What is the link between staff burnout and patient care?

Between January 2005 and March 2009, hundreds of patients died due to poor care at Stafford Hospitala. The public enquiry into what had happened at the hospital was launched in November 2010. I was living…

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Burnout and wellbeing in mental healthcare staff: Our review

It was an article that started life as a conversation. We sat around a table in March 2016, discussing mental healthcare staff wellbeing. Someone pointed out the increase in burnout they had seen in mental…

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How should you tell a parent that their baby has a limb difference? Our study

Put yourselves for a moment in the shoes of a sonographer, conducting an ultrasound scan on a pregnant woman. Perhaps her partner is there, and they are excited, smiling, and asking you the gender of…

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Building psychological resilience 2: how to reduce perfectionism and enhance flexible thinking

What is perfectionism? We often use the term ‘perfectionist’ in a light-hearted way, to refer to a friend or colleague who’s being that bit too fussy about something. However, research suggests that having higher levels…

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Building psychological resilience 1: How to enhance self-esteem

What is resilience? As discussed in an earlier post, there are a number of definitions of resilience, but it’s generally used to describe an ability that some people demonstrate to withstand the negative impact of…

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