A consortium of NHS Trusts and Nightingale Hospitals, led by King’s College London (KCL) and King’s Health Partners (KHP), will establish a cohort study to investigate the
short, medium and longer-term psychosocial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on NHSaffiliated staff across NHS Trusts and the Nightingale Hospitals via brief surveys hosted on a dedicated website. The consortium will also evaluate NHS-affiliated staff’s experiences of the staff support programmes currently being implemented in NHS Trusts and Nightingale Hospitals. Due its simple online platform the survey modules can be rolled out across any interested NHS Trust.
The COVID-19 pandemic raises many questions about the biological, behavioural, emotional and social responses to a global threat. A new systematic review confirms that
healthcare workers who dealt with serious infection during pandemics in the past (SARS,MERS, Ebola, swine flu) are at increased risk of both current and subsequent mental
health, neuropsychiatric and complex problems (Harvey et al., under review).
Our study will identify indicators of resilience and vulnerability in a time of healthcare challenges of an unprecedented scale and nature. It will provide a swift evidence base to inform service need planning and best practice during this pandemic by repeat surveying
of participants at months 3, 12 after initial baseline data collection, thereby also evaluating rapidly implemented staff support interventions. Further, it will help us to understand how a substantial workforce returns from crisis to business as usual and will enable us to identify positive and negative factors affecting this return.
Harvey S, Strudwick J, Petrie K, Gayed S, Sanatkar S, Counson I, Newby J, Henderson M, Hotopf M, Greenberg N, Wessely S, Bryant R. Expected impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of health professionals. A systematic review and meta -analysis of studies from the current and previous pandemics. Under review.
Dr Sean Cross - South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Amy Dewar - Guy's and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Mary Docherty - King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Sam Gnanapragasam - South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Professor Neil Greenberg - Royal College of Psychiatrist Lead
for Trauma and the Military
Professor Matthew Hotopf - Director, NIHR Biomedical
Research Centre, Maudsley
Dr Ira Madan, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
Professor Rosalind Raine, University College London, NIHR ARC North Thames
Professor Reza Razavi, King's Health Partners
Dr Sharon Stevelink, King’s College London