As we continue to face overwhelming pressures in general practice, we encourage practices to focus on their own team’s wellbeing.
A range of wellbeing and support services are available to doctors and other practice staff including:
- BMA 24/7 confidential counselling and peer support services
- NHS practitioner health service
- Doctors in Distress
- BMA poster with 10 tips to help maintain and support the wellbeing of you and your colleagues.
- BMA’s dedicated wellbeing support services page
New resources that colleagues have found helpful are:
- https://www.shapestoolkit.com/sayno – handouts and conversation canvasses to help you prioritise, say no, set boundaries and deal with pushback
- https://www.shapestoolkit.com/ – beat stress and take control of your work so you can feel calmer, be more productive and thrive in work and life
- https://www.break-point.info/ – a new booklet, by a GP and psychiatrist, targets help and advice for stressed and burnt-out doctors
- https://www.bma.org.uk/advice-and-support/gp-practices/managing-workload/safe-working-in-general-practice – guide to enable practices to prioritise safe patient care, within the bounds of the 22/23 GMS contract
Finally, County Durham & Darlington Local Medical Committee is always available if you need help or advice or have concerns about a colleague.