LIFE ON AND OFF THE WARD

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LIFE ON AND OFF THE WARD

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Professor Adrian Wells

Chief Investigator

Ongoing

study name

Life On and Off The Ward

Life On and Off The Ward is a study exploring the experiences and psychological needs of healthcare staff working during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Study Participants

  • Healthcare staff working during COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Employed by NHS Trusts in North-West England.

Study Design

  • Life On and Off The Ward is a qualitative study, using semi structured interviews to explore the experiences and understand the psychological needs of frontline and redeployed staff working during the COVID – 19 pandemic.
  • We aimed to recruit 20-30 frontline or redeployed staff, with recruitment continuing until data saturation was reached.

Life On and Off The Ward Info

  • Following the SARS pandemic in 2003, research found that healthcare staff experienced significant psychological distress that continued for years after the pandemic.
  • The World Health Organisation declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic in March 2020 and major pressure was placed on the healthcare systems in the UK.
  • Steps were taken in the UK to support the anticipated surge of admissions to healthcare systems, such as retired staff returning to work, accelerated healthcare student qualifications and redeployment of staff.
  • Healthcare staff reported significant emotional distress during this time, however little was known about the experience of stress and resources to manage it under the demands and pressures of a pandemic.

We aim to find out what staff found the most challenging while working during COVID-19, how they coped with working during a pandemic, and what psychological support would be needed.

  • We received 90 expressions of interest from staff, 32 staff subsequently agreed to take part
  • We are currently still in the process of publishing the results of Life On and Off The Ward and hope to share them soon.

During interviews, staff were asked how they managed their stress during COVID-19 and some interviewees submitted photos of different ways to de-stress with the hopes of helping others. Images shared with the permission of Life On and Off The Ward participants.

Background
  • Following the SARS pandemic in 2003, research found that healthcare staff experienced significant psychological distress that continued for years after the pandemic.
  • The World Health Organisation declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic in March 2020 and major pressure was placed on the healthcare systems in the UK.
  • Steps were taken in the UK to support the anticipated surge of admissions to healthcare systems, such as retired staff returning to work, accelerated healthcare student qualifications and redeployment of staff.
  • Healthcare staff reported significant emotional distress during this time, however little was known about the experience of stress and resources to manage it under the demands and pressures of a pandemic.
Study Aims

We aim to find out what staff found the most challenging while working during COVID-19, how they coped with working during a pandemic, and what psychological support would be needed.

Results
  • We received 90 expressions of interest from staff, 32 staff subsequently agreed to take part
  • We are currently still in the process of publishing the results of Life On and Off The Ward and hope to share them soon.
Gallery

During interviews, staff were asked how they managed their stress during COVID-19 and some interviewees submitted photos of different ways to de-stress with the hopes of helping others. Images shared with the permission of Life On and Off The Ward participants.

Hear what the staff had to say about working during COVID-19

All staff consent to anonymized quotes being shared for dissemination

Project Timeline

Stage 1

Study initiation commenced May – June 2020, including ethical approval and study site recruitment.

Stage 2

Recruitment and semi structured interviews were conducted June – October 2020.

Stage 3

Data transcription and analysis July 2020 – November 2020.

Stage 4

(Ongoing) Report writing and dissemination commenced November 2020.

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