In the early phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, it was clear that healthcare workers were at risk of adverse mental health and wellbeing outcomes. In response, healthcare systems and organisations – including King’s Health Partners – rapidly established staff support and wellbeing programmes.
While there is emerging literature related to the effectiveness of such interventions, what is less well understood and evaluated is the evidence base regarding how such programmes are implemented; what supports and hinders their implementation; and how or if they are maintained following the initial acute phase of the pandemic.
This King’s Improvement Science study addresses this gap by studying the implementation process of Covid-19-related staff wellbeing programmes in the three UK NHS Trusts that make up King’s Health Partners.
To understand what factors hindered and enabled the implementation of three staff support and wellbeing programmes, and how these programmes been sustained.
We will also explore whether implementation science frameworks are applicable and beneficial in conceptualising and understanding crisis driven and rapidly implemented interventions.
- Co-designing the study with some of the key implementors directly involved
- Qualitative interviews with a range of implementors of the programmes
- Recommendations for informing policy makers, managers, and providers on developing, implementing, and sustaining support programmes during and after a pandemic
- Contribution to implementation science literature and relevant evidence base.
Meet the project team
Prof Nick Sevdalis
Professor of implementation science and patient safety, director of the centre for implementation science and principal investigator at King’s Improvement Science, King’s College London
Senior projects officer, King’s Improvement Science, King’s College London
Dr Kathryn Watson
Research assistant, King’s Improvement Science, King’s College London