Caring for our Staff caring for our patients!
Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust
Sarb Clare, Deputy Medical Director, Acute Medical Consultant
Eoin Dore, anaesthetic trainee, Lead of Junior Doctors Forum
The Trust focused on the wellbeing of their junior doctors who were the least likely staff group to take up wellbeing benefits. The project was driven from the grass roots up by junior doctors, medical consultants and the organisational development executive.
They focused on 4 key areas: wellbeing workshops to address burnout, Energy Pods to address REST (20-minute power naps), recruitment of a Wellbeing Champion, multiple rest areas and facilities for food and communal places. The project has led to increased confidence and staff morale, leading to better teamwork and a higher quality of patient care.
• 90% agreed that having access to a dedicated team is valuable, burnout results have improved dramatically,
• Sickness rates have decreased in junior doctors and other grades of doctors suggesting that staff working in the same proximity benefitted from the higher morale of their colleagues.
• Results showed 82% of doctors taking breaks using the pods – which has improved their alertness, concentration and energy. 94% of doctors and 83% of nurses who used this facility felt this had an improvement on their wellbeing.
The judges thought this was an innovative and inspiring project, focused on the health and wellbeing of junior doctors, a group which were traditionally hard to reach in terms of wellbeing engagement. This was a great example of a local project inspired and driven by frontline staff connecting with and being embraced by the wider leadership and organisation.