In March 2022, the Office of National statistics found that 1.7 million people in the UK experienced self-reported long COVID. To address the high prevalence of the condition, the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) has launched new content to outline the range of research studies on understanding, diagnosing and treating long COVID. This research examines the causes of long COVID, investigating symptoms such as ‘brain fog’ and breathlessness, and finding the most effective ways to treat and manage the condition. You can read more information on what the new research areas will cover the NIHR researching long COVID web page.
The findings hope to shed light on the most effective ways to help individuals better cope with everyday activities, which are often difficult for sufferers. A negative impact on both physical and mental health is evident and can affect the ability to effectively carry out workplace tasks. Employers should consider putting in place additional support for staff with long COVID-19 symptoms through revising policies, procedures, and protocols in line with findings to ensure staff health and wellbeing.
- Read our supporting recovery after long COVID web page for guidance on topics including supporting staff at work, those who are absent, and on phased return.
- Listen to the webinar we hosted on supporting your NHS colleagues with long COVID, which cover the legal implications and examples of good practice.
- Read the practical suggestions for employers from the Faculty of Occupational Medicine on long COVID guidance for employers page.
- Read the latest guidance on long term COVID-19 sickness absences from the NHS staff council
- See how you can support the mental health of your staff in the workplace using the tools and resources on our page to help you.