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The psychological needs of healthcare staff as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

22 April 2020

The BPS has highlighted the immediate need to care for the psychological welfare of healthcare workers with the release of a briefing paper and a highly successful webinar that revealed significant demand for this support.

In light of situations that healthcare staff now find themselves in, BPS president David Murphy and lead clinician and consultant psychologist ICU Cardiff Julie Highfield, address some of the thinking and frameworks around the current psychological landscape for health workers.  

This guidance from the BPS is aimed at healthcare managers, as well as healthcare staff.  

The BPS offers recommendations for each phase from ‘preparation’ to the eventual ‘recovery ‘phase and highlights approaches to psychological welfare that will help to deal with how healthcare staff on the frontline are personally affected by the harsh consequences of caring for patients and their families with Covid-19. 

The guidance and webinar support innovations to implement psychological care and recommend that it is done in a coordinated way that is consistent with organisational policies and principles of compassionate care.

As part of the recommendations, the BPS seeks to shine a light on visible leadership, clear communication strategies, and consistent access to physical safety needs as fundamental necessities to help protect the psychological wellbeing of all healthcare staff.

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