Guy's and St Thomas' Charity

Caring for our NHS staff so they’ve got Space To Be

Since the coronavirus outbreak, staff at Guy’s and St Thomas’ have been under unimaginable pressure. As they continue to battle the pandemic, they need space to unwind and recover. With your help we can make sure they keep getting the wellbeing support they need, through the pandemic and beyond.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1160316)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£60,800

Amount raised

£70,224

Donations

216

Championed by Candis Club

    Categories

  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Hospitals/HospicesHospitals/Hospices
  • Information/AdviceInformation/Advice

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Location

United Kingdom

Situation

During the height of the pandemic, generous donations enabled NHS staff to benefit from specialist psychological and wellbeing support in temporary wellbeing hubs. Staff feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and has been described as a lifeline. The specialist needs of NHS staff requires us to think differently about their wellbeing. These permanent hubs would be co-created by staff and wellbeing experts to achieve maximum impact and long-term emotional and physical support for staff.

Solution

We will create permanent wellbeing hubs to support staff at Guy’s, St Thomas’ and Evelina London Children’s Hospital, offering them a relaxing, non-clinical space to rest, recharge and recover. Here they will have access to massage chairs, complementary therapies and complimentary coffee, tea and healthy snacks. We will also increase the capacity of our psychology and psychiatry services over 12-24 months.

  • “Care and self-care are so important for staff. We all have really demanding jobs, so to be able to come to the wellbeing zone and use things like the massage chair lifts your mood. More importantly, people felt cared for, that feeling of ‘I matter’. I’d love to see this continued long term.”

    — Doris Gaga, NHS worker who was redeployed as a wellbeing advisor during the outbreak

  • “Having somewhere to relax and unwind, and receive the psychological support you need, can change a difficult shift or experience into something you can cope with and learn from."

    — Roisin Fitzsimons, Head of the Nightingale Academy and Consultant Nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’