Wellbeing

Wellbeing

  • Be kind

    Be kind, be civil: saying please, thank you, sorry and listening will change the way your entire team acts and feels.

  • Manage your emotions

    You bring your whole self to work. Relationship problems, or troubles in your personal life can impact on your work and/or working relationships. Learning how to manage emotions is essential.

  • “Are you okay?”

    Make sure you ask colleagues if they are OK. While there is no excuse for treating each other badly, there is always a reason people behave the way they do, none of us are bad people.

  • Breathe and focus

    Take a few seconds at the door on the way out to process the day and leave it behind you. What three things are you grateful for today? What could have been better? What will you do differently next time you’re in? Then breathe and focus your attention onto your life outside work.

  • The little book of wellbeing

    Tips from people working in healthcare on how we can take care of ourselves and each other.
    Download the book here.

The wellbeing of our Fellows and Members is a priority for the College. And now with COVID-19, more than ever, the College is putting this front and centre in everything it does. There has never been a more important time to work collaboratively and to sustain our teams through these difficult times. We have already seen incredible teamwork, flexibility and professionalism from clinicians, managers and other NHS staff.

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 media@rcpsg.ac.uk.

Contact us

Below are some links to useful resources from others and to work we are doing to help you through these difficult times.

COVID-19 Resources

Wellbeing and self-care resources for front line health professionals

General self-care resources in COVID-19

Mindfulness and meditation resources with free access for NHS staff

Capturing learning, good practice and stories from COVID19

Practical and financial support for healthcare professionals during COVID-19

Resources for health professionals seeking practical support with children, pets, and shopping during COVID-19

Digital Wellbeing

Digital Education

Previous events

29 March 2019: “Tackling work and life pressures with self-care, CBT and mindfulness” – delivered in partnership with the BMA.
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.
12 September 2019: “Making Life Work Better” - 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.
21 November 2019: “Human Factors – conference” - Taking a lead from other high risk organisations including aviation and air traffic services this conference has examined human factors and their relevance to mistakes in an innovative and engaging way.

General Wellbeing Resources and Guidance

The little book of wellbeing

Tips from people working in healthcare on how we can take care of ourselves and each other. Download the book here.

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.

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.

Cycle to work scheme

The UK-based cycle to work scheme enables employees to purchase a bike at reduced rates. Find out more here.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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