7 July 2020
The Intensive Care Society Launches Wellbeing and Resilience through Education (WARE) Project
The Intensive Care Society is delighted to announce that Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Dr Julie Highfield, has joined our team as National Project Director for Wellbeing and will be leading on our Wellbeing and Resilience through Education Project.
2020 is a year that none of us will forget in our lifetimes. As an intensive care community, we have faced one of the worst pandemics in history and although the wave of cases maybe declining right now, the fight is far from over.
Nothing could prepare intensive care for what was to come and as the wave of coronavirus continued to hit us day in and day out, our community stood strong and battled against it. However, this has come at a cost, both emotionally and psychologically.
As we start to see a decline in cases and lock down restrictions ease (for now), we are left with the impacts of COVID-19, both for us personally and throughout our teams. Now, many of our community are left exhausted, with little left to give and perhaps still trying to process what they have been through. The Society’s WARE project will provide a systematic approach across the nation to understand the different needs of our community and develop tailored and integrated psychological support and approaches for teams. Work is well underway to lay the foundations of this project and over the next few weeks we will be engaging with stakeholders and the community to engage with the needs of their staff. We are offering short term access to trained psychologists with experience of ICU and acute medical settings to provide psychological therapies to our intensive care community. For us this isn’t just about the here and now, it is about ensuring that these services are embedded into ICUs. Therefore, we are offering a framework & baseline business case to your Trust or Health Charity to enable units to develop in house professional psychology posts for services for staff and patients and have a small capacity to pump prime posts. We invite you to contact us for further information if you are looking to develop such a post.