NHS Blood and Transplant People First

COVID-19 and Wellbeing

We are all coming to terms with the impacts of COVID-19 and how this affects our work and home life for the time being.

We have compiled a range of tools and resources to support colleagues through this period. We will review the resources regularly to reflect any changes to guidance from the Government.

General mental health and wellbeing support

Our mental health and wellbeing is just as important as physical health. Whether you are working from home or your role requires you to continue to work on site, please take care of yourself.

Working from home

Working from home or working remotely can be very challenging and isolating. Sometimes our attention wanders or we miss people. A routine can be a good way to address this.

Managing teams remotely

It’s important to stay connected during this time, both one-to-one and with your whole team. Support one another, especially as you adapt to a new way of working.


Taking steps to look after your wellbeing can help you deal with pressure and reduce the impact that stress has on your life. This is sometimes called developing emotional resilience.

Support for carers

Colleagues have been sharing lots of ideas on how to entertain, educate and support children and teens who are also at home. Join the conversation on Yammer.

Free access to wellbeing apps

NHS England and NHS Improvement are pleased to announce the first in a series of psychological support for all NHS colleagues during the COVID19 outbreak, as they recognise it is really important to look after your own health and wellbeing, whilst supporting patients and your family.  As such, they are pleased to offer the following wellbeing apps to all NHS colleagues for free:

Unmind: Unmind is a mental health platform that empowers colleagues to proactively improve their mental wellbeing. Using scientifically-backed assessments, tools and training you can measure and manage your personal mental health needs, including digital programmes designed to help with stress, sleep, coping, connection, fulfilment and nutrition. They are offering free access to NHS colleagues until the end of December 2020, active now.

Headspace: Headspace is a science-backed app in mindfulness and meditation, providing unique tools and resources to help reduce stress, build resilience, and aid better sleep. They are offering free access to all NHS colleagues with an NHS email address until 31 December, active now.

Sleepio and Daylight (developed by Big Health): Sleepio is a clinically-evidenced sleep improvement programme that is fully automated and highly personalised, using cognitive behavioural techniques to help improve poor sleep. Free access to Sleepio for all NHS colleagues is active now until 31 December. Daylight is a smartphone-based app that provides help to people experiencing symptoms of worry and anxiety, using evidence-based cognitive behavioural techniques, voice and animation. Free access to Daylight is active now until 31 December.

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