What is Project5?

Last Updated 13th July 2020

Enabling successful working for Health/Care staff​

Project5 is a not-for-profit offering, that provides a unique service to NHS staff. We deliver access to structured and highly skilled support that is designed to enable success at work, through activating the strengths of people to achieve balance and connectedness to their purpose at work. 
That’s a long way of saying, we help people when they find work hard.

We are not a mental health service — in fact we detach from that language intentionally and we detach from the idea that we are a COVID response service. Our offer, which is provided by over 1,000 highly skilled and trained coaches, Psychologists, therapists etc, is to work with staff whilst they are capable of effecting change in their own lives. To provide contact, through FREE 1-to-1 sessions, to those who are finding work hard, are sleeping less, are eating more, are having less fun… are showing the early signs of strain.

We do this through evidence-based approaches that support NHS staff members to step away from the immediate problem and to activate or learn ideas and strengths that promote resilience and meaningful purpose in their work. Most, if not all, NHS workers start their careers with meaningful purpose and connectedness, but to be frank, the work is hard and this wears down for many. Currently, it is harder than ever and looks to stay that way for a while.

We are here to enable success for those at work. We are partnered with NHSE, at their request, to support the NHS in this endeavour, but we remain independent. This means that contact with us is not traced, is confidential and is there to serve the NHS staff member and not any HR process.


Built by NHS trained clinicians to support the NHS team at the right distance to make them feel safe.We currently provide 5,000+ hours a week of support to the NHS team — so don’t hesitate to connect with us to aid your success in your work at www.project5.org. This is an NHS wide offer to all NHS staff. Any role, any grade, you are all deserving and valued.

Project5 is partnered with the Laura Hyde Foundation charity, who campaign for the support of mental health for health / care workers. Together we share the values of enablement and empowerment of the wellbeing of our professional health team.

" I am shaking from being so tired as I didn’t sleep properly because I was over thinking in bed. I’m scared…the future is very, very uncertain"

Marie Li zcano Gome z Recovery Nurse, London,

speaking to the Mirror , April 2020

Supported professional volunteers


All volunteers for Project5 undertake a screening process to ensure only those with the correct credentials and professional registration can be added.


Project5 is founded on a strong level of governance.


An NHS worker can be reassured they are always speaking with correctly trained and vetted volunteers.


Training guidelines are provided to all volunteers to help them understand the challenges facing NHS staff.


Each professional is guided by supervisors and an experienced Clinical Psychology team which continually gathers evidence to understand what methods are working and what can be improved.

A reactive model for a sustainable future


Project5 sits alongside the NHS as a highly flexible partner that can respond quickly to the changing mental health needs of the NHS workforce.


The project is the led by Clinical Psychologist Dr Craig Newman who heads up a growing team of specialists in understanding the needs and challenges facing NHS staff.


Training materials are quickly adapted and updated to ensure volunteers working with NHS staff can rapidly meet their needs.


By constantly analysing the psychological needs of NHS staff and bringing evidence-based knowledge back into the treatment system, Project5 offers a sustainable support model ready for future unknown challenges.


While the NHS has its own mental health response plan for staff, Dr Newman believes Project5 will free up vital capacity within the national healthcare system. It enables NHS mental health teams currently deployed to help frontline colleagues to return to their patient work.

“ Whilst the job has become phy sically more demanding, emotionally it has been much much harder Lots of us have had moments of just random emotional re lease, like crying because it does take a toll on all of us."

Dr Shahzaib Ahmed Junior Doctor,

Intensive Care , Surrey, speaking to Channel 4 News , April 2020

# HighFiveOurCarers and donate to make a difference


Can we form the biggest virtual high five ever and make a real difference for NHS heroes?


Our #HighFiveOurCarers initiative is a fun and caring way to provide a donation that will help us continue to offer as much psychological support as possible to NHS staff.


Over a million NHS staff are working tirelessly to treat coronavirus patients in the UK.


With the COVID-19 crisis predicted to continue well into 2020 and beyond, a sustainable platform is needed to provide continuous wellbeing support to our NHS heroes.

Visit our Healthcare mental health fundraising campaign page for details on how you can support this wider goal.

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