leads a programme of work for the NHS across England to support the growth, development and effective leadership of the psychological professions in NHS funded healthcare. There are 20,000 psychological professionals in England who have a particularly important set of skills to bring to supporting NHS staff. In many areas they are leading local responses to support teams and individual staff in front line roles. They are also delivering the Improving Access to Psychological Therapy services which will provide evidence-based therapies for staff who go on to develop persistent psychological difficulties as a result of their experience of COVID. He is seconded from his position as Joint Director of Psychology and Psychological Therapies at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Adrian’s clinical specialism is in cognitive behavioural therapy, particularly for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Dr Rosanna Hut is a Psychologist with 3 years’ experience leading a team-based staff wellbeing project and 15 years’ experience working on National improvement programmes across the NHS. Rosanna is also an OD professional with expertise in evaluating change in complex environments and facilitating workshops that enable innovative thinking for change.

Dr. Doyin Atewologun, a Chartered Organisational Psychologist, is one of the UK’s foremost experts on organisational development, diversity, intersectionality and leadership. Doyin is a scholar practitioner, a regular media contributor, and multi-award winner in recognition of her innovative methodologies for working with difference in organisations. Doyin has recently been appointed Dean of the Rhodes Scholarships at Oxford University, commencing June 2020. Doyin is currently Director of the Gender, Leadership & Inclusion Centre at Cranfield School of Management and of Delta Alpha Psi, a niche leadership and inclusion consultancy. Doyin has worked with many of the FTSE 100, United Nations agencies, legal and other professional services firms, and the UK Civil Service for over 15 years; she adopts an evidence-based approach when working with business leaders to advance inclusion. Currently, Doyin is Inclusion Adviser on Regional Talent Boards for the NHS. She also led the ground-breaking project for the UK General Medical Council on the over-representation of minority ethnic doctors in Fitness to Practise referrals with Roger Kline, OBE. Further, Doyin is Academic Adviser on the Parker Steering Committee led by Sir John Parker into ethnic diversity on FTSE350 boards as commissioned by the then-UK Secretary of State for Business. Doyin also holds visiting faculty positions at Queen Mary, University of London; Lagos Business School, Nigeria; and the Human Resources Management Department at University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Taskforce support team

Zoe Lord
Deputy Director of NHS Horizons. 

Mel Baldwin
Member Engagement

Selina Robinson
Programme Manager

Tiffany Robb
Project Manager

People.nhs team

Karen Dumain 
National Organisational Development Lead
NHS England and NHS Improvement

Jason Brewster 
Advisor for Distance Learning
NHS Leadership Academy

Robyn Lalor 
Transformation Manager, Culture
NHS England and NHS Improvement

Adam J. Turner
Improvement Methodology and Delivery Manager
NHS England and NHS Improvement

Terry McAndrew
Digital Learning Content Manager
NHS Leadership Academy

Adam Refoufi
Digital Learning Content Manager
NHS Leadership Academy

Workstream and content leads

Zoe Birch 
Head of Learning and Development
NHS England and Improvement

Sue Burgin
Transformation Lead, Culture
NHS England and NHS Improvement

Heather Simpson
Senior Programme Lead, PCN Development Team
NHS England and NHS Improvement

Laura Jayne Simms
Equality & Inclusion System Influencer Lead
NHS England and NHS Improvement

Kate Tattershall
Senior Programme Manager, PCN Development Team
NHS England and NHS Improvement

Dr Alison Tweed
Senior Manager, Knowledge Management, Impact, Research and Evaluation Lead
NHS England and NHS Improvement

Supporting team members

Tony Blacker
Full-Stack Developer
NHS Leadership Academy

Tom Ferguson
DevOps Engineer
NHS Leadership Academy

Ian Randall
DevOps Engineer
NHS Leadership Academy

Tracy Mathews
Project Manager, PCN Development Team
NHS England and NHS Improvement

Chloe Kastoryano
Transformation Manager, Culture
NHS England and NHS Improvement

Karin Obihara
Implementation Manager, Culture
NHS England and NHS Improvement