This is the energy that Thrive Paediatrics hopes to draw on and amplify by creating Wellbeing and Innovation Networks (WINs). These are communities where paediatricians come together to share stories and, using the newly published RCPCH Roadmap for Transforming the Lives of Paediatricians as a tool, begin to draw from each other’s experiences to activate change.
With funding from the Dinwoodie Foundation, this phase of the project will see the development of two pilot WINs. Interested individuals and departments in these regions will work closely with the two Dinwoodie RCPCH Fellows and the wider Thrive Paediatrics team to build a sense of community and belonging, and implement initiatives that transform our working lives for good.
"The NHS currently feels like a difficult place. The cost-of-living crisis, widespread industrial action and the impact of COVID-19 have all added to a system already stretched by rota gaps and capacity issues. So, to talk about thriving in our paediatric careers risks accusations of being divorced from reality, of pointless dreaming.
"But in our Thrive Paediatrics work, we venture to suggest that there is a place for a dreaming, for a vision of how things could be - and should be.
"Change will not happen simply through painting such a picture. But it is surely more likely to happen if together we develop and share that vision, and feel empowered to reach for it."