This section includes all the latest wellbeing news relevant to GPs and Practices.
(Please note the articles are not produced by Nottinghamshire LMC)
NHS must speed up complaints handling to improve staff wellbeing (22/02/2019)
GP Online Article
The NHS needs to undertake a ‘root and branch’ examination of how it handles complaints because the current system adversely impacts on the mental wellbeing of staff, Health Education England has said.
Read more here.
Mental health and wellbeing support for NHS staff: government pledges overhaul (22/02/2019)
Plans to give staff immediate access to dedicated mental health support will be considered as part of the upcoming workforce implementation plan.
Read more here.
Laughing to improve your wellbeing (27/02/2019)
BBC News Article
It’s the health craze that you can’t help finding funny.
Laughter yoga combines laughter with breathing exercises to make you happier and healthier.
The Bristol Laughter Club has been going for more than 15 years.
They took their inspiration from a GP in India who researched the idea in the mid-1990s and found its benefits could be quickly felt.
Read more and watch the video here.
Should doctors cry at work? (27/02/2019)
The BMJ Article
In front of patients or colleagues, or hidden in the toilets, is it appropriate—or maybe even a good thing—for medics to shed a tear on the job? Fran Robinson investigates.
Many doctors admit to crying at work, whether openly empathising with a patient or on their own behind closed doors. Common reasons for crying are compassion for a dying patient, identifying with a patient’s situation, or feeling overwhelmed by stress and emotion.
Probably still more doctors have done so but been unwilling to admit it for fear that it could be considered unprofessional—a sign of weakness, lack of control, or incompetence. However, it’s increasingly recognised as unhealthy for doctors to bottle up their emotions.
Unexpected tragic events
Psychiatry is a specialty in which doctors might view crying as acceptable, says Annabel Price, visiting researcher at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, and a consultant in liaison psychiatry for older adults.
Having discussed the issue with colleagues before being interviewed for this article, she says that none of them would think less of a colleague for crying at work: “There are very few doctors who haven’t felt like crying at work now and again.”
A situation that may move psychiatrists to tears is finding that a patient they’ve been closely involved with has died by suicide. “This is often an unexpected tragic event: it’s very human to become upset, and sometimes it’s hard not to cry when you hear difficult news,” says Price.
She adds that the possibility of losing control and crying in front of a patient is something medical students often tell her that they feel anxious about. She responds by telling them about the occasions when she’s cried at work, how she managed at the time and afterwards, and that it’s possible to do this and still be a good.
Read more here.