Wellbeing for health professionals

Doctors face the extremes of human emotion day after day, while staffing issues and rota gaps mean they are under intense pressure. In order to manage their workload and personal lives, doctors must learn to look after themselves too. In this section, we offer some practical advice, real life experiences and guidance to help support you while you work.
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We asked Serena Haywood what she thinks about resilience, and her suggestions for helping negotiate the difficult days.
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A new set of RCPCH guidance, answering some of the most common concerns and queries arising from the recent high profile case of Hadiza Bawa-Garba, is now available.

The guidance covers reflection, understaffed shifts, returning to clinical work after a period of absence, legal aspects of clinical practice, self-care and team working.

It also contains links to further resources and who to contact for support and advice.

The Facing the Future Audit 2017 calls on UK Government to expand the consultant workforce to help units increase consultant presence at peak times – usually between 08:00 to 22:00 - and improve the standard of hospital care. The report recommends that in the UK, 465 full time equivalent (FTE) paediatric trainees are recruited at ST1 (trainees in their first year of training) level every year for the next five years which will help achieve the consultant expansion required.
This page includes statutory and RCPCH guidance, as well as contacts, for trainees who work less than full time (LTFT). Our LTFT Advisors advise trainees and raise LTFT training issues within their region, and bring them to our attention.
We play a key role in workforce planning to ensure there is an appropriately trained paediatric medical workforce to deliver safe and sustainable services for children in the UK - in the present and in the future.

If you are in need of support or guidance for you, or a colleague, here are some suggestions for health, wellbeing and other referral sites for doctors in need.

Paediatrics is a rewarding and enriching career, and offers opportunities from research to public health to volunteering overseas.
If you are a career-grade paediatrician - whether a consultant or SAS doctor - we can help you develop your knowledge and skills.
Our Stepping Up pilot programme supports the five year period from RCPCHStart (Specialty Trainee 7+) to the end of year three consultancy.

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