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Excellent healthcare is best delivered by people who are themselves thriving and well.

 Most people do not go into the public services, such as health, social care and education to be mediocre and fail. They start off aspiring to be and do something special and to bring the best of themselves to their work. However, for many, things happen along the way that result in disappointment, distress, failure, exhaustion and burnout - all at enormous cost, for example the NHS sickness absence bill is £1.5bn.

We know that many young medical students lose their empathy during training as they become the diagnosticians, decision-makers and technicians that they will need to be if they are to survive themselves in extremely challenging environments.

Many of these young people realise that they have had very little preparation or training when they start work on the wards as front-line Foundation Year 1 and 2 doctors and feel ill-prepared and exposed in terms of caring for themselves and their pre-existing compassion and empathy.

We are here, acting collaboratively, to act on all the above and much else besides, so that the hearts and souls of the NHS are rescued, recovered and retained. We are also committed to pressing for the removal of heartless and pointless activities that are wearing out fundamentally caring NHS staff, damaging their wellbeing and the quality and safety of care.

 

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Wellbeing for GPs: The Workplace Wellbeing Charter

Wellbeing for GPs : The Workplace Wellbeing Charter Dr Jennifer Napier writes about the importance of taking better care of ourselves and each other if we are to provide optimal care. Would we be better doctors if we looked after ourselves more effectively?  Would we be better colleagues, employers, parents and friends if work did… Read More »

Improving Access to GP Support Research Study

This is an open invitation to all GPs in the UK The Improving Access to GP Support Research Study is a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) funded qualitative study aiming to explore what helps and hinders General Practitioners (GPs) when they seek help and support for mental health problems and/or stress and burnout. With the continually increasing… Read More »

Resilience – Friend or Foe?

Eunice Minford Resilience is the latest buzz word and emotional resilience training is the new ‘must have’ for those who are trained to kill, fight and go to war as well as those who are trained to save lives, heal and care for sick. Indeed, based on the fact that the Army now incorporates emotional… Read More »