The impact of COVID-19 on the mental wellbeing of health and social care workers in Scotland

Cogan, Nicola and MacIntyre, Gillian and Kennedy, Chloe and Beck, Zoe and McInnes, Lisa and Tanner, Gary and Morton, Liza and Kolacz, Jakek (2021) The impact of COVID-19 on the mental wellbeing of health and social care workers in Scotland. In: Celebrating Health Psychology and Connecting Communities, 2021-06-29 - 2021-06-30.

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Background: Recent studies published during the COVID-19 pandemic have reported that the mental wellbeing of health and social care workers (HSCWs) has been adversely impacted. Research has yet to explore what factors may help HSCWs positively adapt in the face of the adversities endured during the pandemic. Methods: The study consisted of a cross-sectional online survey exploring the impact of COVID-19 on the mental wellbeing of HSCWs (n= 1300+). The survey included both closed and open-ended questions exploring COVID-19 perceived risks, stress, burnout and mental wellbeing as well as coping and team resilience. Both quantitative and qualitative content analysis of the online survey data was conducted. Expected results: Data collection began in December 2020 and data collection and analysis is due for completion in June 2021. Preliminary analysis suggested that access to PPE, psychological input and increased perceived team resilience and peer support helped mitigate against the adverse impact that COVID-19 related stressors have on HSCW's mental wellbeing. Visible leadership was also found to be essential in helping staff gain access to current and accurate information on COVID-19 and in helping workers adapt to constant change. Discussion: The implications of these findings are discussed, emphasising the importance of access to PPE as well as peer and team-based support in alleviating the negative impact that COVID-19 has on HSCW's mental wellbeing. The results of this study also highlight the urgency of offering psychological input for HSCWs who need it. The importance of supportive, adaptive and visible leadership is highlighted. Cogan N 1 , MacIntyre G University of Strathclyde , Kennedy C University of Strathclyde , Beck Z University of Strathclyde , McInnes L University of Strathclyde , Tanner G NHS Lanarkshire , Morton L University of Glasgow , Kolacz J Kinsey Institute 1 University Of Strathclyde, GLASGOW Lanarkshire, Scotland