Baby Care Units: Mental Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 21st May 2019.

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Photo of Vicky Foxcroft Vicky Foxcroft Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what mental health support are NHS trusts required to make available to staff employed on neonatal intensive care units.

Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

National Health Service trusts are responsible for ensuring that appropriate mental health support and provision is in place for all of their staff, including those on neonatal intensive care units. Mental health support services provided by trusts could include access to occupational health services, employee assistance programmes, confidential counselling helplines, processes for open sharing of experiences, crisis and trauma response provision and team and peer support structures.

The Department is supporting them in this through the NHS staff health and wellbeing framework and NHS Improvement’s NHS staff health and wellbeing collaborative. Both incorporate the mental health standards in ‘Thriving at Work – a review of mental health and employers’ produced by Mind.

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