Vol. 14 No. 1 (2021): Year of the Nurse

Impact of Community Collaboration in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Service Evaluation of a Support Group (Filipino UNITE)

Cielito Caneja
Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London, UK
capt Tom Moore by Aria

Published 2020-12-26


  • Covid-19,
  • Filipino,
  • Community support,
  • Service evaluation

How to Cite

Caneja, C. (2020). Impact of Community Collaboration in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Service Evaluation of a Support Group (Filipino UNITE). Sushruta Journal of Health Policy & Opinion, 14(1), 1–7. https://doi.org/10.38192/14.1.4


Background: SARS-COV-2 the cause of COVID-19 has sparked a global pandemic with devastating consequences on health, wellbeing, and the economy. Healthcare workers from the frontline of defence, yet, the pandemic affects not only healthcare workers but also their families. There is growing awareness of the benefits of COVID-19 support groups, for professionals and for the wider community. Migrant professionals make up a significant proportion of the human resources in delivering health care globally, as in the UK. Therefore any such initiative, should be culturally tailored to address their needs.

Aim: To outline the development of a community support initiative, in the form of a non-profit organisation, for migrant minority Filipino healthcare professionals and their communities.

Method: A mixed-method study with retrospective data collection.  A dedicated helpline was set up during the pandemic. A Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) method was adopted. The cohort was divided into two groups, health care professionals and non-healthcare group, with interventions delivered by four divisions, which were health care, non-healthcare, information governance and public relations - social media divisions. Interactive focus group and webinars were facilitated and data collected via Emotions Behind the Mask questionnaire.

Results: PDSA outcomes, the dedicated helpline responded to 40 phone calls in 6 weeks, calls were linked to basic needs of daily living or work-related issues. In 5 months, the organisations collaborated with 25 local, national, and international organisations delivering community and professional support. The online platform audience reached an audience of 27,795.

Conclusion: The combined professional healthcare and community support initiative demonstrated an impact on healthcare staff with possible benefits in workforce retention. Further studies are required in a larger population exploring mental health and well-being specific to minority ethnic groups.


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