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​Coronavirus - Staff FAQ​s



Where can I access support?

·          web page has been created to provide advice and guidance for all staff. This will be updated regularly to reflect the latest information and guidance. If you, your friends or family are directly affected and you would like to talk to someone, or if you have any questions, please speak with your manager and/or the HR team on x3344 or humanresources@napier.ac.uk


·          If you are a member of a trade union, your trade union representative may be able to advise you


·         Workplace Options is the University’s Employee Assistance Programme. It is a free and confidential independent counselling service available for all staff to access either by phone (0800 243 458), email (assistance@workplaceoption.com) or online. The log in details to access a huge amount of information and support via the website (www.worplaceoptions.co.uk) are username: napier and password: employee


·         Big White Wall offers free online support to staff and students. It provides 24/7 peer-to-peer and professional support from experienced clinicians who are online at all times, plus a range of courses and tools to help people self-manage their wellbeing. This service is safe, anonymous and free to staff at Edinburgh Napier. If you would like support, simply go to bigwhitewall.com​ and sign up under ‘organisation’ with your staff e-mail address

·         NHS and HSE Stress Control classes – Dr Jim White (creator of Stress Control) will live-stream these classes free of charge.  The sessions can also be accessed via You Tube

·         The WHO has launched a healthy at home challenge on social media with ideas, suggestions and tips on staying healthy while at home, including working at home​


What support information is available for carers?

This is an extremely challenging time for everyone, especially working carers. Please visit the Carers UK website for up-to-date information, including a set of carer FAQs, sources of support​, and how to look after your own mental wellbeing.

VOCAL have a coronavirus update page on their website too, showing where carers can access support.​


You'll also find further useful carers information via these websites:


                ·         Ready Scotland

                ·         EVOC 

                ·         Headspace 

                ·         Parenting Across Scotland​ 

                ·         Parent Club

                ·         Edinburgh Carers Council 

                ·         Age Scotland​​

                ·         Chest, Heart & Stroke Association Kindness Volunteers


What should I do if I feel that I have been bullied or harassed due to coronavirus?

The University does not tolerate any bullying, harassment, discrimination or victimisation. If you feel that you have experienced unacceptable behaviour, or have witnessed such behaviour, you are encouraged to act promptly and speak with your manager or HR. Please refer to the University’s Dignity at Work Policy for further information.