Planning for the psychosocial and mental health care of people affected by major incidents and disasters: Interim national strategic guidance – UK – 31 July 2009

Posted on August 1, 2009. Filed under: Disaster Management, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

Planning for the psychosocial and mental health care of people affected by major incidents and disasters: Interim national strategic guidance

Last modified date:     31 July 2009

“This interim strategic guidance provides best practice in planning, preparing and managing psychosocial and mental health services in response to traumatic events and all types of emergencies resulting in an abnormal situation that poses any threat to the health of the community or in providing services for psychosocial care following such events.”

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Psychosocial care for NHS staff during an influenza pandemic – 22 July 2009

Posted on July 23, 2009. Filed under: Infectious Diseases, Influenza A(H1N1) / Swine Flu | Tags: , , |

Psychosocial care for NHS staff during an influenza pandemic

Document type:      Guidance
Author:  UK  Department of Health
Published date:      22 July 2009
Pages:      12

“The purpose of the guidance is to set out the psychosocial care strategy that NHS and social care organisations need to have in place for supporting staff resilience. The guidance emphasises the need to manage the psychosocial resilience in NHS staff who are working over a sustained period on flu pandemic.

* It will ensure that appropriate staff are available to work during the indeterminate period of the flu pandemic
* It will support staff to achieve a swift recovery phase back to normal services

As the NHS Operating Framework requires all NHS organisations to have robust plans to respond to a flu pandemic in place by the end of 2008. The guidance advises the following actions to facilitate that process for the immediate future and beyond:

* Identifies the factors that influences physical, psychosocial and mental health of staff to enable organisations pre-empt through forward planning
* The psychosocial guidance document suggests actions to support and monitor the various levels of the strategy.
* Within the framework for delivering psychosocial care for staff reaffirms the importance of preparation and aims to assure that staff will be resilient.”

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