COVID-19 Wellbeing Support for Doctors

There are a wealth of specialist support documents and resources available for doctors at this time in addition to what is listed on our other Wellbeing Support pages

To save you time, we’ve picked out the best and most reliable resources for you.

We will continue to update this as time passes!

 

Practitioner Health Programme – COVID-19 Wellbeing Resources

A comprehensive wealth of documents, podcasts, webinars, apps and more – run by the definitive NHS funded organisation who specialise in the wellbeing of doctors.

Beat Covid

Aiming to protect the wellbeing of healthcare workers in the fight against COVID. Daily wellbeing content, specifically designed for the challenge of keeping a healthy mind and body whilst fighting the COVID battle. 

Intensive Care Society: Wellbeing Resource Library

A fantastic poster series aiming to improve our understanding of psychological wellbeing at work, the impact of reduced wellbeing and what we can do in response. These help to prompt readers to consider their approach to self-care, how to manage personal wellbeing, what we can do to improve our workplace and when to ask for help. Check it out!

 

Coronavirus Sanity Guide – by Ten Percent Happier

Meditations, podcasts, blogs and talks to help you build resilience and find some calm amidst the chaos. Healthcare workers get free access to their dedicated app.

 

HEROES

An organisation which aims to support NHS workers on the front line as we fight COVID-19. It will provide research funding, hardship grants, childcare support and much more. 

 

Articles

Red Whale – COVID-19: An emotional and psychological survival guide

Really helpful article series developed from the Red Whale Mental Health Course. Check it out here.

FACE COVID – How to respond effectively to the corona crisis

‘FACE COVID’ is a set of practical steps for responding effectively to the corona crisis, using the principles of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Excellent article, right here.

Apps

 

Headspace 

One of the most popular evidence based mindfulness apps, Headspace are offering free subscriptions to NHS workers until December 31st 2020.

 

Unmind

A workplace mental health platform that empowers staff to proactively improve their mental wellbeing. It uses scientifically-backed assessments, tools and training, allowing you to measure and manage your own mental health needs. It contains programmes designed to help with stress, sleep, coping, connection, fulfilment and nutrition. Free access to NHS staff until the end of Dec 2020. 

Sleepio & Daylight

Sleepio is a clinically-evidenced, highly personalised sleep improvement programme, using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help improve your sleep. Daylight also uses CBT to help people experiencing symptoms of worry and anxiety. Both free access for NHS staff until end of Dec 2020.

Dr. Julian App

Psychotherapy online anywhere. A secure service founded by Dr. Julian Nesbitt – a GP who wanted to make talking therapy accessible nationwide!

 

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Healthcare Worker Specialty Guidance on High Risk Vulnerable Health Conditions

Confused as to whether you are deemed as a high risk vulnerable adult and whether you should shield? Check out this collection of specialty guidance from various experts on what they define as vulnerable. Click here for more information

 

Facebook Support Groups

With an unexpected crisis, comes an important opportunity for doctors to come together and share their challenges in a protected space.

If you’re a Facebook user, the following groups may be of use to you moving forward:

Coronavirus Wellbeing Support for Doctors

A small friendly group we run focused purely on wellbeing support for doctors during the COVID-19 crisis. With resources, advice, stress relief and wellbeing support – supported by The Joyful Doctor’s Caroline Walker and Rachel Morris. Also a great place to get Occupational Health support if you’re struggling to access your own OH.

COVID-19 Doctors Group UK

Run by the Doctors Association UK (DAUK), this group is a safe space for doctors to share their learning on COVID-19 and air their concerns and frustrations. Currently an extremely busy group with over 8k members.

COVID Returning Doctors Group

A new dedicated group for doctors looking to return to the NHS to support the Coronavirus Crisis. They also welcome doctors who are being redeployed to the front line from non clinical specialities.

 

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