COVID Recovery

Over the last year our Healthy Workplace Team have been developing and tailoring free online resources to help employers with employee wellbeing throughout the pandemic.

Employers across the world have had to respond to an increased number of health conditions brought on by the pandemic including Covid-19 & long Covid, bereavement, mental health, anxiety and stress during the past year.

Many employers have been looking for tools, tips and advice on how to support employee health and wellbeing in the workplace, and information on where to signpost for additional support.

Our website aims to be a 1 stop shop for employers to find the information and resources to support workplace wellbeing. With support from local partners our guides for leaders and managers have been developed in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council Workplace Mental Health Cell.  

Download our toolkits on the righthand side of this page and please do email any feedback comments or suggestions to our team on workplaces@hlsglos.org

Returning to a new working routine, and other changes after living in a pandemic for so long will have an impact on all of us.

Some workplaces will be navigating the end of Furlough and some will be making redundancies. Other may be implementing a physical shift in working arrangements and or a cultural shift in the way they work that will have an impact on their employees. Workers may be experiencing bereavement, health issues, anxiety, stress, poor mental health or burnout. Post pandemic trauma has been raised by psychologists as something that front line worker may be experiencing.

Some workplaces may have an EAP (employee assistance programme) to support their team but it helps to know what other help and information is available.

We would like to share with you a letter to all employers from our Director of Public Health in Gloucestershire which lists the full range of funded support available for mental health

Letter from the Director of Public Health to all Gloucestershire Businesses

For further resources on supporting stress, anxiety, bereavement and health issues in the workplace, including risk assessments please see the ‘resources’ box at the bottom of this page

Our NHS colleagues in Gloucestershire are doing a brilliant job of vaccinating adults across the county to protect them from Coronavirus. We know many people have already had their first dose and as the vaccination programme progresses, more and more of us will be invited for vaccination.

If you or your colleagues have any questions about the COVID vaccination, then it is important to seek answers from a reliable source like Public Health England, the NHS or the World Health Organisation so you can make an informed decision. Public Health England have put together some short information clips and easy read leaflets to give information, or address common concerns:

Key facts and information

Free posters are available for you to order on request for your workplace to promote the message of hope that the Covid vaccination has brought us. Please email workplaces@hlsglos.org to request our posters and click here to view Together in Arms - ICE Creates

Do you have employees who contracted Covid and are now struggling to recover? It could be ‘Post Covid Syndrome’ (often referred to as Long COVID) and the good news is that local support is available.

A new community-based service has been established in Gloucestershire to support people affected by ongoing COVID-19 symptoms. The Post-COVID Syndrome Assessment Service, provided by Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, brings together skilled healthcare professionals who can provide physical, cognitive and psychological assessments for people experiencing suspected Post-COVID Syndrome. The Gloucestershire Post-COVID Syndrome Assessment Service is available to all affected patients, and patients can be referred following a discussion with their GP.  Find out more about this service here

Long Covid Signs and Symptoms

Long Covid is currently understood to include a collection of symptoms that develop during or following a case of Covid-19 and continue for more than 28 days. Symptoms can fluctuate and be unpredictable, they affect people differently but can affect multiple organ systems all at once and/or over time.

Evidence to date shows that 98% of people affected by Long Covid do recover.

You can learn more about recovering from Covid at www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk which provides facts, information and sources of support for those affected by Covid both physically and mentally.

The society for occupational medicine (SOM) have created this leaflet, which offers guidance for workers from Occupational Health Professionals on how to manage getting back to work after COVID-19 infection and Long COVID. COVID-19_return_to_work_guide_for_recovering_workers.pdf (som.org.uk)

Local & National Resources

Local and National wellbeing support for your employees

Gloucestershire County Council have put together a comprehensive ‘Looking After Your Wellbeing’ guide on their website. They offer advice on how to follow the ‘5 ways to Wellbeing’ model from ‘Mind’ as well as a full list of local and national mental health support services that can be accessed here

Every Mind Matters is now tailored to support people through the current climate including tips on coping with anxiety as we come out of lockdown, coping with job and money worries and more Every Mind Matters - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Resources for employers and employees affected by Long Covid

ACAS offer advice for employers on making reasonable adjustments in the workplace. If you have a workplace problem you want to talk through, you can call the ACAS helpline 0300 123 1100 for anonymous support. Or look online at https://www.acas.org.uk/reasonable-adjustments

Access to work offer a range of free support for employees struggling with health conditions to support them to carry out their work activity https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work/apply

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is extra money to help you with everyday life if you’ve an illness, disability or mental health condition https://www.gov.uk/pip/eligibility

Links for further advice for individuals on coping with Fatigue and breathlessness:

WORKPLACE MENTAL WELLBEING resources  

The British Psychological Society have put together the following information for employers supporting staff who may have experienced trauma or covid related anxiety and stress.

Covid-19 Risk Assessments

SOM (The Society of Occupational Medicine) have produced new Covid-19 return-to-work guidelines that, for the first time, take account of community prevalence, vaccination status and previous Covid-19 infection in the risk assessment 

COVID-19_return_to_work_in_the_roadmap_out_of_lockdown_March_2021.pdf (som.org.uk)

HSE (Health and Safety Executive) have a guide with information on what to include in you Covid -19 risk assessment and lists of vulnerable groups that all employers should consider. 

Risk assessment - Working safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (hse.gov.uk)