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RCGP issues 'gratitude journal' for GPs to write down positive aspects of their lives

The RCGP are considering issuing ‘wellbeing packs’ for its members, which include a ‘gratitude journal’ for GPs to write down what they are grateful for each week.

The wellbeing pack - which is part of an RCGP campaign to improve GP wellbeing -  includes the gratitude journal, a bag of chocolate coins, some teabags, a ‘mindfulness colouring book’ and a notepad and pen.

A ‘gratitude journal’ is a diary in which people write down what they are grateful for, in order to focus on the positive aspects in their lives.

The college said that wellbeing boxes ‘are not the answer to solving the problems facing general practice’, but it will be ’one of many strands of work’ that it hopes with benefit members.

Council members were given these packs at an RCGP council meeting on Friday as a test run and to get feedback on the initiative, which is largely intended for AiTs. If rolled out, the wellbeing packs would be avalable for members who want them at events the College is present at.

Dr Duncan Shrewsbury, chair of the RCGP’s Associates in Training Committee, said: ’Wellbeing packs are an initiative directed at GP trainee members of the College, and those in their first years of independent practice. It has been piloted and feedback amongst the target audience – and many outside of it - has been largely positive.’

Further details about this about this and other initiatives will be announced later in the year, taking on feedback and ideas from members, he said.

He added: ’The College is very aware of the pressures currently facing general practice – we were the first to draw attention to these over three years ago when we launched Put patients first: Back general practice calling for more resources for general practice, and more GPs.

’We are equally aware that our wellbeing boxes are not the answer to solving the problems facing general practice - in fact, this is clearly stated in the packs - but it is one of many strands of work the College is exploring that we hope some of our members will find beneficial as they embark on their careers in general practice, at a particularly stressful time in the history of our vital profession.’

It comes as NHS England is preparing to roll out an occupational health service for GPs that will help manage their burnout, following campaigning by Pulse through its ‘Battling Burnout’ campaign.

Readers' comments (74)

  • they look lovely. something to use after my daily yoga class..

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  • FFS!

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  • I am grateful the RCGP made it easy for me to save £500 each year. helps with family holidays to recharge my batteries

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  • I am grateful that with each passing day I am nearing retirement. If this is what membership fees are being wasted on heaven help us all.... Please, please, please ask Dr copperfield to blog about this initiative.

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  • Dear All,
    What!

    The wellbeing pack - which is part of an RCGP campaign to improve GP wellbeing - includes the gratitude journal, a bag of chocolate coins, some teabags, a ‘mindfulness colouring book’ and a notepad and pen.

    simply speechless.
    Regards
    Paul C
    (non member)

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  • Vinci Ho

    Most of us( the usual suspects) on this platform should not write in this gratitude journal( I am not even a MRCGP anyway) as we are that 'negative' and just so so so disruptive to wellbeing. Shame on me!

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  • Words fail me.
    What can you say when this is the College's response to the approaching collapse of the profession?

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  • "Quos Deus vult perdere prius dementat" – a bit of culture for our leaders in the college temple next to Euston Station.

    ( “those whom God wishes to destroy he first drives mad”. )

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  • Far, far, far beyond parody.

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  • The lack of capital letters in the titles does nothing to aid my "wellbeing"

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  • Hopefully its more absorbent than the tissue in our practice(of course to mope up our tears,nothing else!)

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  • Will the generously served meeting rooms of Euston Headquarters wakeup if more of us cancelled our direct debits? I encourage so. That is probably the biggest message we can send.

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  • Soon this will become compulsory for appraisal and revalidation
    Then everyone will happily get colouring and scanning in entries..
    It will become a self fulfilling prophesy
    of do or die
    The RCGP will declare it a huge success in terms of uptake
    (Ignoring to highlight that it is compulsory)
    If you do not do it .. you will clearly be a threat to patients and this will be used by the GMC to lynch you ..

    Please Please RCGP ..
    Make it colour by numbers
    Allocate cpd points per hour spent colouring ...
    My kids can then help ... lol

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  • whippings will continue until moral improves

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  • Someone has been paid to come up with this crap. What about pornographic dot to dots? Do I win a pencil?

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  • I have started my journal: things to be grateful for
    1) retirement
    2) resignation
    3) Australia

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  • I am grateful for this story! It is hilarious!!!!!! I didn't know the RCGP have branched into comedy acts!
    Do they realise how stupid and ignorant they look and sound?
    Fiddling while rome burns...
    It is rather sad as GPs are trying despirately to survive and have ended up being lead by an organisation who is trying to distract the gps by releasing ridiculous statements.

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  • I am grateful I am not a gp.

