COVID-19: Health and care staff wellbeing

British Geriatrics Society
Date Published:
02 April 2020
Last updated: 
16 June 2021

Links, resources and tools to help support personal wellbeing during a particularly challenging time for the health and care workforce. If you would like to add or share any resources, advice or graphics to be included on this page please email editor [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk


  • Through the visor: Reflecting on member experiences of the COVID-19 first wavs - BGS
    This report summarises the findings of a BGS member survey describing the experiences of working through the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. With respondents representing over twenty different professions working in acute, community and primary care, it is believed to be the only survey capturing the full breadth of multidisciplinary health professionals’ experiences caring for older people across the four nations.
  • COVID-19 and the female health and care workforce - Health & Care Women Leaders Network (NHS Confederation)
    This report describes the, struggles, pain and fears women working in health and care services have faced during the pandemic. The physical and emotional impact due to caring responsibilities both in and outside of work are significant. It also draws out some of the positive experiences, such as opportunities for learning and the strength of support many have received from their managers.
  • Moral distress in the NHS and other organisations - British Medical Association (BMA)
    This briefing and survey summary from the British Medical Association (BMA) explores the moral distress in doctors that has been compounded by COVID - and how not being able to provide sufficient quality of care can have a negative impact on healthcare staff.
  • NHS Frontline support
    Dedicated mental health support for NHS staff. Phone 0300 131 7000 (7am-11pm) or text FRONTLINE to 85258 (available 24/7).
  • Samaritans
    Call 116 123 to talk to a Samaritan. Available 24/7; online support also available.
  • SHOUT text support service
    Text NHSPH to 85258 if you are struggling to cope and need support. Available 24 hours a day.
  • Mind
    Mind’s ‘I need urgent help’ page offers tools, signposts to sources of support and advice for coping with your immediate feelings.

How can BGS help you?
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