Lessons from the frontline: The impact of redeployment during Covid-19 on nurse well-being, engagement and retention
October 2020 – March 2022
This is an 18 month programme of research funded by NIHR Health Service and Delivery Research as part of the Covid Recovery Programme https://www.fundingawards.nihr.ac.uk/award/NIHR132041
During the Covid-19 crisis staff redeployment has been extensive and varied. Some staff have been redeployed into high risk areas from their relatively safe ‘home’ wards while others have been moved off wards to different duties. Nurses, who are the focus of this research, have dealt with risk and uncertainty, huge changes to their ways of working over short periods of time and the constant worry for themselves and their close networks that they may be transmitters of the disease.
The emotional impacts of working through Covid-19 are only beginning to be understood but the longer-term consequences of this crisis are unknown.
This research will seek to understand the impact of redeployment during Covid-19 on nurse well-being, engagement and retention. We are working with three NHS hospital Trusts (Bradford Teaching Hospitals, The Royal London and Oxford University Hospitals) to carry out two work packages.