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Staff matter too: pilot staff support intervention to reduce stress and burn-out on a neonatal intensive care unit
  1. Anita D’Urso1,2,
  2. Sara O’Curry1,2,
  3. Lucy Mitchell1,
  4. Stephanie Casey2,
  5. Angela D’Amore1,
  6. Mary King1,
  7. Sue Broster1
  1. 1 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK
  2. 2 Psychological Medicine for Children, Young People and their Families, Cambridge & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sara O’Curry, Psychological Medicine for Children, Young People and their Families, Box 190 Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Hills Rd, Cambridge CB2 0QQ; sara.ocurry{at}

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Levels of physical and psychological ill health, combined with associated levels of sickness and absence, are high among healthcare workers in the United Kingdom.1

Due to relatively high levels of stress-related staff sickness on our level 3 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the current project was undertaken to examine whether a pilot staff support intervention resulted in a decrease in levels of burn-out and stress-related staff sickness.

The intervention was devised following baseline-scoping data (via an anonymous questionnaire) that suggested the team (n=160) experienced difficulties with managing difficult conversations as well as a lack of teamwork on the unit. It was hypothesised that this, combined with a number of traumatic cases experienced by …

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  • Contributors AD, SO’C and LM designed and facilitated the intervention described. MK, AD’A and SB oversaw the intervention and aided with data collection. SC completed the data analysis. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

  • Funding This project was funded by the Division of Women’s and Children’s Services, Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.