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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are some links to useful resources from others and to work we are doing to help you through these difficult times.
Wellbeing and self-care resources for front line health professionals
- NES resources on psychosocial responses to COVID19
- Wellbeing for Healthcare Workers during COVID19
- Self-care resources from the Intensive Care Society
- BMA Counselling Service
- Practitioner Health program
- The Joyful Doctor
- FACE COVID – video resource
- COVID Trauma Response Working Group
General self-care resources in COVID-19
- World Health Organization
- Mental Health Foundation
- Scottish Association for Mental Health
- Staying safe
- Living with Worry and Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty
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
- Self-care in self-isolation
- Self-care for health professionals during COVID-19
- COVID-19: Informing our practice
- PPE for COVID-19: What you need to know
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.
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.