The wellbeing of an organisation is a prerequisite for the wellbeing of staff.
Mental Health Trusts are currently working under extraordinary conditions and under great strain. In these circumstances, maintaining the health and functioning of the organisation is crucial to support the wellbeing of staff and their ability to operate.
Unique features of the challenges raised by the COVID-19 pandemic for Mental Health Trusts include:
- an unprecedented situation for which there is no blueprint or recent experience to draw upon
- new risks to physical health, threats to survival and encounters with death leading to levels of fear and anxiety which challenge the ability to think
- the fear of becoming a vector for infection and endangering patients, colleagues and family, which further isolates staff from usual sources of support
- high rates of staff sickness, leading to gaps in service provision and to staff redeployment in unfamiliar acute services
- fear and anxiety in patients, which can create additional management challenges.
Our guidance outlines key ideas and measures intended to support the organisation during the current crisis, and is applicable at individual, team and organisational levels.