Survive And Thrive At The Deep End

This module discusses how effective stress management and self care, team working and awareness of your values can help you remain resilient in “deep end” general practice

Doing general practice in areas of socioeconomic deprivation is accompanied by specific and substantial challenges. Whilst stress and the associated risk to physical and mental health is common among healthcare professionals in many settings, GP’s working in the poorest areas are twice as likely to suffer from burnout. In Scotland, researchers from Glasgow University found higher areas of practitioner stress in very deprived areas. This module is designed to help you look after yourself and thrive in the challenging world of “deep end” general practice, where the day to day job involves working with patients experiencing issues such as psychological trauma, social exclusion or significant poverty.

By the end of this module you should:

  • be aware of the causes of stress for GPs, particularly those working at the “deep end”
  • know how to respond to stress
  • know about the signs that indicate stress is having a negative impact on your life
  • know how to access support if you are struggling
  • understand what makes work rewarding and how our values and colleagues act as powerful protective factors and motivators
  • Reflect on how to remain resilient in the face of significant adversity