The Lancashire and South Cumbria Resilience Hub, set up to offer psychological support to those who worked on the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic, has paused for referrals while options are explored to sustain a future version of the service.

Formed in 2020 and hosted by LSCft, the hub has helped over 1,100 individuals and numerous teams and services but as with many COVID -19 initiatives, funding will end in March 2023.

In a joint statement, Rob Cragg, our Chief People Officer and James Fleet, Chief People Officer for the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB), said:

“We acknowledge the difficult few years our NHS staff have been through due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which the Resilience Hub was established in direct response to. 

Our dedicated staff are our greatest resource, and their mental health and wellbeing is a priority for us. Each organisation continues to provide ongoing health and wellbeing services, support and guidance for all staff.

We are working together along with colleagues at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, to explore future options which will allow us to continue to offer an enhanced mental health and wellbeing service. We want to do this in a way which is sustainable and will support our NHS colleagues across the whole of Lancashire and South Cumbria.”

Staff across our vast patch, including here at LSCft, will be able to continue to receive significant health and wellbeing support through various initiatives. There is a wealth of information on our dedicated wellbeing website, which includes sections on psychological, financial and wellbeing support, and much more.

Rob Cragg continued:

“While the Resilience Hub is currently closed to any new referrals, I would like to assure everyone currently receiving care that they will remain on their care pathways.

Finally, on behalf of the Trust, I would like to say a huge thanks to all of the Resilience Hub staff who have helped and supported so many over the past few years.”