A follow-up post by Dr Clare Barton who wrote "On Leaving Medicine." Behind the new door: It’s now been over 6 months since I properly left medicine. No more appraisals, off the GMC register, proper door shut stuff. I’ve had lots of the usual questions – do you miss it? Any regrets? Did you want … Continue reading Life after medicine
Photo from Adobe Stock I have recently become involved in a number of projects, all linked with health and wellbeing. One of these roles has been working as a GP Clinical Champion for Physical Activity for SE England. In this post (approved by Public Health England), I look at the health benefits of physical activity … Continue reading Could Physical Activity be our Miracle Cure?
This is the next post that I wrote for Locum Organiser and Medical Exam Prep last year. There are 4 posts in all. They provide some newer suggestions on prevention.... Last week, I mentioned Dr Dike Drummond’s “Burnout prevention matrix”. For me this provides a great way to dissect burnout prevention by looking at strategies … Continue reading Preventing Burnout – Part 2 – Managing Stress at work
Mental ill-health in doctors is a global phenomenon. Doctors experience more mental ill health and addiction than other professional groups1. The numbers in the UK are high. A recent survey of 600 doctors by the Medical Protection Society (MPS), reported high levels of stress (75%), anxiety (49%), depression (32%) and suicidal feelings (13%) 2. There are higher rates … Continue reading New GP Health service
Winston Churchill famously talked about his “black dog”, a metaphor for the depression, which plagued him for much of his life. For me, the black dog conjures up images of the snarling, menacing, oppressive beast that haunted me when I was younger reading Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Hound of Baskervilles’. All the more sinister in … Continue reading Journeys with the Black Dog
This is an excerpt of a post that I wrote for Locum Organiser and Medical Exam Prep. There are 4 posts in all. They provide further ideas on prevention. In addition, I want to highlight the new NHS GP Health service which is rolling out nationally in England on 30 January. This is a free … Continue reading Preventing Burnout – Part One
How often do you start the New Year with optimistic resolutions, which you never see through, despite good intentions? As medics, we are used to setting ourselves SMART goals and objectives. These work for the purposes of appraisal. They commit us to something specific that we can evidence to others. Last year, I discovered a … Continue reading # My 3 words. Reword yourself for the Year Ahead.