The workplace, while very rewarding has an unrelenting pressure, an emotional cost that can at times prove too much and lead to burnout and ill health. I urge you to be self-aware, to be kind to yourself, to care for yourself and be concerned for the wellbeing of your colleagues. Talk with your peers, share experiences, do something that makes you happy – a good work life balance isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. Your wellbeing is one of the priorities for my term of office and there are many ways in which the College can support you.
Professor Jackie Taylor, President
Many groups working across healthcare and academia are recognising the importance of delivering the tools, support and resources to enable wellbeing within the profession. As a College, we are committed to working with others to ensure we all make the best use of resources available to us to continue to build and deliver capacity to support wellbeing. We are currently working with and/or supporting a number of initiatives, which will be evident in some of the links below.
Please do get in touch if there is an area of work focused around the wellbeing of the healthcare profession that you would be interested in working with us on – contact email@example.com.
A collaborative of trainees, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, NHS Education for Scotland, GMC and our College is working to improve the wellbeing of doctors at work as we recognise the challenges faced in delivering care in busy clinical services. We are currently collating responses from a survey sent to all doctors working in NHS GGC below consultant level, so that we can better understand what affects working life and impacts on wellbeing. Our expectation is that with a better understanding of these issues, we can work together to make it better. Results will be shared as soon as they are available.
We have signed up to the Scottish Cancer Prevention Network’s healthy meeting checklist.
We have partnered with Ramblers to create 15, 30 and 60 minute walking routes that start and finish at our College building on St Vincent Street. The routes can be accessed via the MedalRoutes app available to download on Android and iOS and are ideal for a pre- or post-meeting walk, walking meetings, or to stretch your legs during a busy day at the College.
Our exhibition – Great Minds: The brain in medicine, surgery and psychiatry – will open in September 2019. The exhibition contains material relating to mental health and mental illness from a historical perspective, while also containing information and guidance for clinicians today.
Education and Training
Online courses and content
Understanding suicide and suicide prevention strategies – online course
Developed by the University of Glasgow this course teaches users about the complex set of factors linked to suicide, and explores suicide prevention strategies. It is endorsed by our College along with NHS Breathing Space, Samaritans, and the British Psychological Society.
Enrol on the course here.
Live conferences (web streaming may be available)
Making Life Work Better – conference
Making Life Work Better aims to be an impactful and entertaining one day conference, which addresses areas where we can all make a difference to our own health and wellbeing in the workplace, and that of our colleagues.
Book your place here.
Human Factors – conference
Taking a lead from other high risk organisations including aviation and air traffic services this conference will examine human factors and their relevance to mistakes in an innovative and engaging way. It will highlight the importance of looking after ourselves, interpersonal relationships, flattening hierarchies and how to ensure adoption of a no blame culture to give the attendee insight into the subject and to learn methods of reducing mistakes.
Book your place here.
6 June 2019: “West of Scotland SAS Development Day” incorporating sessions on alternative working patterns, raising concerns and work and personal issues including bullying and harassment.
March 2019: “Tackling work and life pressures with self-care, CBT and mindfulness” – delivered in partnership with the BMA.
Resources and guidance
Ask, Tell online animations
Created by NHS Education for Scotland and NHS Health Scotland, these resources raise awareness of the issues that affect people and that can lead to those in distress to sometimes think about taking their own lives. The videos are intended to help the Scottish workforce improve mental health and prevent suicide.
- Ask, Tell - Look After Your Mental Health
- Ask, Tell - Have a Healthy Conversation
- Ask, Tell - Save A Life: Every Life Matters
Support for doctors
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges have produced this signposting resource for issues related to wellbeing, especially related to support / doctors in difficulty.
Civility Saves Lives
A collective voice for the importance of respect, professional courtesy and valuing each other, Civility Saves Lives works to raise awareness of the negative impact that rudeness (incivility) can have in healthcare so that we can understand the impact of our behaviours.
BMA Wellbeing Support Service
Open to all doctors and medical students 24/7, the BMA Wellbeing Support Service is confidential and free of charge. The website also contains a list of services and resources that offer help for individuals struggling with addiction or looking for legal advice.
Healthy Meetings Checklist
The Scottish Cancer Prevention Network provide a checklist for meeting organisers to support them in the delivery of healthier meetings and conferences. The website also provides additional resources on incorporating healthy eating and exercise into your day.
Cycle to work scheme
The UK-based cycle to work scheme enables employees to purchase a bike at reduced rates. Find out more here.
Medics Against Violence
Healthcare workers deal with the consequences of violence every day. Medics Against Violence was established to enable healthcare workers to join the campaign to prevent violence before it happens.
Support Around Death
NHS Education for Scotland website supporting healthcare staff who are working with patients, carers and families before, at, and after death. It provides key information on the clinical, legislative, and practical issues involved.
The Scottish Psychological Trauma Training Plan
The Scottish Psychological Trauma Training Plan is designed to enable organisations to effectively develop and sustain a workforce that is able to respond to the needs of everyone affected by psychological trauma.
Point of Care Foundation
Supporting organisations to introduce Schartz Rounds, a group reflective practice forum which provides an opportunity for staff from all disciplines to reflect on the emotional aspects of their work. Find out more here.
What we stand for
Together we are demanding action to address workforce shortages and implement solutions to help reduce staff burnout.
Who we are
We are a worldwide community of inspiring health professionals working together to advance our profession and improve patient care.
What we do
Over the past year we’ve made great advances in professionalising our approach to engaging more effectively with government, parliament and the wider health sector.