NHS CHECK is a major study of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the short and long-term health and wellbeing of all staff working within 18 partner NHS Trusts, all of which can be found on our homepage. It will explore the various support programmes that staff may have taken part in to see how helpful they were, and examine whether there is other support that could be valuable. This information is important to identify what has and has not worked for you. We will take what we find and use it to create better support for you at this challenging time and in the future.
What it Involves
If you would like to take part, you will be asked to register via your email address and fill in an online consent form. You will then be given a link to a very brief (5-10 minutes) online survey. You can save the survey and come back later to complete.
The survey collects information including your contact details, occupation, age, what support is available to you, your general health and experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic. You will also have the option to fill in a longer survey (an additional 20-30 minutes) if you would like. This includes some more details about your work, and your direct and indirect experience of the COVID-19 pandemic, and your wellbeing.
Both the very brief survey and the longer survey (we call these ‘baseline’ surveys) will be followed a few months later by more surveys, probably at 6,12 and 18 months, although these timings are flexible depending on how long the pandemic lasts.
These follow up surveys are very important as they will help us better understand any medium or longer term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health and wellbeing of NHS staff. This information is essential to ensuring that the right support services are in place, not just in the short term
To read the protocol paper which explains the methods and analysis, please click here
Hearing all Voices
Findings from this research will be shared with you via the participating NHS Trust, who will use communications channels including websites and staff newsletters. We may also send you short summaries of the results via email. Research findings will also be shared with other NHS Trusts nationally via networks and professional bodies. In addition we will publish our findings in academic journals, and present them at conferences and meetings with those involved in staff health and wellbeing for the NHS . We will also put summaries on this website. We will be working with members of the public and our staff across our NHS sites to ensure the findings reach everyone involved.
Most frequent questions and answers
This study is looking at staff at 18 NHS Trusts across England to to represent the different parts of the country. If you are in one of the participating Trusts, you can take part.
Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust
Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Devon Partnership NHS Trust
East Suffolk & North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Guys & St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals Foundation Trust
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Sheffield Health & Social Care Trust
South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundations Trust
University Hospitals of Derby & Burton NHS
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Foundation Trust
If you belong to another NHS Trust we’re afraid you can’t take part, as we will not be able to analyse your data, but please be assured that we have already spoken to more than 20,000 of your colleagues.
The importance of doing the survey again in the coming months is that things are changing rapidly for all of us, and the only way to monitor changes over time is to ask you again. In particular we need to be picking up longer term changes in health and wellbeing should they develop, so that we can adjust the support as and when is needed. By asking you to do a survey again in the coming months this study gives us a chance to find out whether there are long lasting effects and impacts once the initial pandemic is over.
We are interested in learning about a variety of potential problems that our NHS community may be experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most people now accept that these might affect not just physical, but also mental health, personal and working life. This is why we ask you about all of these aspects of your life. If you do not wish to answer certain questions or feel uncomfortable doing so, please feel free to skip them.
Yes, absolutely. It is for all staff. We want to hear from everybody. That includes those who are well, have been unwell or are still unwell, with the virus. The survey is definitely for the entire NHS community in the participating sites mentioned above.
You can withdraw yourself from the study at any time until the end of the study without giving a reason by contacting a member of the research team. You can stop participating simply by stopping completion of the surveys. You can also email the study team using the dedicated research team email address ([email protected]) to indicate that you are no longer willing to participate in this study. We aim to publish non-identifiable data in brief summaries within weeks of data collection. We will write our reports in a way that no one can work out that you took part in the study
If you want more details about this study, like what will happen if you take part, or more information about how your data will be handled, have a look at our Participant Information Sheet.
You can contact the research team at [email protected] We aim to respond to all queries in two working days.
This study has been approved by the Health Research Authority, reference number (282686). You can find more details in our Participant Information Sheet.
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