Wellbeing and good mental health
Health care is a high demand environment, no more so than now with the documented effect that the pandemic has had, not only on everyone working in the NHS and other care services, but patients and the general public.
At RCOphth, we believe everyone should be treated with respect, supported and encouraged to do their best. NHS staff, at all levels, should work in an environment and culture of learning and improving to maintain high standards of patient care.
Wellbeing is a state of optimal physical and mental health where we are able to thrive, perform at our best and maximise the enjoyment of life.
The NHS recognises the importance of wellbeing. Find out more by clicking through to resources below:
- The People Plan encourages staff to have wellbeing conversations, particularly during times of transition.
- Codes of practice: General Medical Council’s Good Medical Practice guidance
- Codes of practice: Nursing and Midwifery Council Code of Practice 2015 guidance
- There are five steps to mental wellbeing you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing.
Mentoring & Buddying
Mentoring and buddying are also known to benefit individuals and organisations during times of transition. These projects also help attract and retain talent, facilitate knowledge transfer and leadership development and foster workplace diversity and reduce stress and burnout. In addition they provide professional support, wellbeing and underpin good patient care, team working and leadership.
We have big plans to embed mentoring and buddying into the culture of the college. Look out for updates about this work stream!