Caring, sharing staff looking after the vulnerable will now receive hot drinks on the house.
By Lucy Ashton
Additional funding of £500,000 is being allocated to provide practical measures of support for health and social care staff working to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Following direct feedback from staff, this funding will support local provision of hot drinks and snacks and other measures to aid rest and recuperation during their shifts, which will support their wellbeing and ease some pressures they face at work.
Enhanced well-being support services, backed by £5 million, are already in place to support health and social care staff. This includes the National 24 hour helpline, staffed by trained psychological practitioners, and the National Well-being Hub, which is helping staff cope with stress, anxiety and resilience.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said: “I have set very clear expectations that all Health Boards should promote both the physical and psychological wellbeing of staff, whether they operate in a hospital or a community setting.
“As we approached this peak of the pandemic, I asked officials to seek feedback from Wellbeing Champions across Scotland on what additional support may benefit staff during this most challenging period.
“I have listened closely to their feedback which has emphasised that little things like access to hot drinks and snacks can mean a lot and go a long way to support staff well-being.
“I hope this additional funding will further support Boards and Health and Social Care Partnerships to put in place the extra practical support that can make shifts a little easier for staff.
Meanwhile, the Scottish Government continues to work with Well-being Champions, who represent colleagues from across the Health and Social Care workforce, to hear directly how the pandemic is impacting staff well-being.
A spokesperson said: “This group continues to help us understand and respond more effectively to the immediate needs of the workforce.
“The Scottish Government established a Health and Social Care Mental Health Network to enhance existing mental healthcare provision, and to supplement existing support which has already been instigated on behalf of health and social care staff locally and nationally. This will be backed initially by £5 million of funding.”