Tackling burnout in UK trainee doctors is vital for a sustainable, safe, high quality NHS: Our letter to the BMJ

In 2018, for the first time, the General Medical Council (GMC) included items on burnout in its National Training Survey. The survey was completed by 51,956 trainee doctors and 19,193 trainers, making it the largest…

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Burnout in doctors and the quality of patient care: Our systematic review

There is increasing evidence that healthcare staff burnout is linked to a range of negative outcomes, including increased staff absences, higher rate of staff turnover, and poorer quality of patient care (see my previous blog…

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Can training improve doctors’ skills in breaking bad or difficult news? Our review

Breaking bad or difficult news in healthcare settings is challenging. What is the best way to tell someone they have cancer? How do you find words to say their treatment hasn’t worked? When I first…

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Can patient safety improvement still learn from the aviation industry?

As a clinical psychologist by background, starting out in patient safety research was a learning curve for me. Suddenly the outcomes being discussed weren’t mental health symptoms, they were avoidable patient deaths, medication errors and…

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How can we tackle healthcare staff burnout?

A previous post looked at the negative impact of staff burnout on patient care. But how can we tackle this problem? In this post I will consider the evidence for the effectiveness of interventions for…

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