A few years ago medical professionals would have felt the need to hide when depression was eating away at them, or that their workload was becoming a problem. Now the subject of mental wellbeing is welcomed. The taboo over mental health has been slowly chipped away.
Running a practice is a tough job and financial pressures are always top of mind. The NHS sickness reimbursements to cover GPs on sick leave were supposed to alleviate some of this stress. However, the numbers don’t always add up, and the experiences vary when trying to claim.
Working in the healthcare industry comes with high levels of stress. The media regularly reports on overstretched GP surgeries, busy A&E departments and unsustainable long shifts. However, the focus is often on outcomes for patients or physical exhaustion of medical staff, and not mental health.