As COVID-19 continues to dominate the news cycle and impact the nation’s economy – the news of late has been full of doom and gloom. However, despite this, there has been a remarkable surge of support for the NHS and our health workers, with rainbows being painted up and down the country, and the entire UK taking part in the weekly ‘Clap for our carers’.
At WR Health, as a company that is so proud of supporting the sector – we thought we would use this week’s blog to shine a light on some of the things being done to recognise health workers , and add a few extra light-hearted suggestions of ways we could celebrate them going forward.
Recognising Health Workers: Food & Drink
Several food and drink companies are recognising key workers such as nurses and health & social care staff by offering freebies and discounts in a bid to make sure that they’re looked after. We’ve listed a couple below:
•Free meals for the NHS - The team at Meals for the NHS is delivering free meals to frontline NHS heroes, whilst supporting local restaurants in the process. Through donations, and sponsorship (the average meal cost is £5) they have started delivering meals to hard working staff at local hospitals.
•Krispy Kreme – Krispy Kreme is reopening some of its UK drive-thrus for key workers only, who will be able to pick up free doughnuts and hot drinks.
•Hotel Chocolat – To recognise the efforts of healthcare workers, the chocolatier has announced that NHS and emergency workers are entitled to 50% off all products online.
•Leon – The fast food chain has announced that they are also offering NHS workers 50% off of all products and free food deliveries to hospitals
•Uber and Uber Eats – Uber are offering free rides and meals to nursing staff and other key workers. We think this should carry on as long as possible – and who knows, maybe we’ll see NHS’s worker receiving a free upgrade to Uber exec going forward.
Perhaps once COVID-19 is over and done with, these deals could be carried over on a special rainbow-coloured discount-card!
There are also several transport discounts recognising the hard work of the NHS by helping health workers get around:
•NCP – The company are offering free car parking for key workers, including nursing staff, emergency services until the end of April, but this could be extended.
•Hospital parking - The Government has announced it is providing financial backing to allow NHS trusts to scrap the dreaded car parking fees for NHS staff, social care workers, and NHS volunteers at hospital car parks.
•AA - The AA is offering free recovery for all NHS workers on the way to or from work.
We think that these transport and travel schemes should be extended indefinitely and perhaps expanded upon. For instance, NHS workers could be offered unlimited free public transport – or speedy boarding passes for life!
Clap for our carers
For the fourth week in a row, millions of people across the UK have taken part in a mass round of applause to show their appreciation for nursing, care and social workers from doorsteps, balconies and open windows.
Clap For Our Carers has become a weekly event as people across the nation unite in a massive show of support for the UK’s emergency workers who are caring for coronavirus patients. However, we believe that this could be extended once the UK emerges from the worst of COVID-19. These individuals have the whole world on their shoulders at the moment and deserve recognition from us all on a long term basis too– the team at WR would happily give these key workers a standing ovation every time they go into a cinema or pass us by in the street, it’s the least they deserve!
We are proud
Ultimately, WR is proud to represent sectors that are doing so much to help in the fight against COVID-19, and we’re not surprised that demand for talent is rising across nursing and health & social care. With healthcare workers so essential to keeping the country going and limiting the negative effects of the pandemic – we continue to do our utmost to support workers throughout these turbulent times, and recognise the job they’ve been doing.
We have successfully adapted to remote working and our healthcare team is providing the same high level of service as ever. All of our consultants can be reached via their landlines, email, and social media profiles, so if you’re looking to support the UK demand for nursing and care staff, why not reach out to them?