Media headlines have predicted an increase in mental ill health among NHS staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. This POSTnote gives an overview of the scale and quality of current evidence on the mental health and well-being of NHS staff before and during the pandemic. It also discusses how staff are supported and the options for introducing other effective interventions as the pandemic continues.
There is emerging evidence that the COVID-19 outbreak is negatively affecting the mental health and well-being of NHS staff. A greater understanding of these impacts can inform the development of effective interventions to support staff during the current outbreak and beyond.