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Welcome to our Wellbeing Pages

This page was last reviewed on: 24/9/21

Here we have collated resources and services for NHS staff coping with the stresses of working throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. We hope you will find them useful, and welcome any additions you would like us to include. Please get in touch with your suggestions at

Quick Help Guide

Browse the Wellbeing Resources and Services Available

Browse the Mindfulness Resources and Services Available

Browse the Freebies, Benefits and Discounts offered to Barts Health Staff


Our Libraries

During the pandemic the Education Academy & Knowledge and Library Services are providing you with a space to get away from the stress of the clinical area at each of our site, as well as information to help you develop and maintain your clinical skills.

At Whipps Cross and Newham Hospitals we offer comfortable seats and computer access, with tea and coffee, from 10am-4pm. Please check local notices for details. Staff can continue to access our 24/7 knowledge hubs (computer rooms) on each site.

Our Library Hub at the Royal London continues to be available to staff 24/7, and librarians staff the library 10am-4pm every week day. The phone no. there is 020 3594 1169.

St Bart’s Hospital Library (department of diagnostic imaging, on the ground floor of the KGV Building) is also available to staff 24/7 and staffed from 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday. The phone no. there is 020 3465 5467.

All staff are now required to sign-in, and wash their hands with the gel provided, when entering our libraries.

Please see our new website and our Digital Library WeShare page for more information

Soft Skills eBook Collection

Bookboon, our soft skills e-library, contains many wellbeing and mindfulness books that staff can read online or download and keep in perpetuity. Titles include "Total Wellbeing: From Stress to Success" and "Manage Your Persnal Energy", amongst others. Access this collection here or via our Digital Library WeShare page.

Books and Puzzles

Our libraries at Whipps Cross and Newham house print collections of leisure reads including mindfulness and wellbeing texts, plus relaxing spaces to read them in. We also keep jigsaw puzzles on display for staff to unwind with.

Our Staff Wellbeing Evidence Updates

Our @BartsNHSLibrary twitter feed features lots of wellbeing links, updated daily.


If you would like to receive a monthly bulletin detailing the latest guidance, news and research on the topic of staff wellbeing directly to your inbox, then sign up for our Evidence Update here.

You can browse our previous editions on the Digital Library WeShare page.

The NHS Staff Feedback Hub

The NHS Staff Feedback Hub wants to hear how working through the pandemic has affected your health and wellbeing, to understand what is important to you and how your workplace can support you in maintaining and increasing your health at work and in life. Please register to provide feedback hereAnswers are treated confidentially.

Quick Help Guide

  Compiled by Claire Davis, Wellbeing Lead at Whipps Cross Hospital:

Work Related Support:

  • Employee Wellbeing Service (occupational health): 0203 594 6609 between 8am and 8pm. 

  • Barts Health Occupational Health:

Mon-Sun, 0800-1700: 0203 594 6547 0207 377 7855

Out of hours: 07753 319 182 07831 833 868 07564 848 562

  • Legal issues, debt, family care and work related concerns, including managers who want advice, contact Employee Assistance 24/7 on 0800 085 1376
  • Guardian Service: to seek independent advice or get help speaking up about something concerning at work including excessive hours, contact the independent and confidential 24/7 on 0333 003 2241, or
  • Able Futures can help you manage your mental health at work. They offer monthly contact over up to nine months: 

Mon-Fri, 08:00-22:30: 0800 321 3137 │ 0800 321 3137 

Personal Support:

  • Practitioner Health Programme: doctors, dentists and medical students are able to self-refer to access fully confidential therapeutic and other mental health related support

  • Frontline 19
    Frontline19 is delivering supervision, debriefing and emotional support to healthcare workers. Visit to be quickly matched with a professional psychologist, counsellor or psychotherapist offering free online sessions.

  • National NHS staff support helpline:
    Operated by the Samaritans providing confidential listening and specialist advice for NHS staff - including coaching, bereavement care, mental health and financial help (07:00-23:00, seven days a week)
    Phone: 0300 131 7000
    Text FRONTLINE to 85258

  • Barts Health Counselling Service

24/7: 0800 085 1376 020 7938 0963

For managers / supervisors (24/7): 0800 085 3805

  • Bereavement support:

Bereavement support line: 0300 303 4434

Cruse Bereavement Care:

  • Local Talking Therapies:

If you feel more anxious or your mood is lower than usual, you will be fast-tracked by your local talking therapies service – Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) can be found by searching for “IAPT” and the name of the borough in which you live. They offer online materials, groups and/or sessions with a therapist.

  • Coaching & Support:

Project5 is a bespoke health service worker wellbeing service provides professional coaching and wellbeing support:

  • Faith based support

Barts Health Chaplaincy Staff Support: [via switchboard]

  • Trauma Response Network

TRN is a registered charity which provides free and anonymous trauma support by qualified EMDR therapists. They are currently offering therapy to support people online suffering from acute anxiety or PTSD due to Coronavirus.

  • NHS Practitioner Support:

Lists support services and directs towards therapy access:

Crisis Support:

If you are having thoughts of suicide, are harming yourself or have thought about self-harm, it's important to tell someone.

  • Samaritans (24/7)

Call 116 123

Email (reply within 24hrs):

  • Shout Crisis Text Line

Text "SHOUT" to 85258

  • You can call 111 and ask for an urgent GP appointment, or present at A&E.
  • In a life-threatening emergency, phone 999