Over half of sessional GPs suffer work-related stress

At least half of sessional GPs suffer from work-related stress, according to a new survey by the BMA | OnMedica


The BMA reported that work-related stress has led more than one in ten sessional GPs to take time off work in the past year.

The BMA also found that a staggering 70% of locums would consider leaving the profession if a locum cap was introduced in general practice. It warned against anything – such as measures that harm locum pay – that could lead to an ‘exodus’ of locum and salaried doctors, who it said play a key part in solving the NHS’s current problems.

The BMA wanted to understand the issues that sessional GPs face, to ensure that its discussions with government accurately address their needs. So its sessional GP subcommittee conducted a UK-wide survey of salaried and locum GPs from 1st March to 6th April 2017.

Occupational health: the value proposition

Occupational health: the value proposition | Society of Occupational Medicine

This report provides a narrative synthesis of the evidence from the scientific and wider literature to help illustrate and publicise the benefits that occupational health services provide to employees, employers and to the economy.  The report is aimed at policy makers and commissioners of services and will form the basis of summary leaflets for employers and workers and their representatives.

One challenge is to overcome the view that occupational health services are a cost and do not contribute to the bottomline. However, occupational health services should be highly cost-effective provided that there is an effective skills mix; people work to their distinctive competencies and perform work that adds value.

Occupational health services improve the health of the working population, help prevent work-related illnesses, provide early interventions for those who develop a health condition thus preventing avoidable sickness absence and increase the efficiency and productivity of organisations.

Full report available here


Help offered to medical students in crisis

The Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF) has today re-launched its programme of support for UK medical students | OnMedica

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In two new publications it encourages students to seek help and offers advice on how to cope with the demands of studying medicine.

The charity aims to support and protect the future of the medical profession, offering financial help in the form of grants for students facing critical and unexpected hardship while studying. Previously this support was offered in the form of loans, but by switching to grants the RMBF hopes to reach more students in need who may be wary of taking on additional debt.

A new downloadable publication, The Vital Signs for Medical Students, highlights key pressure trigger points for medical students and provides advice on managing stress during the rigours of medical education. A new-look leaflet, for distribution in medical schools, will also set out the support on offer and encourage students to seek help in difficult times.

The re-launched RMBF website also hosts an updated guide to medical student finances, which provides information on sources of funding, advice on applying for bursaries and grants, and tips for saving money as a student.

Read the full overview here

The report is available to download here

Mindfulness training can reduce depression and anxiety among nurses

Hunter, L. (2017) BMJ Evidence-based Nursing. 20(2)


Commentary on:

Implications for practice and research:

  • Mindfulness can help relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety among nurses and may improve patient care.

  • There is a need for future quantitative studies to measure the nurse-perceived benefits of mindfulness identified in qualitative research.

  • Mixed-methods reviews can help develop a more complete and clinically relevant understanding of a given topic.

Read the full commentary here

Read the original research article here

Eight elements of workplace wellbeing

A new poster and web section has launched to show the eight elements that are critical to delivering a robust and effective health and wellbeing offer for your staff | NHS Employers


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All eight elements need to be in place in order to ensure your wellbeing strategy is as effective as possible. Communication and leadership are essential to create a healthy culture in your organisation, where staff are fully supported.

For more information on the featured points, view the vital signs: eight elements of workplace wellbeing web section.

HEE: Significant work still to do to make junior doctors feel valued

Enhancing junior doctors’ working lives A progress report | Health Education England | National Health Executive


Significant work must be done to make junior doctors feel valued for their hard work in the NHS, a report published by Health Education England (HEE), which has also identified a number of key areas for improvement, has warned.

HEE worked with other organisations including the British Medical Association (BMA) Junior Doctors’ Committee, the General Medical Council, NHS Employers, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and trainee representatives to create the review that has called for action to be taken to improve working conditions for juniors.

The ‘Enhancing Junior Doctors’ Working Lives’ report gives a comprehensive view of the struggles experienced by junior doctors which led to mass dissatisfaction and strike action last year, warning that improvements had to be made in a number of areas to reassure the workforce that their work was being appreciated by their employers.

Read more at National Health Executive

Download the full report here

Support for an ageing workforce

NHS Employers Working Longer Group has launched two new resources to support the ageing workforce: