Event details

8th December 2021, 12:00pm to 2:00pm

  • Mental health
  • Wellbeing
  • Back to work
  • Webinar

Cost

£Free

This webinar is delivered by Maudsley Learning and is part of a series of 5 engagement events that aim to support staff wellbeing and COVID recovery in SEL ICS. Each event explores a different topic that has been identified from relevant literature and media and has been developed with the support of the SEL ICS Wellbeing Board.

The webinar will discuss the experience of long-COVID and its impact on the workforce throughout and beyond the pandemic.

Long-COVID, referring to an illness where impacted individuals experience long-lasting symptoms beyond three weeks of contracting the virus, continues to cause significant disruption to the healthcare workforce beyond the initial waves of the pandemic. The Office for National Statistics reported that at least 122,000 NHS staff have the condition, which is the highest out of all other occupational groups reported. Many health and social care professionals have experienced disruptions to their work due to the continued symptoms, consequently resulting in anxieties around job security, loss of professional identity, and feelings of guilt around not being able to contribute to the fight against COVID-19.

This event will focus on the impact of long-COVID as it moves towards being potentially classified as an occupational disease. The event will include discussions on how organisations can plan to support a phased or flexible return for workers affected, and the importance of providing mental health support and peer support for affected staff.