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.
Dr Bov Jani, Consultant Paediatrician and RCPCH Officer for Professional Development, talks about the latest initiatives to improve the wellbeing of health professionals and the factors impacting on the success of these.
In the age of contract negotiations and rota gaps, it's easy to forget that clinical practice can be a stressful experience... Two trainees introduce Balint groups to support clinicians exploring complex interactions with their patients.
How can you think about your own health when working shifts and nights? Dr Mike Farquhar, consultant in sleep medicine, explores the importance of sleep on healthcare professionals.

Our guidance answers some of the most common concerns and queries arising from the recent high profile case of Hadiza Bawa-Garba.

It covers reflection, understaffed shifts, returning to clinical work after a period of absence, legal aspects of clinical practice, self-care and team working. And, it contains links to further resources and who to contact for support and advice.

Our 2017 audit looked at two of our service standards, and results highlight gaps within paediatric rotas, with not enough consultants present within the hospital during times of self-identified peak activity.
We believe LTFT training can provide solutions for doctors who wish to combine family commitments or other interests with their career. And, we're keen to recognise initiatives to support these trainees.
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.
This pilot programme supports doctors who are finishing their training and starting their consultant job. consultancy.
If you are a career-grade paediatrician - whether a consultant or SAS doctor - we can help you develop your knowledge and skills.

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