The BMJ has long championed the wellbeing of doctors, both for their own sake and the sake of their patients. We have pulled together an online collection of articles published in the past few years, including recent articles on the importance of staff engagement, how to deal with a bullying colleague and optimising sleep for night shifts. Future articles will look at the issues affecting doctors’ physical and psychological health, both in and outside of work. We see the need for fundamental changes in culture, systems, and practice that will help maintain and improve the wellbeing of all health professionals, and by extension, their patients. We have convened an expert advisory panel to establish a clear understanding of the issues, and we would like to hear from you about what you see as the most pressing concerns on which we should actively campaign.
As populations age and expectations escalate, the pressure on healthcare systems is only going to increase. It is essential that we maintain the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of clinicians so that they in turn can provide the safest and highest quality patient care.
Projects at The BMJ
The BMJ has published a range of articles on themes which relate to clinician wellbeing.
• Julian Warshafsky: how this doctor died and what it tells us about the system that failed him
• Suicides among junior doctors in the NHS
• In memoriam—doctors who have died by suicide or accidental death
• The complexity of physician suicide
Fatigue and Sleep
• Fatigue and risk - are train drivers safer than doctors?
• Should doctors work 24 hour shifts?
• "Going the extra mile" endangers doctors, patients, and the NHS
• Optimising sleep for night shifts
Resilience and Burnout
• Resilience: Five minutes with . . . Nicola McKinley
• Ensuring our future doctors are resilient
• Burnout among doctors
• When "resilience" becomes a dirty word
• Greta McLachlan: Please put your oxygen mask on first before helping others
• Peter Brindley and Matt Morgan: Burnout in healthcare workers—are we surprised?
• Confronting unprofessional behaviour in medicine
• I'm being bullied by a colleague: what should I do?
• Bullying in the workplace: almost 40% of doctors think it is a problem, BMA finds
• NHS staff get new measures to tackle violence in the workplace
• Scottish health secretary orders independent inquiry into bullying culture at NHS Highland
• Mei Wen: To grieve is to maintain empathy
• Doctors’ wellbeing—learning from the past can help improve the future
• Moral Distress in hospital doctors
• When doctors need treatment: an anthropological approach to why doctors make bad patients
• Walking in each other’s kingdom: A GP-consultant exchange scheme
• Workplace gyms and canteens should suit doctors’ working patterns, says BMA report
• Edward Ridyard: Charging for hospital car parking risks demoralising the NHS workforce
• Why junior doctors need more autonomy
The BMJ is the media partner for the international conference, the International Practitioner Health Summit. The 2018 conference takes place on 4-5 October in London and is certified Patients Included.
We have invited a group of international experts to contribute to our work on well-being and help us to identify priorities.
Urology Trainee in North-East England and chair of RCSEd #LetsRemoveIt campaign
GP, academic clinical fellow, Swansea University Medical School
Consultant in emergency medicine in Coventry, co-founder "Civility Saves Lives"
Patient/family leader, QRC Stockholm Kvalitetsregistercentrum
Associate professor of health psychology and communication in the Medical School of Thessaloniki
Palliative medicine physician and undergraduate medical educator at UCL Medical School
Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine, at the University of Calgary, Canada. Vice Chair of Physician Wellness and Vitality in the Department of Medicine University of Calgary.
Chief executive of The Point of Care Foundation
Medical career development advisor
Professor of Work & Organizational Psychology, University of Macedonia
Neurologist and headache specialist in Boston and Wellness Committee chair
Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Oncology and Medicine (Palliative Care), American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor, Co-director, Center for Communication and Disparities Research, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Medical director of the NHS Practitioner Health Programme and GP