Health, safety and wellbeing

COVID-19 health, safety and wellbeing

Preserving and protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of staff is critical for NHS organisations as they respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. It is essential that NHS organisations take every effort to support the physical and mental wellbeing of the workforce, to enable staff to stay healthy and protect themselves, colleagues, patients and families as we continue to deliver services through this challenging period.

The government is continually developing and reviewing plans to make sure individuals can rely on a wide range of help and support, be it essential health and care support, help with food shopping, or social and emotional support. The public sector, business, charities and the general public are gearing up to help those asked to protect themselves.

Public Health England (PHE), the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), NHS England and NHS Improvement, and NHS Employers are working closely with key stakeholders to provide signposting and guidance to support NHS organisations. Specific guidance has been developed for healthcare professionals and this should be referred to for the most up to date information.

There are a number of considerations that workforce and HR leaders need to be aware of to fully support the wellbeing of their workforce. The following areas should be reviewed and incorporated where required, into local implementation plans to preserve and protect staff health and wellbeing. 


COVID-19 health, safety and wellbeing

Ways of working 

Guidance on health and wellbeing measures to follow to support your staff.

COVID-19 health, safety and wellbeing

Enabling and supporting staff to work from home

How to best support your staff to work from home during COVID-19, including staff suffering domestic abuse and violence.

COVID-19 health, safety and wellbeing

Financial wellbeing

Support your staff's financial wellbeing through COVID-19 and beyond.

COVID-19 health, safety and wellbeing

Infection control

Guidance on the use of personal protective equipment and infection control procedures.

COVID-19 health, safety and wellbeing

Risk assessments for staff

Information on vulnerable groups to inform risk assessments for staff during COVID-19.

health, safety, wellbeing

Support available for NHS staff

Access the support available for NHS staff.

COVID-19 health, safety and wellbeing

Supporting staff with childcare responsibilities

Find out how to support your staff with childcare responsibilities in light of COVID-19 restrictions.

COVID-19 health, safety and wellbeing

Maintaining good heath

Guidance and things to consider to maintain good heath during the COVID-19 outbreak

COVID-19 health, safety and wellbeing

Mental wellbeing

Guidance for supporting your staff's mental wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 health, safety and wellbeing

Supporting our most vulnerable people

Guidance on supporting staff with underlying health conditions and those who are in higher-risk groups.

COVID-19 health, safety and wellbeing

NHS Staff Council

Guidance from the NHS Staff Council on the COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 health, safety and wellbeing

Occupational health

Guidance on different occupational health provisions.

Related News

Updated guidance on risk assessments for staff

Read our updated guidance for NHS organisations on how to enhance their existing risk assessments for their workforce

View article

New support for leaders and line managers

NHS England and NHS Improvement has launched leadership support circles to support NHS staff during COVID-19.

View article




Why Register?

Great reasons to register with NHS Employers

  • A personalised website
    Manage your profile and select topics of interest to you
  • Access your dashboard
    Bookmark useful content to help you quickly find what you're looking for
  • Get involved
    Contribute to our Talking Points discussions, comment on and rate our webpages
  • Keep up to date
    Receive the latest newsletters and media summaries

Log In