Research suggests that doctors have high rates of mental health problems, including depression, addiction and anxiety and at least 40% of doctors exhibit symptoms of burnout. Burnout, stress and mental illness not only impact on the individual and their families, but also on the department as a whole and can be a patient safety issue.
Obstetrics in particular is a high-risk specialty, with acutely stressful and highly-charged situations. Poor outcomes on the labour ward and resulting case review and/or litigation can be extremely stressful for the individual and team.
Resilience training can help promote a healthy outlook on life, work and team relationships and has been shown to reduce burnout.
This eTutorial aims to provide you with tools to develop your ability to bounce back in the face of adversity, and develop coping mechanisms and techniques to deal with stressful situations and life challenges. In addition, this tutorial helps you explore ways of developing a supportive environment within your department and will provide you with tools to help a colleague in difficulty.
We recommend that you complete the shared exercises with a colleague (a resilience buddy). You will be able to share thoughts and ideas and achieve more insightful reflections.
When you have completed this eTutorial you will be able to:
- move forward in the face of adversity
- identify symptoms of burnout in yourself and colleagues
- describe the relevance and importance of resilience training in the NHS
- use techniques and coping mechanisms for dealing with overload
- learn from mistakes, reflect and move on
- identify where to gain additional support.
Launched July 2018.