UCL Institute of Mental Health


Supporting the NHS

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 

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.

Royal College of Psychiatrists

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.

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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. 

COVID Trauma Response Working Group

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:

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American Psychiatric Association

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. 

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