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Latest research shows that improving the health of doctors, nurses, ICU staff and paramedics improves the delivery of patient care. Before the pandemic, we had developed an evidence-based intervention that halved rates of PTSD and depression in paramedics.  During the pandemic, we modified it to target risk factors that are specific to healthcare workers.  Called SHAPE, the programme achieves reliable recovery rates of 94% for PTSD and 65% for depression in just 6 weeks. We're evaluating whether our training for new wellbeing coaches across the south-east is good value for money and effective. 



  • We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of frontline healthcare staff with the best science. 
  • We aim to achieve recovery from PTSD and depression for healthcare workers living with these problems. 
  • We aim to determine whether the intervention and our supervision approach is good value for money.
  • We will deliver evidence to guide sustainability and scalability of the intervention. 
  • We aim to develop an evidence-based pathway to global impact.



Short term:

  • Improved mental health outcomes of healthcare staff

Medium term:

  • Data that allow conclusions to be drawn regarding the dose of supervision required to achieve clinical outcomes similar to that of the research team
  • Data on the cost effectiveness of the supervision approach

 Long term:

  • A healthy workforce with tools to support good mental health
  • A new model of outreach:  evidence-based wellbeing coaching to reduce PTSD and depression among the healthcare workforce.


Expected Impact

  • Among wellbeing coaches we train, we expect to achieve rates of recovery of over 90% for PTSD and over 60% for depression. 
  • The precursor to SHAPE called internet-delivered cognitive training in resilience (iCT-R) reduced rates of mental health disorders among paramedics by 50%. 
  • We expect to improve the lives of over 200 healthcare workers by the end of September 2022 and with further funding, over 400 in the next year. 
  • Studies have demonstrated that improving the health of frontline staff improves the delivery of patient care, meaning that the impact of a healthy hospital workforce directly benefits the general population through earlier physical health recovery and return to work after hospital treatment.  

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