2020 was been an incredibly challenging time for the whole country – and the most extraordinary period in the history of the NHS. So much has changed. Not least in our hospitals, where our remarkable NHS colleagues have fought COVID-19 head on – and in doing so, saved countless lives – but also in our communities where our healthcare teams have adapted and transformed their working practices in order to continue to deliver essential services and prevent our hospitals becoming overwhelmed as infection rates continued to rise.
There are many who have played an important role in supporting our NHS Lothian staff and patients through these unprecedented times. As the official charity of NHS Lothian, the Foundation had a hugely important role to play in enhancing the NHS Lothian response to the pandemic by providing support for projects and activities that would help look after the mental and physical health and wellbeing of staff and patients during this global health emergency.
We are now transitioning this support back into our mainstream activities, recognising the ongoing needs of staff and patients beyond this emergency response and continuing to be there to support improved the health and wellbeing of people across Edinburgh and the Lothians.
We will also continue our work on longer-term projects, which were made possible thanks to funding through our COVID-19 Response fund, ensuring that staff, patients and their families have the ongoing support they need as we move into recovery and the post-pandemic phase. These include:
- Working with NHS Lothian to support the Work Well Wellbeing Strategy
- Establishing permanent staff wellbeing spaces at every NHS Lothian site
- Funding the provision of psychological therapy support for all staff
- Enhancing hospital to home patient support
For further information, and advice and guidance on the support available, please contact our Grants Manager, Owen Siddalls or follow the links down the left hand side.