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  • Seriously, can you bring your dark skills of investigative journalism to bear to discover EXACTLY WHO (ie the 3,4,5 NAMES) of college bigwigs who sat around a table, discussing and green-lighting this one

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  • For real though, this is ridiculous.

    When will our dear leaders actually listen?
    It really does drive me mad - at the beginning of my career, and already looking longingly at shores further afield - instead of making us more resilient (which I dont think we can be, given the s**tstorm we have endured), make the situation more tenable.


    screw you rcgp.

    ill continue to use the letters after my name (given that it is a qualification), despite not having paid you for the last 2 years - you are a JOKE.

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  • Jeez - how patronising .. and this just proves just how disconnected the RCGP are to the real world.

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  • Dear All,
    I'm not a member so could one of you please ask on my behalf if Pepper Pig has been validated yet?
    Regards
    Paul C

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  • Paul Cundy | GP Partner27 Sep 2016 9:55am

    And elected to a senior role in the college by the look of it.

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  • there's a rumour that chocolate money is a part of the package - in which case I'm in.

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  • Will the darkness of my colouring and the bleakness of my reflective writing be used against me in my appraisal? A £5 rebate for all would have gone down better.

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  • Sessional/locum GP at 10.46 yesterday wins the thread.

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  • Do you think we can all get away with an hour of colouring for our CPD this year then? I might get my son to do it. Or do you think we can block out some slots and do this instead of seeing patients? I'm sure they and the other partners won't mind.

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  • I'm especially grateful for the notepad and pen - it makes me feel someone really cares and is looking after me.

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  • Here is my journal for the day. This will improve my bank account no end. I will log into internet banking, click cancel direct debit for the RCGP membership. And think aloud how nice it will be to spend £500. Rather than pay to get a rag mag, be patronised and treated like little children by a body that milks trainees for every penny they have. I would urge the rest of you reading this to do the same. And don't forget to write about it in your gratitude journal, and claim the reflection on your appraisal this year.

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  • There's no green crayon. Dr Duncan Shrewsbury should convene a series of meetings and focus groups to urgently address this deficiency - better than doing any real work after all!

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  • Agree that any money spent on RCGP membership is a complete waste - you can still say you passed the MRCGP (exam) - it's a qualification nothing more, and save your money for something useful. If the college ever decides to do something useful to raise the standing of grassroots GPs then they might deserve to get some of their ex-members back!

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  • wow, all along I thought it was the long hours, high risk, and work overload that made me unhappy. Thank god for this gratitude journal and mindfulness colouring book! I can now start to get my life back on track.

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  • Yeah! Party bags for everyone.
    They really need to employ staff at the sharp end to run these initiatives by.

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  • Possibly one of the reasons I can't afford an RCGP subscription?

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  • And this is why I cancelled my membership the day I got my CCT. Hopeless

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  • I've done mine...at least the work bit.

    ----------------- finished
    thanks

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  • thats my membership cancelled!

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  • This is beyond parody. Does the RCGP realise there is a world out there?

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  • Anyone from the rcgp (not worthy of capitals unlike proper Royal Colleges). Perhaps her Majesty will do us all a favour and show them their worth by removing the R. An absolute embarrassment. I assume you read this whoever's idea this was. You are a laughing stock and a disgrace to the title Dr. Unfortunately you have simply degraded 'GP' even more.

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  • I guess I'm grateful for the huge laugh I got after reading about this idea. And then I stopped laughing and thought about it.

    I mean, if I was given this well being pack a year ago when I was at an all time low, I think I would have committed actual bodily harm. It would have been the most patronising, out of touch with reality, offensive thing to have received when you are an emotionally intelligent person going through work and personal difficulties.

    I can't believe there are people paid to make this sh*t up.

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  • The profession is crumbling under the pressures of a chronically underfunded system; major recruitment issues along with soaring indemnity costs and the risk of litigation add to the toxic environment that we find ourselves in. What we need in such times is for the RCGP to provide us with crayons and felt tip pens to colour in pictures. I better sharpen up my crayons and get started!

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  • What a waste of trainee's money. I have cancelled my RCGP membership and I truly regret paying this organisation for the last 7 years.I will never ever pay a penny towards this organisation unless it becomes mandatory.

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  • Direct debit cancelled!

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  • Lost for words. Membership direct debit cancelled.

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  • Let us work together and recruit friends and colleagues to cancel direct debits.
    100 GPs x £500 = £50,000!!!!!!!!!

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  • Here is my journal = no letters from the CPS about manslaughter, no pennings from GMC, no remarks from the CQC, no complaints from the patients, papers, politicians and our leader of the Hunt today. