The Ebola service is a voluntary initiative developed by NHS psychologists in conjunction with the Department for International Development to support our NHS colleagues fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone and the Sierra Leonean health workers.
Our service aims are to:
- Support NHS health workers before, during and post deployment to Sierra Leone.
- Learn how we can best use our resources to support Sierra Leonean health workers and their communities.
- Create a mental health service that can respond swiftly and effectively to global crises by developing a register of psychologists, trained to support humanitarian workers or willing to carry out short-term humanitarian work abroad.
Humanitarian work has psychological benefits as well as potential risks to the workers but this is an under researched area.