The second of three surveys planned as part of a comprehensive study into how the Covid-19 crisis has affected the nursing profession has been launched.
Researchers behind the Impact of Covid-19 on the Nursing and Midwifery Workforce – or ICON – study are appealing for as many nurses, midwives, healthcare assistants, nursing associates, trainee nursing associates and student nurses as possible to share their views.
“Understanding the experience of all frontline staff is of paramount importance”
The study, led by the Royal College of Nursing Research Society steering group, is a collaboration between King’s College London, University of Warwick, Cardiff University, University of Plymouth, University of Nottingham, University of Surrey and St Bartholomew’s Hospital.
The project has been planned over three phases to survey nursing and midwifery staff before the peak of the virus, during the peak, and during the “recovery phase” a few months afterwards.
The first poll was carried out between 2 and 14 April, as reported by Nursing Times. The findings were rapidly analysed and disseminated, revealing concerns about staff mental health and assess to key training.
With the prime minister announcing this week that the UK appears to be passing through the peak of the pandemic, the research team has launched their second survey to find out how staff are coping, what support they are receiving and what is being expected of them.
Professor Ruth Harris, professor of health care for older adults at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care, King’s College London, said: “The impact of Covid-19 and the national response to it are developing rapidly.
“Our concerns about the physical and psychological wellbeing of all nursing and midwifery staff, whether working in the NHS or the independent sector, are increasing as the crisis progresses.
“This survey, the second of three, aims to capture the continuing impact of Covid-19 and how this is changing as the crisis reaches the peak.”
She said the evidence would be used to “demonstrate the support needs of staff and drive the design and implementation of interventions to meet these needs”.
“Understanding the experience of all frontline staff is of paramount importance,” added Professor Harris.
The survey can be completed here.