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How did the Covid-19 pandemic affect wellbeing of staff working in child and family teams?

Creer, Sarah; Kuforiji, Oluwatoyosi; Turvey, Andrew; Jackson, Jessica Eve


Sarah Creer

Oluwatoyosi Kuforiji

Andrew Turvey


During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, child and family health teams were required to adapt and prioritise services, which were increasing in demand. This investigation aimed to understand how the changes in service delivery and workload, as a consequence of the pandemic, impacted the wellbeing of staff in these teams. Using two datasets, a quantitative secondary analysis of anonymised routine patient data and a qualitative primary interpretive analysis of data, collected via focus groups and an interview with staff, were conducted. The quantitative data confirmed that universal contacts have increased dramatically since the pandemic and all tiers have increased in duration. Three themes were identified in the qualitative analysis as having the greatest impact on staff wellbeing: redeployment, increased workload and remote working. Staff need supportive opportunities to share their experiences to identify specific dimensions of stresses felt individually during times of pressure on services.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 1, 2024
Online Publication Date Apr 12, 2024
Publication Date Apr 1, 2024
Deposit Date Apr 29, 2024
Publicly Available Date Oct 2, 2024
Journal Journal of Health Visiting
Print ISSN 2050-8719
Electronic ISSN 2052-2908
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 3
Pages 108-114
Keywords Child and family health; Staff wellbeing; Covid-19 pandemic
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