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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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dc.contributor.author Kinsella, Elaine Louise
dc.contributor.author Hughes, Samantha
dc.contributor.author Lemon, Sarah
dc.contributor.author Stonebridge, Natasha
dc.contributor.author Sumner, Rachel C.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-07-14T08:41:21Z
dc.date.available 2021-07-14T08:41:21Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/10346
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract 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 en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Routledge Taylor & Francis en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Psychology & Health;
dc.subject COVID-19 en_US
dc.subject coronavirus en_US
dc.subject frontline workers en_US
dc.title “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 en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/08870446.2021.1928668
dc.contributor.sponsor University of Gloucestershire en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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