BMJ study: Covid-19 study to assess pandemic’s effect on well-being of NHS staff

A research project looking at the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the psychological health and wellbeing of NHS staff in England has received £530 000 in government funding.

The NHS Check study is one of six research projects to share £2m from UK Research and Innovation and the National Institute for Health Research. Three of the projects will look at the effects of the pandemic on children and younger adults, and two studies will focus on people with serious mental health problems.

The study will use a combination of online questionnaires carried out at regular intervals and more detailed interviews with a smaller group of participants. It also hopes to assess the myriad support systems that are in place in different trusts. A sister study will focus particularly on the pandemic’s effects on NHS workers from ethnic minority backgrounds.

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