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“We shouldn’t waste a good crisis”: the lived experience of working on the frontline through the first surge (and beyond) of COVID-19 in the UK and Ireland

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posted on 10.01.2022, 12:49 by Elaine L. Kinsella, Samantha Hughes, Sarah Lemon, Natasha Stonebridge, Rachel C. Sumner

Objective

Frontline workers have shown extraordinary resilience and sustained efforts since the outbreak of COVID-19. The present study used semi-structured interviews with 38 frontline workers in the UK and Ireland to explore the psychological impact of working through COVID-19.

Design

The qualitative data were analysed systematically using thematic analysis.

Results

Four themes were interpreted: 1))I’ve stopped turning the telly on. I’ve had to because the news was making me ill”: An ecosystem of influence; 2) “Dead, dead, dead”: The emotional and psychological toll: 3) “It’s shone a light on what we’re failing on as well”: Injustices, hierarchies and heroes: and 4) “I definitely think COVID happened for a reason to stop us in our tracks and to slow us down”: Unexpected positives.

Conclusion

This research offers insights into how frontline workers make sense of their experiences during periods of enormous societal and occupational stress. The learnings generated have relevance for government and organisational policy-makers who have opportunities to shape future conditions for frontline workers.


History

Published in

Psychology & Health

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Acceptance Date

24/04/2021

Publication Date

30/06/2021

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Citation

Kinsella, E.L., Hughes, S., Lemon, S., Stonebridge, N. and Sumner, R.C. (2021) '“We shouldn’t waste a good crisis”: the lived experience of working on the frontline through the first surge (and beyond) of COVID-19 in the UK and Ireland', Psychology & Health, pp.1-27. DOI: 10.1080/08870446.2021.1928668

Print ISSN

0887-0446

Electronic ISSN

1476-8321

Cardiff Met Affiliation

Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences

Cardiff Met Authors

Rachel C. Sumner

Cardiff Met Research Centre/Group

  • Occupational and Environmental Public Health

Copyright Holder

© The Authors