Well-being and COVID-19

As the global COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, many people need support to stay grounded and 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


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

with Kate Binnie

Slides (pdf file)

Being with Dying (14 April 2020)

with Kate Binnie

Slides (pdf file)

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

with Deborah Humphrey

Slides (pdf file)

Tai Chi for complex conditions (21 May 2020)

with Dr Giles Yeates

Slides (pdf file)

Video recording: 

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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


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