COVID-19 career support space

This is the Academy of Medical Sciences career support space for biomedical and health researchers during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Our first wave of content focuses on offering resources and signposting support for: NHS staff on the frontline; clinicians and clinical academics who have returned to full time clinical work; biomedical researchers, PIs and group leaders leading research teams remotely; and promoting wellbeing resources for all.

As the situation evolves, we will be working to support the re-opening of research programmes and the transition back to research. Our aim is to ensure that NHS staff are kept healthy and safe, and that medical research and researchers are not disadvantaged by the pandemic. Check back later for more content on these themes. 

Personal stories:

Dr Sanjay Agrawal, Consultant in Respiratory and Intensive Care Medicine at the University of Leicester, shares his thoughts on decompressing after a shift:

 

Academy of Medical Sciences resources and tools:

Our FLIER leadership programme partners Cirrus have provided a number of free resources to download. Cirrus are bespoke leadership, talent and engagement specialists sharing their expertise.

 

Resources from other organisations:

The Royal Society of Medicine have created a webinar series dedicated to give healthcare workers on the frontlines regular and easy-to-access updates from healthcare leaders on COVID-19. In the episode below, Dr Rachel Clarke (a specialist in palliative care) discusses the challenging topics of bereavement and dying with Professor Sir Simon Wessely FMedSci.

 

The Royal College of Physicians have launched their RCP Player, a free of charge streaming service for medical professionals. The RCP Player provides videos and other learning materials created for healthcare professionals by healthcare professionals, but it also includes some personal stories, such as the Doctor’s Diaries which looks at life through the current COVID-19 crisis.

 

NHS Practitioner Health have a variety of wellbeing resources for healthcare workers including webinars, apps, podcasts, support services and access to therapy.

Dr Caroline Walker, an NHS Psychiatrist, talks about the sort of sleep disruptions she is hearing that workers on the frontline are experiencing and some suggestions which may be helpful.

 

Sleepio is a 6 week online programme designed by sleep experts based on cognitive and behavioral techniques to help improve poor sleep. There is free access to Sleepio for all NHS staff (including those who don't currently have an NHS email address, such as medical students and former staff returning to the workforce). Click here to access Sleepio.

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