The General Medical Council (GMC) has published independent findings from a UK-wide review into the wellbeing of doctors and medical students.
The Caring for doctors, Caring for patients report identifies a need to address the wellbeing of doctors faced with higher workloads, whose own health impacts on patient care.
The report identifies eight recommendations and practical examples to support the wellbeing of medical students and doctors, and enable them to deliver safe, and good, patient care. These include compassionate leadership models giving doctors more say over the culture of their workplaces, adopting minimum standards of food and rest facilities, and standardising rota designs which take account of workload and available staff.
The review found many individual employers and clinical teams are already implementing local solutions to address issues affecting the health and wellbeing of doctors. It sets out that health services could be a ‘model for the world’ in how to develop workplace cultures that support doctors’ core work needs if these solutions were consistently applied. Other recommendations include improvements to team-working, culture and leadership, and workloads.
Read the report in full on the GMC website.