Charity funding helps expand counselling support for hospital staff fighting Covid-19

13 May 2020

Charity funding helps expand counselling support for hospital staff fighting Covid-19
Hospital staff on the front line of the fight against coronavirus can now benefit from extra counselling support, thanks to Imperial Health Charity.

We’ve provided funding through our Covid-19 Relief Fund to expand the CONTACT counselling service at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

It means hard-working staff at Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea, St Mary’s and the Western Eye hospitals can access additional psychological, mental and emotional support during this challenging time.

Our funding has covered the cost of three additional counsellors, enabling CONTACT to provide an expanded service including one-to-one and group support.

Fiona Blair, Head of Service for CONTACT, said: “Responding to Covid-19 has been extremely challenging for staff in our hospitals and we are making sure that we provide the best possible support at this difficult time.

“Our existing service already provides excellent support for the mental health and wellbeing of staff working across all our hospitals and the charity’s additional funding will enable us to offer even more support for colleagues as well as a rapid response in particularly difficult situations, such as when a staff member has suffered a bereavement.”

“We’re incredibly grateful for the charity’s support during this time, which will ensure our staff can access psychological, mental and emotional support when they need it.”

The three additional counsellors will be part of the CONTACT service and deployed where required across the Trust’s hospitals.

The project is one of a number of initiatives that we’ve funded to provide extra support for staff wellbeing in response to Covid-19. In addition, we’ve helped to set up quiet rest areas, known as ‘wobble rooms’, for wards and departments across the Trust as well as providing easy access to free food, drink, toiletries and other essential items through our staff shops at Charing Cross, Hammersmith and St Mary’s hospitals.