Long COVID is a term used to describe the symptoms and effects of COVID-19 that last longer than four weeks beyond the initial diagnosis. Recovering from long COVID can be a lengthy process and employees will need to be supported to recover at their own pace to ensure that they do not relapse.
NHS England and NHS Improvement has gathered a range of resources to support staff who may need help with their recovery. By holding safe and effective wellbeing conversations, managers and board-level wellbeing guardians should signpost to the following:
- Online rehab services on the Your COVID Recovery website.
- Comprehensive health and wellbeing offer on the supporting our NHS people web page.
- System-wide staff mental health and wellbeing hubs.
- One of the 89 post-COVID assessment clinics which can be accessed via their GP.
- Onward referral to other support services, where available, via occupational health teams.
NHS Employers resources
For further information and support, please see our supporting recovery after long COVID web page and watch our webinar that explored how employers can support colleagues experiencing long COVID. The webinar included guest speakers from the Society of Occupational medicine and the legal firm Capsticks.