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.

For advice on Health Safety and Wellbeing please refer to the contact HR Direct page, who will forward to a Health Safety and Wellbeing advisor if needed for specialist advice.

Virtual Mindfulness Sessions

As part of our efforts to support everyone’s wellbeing through this challenging period, we will be running a once weekly Mindfulness session where you will have the opportunity to ‘be present’ and take a time-out from your busy working day.

Mindfulness is a technique which can help people to manage their mental health and gain more enjoyment from life. It involves making a special effort to give your full attention to what is happening in the present moment – to what is happening to your body, your mind or your surroundings, in a non-judgmental way.

We are continuing to run once weekly Mindfulness sessions where you will have the opportunity to ‘be present’ and take a time-out from your busy working day.

Please contact the session facilitator listed below directly by email

Latest dates and times can be found below:

  • Thursday 20th August – 15:00pm (with Martin Wallis)
  • Wednesday 2nd September – 14:00pm (with Martin Bennett)
  • Friday 11th September – 13:00pm (with Ellen Betts)
  • Thursday 17th September – 15:00pm (with Jasmin Gill)
  • Tuesday 22nd September – 13:30pm (with Martin Wallis)

You can put the date in your calendar, by scrolling down to the Events and Activities section on the Sharepoint homepage, and following the instructions https://nhsbloodandtransplant.sharepoint.com/sites/link

Supporting our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) colleagues  

As an organisation we are committed to ensuring that the health, safety and wellbeing of all our colleagues is our primary focus.  With the impact of COVID-19 on the BAME community and to ensure our BAME colleagues feel completely supported during this time, guidance and support around a process has been developed to support line managers undertake conversations and complete a risk assessment with BAME team members:

Please report the outcome of the conversation, which becomes the risk assessment, on the Conversation / Risk Assessment Reporting Tool ensuring you print a copy before submitting it so that both yourself and your team member for transparency and to help with the reviews. 

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.

NHSBT links

Other NHS support 

Other useful resources 

National Mental Wellbeing Support

NHS England and Improvement are offering NHS staff free access to psychological and practical support. This includes:

  • A free wellbeing support helpline 0300 131 7000 available from 7am – 11pm seven days a week, providing confidential listening from trained professionals and specialist advice, including coaching, bereavement care, mental health and financial help. 
  • A 24/7 text alternative to the above helpline - simply text FRONTLINE to 85258.
  • An online portal with peer-to-peer, team and personal resilience support.

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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