We can all benefit on a personal level from resilience training – improving self-awareness, developing coping mechanisms and reflecting on events meaningfully. This in turn can help improve patient care and help us support other colleagues. However, the environment in which we work has to be supportive and conducive to allowing these practices.
“..a resilient system is what we need: one that adequately recruits, retains, values, and supports its employees” (Oliver D. BMJ Careers 2017).
How can this be best achieved in an already stretched working environment? We all have a role to play and small interventions can make a huge difference.
It is sometimes difficult to know where to begin when starting to change things. Anonymous surveys such as the JEST and GMC can provide useful insights into areas of trainees’ concerns and areas of good practice. Whilst negative feedback can seem demoralising, it can also help highlight areas that would benefit from a different approach.