Supporting Return to Work Following Illness with COVID-19

3 hours (online via Zoom)

Supporting Return to Work Following Illness with COVID-19

COVID-19 is a new disease and we are learning much about the after-effects on individuals. Working in partnership with ACTWorks Ltd we are delighted to bring you this online workshop to enable a better understanding of the impact of the illness and support a return to work.

Who is it for?

This workshop is for HR professionals, occupational health professionals and line managers to help them understand the physical and psychological impact this illness has on individuals and the consequent adjustments that may need to be made in the workplace. 

The approach

The workshop is informed by acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). This is an evidence-based approach for managing recovery from illness by teaching strategies to manage physical and mental distress whilst focusing on personal values. The skills learnt improve wellbeing and contribute to enhancing motivation and performance at work

What will I learn?

  • Understand the physical nature of the disease and residual symptoms after infection has passed
  • Understand the physical nature of ICU (intensive care unit) treatment and residual effects after discharge
  • Understand the psychological effects of ICU treatment
  • Identifying who needs help
  • How to manage post viral fatigue
  • How to manage mental health needs
  • How to anticipate what workplace adjustments might be needed
  • How to manage the psychological needs of those employees who have not yet had COVID-19
  • Where to refer employees for external evidence-based help.

Topics covered:

  • Research findings on COVID-19 illness
  • What happens in ICU?
  • Post viral fatigue and how it is managed
  • Common mental health difficulties depression and anxiety (especially health anxiety)
  • Post-traumatic stress

Your trainers

Elizabeth Barley, PhD CPsychol AFBPsS RGN PGCAP FHEA, Professor of Mental Health Sciences and Nursing, School of Health Sciences, University of Surrey.

Beverly Coghlan, MSc, PGDip, PG Cert, RGN, Specialist Trauma Therapist.

Elizabeth and Beverly are registered nurses with additional training as health psychologists and psychotherapists. They have a special interest in the psychology of long-term illness. Both combine clinical work with training. Elizabeth has a focus on academic research.

Cost: £200 + VAT pp

Supporting Return to Work Following Illness with COVID-19
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