Unprecedented times call for innovation

The COVID-19 pandemic is putting increasing pressure on our health and social care services, and we have all had to make drastic changes to our everyday lives to make sure we keep ourselves and our most vulnerable safe and well.

Our partnership support team is able to work remotely during this crisis.  If you can - stay home and stay safe.  Our thoughts and thanks are with our essential workers and their families for pulling together and showing such unparalleled commitment to their communities.

Togeether, we are making every effort to drive and promote community established initiatives that can help our NHS colleagues. 

We have taken leading roles in several initiatives including:

  • Provision of accommodation and facilities ​to essential workers (activity programmes for the children of key workers, providing parking)
  • Producing hand sanitiser and sourcing more supplies 
  • COVID19 testing​
  • Releasing clinical and technical staff and helping to source volunteers
  • Equipment production and sourcing ​(visors, ventilator parts, fit test solutions)
  • Using our networks to disseminate key public call outs and link people together

Signposting to resources and sharing tips

It is crucial that we provide our Partnership workforce with a range of reliable sources and expert advice, including important resources to support our mental health and wellbeing.

We’ll be drawing from our expert researchers and associates to share their knowledge of how we can maintain healthy bodies and minds during this uncertain period.

We will be sharing updates and information as they become available on our website, via Twitter and our newly established Facebook page.

If you have a story to share with us, or you have any questions about any UEAHSCP events or activity, please contact the team at ueahscp@uea.ac.uk

Resources

Health and Wellbeing Resources

 

Please note, the links below will take you to external sites which we do not have control over; this information is intended to be general information rather than tailored advice and may not always be applicable to where you live.  Information is accurate at the time of publication, however due to the fast moving nature of this crisis please note these links may not always reflect the latest health information and government advice.

For the very latest health information and advice in the UK, please visit the NHS website.  For the latest government advice, please visit gov.uk.  For tailored medical, legal or other health-related information please consult with your own healthcare or legal team.

This area houses a range of staff health and wellbeing resources from trusted sources that aims to help provide guidance and support. This page will be updated regularly to ensure that you can access up to date, correct and relevant resources all in one place, including:

  • Resources for those managing teams, including advice on how to support employees and how to build workforce resilience
  • Coping and adjustment skills
  • Stress and anxiety management tools.

If you would like to share material pertaining to mental health and wellbeing resilience, we would love to hear from you. Please email us at ueahscp@uea.ac.uk

Mental Health Resources

Advice from the Mental Health Foundation on looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak

Advice on managing your sleep from Public Health England

Information from Mind on how to access mental health resources and taking care of mental wellbeing

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust's Psychological First Aid Information Sheet 

Resources and practical tips on mental health developed with experts and approved by the NHS 

Resources and support for responding to coronavirus from the British Psychological Society

Tips from OCD UK on managing OCD in light of coronavirus

NHS guide to building personal resilience 

NHS introduction to mindfulness

UK Government guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus

What to do if you're a young person anxious about coronavirus - YoungMinds

WHO's briefing on mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak

Dr. Kate Russell's Mindfulness Sessions

Mindfulness is about paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and in non-judgmental ways. Practices help to show that it might be possible to experience less reactivity to emotional states as they arise and that these can be passing aspects of life.

Dr Russell has been practising mindfulness for around 10 years and is currently taking an MA in Teaching Mindfulness at Bangor University. Under supervision, she had already been delivering mindfulness sessions for her students and staff before the COVID-19 pandemic struck. These are some simple practices but that they don’t constitute a Mindfulness course – which would have practices embedded within a wider curriculum:

Mindfulness Introduction and Basic Instructions

Body Scan (20 mins)

Awareness of Breath (18 mins)

Mountain Meditation (12 mins)

Mindful eating (15 mins)

Awareness of sounds (14 mins)

Awareness of breath, body, sounds, thought (22 mins)

Mindful stretching (18 mins)

Mindful Walking (12 mins)

3 Step Breathing Space (9 mins)

Exercise Resources

10-minute home workouts from the NHS

Gym-free workouts from the NHS

P.E with Joe (Free online P.E classes for children)

NHS Fitness Studio (Free exercise videos)

Tips, advice and guidance from Sport England on how to keep or get active in and around your home

Building Team Resilience

NHS guide on building team resilience

Resources that help team leaders and managers to build staff resilience at an individual level, at a team level and at an organisation level - Skills for Care

Understand the emergence of coronavirus through this FutureLearn online course

Resources for NHS Workers

 

Please note, the links below will take you to external sites which we do not have control over; this information is intended to be general information rather than tailored advice and may not always be applicable to where you live.  Information is accurate at the time of publication, however due to the fast moving nature of this crisis please note these links may not always reflect the latest health information and government advice.

For the very latest health information and advice in the UK, please visit the NHS website.  For the latest government advice, please visit gov.uk.  For tailored medical, legal or other health-related information please consult with your own healthcare or legal team.

Advice, Guidance and Support

Advice on accessing PPE from NHS England

Advice on protecting the psychological wellbeing of healthcare staff during the coronavirus pandemic from the British Psychological Society

Advice on PPE, social distancing and team building for pharmacists from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

NHS Employers' COVID-19 guidance for NHS workforce leaders

COVID-19 latest staff updates and FAQs from the NHS

Employment guidance for NHS staff from the Royal College of Nursing

Guidance and advice for physiotherapists from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Resources and support for responding to coronavirus from the British Psychological Society

NHS Scotland's practice advice for shift workers

Psychosocial mental health and wellbeing support for health and social care workers from NHS Scotland

Social prescribing and community-based support: Summary guide from NHS England

University of Liverpool's Project ARES: Resources to support front-line workers responding to COVID-19

Discounts and Giveaways

Halfords is offering free full 10-point car checks for NHS & emergency workers

(London-based) Use e-bikes free of charge for three months (registrations currently paused)

MoveGB is offering free online fitness classes for NHS staff

Pets at Home is offering 10% off all orders in-store

Unlimited data on EE (until January 2021)

Vodafone is offering 30 days of unlimited data for NHS workers

Free meals for NHS frontline staff cooked by neighbours using the Olio app #Cook4Carers

Find businesses near you offering discounts and opening hours for NHS staff

 

Specifications from the Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium

 

Below are specifications outlined by the Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium. If you're a business that can produce PPE for NHS workers to these specifications, please contact us at ueahscp@uea.ac.uk

NCP STANDARD SURGICAL THEATRE GOWN 

SCCL ALCOHOL HAND SANITISER GEL

SCCL FFP3 RESPIRATOR 

SCCL PERSONAL EYE PROTECTION

SCCL TYPE IIR FACEMASK

WHO Recipes for Hand Sanitiser

 

Please note: these formulations for making hand sanitiser are for chemists who have access to laboratories, not for making at home. When making hand sanitiser, please follow recommended WHO precautions which you can read here.

These formulas have been approved by infection control for contingency use.

FORMULATION 1 Final concentrations:
• Ethanol 80% (v/v),
• Glycerol 1.45% (v/v),
• Hydrogen peroxide   0.125% (v/v)
 
FORMULATION 2 Final concentrations:
• Isopropyl alcohol 75% (v/v),
• Glycerol 1.45% (v/v),
• Hydrogen peroxide   0.125% (v/v)