GAINS Study

A brief cognitive task intervention for NHS staff affected by COVID-19 trauma

We are running a research study to support NHS staff who have experienced stressful or psychologically traumatic events while working during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We want to find out if a brief online intervention can reduce how frequently memories of these events (what we call intrusive memories) pop into your mind.

What are intrusive memories?

What will the study involve?

You can complete the entire study remotely on a computer, smartphone or tablet. It will involve at least two video calls with a researcher but no in-person meetings.

During the study, you will:

  • either have access to an online brief cognitive task intervention or continue to receive routine care for 24 weeks
  • be asked to keep count of your intrusive memories
  • be asked to fill in online questionnaires about your health and work functioning.

You will not be asked to talk about the events you have experienced in any detail. Taking part will be confidential.

Read more about the study here

How will this help?

By taking part, you will be helping us to develop a much-needed self-management technique to support busy healthcare staff during the pandemic and beyond.