Working in the ambulance service can be highly demanding with immense pressure leading to staff feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and exhausted. It is particularly important to protect the mental health and wellbeing of yourself as well as your colleagues.
Mind’s research has found that, since the pandemic began, workload has increased right across emergency services. Ambulance staff have faced extra challenges to their mental health, and many are experiencing stress and anxiety as a result. 75 per cent of ambulance staff reported that their mental health has worsened since the pandemic began.
Throughout the pandemic individuals and teams in the ambulance have done a huge amount of work to support each other, including regular team check-ins, and making space available for colleagues to rest and recuperate. There has also been a widespread outpouring of support from the public and businesses.
We have collated a list of resources that you and your colleagues can use for support during this challenging time:
- Managing stress and anxiety (ambulance) guide
- Mind- Emergency responders: your mental health in the pandemic
- Mind-blue light champion toolkit
- The Ambulance Staff Charity’s- mental health resources
- Awareness Centre- What is moral injury and how do you deal with it?
- The British Psychological Society- Covid-related anxiety and distress in the workplace
- The ambulance staff charity- Coronavirus information pack
- NHSEI Supporting our people- helping you manage your own health and wellbeing whilst looking after others
- NHSEI- information on access to free wellbeing apps.
- The association of ambulance chief executives resource category: Ambulance wellbeing
- The association of ambulance chief executives supporting ambulance staff on mental health and wellbeing
- Staff experience: adapting and innovating during COVID-19 - Access our new briefing which highlights examples of how NHS trusts have not only adapted but and innovated during the pandemic. These examples may serve to strengthen local approaches and inform future practice in supporting staff experience.
- Professor Michael West video on recovery and renewal - Watch Professor Michael West share his thoughts on how the NHS workforce can recover from the COVID-19 pandemic effectively. This video fundamentally highlights the importance of providing staff with a space to rest and recover as the NHS begins to emerge from the pandemic.
- Staff video stories - Hear moving stories from two NHS staff members who discuss how the pandemic personally impacted their lives, and the support they received from their organisations to enhance their experience at work during COVID-19.
- Supporting recovery after long COVID - Information on how you can support staff recovering from long COVID.
- Supporting your NHS colleagues with long COVID - watch the webinar NHS employers hosted to explore what employers can do to support colleagues with long COVID.
- NHSEI support for staff during COVID-19.