Intensive Care: Health Professions

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 31 January 2023.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Labour/Co-operative, York Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of trauma on staff working in Intensive Therapy Units; and what steps he is taking to reduce that impact on staff.

Photo of Will Quince Will Quince Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

No such specific assessment has been made by the Department.

It is a priority to support the mental health and wellbeing of all National Health Service staff as they continue to work in challenging circumstances. The NHS People Plan, published in July 2020, has a strong focus on NHS staff health and wellbeing. This includes providing ongoing physical and mental health support, including targeting psychological support and treatment for those most affected; retaining staff who have come back into the NHS to help provide additional capacity; and strengthening the role for occupational health to move from a reactive service delivery model to a more integrated, preventative partner.

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