Ensuring wellbeing and resilience throughout the paediatric career

Developing resilience allows us to adapt to changing circumstances, even when the circumstances are discouraging or disruptive.

Being resilient in a paediatric career:

  • Brings security in an ever changing NHS
  • Allows us to anticipate risks and feel comfortable with change
  • Helps us bounce back when the worst happens, making us start to feel better and gain confidence after a setback
  • Allows us to spot trends and turn them into opportunities
  • Ensures we look to the future rather than keep on thinking about the past

We are not born resilient but learn behaviours, attitudes and work patterns so as to keep developing even in difficult or uncertain times. Resilience brings energy, power and direction to your career and ensures you are comfortable in a changing environment.

To develop careers resilience you need to:

  • Be self-aware and know your strengths and values and your 5 year plan
  • Continuously learn – it is not an option to stand still
  • Be open minded to consider options
  • Build a network – think outside the silo in which you work
  • Deal with change – be flexible, learn quickly
  • Be positive
  • Self promote – what is going to make you marketable?
  • Have physical and mental fitness

A balanced combination of workplace, personal life, health and adaptability ensures a resilient person.


The Five Ways to Wellbeing are a set of evidence-based actions which promote people’s wellbeing. They are: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing were developed by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) from evidence gathered in the UK government’s Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing. The Five Ways have been used by health organisations, schools and community projects across the UK and around the world to help people take action to improve their wellbeing.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing postcards (PDF, 12 pages, 1MB) are a way to help spread the message.