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COVID-19 and Mental Health Studies Register

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