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November 11, 2019

Last week I was asked to talk at the Severn Deanery regional paediatric training day and I spoke to the doctors in training about “Thinking about what we do in Paediatrics: talking, debriefing and moral injury.” This got me thinking more carefully about the term ‘moral...

Have you stopped writing down your reflections?

Since the Bawa Garba legal case, there are many reports that medical and nursing staff fear recording their reflective work, in case it might be used against them. And yet surely we all still reflect? After a difficult shi...

August 8, 2019

Winter 2017/18, just typing that makes me shudder a little.  After over 10 years in Emergency Medicine I had never experienced the level of emotional, physical and professional exhaustion that I did on the night shift of 27th December 2017.  That was the shift that bro...

We’ve all heard the horror stories of trainees returning from their parental or other long-term leave and just being left to fend for themselves. Sadly, this is all too common and can make a stressful time in a trainee’s life even more daunting. In some cases it can ev...

June 6, 2019

Why it is important to ask yourself "Am I really 'me' at work?"

I recently went to a ‘Better Conversations’ evening in Bristol organised partly by the clever folks at Making Stuff Better (www.makingstuffbetter.com) where a group of strangers from a range of backgrounds...

As firm advocates of the wellness movement, having been enthused by our time with team “You Got This”, we were delighted to be asked to assist in organising the Severn Deanery Emergency Medicine Trainee Conference. Pleasingly this year trainees had requested that the f...

December 20, 2018

Having just spent a lovely few hours in the garden, I was reflecting how much visual reinforcement I was getting for completing a task well. Raking leaves and piling them up is so very satisfying. So is pruning back overgrown roses and climbers. As I was tidying away t...

November 13, 2018

Whilst my breakdown wasn’t much fun and I really don’t want anyone to go through the same thing, part of what helps me keep moving forward is concentrating on the positives. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still struggling, I still feel damaged and I have days which leave me a...

October 14, 2018

When I first returned back from nearly 16 months of maternity leave, even putting in a cannula felt like Everest. Everyone told me that returning to work is just like riding a bike, that you never really forget how to practice Medicine. Yet there I was, in my first wee...

September 14, 2018

Six months ago, completely out of the blue, my 4 year old son had a respiratory arrest at home and I had to resuscitate him on our living room carpet with my wife, Kerri, watching. The 7 minutes or so that I was performing mouth-to-mouth and cardiac compressions on my...