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.
It’s National Stress Awareness Day on 6th November, so take some time to consider your own health and wellbeing.
Doctors working the longest hours appear to be most vulnerable to psychological and emotional disturbance.
You provide the best possible care to your patients
With more and more housing being built, it means more strain on an already maxed out healthcare industry. Work pressures increase, until you get to a point where you don’t realise how many hours you’re working overtime, and exhaustion takes over. Before you know it your chance to relax and take a bit of time out dwindles away.
Around three in ten respondents to a BMA survey had experience of being diagnosed with a mental health condition – nine in ten stated their working environment had contributed to their condition.
It’s time to look after yourself. Stress busting tips to save your mental wellbeing
It may seem like a slog to get your positive mentality back, but it doesn’t take a lot to ease some of your stress:
- Exercise to release endorphins
- Think positive and empower yourself to take control of a stressful situation
- Lean on friends and family in times of need
- Make time for yourself – it can do wonders for emotional and mental wellbeing
- The NHS has some more great ideas on de-stressing.
Can you support the mental wellbeing of your employees too?
As a practice owner your top key areas of focus are on your patients, your staff and your practice. Do you have support in place for staff too? Why not start with sharing the NHS de-stressing tips this National Stress Awareness Day.
Take the stress away from running a practice
If one of your team members is taken ill and signed off with long-term stress, have you got the right cover in place to keep your practice going?
Insurance is critical to the success of your practice
Having the right insurance in place can transform your practice from floundering to flourishing, even if key members of your team were absent from work.
Key cover to consider for your practice:
- Key Person Cover
Insures your practice against the financial crisis of losing a key person whose death or illness would have a major impact on your business.
If you lost a key member of your clinical team to an injury or illness, this insurance could help you pay for staff salaries, the ongoing mortgage or rent costs for your practice, as well as any business loans or lease agreements.
- Locum Cover
Formulated to cover the costs incurred if a practitioner is unexpectedly unable to work. You could get a locum practitioner in to cover the missing head count.
Protect your practice by protecting your staff
Having key team members unable to work can have a huge impact on your whole practice, from team morale to over worked staff – it can also put it at risk of financial problems. For a detailed view of the cover you need to safeguard your practice, speak All Med Pro.