Healthcare professionals are often familiar with high levels of stress, however COVID-19 has presented unprecedented challenges for clinicians across all fields. In this podcast our host Gill, an NHS midwife, invites Professor Neil Greenberg to address the impact COVID-19 is having on healthcare professionals.
Professor Greenberg is an academic psychiatrist based at Kings College London, specialising in occupational mental ill-health and post-traumatic stress disorder. Having served in the United Kingdom Armed Forces for more than 23 years, deployed as a psychiatrist and researcher to many hostile environments, Neil is now an advisor to the Academic Department of Military Mental Health. He has published more than 250 scientific papers, presenting to national and international audiences on matters concerning the psychological health of the UK Armed Forces, organisational management of traumatic stress and occupational mental health, and was shortlisted for the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Psychiatrist of the Year in 2015.
During this current crisis, Professor Greenberg has applied this wealth of experience to study the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the mental health of NHS workers. He was also instrumental in developing and leading the staff mental health strategy for London’s Nightingale Hospital. In this podcast, Neil describes the stressors affecting different clinicians during this unprecedented period, and the effect these can have. Professor Greenberg advises on how to recognise when someone needs support and, drawing upon experience from the armed forces, shares strategies and resources to help those struggling with mental health issues.
To find out how you can support your own mental health and that of your colleagues during these uncertain and challenging times: listen here.