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 PsychologyInterim Manager, Health and Wellbeing Office
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:
The Health and Wellbeing Office is expected to open in July 2018. Further details will be announced closer to this time.
Through our Physician Wellbeing programme we are providing support, training and information to doctors at all stages of their careers.