Trust receives £120,000 to fund new projects to support patients and staff throughout COVID-19 and beyond

September 15, 2020

NHS Charities Together – a national organisation that supports and champions NHS Charities – has given Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust  £120,000 for new projects to support patients and staff throughout COVID-19 and beyond.

The funding will be used to launch a technology lending library for disadvantaged patients, a cycling club for inpatients, support the Trust’s equality networks and improve rest and well-being areas for clinical staff.

Sally Morris, Chief Executive at EPUT, said: “The Coronavirus pandemic has presented a number of personal challenges for our patients and staff and I am very grateful to have received this grant to help support vulnerable patients and our staff who have worked tirelessly throughout.”

Lending library
Throughout the pandemic, the Trust has been able to maintain a number of its vital services via virtual video appointments.

A new technology lending library will help ensure vulnerable patients have access to iPads and mobile phones so that they can continue to receive treatment and access support when they need it most.

A team of volunteers will offer training to support service users who are less confident with the use of the new technology.

Cycling club
Funding will also support the launch of a cycling club for adults rehabilitating long-term on inpatient mental health wards.

The club will help provide structured exercise opportunities and help boost self-esteem.

Staff well-being rooms
Some staff rest areas will be refurbished to offer staff a relaxing environment in which to take breaks during their working day.

Disability Networks
The Trust’s BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic), Disability, LGBTQ+ and Faith equality networks will receive funding to help expand the support they offer colleagues and raise awareness of patient equality and inclusion.

Training will be made available to raise awareness of hidden disabilities, including sensory impairment, to ensure colleagues and patients feel confident in accessing the Trust’s sites and services.

The grant will also help implement new ways for staff affected by the Coronavirus to share their experiences and celebrate events such as Black History Month.