NHS: Mental Health:Written question - 57909

Q
(Preston)
Asked on: 10 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS: Mental Health
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to assess the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the mental health of NHS staff.
A
Answered by: Helen Whately
Answered on: 22 June 2020

The Government takes the health and wellbeing of National Health Service staff very seriously. At the beginning of the COVID-19 response, the Department commissioned NHS England and NHS Improvement to develop a comprehensive package of emotional, psychological, and practical support for all NHS staff. NHS England and NHS Improvement launched the support package on 8 April 2020 which can be accessed via the following link:

people.nhs.uk/help/

Development of the support package has been informed by both the experiences of NHS staff contacting the national telephone and text service, as well as expert advice and research into mental health needs following major incidents. The support package will continue to be updated by listening to feedback from NHS staff who use the services, including how COVID-19 response has affected them.

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