NHS staff recovery plan post COVID-19 (Outbreak 1)
There is good evidence from scientifically conducted reviews that the most predictive risk factors for the onset of post traumatic mental ill-health are those which operate after the traumatic incident is over.
Supporting the health and wellbeing of NHS workers following the first COVID-19 outbreak is likely to be critical. To this end, the NHS must give its staff members - who have been working intensively in arduous circumstances - sufficient time to ‘reset’ before they embark on their usual work.
This time will be crucial for them to access the social support they need, and to readjust to the ‘new normal’ without being under too much pressure while trying to recover. We have developed some concrete elements that we believe should be put in place for staff in every NHS Trust.