In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NHCP is committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of health and care staff and their families across organisations in Northamptonshire.

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) will be leading a new service called Stronger Together aimed at coordinating and enhancing this support.

Stronger Together will support all staff but, acknowledging that staff from a BAME background are likely to have been disproportionately affected, its aim is to be both effective and culturally sensitive.

The service will provide confidential, evidence-based, psychologically-informed support interventions to individuals, teams and service heads, navigating users towards existing local and national services statutory and voluntary services.

All contact with Stronger Together will be strictly confidential and will not be recorded in an individual’s health record or shared with medical colleagues unless agreed with the individual concerned.

Stronger Together will seek to offer health and care staff:
• Immediate access to a trained psychological support professional to rapidly assess their needs and help deliver the right support.
• The chance to discuss concerns for the health and wellbeing of family members, offering a support intervention or advice if appropriate.
• Support to prevent relapse and build resilience.
• Support for teams and team leaders.

The service will work with system partners to support existing services provided by NHS organisations (both locally and nationally) and with the voluntary, community and faith sector in order to avoid the disruption of flow to existing treatments. It will be an enhanced measure that allows staff and families a separate route to treatment and, where appropriate, actively intervenes to support individuals and teams.

The service will go live in February and provide much-needed support for staff for the foreseeable future thanks to a generous grant from NHS Charities Together via lead charity Northamptonshire Health Charitable Fund.

Further details of how to access Stronger Together will be available soon.