RCPI to establish Health and Wellbeing Office to promote Physician Wellbeing

Trainee talking to colleague.

We know that doctors who enjoy good mental health and are ‘engaged’ achieve better patient outcomes

Physician Wellbeing has been a high priority issue within RCPI for many years, as we know that doctors who enjoy good mental health and are ‘engaged’ achieve better patient outcomes.

As a profession, doctors experience higher than average rates of burnout, depression, anxiety, substance abuse problems, dysfunctional relationships and physical hazards. The wellbeing of an individual doctor, aside from being desirable in its own right, is essential in maintaining high standards and safety in medicine.

Through our Physician Wellbeing programme we have been providing support, training and information about health and wellbeing to doctors since 2014.

We are committed to pursuing innovative approaches to support the health of doctors and raising awareness of the importance of caring for the care givers.

We are therefore pleased to announce that we are now in the process of establishing a new Health and Wellbeing Office in RCPI.

We know that being a doctor can be hard work, both physically and emotionally. I am looking forward to being able to provide this important service to doctors. It is vitally important that we care for the care givers.

Hadas Levy B.A. Psychology, M.Sc. Counselling Psychology

Interim Manager, Health and Wellbeing Office

What will the Health and Wellbeing Office do?

Staffed by a full-time psychologist with administrative support, this office will be responsible for further developing our Physician Wellbeing programme.

This programme of work will include:

  • Developing new courses and workshops, specially tailored for doctors, to help them manage stress and workplace challenges
  • Publishing up-to-date advice and resources to help doctors manage their mental health and wellbeing
  • Providing expert advice and one-to-one professional support to doctors experiencing mental health difficulties
  • Developing policies and procedures for training sites regarding physician wellbeing, with an emphasis on early intervention and red flags for referral
  • Acting as a point of contact for doctors who feel they require additional support while in training, including those who have received a diagnosis of mental illness
  • Informing and influencing national workforce policies on physician wellbeing
  • Advocating for increased funding of physician wellbeing initiatives

The Health and Wellbeing Office is expected to open in July 2018. Further details will be announced closer to this time.

Contact us

RCPI Physician Wellbeing Programme

Tel: +353 1 863 9700

Through our Physician Wellbeing programme we are providing support, training and information to doctors at all stages of their careers.