Doctors need support with their own health and well-being so they can continue to provide the best possible care for patients.
That was the overwhelming message from the first Self Care, Self Aware event for BMA members held at the home of Scottish football, Hampden Park in Glasgow on 27 October.
Around 100 doctors attended the all-day seminar to explore issues around doctors’ health, coping mechanisms, support structures and ways of challenging the NHS to do more for its highest value, safety critical staff.
‘The underlying theme of the day was “Your Health Matters”, and delegates were able to explore how that might be put into practice through changing the culture in their place of work and ensuring employers have effective processes in place to support doctor ill health,’ said Scott Anderson, interim head of member engagement with BMA Scotland.
‘The feedback for the event was extremely positive and it is set to be repeated elsewhere in Scotland this year.’
Mr Anderson added that the thoughts from the day would be crucial in informing how the BMA takes forward these issues with the Scottish Government and employers, as well as helping the BMA to develop additional support resources for members.
The event was organised as part of a pilot that the BMA in Scotland is running to ensure it is meeting the needs of doctors.
Also as part of the pilot, doctors attended a BMA ball held in Glasgow at the weekend. Mr Anderson said it was a big success, and people were already asking about tickets for next year.
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