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About Staff in Mind

Staff in Mind is a mental health service which is accessed via this online wellbeing hub.

Staff in Mind is for NHS and care staff working within the Sussex Health and Care Partnership Integrated Care System (ICS). This includes staff who work in Hampshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services employed by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The service is led by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, on behalf of our ICS, with funding from NHS England and Improvement

Staff in Mind is for people experiencing emotional or psychological difficulties who are less likely to seek help or who may prefer not to access the occupational health and wellbeing support that is available where they work.

The Sussex Health and Care Partnership is an integrated care system (ISC) involving all NHS organisations and the local councils that look after public health and social care in Sussex. We take collective action to improve the health of local people, to improve the quality of health and care services and to ensure we make the most efficient use of our resources.

Our ICS comprises:

  • Brighton and Hove City Council
  • Brighton and Hove CCG
  • Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • East Sussex County Council
  • East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
  • NHS East Sussex CCG
  • NHS West Sussex CCG
  • Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • West Sussex County Council
  • Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The continuing Covid-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the physical and mental wellbeing of people everywhere. Aside from the impact on physical health, the impact on people’s mental wellbeing has been considerable - not least for health and social care staff who have been working round the clock to care for patients with Covid-19. At the same time, clinical and corporate support staff across our ICS have been working at pace, under huge pressure to help us continue supporting the local communities we serve. We know people have been pulling out all the stops to manage the intense, relentless work demands created by the pandemic and, for those working in intensive care, dealing with the daily trauma of supporting very ill people.

With these work stresses and pressures continuing, staff may become increasingly vulnerable to psychological and emotional distress. A recently published survey by King’s College London of staff working in nine intensive care units in England found nearly half reported symptoms of severe anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or problem drinking during the first wave of Covid-19.

That said, we know from existing research that health and care staff don’t always feel able to seek support for themselves. But our staff are not superheroes, they are human. In recognition of this, expanded mental health support services are being rolled out across England to give specific support to the health and social care workforce.

  • An immediate mental wellbeing self-assessment.
  • A follow-up full biopsychosocial assessment (within 10 working days) by an experienced and qualified clinician.
  • Priority access to relevant and effective treatment services.
  • Agreed follow-up to check in on progress.

  • When you submit the self-assessment and referral you will receive a confirmation email from Staff in Mind.
  • We will be in touch as soon as possible to arrange your full biopsychosocial assessment. A 1-1 video assessment/appointment will be offered within 10 working days of this contact.
  • The assessment will be used to determine what support and treatment is right for you. This could be self-help, psychoeducation or referral to IAPT / secondary services.
  • The team will fast-track access to required IAPT services.
  • If required, the team will also support you stepping up to more intensive secondary mental health care.
  • After your full assessment the team will agree with you any required follow-up and timings to check to see how you are progressing.

Access for staff to refer to the Hub is 24 hours, 7 days a week via the website. The operating hours of the service is 8am-8pm, Monday to Friday.

No. The service does not replace current occupational health and wellbeing services. If possible, these should be your first place to go for support.

Staff in Mind aims to provide additional support for staff who, for whatever reason, are less likely to seek help or who may prefer not to access the occupational health and wellbeing support that is available where they work.

About the assessments

The self-assessment gives a measure of the respondents’ level of depression and anxiety. It comprises two elements:

  • Questions 1 to 9 are taken from a measure known as the Personal Health Questionnaire or PHQ-9. They are used to assess and monitor depression severity.
  • Questions 10 to 17 are taken from a measure known as the General Anxiety Disorder or GAD-7. They are used to assess and monitor the severity of a person’s anxiety.

Both the PHQ-9 and GAD-7 were developed by Drs. Robert L. Spitzer, Janet B.W. Williams, Kurt Kroenke and colleagues, with an educational grant from Pfizer Inc.

A biopsychosocial assessment involves an interview of about 45-60 minutes that determines psychological, biological, and social factors that could be contributing to a person's problem or problems. Biological (or 'bio') questions assess for medical and genetic issues, age, developmental milestones, or physical characteristics.

The assessment will be conducted by a clinician via a video consultation using the Attend Anywhere platform or by telephone. You will receive the same quality of care as you would in a face-to-face appointment.

About the support & treatments

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services provide evidence-based psychological therapies to people with anxiety disorders and depression. The Staff in Mind team will be able to organise fast-track access to specific local IAPT services if appropriate.

Staff in Mind will support your referral into your local IAPT service - Health in Mind in East Sussex, the Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service, or Time to Talk in West Sussex.  We work closely with these services to support prompt access wherever possible.

If for whatever reason you don’t want to be referred to your local service, we will discuss alternative options with you at your 1-1 assessment.

Psychoeducation is defined as an intervention with systematic, structured, and didactic knowledge transfer for an illness and its treatment, integrating emotional and motivational aspects to enable people to cope with their symptoms and improve treatment effectiveness.


Attend Anywhere is the video consultation platform nationally funded by NHS England and NHS Improvement to support NHS trusts and foundation trusts adopt in their response to the Covid-19 outbreak. Attend Anywhere is a web-based video conferencing tool which is used to provide video consultations to patients and service users through virtual clinics known as 'waiting rooms', and which facilitates pre-arranged appointment times. For instructions on how to access and use the Attend Anywhere platform click here.

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