Looking After You
Taking care of yourself is more important than ever during this unprecedented time. In providing care to your patients, you may sometimes feel overwhelmed, exhausted, stressed and anxious. Therefore, it is vital that you look after yourself.
A King’s College London study, published in January 2021, surveyed 709 healthcare staff between June and July 2020. Results suggested that more than half of the staff who participated reported good wellbeing. However, the research also revealed 45% of staff met the threshold for probable clinical significance, for at least one of:
- severe depression
- post-traumatic stress disorder
- severe anxiety
- problem drinking.
PMP recognises the enormous challenges facing many doctors during this time. In response, we have developed a series of webinars designed to support you. The webinars will be available on our website in the coming weeks. The first in the series, Avoiding Burnout, Enhancing Resilience is delivered by Dr Suzy Jordache, a clinician with many years of experience in this field.
If you are concerned about your wellbeing and wish to seek confidential professional advice, there are several organisations providing excellent resources and face-to-face help, such as the GMC Doctor Support Service, BMA Your Wellbeing and NHS Practitioner Health.
Finally, PMP would like to thank you and your colleagues for your tremendous dedication and hard work throughout the pandemic.