Care in the Time of Corona

7th May 2020

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Care in the Time of Corona is a discovery journey to explore the mental health and wellbeing impacts of Covid-19 on health and care workers and volunteers and potential ways storytelling might help now and in the future. 

An invitation to health and care workers and volunteers to share insights through a short survey. 

We are a digital innovation and inclusion team that is part of Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. We also work closely with many other national and local health and care organisations across the UK and like many others we feel humbled and appreciative of the courage and conviction shown by health and care workers and volunteers on the frontline. 

When the Covid-19 crisis hit our country, the majority of energy and focus turned to saving lives. Many of our friends and colleagues continue to work hard to care for people who have become infected with the virus including two members of our team have been redeployed to provide clinical and PPE project management support in our own Trust. 

We work for an NHS mental health service provider and much of our work has been in and around mental health, e.g. mHabitat co-designed and now manage Mindwell, a mental health platform in Leeds. 

Our interest in mental health and digital innovation has led us to begin a journey to discover and understand the impacts of Covid-19 on health and care workers (paid and unpaid) and to explore an innovative blend of community-led and digital approaches to supporting people to manage their mental health and wellbeing. 

Storytelling is a well used tool in the context of mental health and there are existing platforms such as Sheffield Flourish, Humans of New York and Our Covid Voices. We are also exploring the potential for storytelling to become a useful tool in this context. 

As a team committed to the principles of people-centred design, we are starting with user research to find out about people’s experiences and insights. As part of this process we have co-designed a very short survey which we are inviting health and care workers and volunteers to complete. This should take 5 to 10 minutes. 

Please click this link to complete the survey

Thank you very much for your valuable time.

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