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  • Link of the week: Clinically-Led workforce and Activity Redesign (CLEAR)
    21 January 2021

    This week we are sharing a link to the Clinically-Led workforce and Activity Redesign (CLEAR) site that is funded by Health Education England.

  • So much more than an extra pair of hands
    14 January 2021

    The introduction of the additional roles reimbursement scheme for primary care networks has started to grow capacity in general practice to address the unsustainably high workload that has put so much pressure on GPs.

  • Primary Care Networks – how did we get here?
    7 January 2021

    This week we are sharing a blog by PCC’s chairman David Colin-Thomé.

  • A year like no other
    17 December 2020

    On 5 July 1948 the NHS was born, over the last 72 years challenges and changes have been remarkable but the service has probably never been tested as much as in the last nine months. There have previously been numerous re-organisations, multiple changes to hospitals, mental health services and a shift from the family doctor towards more integrated primary care services delivered by a range of professionals. However, rapid transformation of services to embrace digital technologies, and a shift change to work differently has been forced upon all areas of the health service this year.

  • Guest blog: David Hotchin
    11 December 2020

    This week we have a guest blog that was submitted to us by David Hotchin, written by a retired friend....obviously, he's used a little poetic licence.

  • What now for commissioning?
    3 December 2020

    By Professor David Colin-Thomé, OBE, chair of PCC and formerly a GP for 36 years, the National Clinical Director of Primary, Dept of Health England 2001- 10 and visiting Professor Manchester and Durham Universities.

  • What White people don’t see
    26 November 2020

    This year’s Black History Month (BHM) has, unfortunately, in its shadow another example of why campaigns like this exist.

  • Primary Care: Why don’t we talk about Racism?
    20 November 2020

    Rita Symons is an ex NHS leader who is now a leadership consultant, coach and facilitator. Her work is mainly in the NHS and she is an associate for PCC offering facilitation, coaching, strategy development and team development activities. She is a concerned but hopeful world citizen and combines work in the NHS with a board role in a non for profit organisation and an interest in writing.

  • Primary Care and the Health of the Public
    12 November 2020

    By Professor David Colin-Thomé, OBE, chair of PCC and formerly a GP for 36 years, the National Clinical Director of Primary, Dept of Health England 2001- 10 and visiting Professor Manchester and Durham Universities.

  • What now for primary care
    4 November 2020

    By Professor David Colin-Thomé, OBE, chair of PCC and formerly a GP for 36 years, the National Clinical Director of Primary, Dept of Health England 2001- 10 and visiting Professor Manchester and Durham Universities.

  • Boosting your resilience
    30 October 2020

    The last year has been a difficult one, who would have imagined last Christmas that we would have been in lockdown, with the NHS seriously tested by a global pandemic. So much change has happened and the resilience of people working in and with health and care services has been seriously tested. Resilience is our ability to deal with, find strengths in and/or recover from difficult situations. Its sometimes referred to as “bounceabiliy” – but bouncing in what way?

  • Link of the week: National Cholesterol Month
    23 October 2020

    Every month or week of the year seems to be an awareness week, October has more than its fair share.

  • New redeployment service offers talent pool of motivated, work-ready individuals
    15 October 2020

    People 1st International have shared some of the work they are doing to support people displaced from industries due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There is an opportunity for health and care services to benefit from this workforce.

  • Link of the week
    9 October 2020

    Article published in the BMJ looking at the ability of the health service to quickly bounce back to pre-Covid levels of activity and considers if it is desirable.

  • Virtual Consultations– the patient perspective
    2 October 2020

    This week Jessie Cunnett, director of health and social care at Transverse has shared this article.

  • Virtual Consultations– the patient perspective
    1 October 2020

    This week Jessie Cunnett, director of health and social care at Transverse has shared this article - Virtual Consultations– the patient perspective.

  • Celebrating innovation in eye research
    24 September 2020

    This week Julian Jackson from VisionBridge has shared a report on eye research.

  • Link of the week: Comprehensive Spending Review and Covid-19
    24 September 2020

    This week we are sharing a blog that outlines the funding pressures and uncertainties faced by the health and care system

  • Risk stratifying elective care patients
    10 September 2020

    This blog has been shared by MBI healthcare technologies. As services are starting to treat routine patients those on waiting lists are making enquiries as to where they are on the list, and if they are still on the list.

  • Link of the week
    4 September 2020

    This week the link we would like to share are reflections from physiotherapy students on placement at Alzheimer Scotland https://letstalkaboutdementia.wordpress.com/

 
 
Friday, 30 October 2020

Boosting your resilience

The last year has been a difficult one, who would have imagined last Christmas that we would have been in lockdown, with the NHS seriously tested by a global pandemic. So much change has happened and the resilience of people working in and with health and care services has been seriously tested. Resilience is our ability to deal with, find strengths in and/or recover from difficult situations. Its sometimes referred to as “bounceabiliy” – but bouncing in what way?

  • It can be “bouncing back” – recovery resilience
  • “bouncing with” – adaptive resilience
  • “bouncing forward” – transformative resilience

In the last year many people will have done all three. So how are you doing?

What you may need are the strategies to help you move from the red zone into amber and from amber to green. There are a number of ways that you can support this:

Coaching and training

  • Just working through where you are, what your next steps may be, and having headspace to think objectively may help
  • Prompted by the right questions for you to gain insight, recognising your achievements and your way forward

Working through potential scenarios

  • Try to think what is the worst that can happen, and what this would mean, could I live with this and manage it?
  • What is the best that could happen, what would this look like and how would I react and work with this?
  • What is the most likely thing that could happen, what would this mean, how would I respond to this?
  • What can I do to make the best more likely to happen – and step towards making the best more likely and the worst less so.

Story boarding

  • Think here is what I am facing – what happens next is and what helps is
  • Identify when you cope well and less well and what helps you cope better
  • Work out what would make it even better if, and how you can turn the situation into a more positive ending

Mindfulness – controlling your “busy brain”
We hear a lot about use of mindfulness to support wellbeing, but what is this? Do you have a “busy brain” do you read, or someone talks to you and you have no idea what you read, or was said? This often happens as much of the time the brain is busy either reflecting on the past (replaying something from earlier in the day/week), or its anticipating what might happen in the future – planning, catastrophizing or looking forward to something. It’s rare for our brains to be fully engaged in what is happening right here and now. We are not present in the moment. Mindfulness is when our thoughts tune into what we are sensing in the present moment – not rehashing the past or imagining the future. Maintain moment by moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, sensations and environment. Mindfulness creates greater capacity to deal with adverse events. There are many different ways to practice mindfulness – mediations, breathing exercises etc, but you can carry out a lot of tasks mindfully – washing up, having a shower, eating etc – just engage in the present moment and notice what is there and what you are feeling.

Remember – what has happened in the past year is a lot of change, although change is a situation you need to manage, making a transition is psychological. Beginning a change is about ending the way things have been done in the past, and there is a sense of loss. You then need to move through a neutral zone into a new beginning. When people are distressed, outside their resilience zone and in, or approaching the red, a different part of the brain takes control, the less rational part. What you need to do for yourself and your teams is to find a way to stay in the resilience zone and manage the continual change around us all.

PCC have been supporting a number of organisations to reflect, recover and plan their way forward during the last year. Our personal and team development programmes now include a number of programmes to support staff to become more resilient, become stress resistant and manage change. We also provide coaching with ILM7 qualified coaches to support leaders. For more details contact enquiries@pcc-cic.org.uk