Social care staff coping with fatigue and exhaustion during coronavirus crisis

22nd May 2020

We are so proud of our amazing support staff, who have been going above and beyond throughout this whole crisis. To all social care staff reading this, there are so many examples of how you put the people you support first, above yourselves.

But please don’t forget how important you are.

As the Head of Quality at FitzRoy, I have been hearing and seeing first-hand how inspirational our staff are being. This blog is the first in a series I am writing to remind you of tips and resources to cope with common issues that our staff tell us they are experiencing.

At various points since coronavirus hit our shores, our incredible staff have been operating on adrenaline. Coronavirus has been a constantly developing situation and we have done our best to be responsive to the latest information and guidance so our staff and the people we support are kept as safe as possible. Our staff, the people we support and their families have all been amazing. But it is perfectly natural for staff to experience a range of emotional and physical responses, and as they rarely put themselves first, I wanted this blog to serve as a reminder of the support available. The first week’s blog is tackling an issue that lots of our staff are experiencing:

Coping with tiredness and exhaustion

The NHS’ Every Mind Matters has some really great resources including tips on how to get a good night’s sleep.

The NHS also has a great bedtime meditation video 

Healthline has a useful section on treating and preventing mental exhaustion

FitzRoy, like lots of employers, has an Employee Assistance Programme available for all our staff, but they also have lots of useful free resources including the following fact sheets:

Please take the time out to look after yourselves, and stay safe and healthy. If you are struggling at any time, please don’t be afraid to ask for help, we are all in this together and need to look out for each other.

Kirsty Millward

FitzRoy Head of Quality