Many of us will be familiar with patients who have recovered from an episode of mental ill-health, who are fearful of coming off medication or of anything that might rock the boat. There is no way that they want to go back to where they were. So what advice might we give to these patients … Continue reading Looking after ourselves: the “Wheel of Wellbeing”.
This is the third post out of 4 that I wrote for Locum Organiser and Medical Exam Prep last year. They provide some newer suggestions on prevention.... Working as medics we are often rushed off our feet with barely time to take a comfort break or breathe. There are competing demands on our attention from … Continue reading Preventing Burnout Part 3 – Increasing our recharge at work
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
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
I was asked at my last appraisal if I was sleep deprived. When considering our health and fitness to practise, the Leicester Health Structured Reflective Template (SRT) suggests asking about sleep, along with other questions relating to managing stress and work-life balance. As a mum of three, my youngest being 15 months old, I certainly was sleep … Continue reading The Power of Sleep
When I was first writing about preventing burnout, I did not feel that I could add much personal value. I bypassed the prevention stage completely. I headed straight to having to think about recovering from burnout. If I had recognised where my escalating stress would have led me, if I had appreciated how unwell I … Continue reading Preventing burnout – what I would do differently knowing what I know now