COVID-19: your wellbeing

Staying safe and well at work

Location: UK
Audience: All doctors
Updated: Thursday 6 August 2020
Topics: COVID 19

Accommodation for doctors and medical students

A place to sleep and rest is vital if you are experiencing physical and mental fatigue. This is especially important if you are too tired to drive home safely after a long shift.

In England, the NHS has offered to provide hotel accommodation for staff affected by PHE's (Public Health England) 14 day household isolation policy (for example if someone they live with has COVID-19 symptoms) to enable them to continue working.

You can ask your employer to help you coordinate alternative accommodation in your local area if you need it.

 

Occupational health support

OH (occupational health) services have a key role to play in ensuring you are well and supported when at work.

If occupational health services are available at your place of work, you should familiarise yourself with how you can access them.

For more information about the provision of OH support see the BMA’s health and wellbeing at work report.

If you have queries or concerns, speak to your clinical manager and occupational health service if available. If you need further support, please contact [email protected].

 

Dealing with incidents of violence or abuse

There may be occasions when profoundly difficult decisions must be made, such as prioritising care or the provision of entire services. This can sometimes lead to an increase in incidents of abuse or violence against NHS staff.

You should:

  • be aware of your employer's policy regarding violence
  • not accept instances of violence towards you or directed at others
  • report any instances of threats, violence, bullying and abuse
  • suggest additional measures to help prevent and manage work-related violence
  • make use of occupational health services and peer and wellbeing support services if you are the victim of abuse, bullying or violence.

Your employer should take steps to ensure that you are protected from violence and abuse, including staff who may be targeted, for example, if they carry sanitiser and personal protective equipment.

Your employer should:

  • operate a zero-tolerance approach to abuse of staff who are on the frontline of delivering care during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • ensure local policies relating to abuse and violence of NHS staff are reviewed, and consider the potential impact of a surge in COVID-19 cases
  • urgently review the security of your workplace, including car parks, and consider the potential impact of a surge in COVID-19 cases
  • support you during the reporting process
  • provide you with access to physical and mental health support following incidents of violence/abuse
  • ensure you have access to training on how to deal with incidents involving violence and abuse.

 

Further help

If you have questions or concerns about the availability of local support, speak to your clinical manager. If you still need help, contact us at [email protected].

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