AMRCW response to GMC report Caring for Doctors, Caring for Patients

Publication of new independent report into the wellbeing of doctors and medical students 

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in Wales welcomes the General Medical Council’s (GMC) new independent report by Professor Michael West and Dame Denise Coia following a UK-wide review into the wellbeing of doctors and medical students.

Caring for doctors, Caring for patients identifies key factors that impact doctors’ and medical students’ wellbeing in the workplace. 

The independent report sets out eight recommendations for healthcare organisations and senior leaders to help deliver safe, supportive and inclusive environments, and compassionate cultures. It also highlights innovative interventions that some organisations have already put in place to improve wellbeing.

The review was commissioned by GMC in 2018, as part of its commitment to support a profession under pressure. In the coming months it will work with organisations from across the four countries of the UK, to discuss how they can take forward the recommendations together. 

Read findings from the independent review at www.gmc-uk.org 

There are specific challenges highlighted regarding doctors’ wellbeing in Wales, including that 19% of doctors reported being bullied, and only 36% of doctors believe their organisation is committed to helping staff balance their work and home life. 

Our doctors are working within highly pressurised environments, yet often simple changes can make a big positive impact on wellbeing and subsequently to improve patient care. We welcome the positive stories shared in this report and hope the sharing of these examples of good practice can inspire others to improve their own environments and cultures for the benefit of doctors, students and patients.

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