The Secretary of Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, today issued a wellbeing message to the care workforce and signposted to support resources.
Care workers were reminded of the ‘Every Care Counts’ campaign ̶ which is based on the concept ‘because I care’ originally created by NHS England, the short film not only highlights the importance of Infection Prevention Control (IPC), but also celebrates the compassion of care staff across the country.
Sajid Javid took the opportunity to reference the Skills for Care Workforce Wellbeing resource finder and said there are many resources available to colleagues for support. The care workforce was also updated with the news that the Samaritans’ confidential emotional staff support line has been extended to all social care staff, who might be feeling stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed. Hospice UK has also extended its bereavement and trauma line to social care staff. This service offers a safe space to talk to professionals in the event of bereavement, trauma or anxiety as a result of the pandemic.
Protecting your own and your staff’s mental health and wellbeing is an ongoing process, and we don’t yet know what the long-term impact will be for care workers who have worked tirelessly during the pandemic. The wellbeing message from the DHSC raised awareness of the ‘Our Frontline’ service ̶ a collaboration between Samaritans, Shout, Hospice UK and Mind—offers information, emotional support and access to a crisis text service for all those working on the frontline.
CMM spoke to the founder of the Samaritans’ NHS and Social Care Helpline, Ben Phillips, to gain a better understanding and to find out how Registered Managers can encourage their staff to reach out for help when they need it most. Visit the Wellbeing section of the CMM website to read the interview.
Visit the Government website to access health and wellbeing support.