The Department of Health and Social Care has issued guidance for those working in adult social care on managing their mental health.
The document includes tips, tools and advice on how employers can take care of the wellbeing of their staff during the coronavirus outbreak.
It contains six steps to supporting mental health, good practice examples for employers and a range of links to further information and resources, such as a Facebook group for registered managers.
The guidance states that social care staff are concerned about a number of things, which ultimately result in anxiety, including the desire to provide high quality care; balancing and increasing workload whilst looking after dependents; difficult decision making; and access to PPE.
Advice for employers and registered managers includes establishing regular check-ins with team members and try using video, when possible, to maintain face-to-face contact; and creating a wellness action plan and sharing this with line managers.
The documents also contains examples of best practice from Barchester Healthcare and Central Bedfordshire Council.