Staff Wellbeing
Knowledge and Library Services Evidence Update
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Latest staff wellbeing news

Shared by Charmaine Yankey, Improving Working Lives Co-ordinator at Whipps Cross:
"During June, you will have an opportunity to join our New Tai Chi and Swiss Ball Classes, along with Legs, Bums and Tums, Body Bar, Zumba and Spin Classes.  Come along and play Table Tennis as we will be organising a Tournament in July, or visit to relax, unwind and de-stress on our Wellness Massage Mats. To get more information and book, please email with your name, department, activity with preferred time and contact number"...

From HSJ:
From The Independent: Almost a fifth of nurses say a negative workplace culture forced them to leave profession

Latest staff wellbeing guidance, reports, and institutional publications

From NHS England and NHS Improvement: #Caring4NHSPeople wellbeing webinars
"NHS England and NHS Improvement’s virtual wellbeing sessions are open to everyone with a role in supporting the wellbeing of NHS staff during and following the COVID-19 response. They are held the second Wednesday of the month between 4pm and 5pm. Recordings of previous events can be found on the #Caring4NHSPeople webpage and include sessions on psychological wellbeing for healthcare professionals and how to support your teams through the COVID crisis without burning out yourself..."
From The House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee: Workforce burnout and resilience in the NHS and social care.
"This report finds that workforce burnout across the NHS and social care has reached an emergency level and poses a risk to the future functioning of both services. Only a total overhaul of workforce planning can provide a solution. Available funding was the driver behind planning, rather than the level of demand and staffing capacity needed to service it..."
From Public Health England: COVID-19: mental health and wellbeing surveillance report
"This is routinely updated report about population mental health and wellbeing in England during the COVID-19 pandemic now includes a link for your feedback..."
Freely available with registration, from Nuance: From overload to burnout: what clinicians think
"This report gives the results of a survey carried out with health care professionals from across Europe and Australia. It asks how AI technology might be used to reduce clinicians' workload and improve wellbeing and in what circumstances increased use of technology might actually add to these burdens..."
From What Works Centre for Wellbeing: How can employers help tackle loneliness at work?
"Employers and businesses have a role to play in supporting the wellbeing of their employees and reducing loneliness. Our social connections at work – with peers, managers and customers – are one of the biggest overall drivers of job satisfaction. Good quality, meaningful connections are associated with better outcomes in terms of quality of work, higher wellbeing and greater engagement in work..."

Latest staff wellbeing research articles

[Editorial] We honour you
"Discussion of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of NHS workers. Reference is made to 'moral injury', and the issue is dedicated to 'our prehospital friends and colleagues lost in the past year. We honour your dedication to duty and you will be remembered..."
Self-worth and bonding emotions are related to well-being in health-care providers: a cross-sectional study
"Interacting with patients can elicit a myriad of emotions in health-care providers. This may result in satisfaction or put providers at risk for stress-related conditions such as burnout. The present study attempted to identify emotions that promote provider well-being. Following eudaimonic models of well-being, we tested whether certain types of emotions that reflect fulfilment of basic needs rather than positive emotions in general (as suggested by hedonic models) are linked to well-being..."
The Association between Well-being Behaviors and Resilience in Health Care Workers
"This descriptive, correlational analysis utilized baseline data from health care workers enrolled in the Web-based Implementation of the Science for Enhancing Resilience longitudinal study (N = 2,383). The study aimed to describe the association of (a) types of well-being behaviors (regular exercise, yoga, meditation, spent time with a close friend, vacation) and (b) total number of well-being behaviors with resilience (emotional thriving and emotional recovery), covarying for sociodemographic and professional characteristics. General linear model findings indicated that each well-being behavior was significantly associated with greater emotional thriving, while only exercise and spending time with friends were significantly related to greater emotional recovery..."
Trainee doctors' experiences of learning and well-being while working in intensive care during the COVID-19 pandemic: a qualitative study using appreciative inquiry
"Forty interviews were conducted and four over-arching themes were identified. These were: feeling safe and supported; physical demands; the emotional burden of caring; and a sense of fulfilment, value and personal development. Positive aspects of the organisational response to the pandemic included communication, personal protective equipment supply, team working and well-being support. Suggestions for improvement focused on rest facilities, rota patterns and hierarchies, creating opportunities for reflection and ensuring continued educational and training opportunities despite operational demands..."
Prioritizing the Mental Health and Well-Being of Healthcare Workers: An Urgent Global Public Health Priority
"The purpose of this article is to provide an evidence-based overview of the adverse mental health impacts on healthcare workers during times of crisis and other challenging working conditions and to highlight the importance of prioritizing and protecting the mental health and well-being of the healthcare workforce, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. First, we provide a broad overview of the elevated risk of stress, burnout, moral injury, depression, trauma, and other mental health challenges among healthcare workers. Second, we consider how public health emergencies exacerbate these concerns, as reflected in emerging research on the negative mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare workers. Further, we consider potential approaches for overcoming these threats to mental health by exploring the value of practicing self-care strategies, and implementing evidence based interventions and organizational measures to help protect and support the mental health and well-being of the healthcare workforce. Lastly, we highlight systemic changes to empower healthcare workers and protect their mental health and well-being in the long run, and propose policy recommendations to guide healthcare leaders and health systems in this endeavor..."

Library COVID Update

All staff are now required to sign-in, and wash their hands with the gel provided, when entering our libraries.

St Bart’s Hospital Library has moved back to its original space in the department of diagnostic imaging, on the ground floor of the KGV Building. It will be staffed from 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday, and available to staff 24/7. The phone no. there is 020 3465 5467.

At Whipps Cross and Newham Hospitals we offer comfortable seats and computer access, with tea and coffee, from 10am-4pm. Please check local notices for details. Staff can continue to access our 24/7 knowledge hubs (computer rooms) on each site.

Our Library Hub at the Royal London continues to be available to staff 24/7.

Please see our new website and our Digital Library WeShare page for more information.

New Online Board Games

Knowledge and Library Services are now providing teams with access to online board games including The Working Stress Game, which helps clinicians to understand and manage work-related stress more effectively. A clinical trial proved efficacy.

Get in touch to book a session and we'll provide access and instructions for you and your team.


Visit Our Website

Our Leadership and Management subject guide collects all our services and resources on the topic, and signposts to external help.

Browse resource collections within our COVID-19 pages; plus further services, resources, and NHS discounts have been added to our Wellbeing pages.

You can now search the entirety of our collection from the website homepage below via the Discovery search bar too...


Our Other Recent Updates

Read our round-up of research published by Barts Health authors in the month of May 2021 (published 9/6/21) here.
Read our latest COVID-19 Update (published 8/6/21) here.
Read our latest monthly Leadership Update (published 7/6/21) here.
Read our latest Health Services Management Update (published 4/6/21) here.
Read our latest Inclusion and Diversity Update (published 28/5/21) here.
Read our latest monthly Delirium in ICU Evidence Alert (published 17/5/21) here.
Read our previous Staff Wellbeing Update (published 13/5/21) here.
Read our latest COVID-19 and TB Update (published 5/5/21) here.
Read our latest Safer Surgery Update (published 18/5/21) here.

Catch up with all our archived updates on our Digital Library Weshare page.

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