GPs should take time to rest if they can, NHSE says

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NHS England has encouraged GPs to ‘take some time’ to rest and recover if possible.

This is because an independent study was commissioned to assess the well-being of primary care staff, he added.

Earlier this month, MPs warned that the ’emergency’ of NHS burnout required an overhaul of workforce planning to cope with GP’s huge deficit.

In one electronic newsletter sent to surgeries today, NHS Englands said GPs and practice staff should ‘top up [their] batteries’ after a difficult period.

He said, “The past 18 months have been incredibly demanding for all of you and we want to take this opportunity to remind you to take some time if you can to spend with your friends and family.

“It is important that we all take time for ourselves away from work to recharge our batteries and take care of our mental health and well-being.”

He added that the Independent Institute for Employment Studies (IES) had been commissioned to conduct a study on the “current well-being of primary care staff”.

The survey will ask GPs and their staff to “reflect” on their personal well-being as well as the “functioning” of their team and their “experiences of working remotely,” he said.

The responses, which are due by Monday July 12, will be used to “continuously improve coaching support” offered by NHS England, he added.

The latest general practitioner appointment figures released last week showed the “immense pressure” on GPs and GPs with the ever-increasing workload generated by the pandemic and the backlog of patients.

And a BMA report last week revealed that GPs face “moral distress” because they are unable to provide the care they feel they should.

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