Well-being and COVID-19

As the global COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, many people need support to keep well, in addition to the obvious health precautions that we all need to take.

OCSW manages the Thames Valley Wellbeing Network, funded by Health Education England, for staff, students and teachers in health and social care. Workshops for the network are now delivered online wherever possible and resources placed on this site.

If you have suggestions for resources on this page please contact tvwellnet@brookes.ac.uk

Webinar resources


Planning for the future in Dementia Care (17 Feb 2021)

with panel members:  

Kay Francis, Carers Oxfordshire; Jane Probets, Dementia Oxfordshire; Maureen Cundell, Oxford Health NHS FT; Dr Alessia Gargiulo, Oxford Health NHS FT; Rachel Stafford, RS Legal Services; Malwina Aisha, Dementia Practitioner.

This webinar covered practical steps for Advance Care Planning in dementia care, how to help avoid a crisis in the family as the dementia progresses, and which legal documents can help carers to plan ahead and when to arrange them.

View the recording (1 hour)

Breath in the time of Covid (3 Feb 2021)

with Kate Binnie, mindful Yoga teacher and researcher 

Presentation slides (pdf 5MB)

Video of slide presentations and audio (51mins):



Brushing Up on Oral Care (25 Nov 2020)

with Katy Kerr, Regional Dental Adviser, HEE Thames Valley & Wessex. 

Focus on older people and care settings (90min workshop with polls).

Handouts with links plus Oral Care Leaflet (NHS London), and Oral Care card

Videos of slide presentations and audio (with pauses for poll questions):




Two Perspectives on Dementia (11 Nov 2020)

Part 1: Can we prevent dementia? with Dr Vanessa Raymont

Part 2: Living Well with Dementia, with Dr Rupert McShane, Jane Probets, Maureen Cundell, Rhonda Riachi, and 3 carers sharing their experience of dementia services in Oxon (2 presentations and discussion, 90mins). Organised by Oxford Brookes University for Healthy Ageing Month, Nov 2020.


Tai Chi for complex conditions (21 May 2020)

with Dr Giles Yeates

Slides (pdf file)

Video recording: 

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Well-being and Self-Care (23 April 2020)

with Deborah Humphrey

Slides (pdf file)

Being with Dying (14 April 2020)

with Kate Binnie

Slides (pdf file)

Breathing: a tool for self-regulation and self-care (31 March 2020)

with Kate Binnie

Slides (pdf file)

Psychological support

10-minute pause space

Compassion practices for individuals, pairs and groups to connect around a self-care enquiry.
Based on Andy Bradley’s Compassion Circles, and informed by Prof Paul Gilbert’s work on mindful self-compassion.  


NHS virtual staff common rooms

The common rooms are safe and supportive spaces for colleagues to stay mentally well. By joining, you will have time to reflect, share frustrations and experiences, find ways to cope with how Covid-19 is affecting your life at home and at work. Hosted by an experienced and approved practitioner, the confidential session lasts one hour and will have a maximum of ten NHS participants.


Psychological Well-being in Healthcare Workers 

An e-learning resource in response to COVID-19.



Health and wellbeing information for care staff (NHS and LGA)

Advice, tips and tools on how to manage stress and wellbeing during COVID-19.

https://local.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/workforce - wellbeing social care - Health  Wellbeing Information for Social Care Staff.pdf

Early interventions for stress amongst health staff

A brief guide based on research evidence and NHS good practice guidelines (March 2020).


The COVID Trauma Response Working Group

Excellent resources collated by clinicians at UCL and beyond to support health and social care.


Creative ideas for self-isolation: Age of Creativity

The Age of Creativity web site features many resources for older people including • Literature & Podcasts • Dance & Movement • Visual Arts & Museums • Music And Singing • Performing Arts • Combined Arts • Activities Designed For People Living With Dementia • Care Home Activities Which Can Be Done In Your Home • Learning.


Websites supporting staff well-being during the COVID response (and beyond)


Coronavirus Staff Resilience Hub - Helping frontline staff to manage your mental health and wellbeing (HEE and MindEd):


Mental Health at Work


NHS Employers Wellbeing apps


NHS people


Every Mind Matters


NHS Mental Health apps


Recovery College online