A report published today by the Medical Protection Society has called for NHS organisations to commit to the establishment of Wellbeing Guardians which is a key recommendation in Health Education England’s (HEE) NHS Staff and Learners’ Mental Wellbeing Commission report.
The report ‘Breaking the cycle‘ backs their introduction in every NHS organisation and GP partnership. A Wellbeing Guardian is a dedicated person who makes their health and wellbeing a core priority and is trained to recognise and support GPs when they are experiencing difficulties.
Professor Simon Gregory, Deputy Medical Director, Primary and Integrated Care, Health Education England said:
HEE welcomes the support for the Wellbeing Guardians. We currently looking at taking this forward in partnership with NHS Improvement with a group led by Dr Paul Litchfield, former Medical Director of BT and Danny Mortimer, NHS Employers working with Prof Dame Carol Black.
Our Enhancing Junior Doctors’ Working Lives’ initiative, and our NHS Staff and Learners’ Mental Wellbeing Commission report sets out how we can tackle some of the many issues faced by staff and learners alike. This work has led to the huge opportunity through the People Plan to ‘make the NHS the best place to work’, working in collaboration with our partners across the NHS.
To view a copy of the report visit https://bit.ly/2orMc7g