We have a range of support offers to suit a range of different needs. Be sure to scroll through the options to find one that works for you.
Staff support line
In the current climate of increasing pressures on our healthcare system, our NHS people potentially face significant stresses.
We have introduced a confidential staff support line, operated by the Samaritans and free to access from 7:00am – 11:00pm, seven days a week.
This support line is here for when you’ve had a tough day, are feeling worried or overwhelmed, or maybe you have a lot on your mind and need to talk it through. Trained advisers can help with signposting and confidential listening.Call: 0300 131 7000
Alternatively, you can text FRONTLINE to 85258 for support 24/7 via text.
Bereavement support line
We also have a confidential bereavement support line, operated by Hospice UK and free to access from 8:00am – 8:00pm, seven days a week.
A team of fully qualified and trained bereavement specialists are available to support you with bereavement and wellbeing issues relating to loss experienced through your work.Call: 0300 303 4434
Bereavement and trauma support line for our Filipino colleagues
There is a team of fully qualified and trained professionals, all of whom are Tagalog speakers, ready to help you at our NHS Bereavement & Trauma Line for Filipino Staff. This assistance is available from anywhere in the country and is provided by Hospice UK.
Tagalog speaking specialist counsellors and support workers are available if colleagues:
- have experienced a bereavement
- wellbeing has been affected by witnessing traumatic deaths as part of your work
- need to discuss any other anxiety or emotional issues you may be experiencing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic
All calls will be treated in the strictest of confidence and this will be explained to you when you call. This service is available seven days a week, between 8:00am and 8:00pm. You do not need a referral.To book a consultation, call: 0300 303 1115
Virtual staff common rooms
In partnership with NHS Practitioner Health, we have been busy developing virtual staff common rooms for colleagues across the NHS and the ambulance sector.
The common rooms are safe and supportive spaces for colleagues to stay mentally well. By joining, you will have time to:
- share frustrations and experiences
- find ways to cope with how Covid-19 is affecting your life at home and at work
Hosted by an experienced and approved practitioner, the confidential session lasts one hour and will have a maximum of ten NHS participants.
There are a variety of offers available for those who joined the frontline response to Covid-19:
- All NHS staff and final year students
- Our culturally diverse colleagues from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities – staff and final year students
- All ambulance staff and students working ‘mess rooms’
- All ambulance staff and students redeployed/shielding/isolating ‘mess rooms’
- Our healthcare science people
- Our clinical research people
REACT MH® conversation training:
Our aim is to equip NHS managers, supervisors and those with caring responsibilities for NHS people to confidently hold supportive and compassionate mental health and wellbeing conversations, during and beyond COVID-19.Find out more
Wellbeing support service
We’ve partnered with Project 5 to make free 1-2-1, confidential support sessions available for our NHS people. Project 5 is led by Clinicians and coaches and can link you to professionals with the skills to assist at a time of crisis.Find support at Project 5
NHS staff have been given free access to a number of wellbeing apps from now until the end of December 2020 to support their mental health and wellbeing. Apps include SilverCloud, Sleepio, Daylight, Unmind and HeadspaceAccess free self-help apps
CARE: Support for those in Social Care
The Department of Health & Social Care has developed additional, specific support available to those in Social Care, including unique access to:
- Support lines
- Mental health apps
- Bespoke online platform