Preventing Burnout – Part 2 – Managing Stress 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

Burnt-out but not Washed-up

A Poem about Recovery Burnt-out but not Washed-up For many years I did believe Medicine, was all I could achieve So when required to take ‘shore leave’ I found myself begin to grieve My fragile self-esteem was blown Denied self-worth, I felt alone Adrift beyond my comfort zone A future in a world unknown Ashamed … Continue reading Burnt-out but not Washed-up

Preventing burnout – what I would do differently knowing what I know now

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

No more shame

Another post from Dr Caroline Reed O'Connor, a psychiatrist and psychotherapist in south-west London. She is a co-founder of "Tea & Empathy", a Facebook group for clinicians which provides "a national, informal, peer-to-peer support network aiming to foster a compassionate and supportive atmosphere throughout the NHS."  The support and compassion shown by all the members … Continue reading No more shame

Staying well: some strategies that helped me

Following on from the previous story, "It's Ok to be mentally unwell as a GP; you can get better," here are some strategies that have enabled this GP to stay successfully in work after being unwell and that have helped her to stay "well". My tips Be open & honest with colleagues "I would advise … Continue reading Staying well: some strategies that helped me