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RCGP vows to continue giving out wellbeing boxes to trainees

The RCGP has pledged to continue issuing ‘wellbeing boxes’ as part of a wider strategy to help GP trainees, despite a number of 'negative comments'.

The boxes, revealed last month, contain a gratitude journal, a bag of chocolate coins, some teabags, a ‘mindfulness colouring book’ and a notepad and pen.

The reaction to the boxes was mixed at the time, with an RCGP spokesperson telling Pulse that they 'received a number of negative comments'.

He added: ‘Wellbeing boxes were piloted at an event for Associates in Training held just before the College’s Annual Primary Care Conference in Harrogate earlier this month.

'They form part of a wider initiative led by the AiT Committee to encourage conversation about wellbeing and positive coping strategies amongst GPs starting their career, and feedback has been largely positive.'

However, the spokesman confirmed they will continue handing out the boxes at some events.

He said: ‘It was never the plan to send wellbeing boxes to all RCGP members; it was always the intention for the boxes to be handed out at selected events for GP trainees, and this will continue.’

In September Dr Duncan Shrewsbury, chair of the RCGP’s Associates in Training Committee, stressed that the ‘wellbeing boxes are not the answer to solving the problems facing general practice’ but it was hoped that GP trainees and those in their first years of independent practice would find it beneficial.


Readers' comments (10)

  • And this is why I cancelled my membership the day I got
    my ARCP

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  • Need to provide GP trainees with a choice whether to join the RCGP or not. If this were the case I wonder how many 'members' they would have? At the moment the RCGP's relationship with its 'trainees' feels like a modern day NHS version of 'press ganging' run by wannabe amateur politicians.

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  • Daft. Truly truly daft.

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  • Our secondary care colleagues have every right to belittle GPs now.

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  • Oh come on! This is beyond a bad joke - sadly you do need to be a little bit tuf to COPE in medicine - if you arent up to it then dont pretend to be a Doctor - I can feel a collective of our predecessors trying to turn in their graves! I doubt very much if Capt Noel Chavasse VC & Bar needed to be given a colouring book & some chocs in order to keep going.

    Sometimes our college is just an embarrassment!!

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  • To GP partner 10:54,
    Ok I agree that the box seems a bit lame but it's unfair to belittle the difficulties us trainees face. You trained and gained experience in a very different health service (I assume). If you want GP trainees to stay in the profession then they need to be treated well and why not offer them a bit more support?

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  • I wonder what the total cost of these condescending packages has been.

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  • The last colouring in I did was GCSE geography - we used to take the p out of that.

    Maybe offer FRCGP to anyone who colours in the whole book?

    PS do only skinny people need help or are they trying to fatten me up even more? Chocolate is the last thing I need from the RCGP!!!

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  • 'No commitment, you're an embarrassment
    Yes an embarrassment, a living endorsement.'
    Suggs, when questioned about what he thought of the RCGP

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  • Please tell me this is a joke? What a waste of college funds.

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