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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...

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...

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...

July 14, 2018

Dirty or not, maybe the real problem is the word itself.

There has been some recent heated debate about encouraging and supporting resilience in healthcare staff – specifically for doctors in training. 

As a starter here are 5 statements on which I am (reasonably) confid...

June 10, 2018

The Golden Circle was made famous by Simon Sinek, an author, motivational speaker and marketing consultant. His TED talk “How great leaders inspire action” has more than 38 million views. The essence of the theory is that people are good at focusing on the ‘How’ and th...

February 22, 2018

The embedding of incident reporting in our safety culture in emergency medicine has been a bedrock underpinning our culture of improvement and governance in recent years. We are nearly all familiar with the busy shift, when something didn't go the way we wanted for our...

February 14, 2018

An exciting day today for UK medicine and wellness as we finally put 'pen to paper' about the importance of Wellness in our programme You Got This. We must do a better job of looking after our staff and each other if we are going to sustain people in (emergency) medici...

February 8, 2018

This month we are piloting a 'You Got This' welcome programme for new staff starting in our department. The idea is simple. When you start working with us, we will send you a little something through the post with a card. We basically want to say "Welcome. We are looki...

February 4, 2018

There is a little whiff of Spring in the air but the long days, dark mornings and pressures facing many in emergency departments have left many feeling tired and even exhausted. What can this tiredness do? Well it can certainly affect our physical and mental health but...