The last two years have been tough for everyone working in healthcare. In already overstretched systems of care, the COVID-19 pandemic brought additional concerns with overall increased pressures at work, worries about risks to own health, changes in job roles, workload, working remotely away from the one's usual team's settings, limited resources, and uncertainty about the future. In addition, the emotional distress, including burnout, was made worse during the pandemic. These unprecedented stressors may cause some to experience 'moral injury' or mental health problems. The distinguished speakers with longstanding experience in this field will present the main learning points concerning the impact of COVID-19 on staff wellbeing and highlight opportunities for future planning to support the healthcare workforce. The last part of the session will encourage the audience to engage in discussions via Q&A.
Chair: Dr Mihaela Bucur, Associate Registrar for Well-being and Retention, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Consultant Psychiatrist, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Moral injury – what is it and what to do about it? - Professor Neil Greenberg, Professor of Defence Mental Health, King's College London
A model of care for healthcare staff: dealing with the Impacts of secondary stressors - Professor Richard Williams OBE, Professor Emeritus of Mental Health Strategy, University of South Wales, Presidential Lead for COVID-19, Emergency Preparedness and Mental Health, Royal College of Psychiatrists
Organisational culture and accountability for staff well-being - Dr Ananta Dave, Medical Director and Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Honorary (Clinical) Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham, School of Medicine