The wounded healer in times of COVID: supporting each other through adversity

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This virtual conference will address the health and wellbeing of the medical workforce in the context of COVID-19.

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Free of charge but donations welcome.

This conference is a collaboration between NHS PH (Practitioner Health) and the BMA which will address the health and wellbeing of the health care workforce in the context of COVID-19.

Chaired by leading experts, the conference will explore the impact of pandemics on the mental health and wellbeing of health care staff. By discussing the global impacts of the pandemic, and bringing together a vibrant community of professionals, we will share lessons learned and collaborate to build a vision moving forward post-COVID-19.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Mark Honigsbaum, City University lecturer in journalism and author of ‘The Pandemic Century’. Mark will be discussing the following -

    Covid-19 has been described as a “wake-up call”. But what is it that the world needs to wake-up to, and what is it that we failed to pay sufficient heed to? Does the pandemic of Covid-19, like the 1918-19 Spanish influenza pandemic a century earlier, represent a failure of medical and scientific expertise? Or would we do better to direct our ire at complacent politicians, under-performing bureaucracies, and not-fit-for-purpose health systems and global institutions? 
  • Professor Neil Greenberg, King’s College London
  • Professor Michael Myers, SUNY Downstate University, New York
  • Anna Soubry, party leader of Change UK.

In addition to expert keynote speakers, the online conference will include breakout sessions on:

  • moral injury
  • bereavement and loss
  • post-traumatic stress symptoms
  • psychological defences
  • protecting our colleagues.

Also featuring a performance from NHS Chorus-19, a virtual choir for current and former NHS staff led by Anna Lapwood, aiming to help spread positive and informative messages during the Covid crisis. Find out more at

Join in the conversation online using #WoundedHealerCV19.

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BMA conferences and NHS Practitioner Health