Lindsay Keeley, patient safety and quality lead at the Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP) provides an insight into how Trusts can support mental health and wellbeing in the wake of the pandemic.
How are we caring for those that have cared beyond the immediate crisis of COVID-19?
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant psychological trauma and subsequent physical harm globally and nationally. In addition, the emerging consequences of the pandemic have contributed to deteriorating mental health across the general population. Unfortunately, this has only contributed to an already underfunded mental healthcare service in crisis. As a result, it is creating anxiety and stress across all four nations of the United Kingdom (UK), Northern Ireland (NI), Wales, and Scotland.
It is necessary to recognise and understand that mental health services (MHS) across the UK, NI, Wales, and Scotland were under strain even before the pandemic struck, due to a lack of funding and parity of esteem.1-3
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