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Mental health support for A&E departments

Added on the 14th January 2015

The pressures faced by Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments have regularly dominated the news in the UK recently.

The dedication of the nurses, doctors and other staff who work in the busiest hospital departments is evident but they need support – as was highlighted in an anonymous article in the Guardian this week, where an A&E nurse questioned if they are on the road to burnout. Click here for the full article.

We already work with a number of ambulance services and NHS trusts to provide support through Trauma Risk Management (TRiM) and increasingly we are seeing a desire to implement TRiM into other NHS departments, including A&E, where high levels of stress and trauma are experienced.

March on Stress Director, Professor Neil Greenberg, said: “TRiM empowers organisations to provide a duty of care to their staff and promotes a proactive and resilient approach to the effects of trauma.

“It trains TRiM Practitioners in a workplace to be the “eyes and ears” to identify and put into motion support for colleagues. The use of TRiM has been shown to reduce sickness absence and evidence from the use of TRiM by Cumbria Constabulary showed that those members of staff who received a TRiM intervention fared better than their colleagues who did not.

“Additionally, having a mental health procedure such as TRiM and accompanying policy in place can help to reduce stigma and encourage people to seek the help they require.”

March on Stress TRiM training regularly receives positive feedback from course delegates. Some of the recent feedback from a course delivered to an NHS trust included:

A thorough insight into the TRiM model and how to apply it.”

“Learned all about TRiM which I have not come across before and learned how to apply this…really good course, will be making others aware of TRiM (inside and outside of work).”

“Two day course helped me to consolidate my knowledge and allowed me to practice newly acquired skills.”

As well as TRiM, March on Stress also offers Advanced Mentoring Skills (AMS) – which provides personnel with tools to administer some psychological first aid to both colleagues and patients. Advanced Mentoring Skills is a one day workshop designed and delivered by mental health professionals which is ideal for medical staff working in high pressure environments.

For more information on TRiM and AMS, please contact us at

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Keywords : TRiM Education, Crisis Management, Sustaining Resilience at Work (StRaW), TRiM Advisory Service

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