Tackling clinician burnout
Clinician burnout is happening now to someone you know or work with. 80 per cent of doctors in a 2019 British Medical Association survey were at high or very high risk of burnout, with junior doctors most at risk, followed by general practitioners.
In October, the General Medical Council is due to publish the findings of a major review – led by Professor Michael West – on the health and wellbeing of doctors and medical students. The recommendations are expected to identify priority areas for collaborative action at individual, team, organisational and system level to help tackle the causes of poor wellbeing.
Tackling clinician burnout requires urgent action to create and maintain healthy workplace cultures. The NHS people plan is being developed to support delivery of the NHS long-term plan and make the NHS a better place to work. The Interim NHS people plan recognised ‘the NHS is being negatively impacted by the fact that our people are overstretched – this is evident from the 2018 NHS Staff Survey where more people have reported bullying, harassment and abuse in their workplace in the last 12 months’.