We are working closely with our NHS colleagues to provide support and information during this time.
UCL Clinical Staff
UCL’s Senior Management Team have agreed to release all clinical academics from their UCL responsibilities if they wish to support NHS services during the current crisis. In addition to medical staff, we have many highly skilled scientists working in our labs with relevant transferrable skills as well as experts in other complementary fields. UCL will also support these colleagues if they wish to volunteer to support the NHS in meeting the evolving public need. You can read the full announcement on UCL News.
Staff wishing to suspend their UCL responsibilities to support clinical services should contact their Divisional Manager or Head of Department.
Lectures and Seminars
This webinar by Professor Helen Killaspy on the impact of COVID-19 on mental health services in London, was organised by the Australian National University, Canberra and Connetica Consulting, Adelaide as one in a series of seminars on the impact and response to the global pandemic in major centres around the world.
Public Health England and Department of Health and Social Care have created guidance for health professionals on their coronavirus webpages, including guidance on the assessment and management of suspected UK cases.
The College is working with NHS England and Improvement (NHSE/I) to update guidance for psychiatrists and other healthcare professionals working in mental health settings. It has created a dedicated webpage with guidance for clinicans including The Psychiatrists' Support Service, peer support by telephone to psychiatrists of all grades who may be experiencing personal or work-related difficulties. Find the updated COVID-19 guidance for clinicians on their news page.
You can also find:
- New COVID-19 resources for patients and carers
- COVID-19: New Mental Health Improvement Network. The College has launched a COVID-19 Mental Health Improvement Network for mental health services.
- A new COVID-19 eLearning Hub where you will be able to easily access in one place CPD modules, podcasts, webinars and other helpful resources from Royal Colleges and other professional organisations
- The top 10 messages for supporting healthcare staff during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Latest update regarding recommended PPE across primary and secondary mental health services
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians has issued guidance and reassurance for clinical academics who are being asked, or requesting, to return to clinical duties to support patient care.
Royal College of Nursing
Royal College of Nursing have created a PDF download on guidance for inpatient mental health staff, which answers frequently asked questions.
UCL led COVID Trauma Response Working Group have multilingual advice for hospital staff coping with stress during the COVID pandemic and rapid guidance for planners of the psychosocial response to stress experienced by hospital staff.
They have created a video on coping with stress associated with COVID-19 for NHS staff:
American Psychiatric Association have created a webinar which outlines how psychiatrists can support patients, communicate with family members and children, and be a resource to other providers during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Academy of Medical Sciences
The Academy of Medical Sciences have launched a career support space for biomedical and health researchers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The BMJ have collated a list of resources, journals and infographics for clinicians on coronavirus.
External News Articles
- Reported experience from an NHS inpatient setting, The Guardian, 14 April 2020.
Psychiatrists fear surge of Covid-19 cases in UK mental health units, The Guardian, 22 April 2020.