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Is resilience a trainable skill?

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l2162 (Published 13 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2162

Re: Is resilience a trainable skill?

Can we shift the frame of discussion away from ‘resilience’ please? I can appreciate why Ripullone and Womersley may want to investigate didactic possibilities, however its continued use as a management buzzword does not reflect junior clinicians’ experiences in the frontline. We work within a system experiencing resource and staffing shortages with high levels of burnout due to a number of factors. This poor morale seems to have created a downward spiral with many junior doctors choosing to take time out of training, producing further rota gaps. Currently there is an appeal to waning goodwill and professionalism to fill these gaps in both nursing and clinician rotas. As well as being a short term solution, ‘resilience’ training is a slap in the face to hard working professionals as its use shifts the onus to improve onto them – that if they can’t cope they mustn’t be ‘resilient’ enough and need to put a brave face on things.

Competing interests: No competing interests

21 May 2019
G R Huntington
FY2
Oxleas Trust
Blackheath