NHS and Social Services: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 28th September 2021.

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Photo of Kim Leadbeater Kim Leadbeater Labour, Batley and Spen

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional mental health and wellbeing support his Department is making available to health and social care workers as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Our package of support for all National Health Service staff includes access to health and wellbeing apps, a help and text service and enhanced practitioner health and professional nurse advocacy training. In addition, 40 dedicated mental health hubs are either established or currently mobilising across the country to proactively identify at-risk people and groups and focus on staff with more complex needs.

Support for the adult social care workforce includes helplines, guidance, bereavement resources and a bespoke package for registered managers. We have announced an additional £500 million investment in the workforce, which will include funding for further development of our mental health and wellbeing resources and improve care workers’ access to occupational health.

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