Beneath the White Coat – Dame Clare Gerada
Any interested staff & students.
via MS Teams
22/3/2021 for 1 days
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An evening meeting has been arranged for an interactive discussion about the mental well-being of doctors. Dr Ranjit Thomas, as Area Medical Committee chair will be chairing this meeting, on behalf of NHSD&G.
Dame Clare Gerada has kindly agreed to participate in our meeting. You will all know our esteemed colleague Clare (past Chair of the RCGP) who has a special interest in mental health and substance misuse. She is also the chair of the charity “Doctors in Distress” which focuses on the mental well-being of doctors. She has recently published a book on this topic “Beneath the White Coat: Doctors, Their Minds and Mental Health” and will talk to us about this.
Details on the Teams call will be circulated shortly and posted on this course advert. We hope you will be able to join us for what is sure to be an interesting and rewarding discussion.
Beneath The White Coat
This timely book offers a balanced and thoughtful review of the current mental health emergency and its impact upon and among medical professionals, supported by the best available evidence and illustrated through real-life cases. Recognising the increasing stressors in the role including the impact of the environment in which doctors work, the book examines some of the key emotional drivers for this unhappiness among doctors at work – shame, stigma, suffering and sacrifice – and offers practical steps to emotional and physical recovery.
Despite the obvious challenges and stresses of the role, with the right support in place the vast majority of doctors can thrive in their jobs. In reading this book, policy makers, politicians, educators, hospital managers will be reminded of the ethical duty to ensure that doctors are cared for and have access to the time, people and spaces to remain psychological healthy, while doctors will learn to recognize and seek actively the help that they need, and to support and guide one another.
Royalties from sales of this book will be donated to Doctors In Distress
Having first trained in psychiatry at the Maudsely hospital, Dame Clare Gerada followed her father’s footsteps and became a general practitioner, working in her practice in South London for thirty years. Over this time, alongside her clinical practice, she has held a number of national leadership positions including in 2010, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, only the second women in its 55-year history to hold this position. She has led the way in reforming how drug users are managed in general practice and was awarded an MBE for his services to medicine and substance misuse in the 2000 Birthday honours. Since then she has led the way in developing services for doctors and dentists with mental health problems, establishing and leading NHS Practitioner Health since 2008. This has been, not only a world first, but massively impactful, particularly on young doctors and consequently on the patients they look after and the teams in which they work. The service was awarded Outstanding by CQC rating in March 2019. Currently Dame Clare not only still leads NHS Practitioner Health but has, in 2020 established a service for problem gamblers; Chairs the newly formed registered charity, Doctors in Distress, is now co-chair of the NHS Assembly and was made a Dame in the queen’s birthday honours, making her the first Maltese person to ever be knighted. She is a highly respected NHS professional, whose views are listened to by NHS professionals and patients alike.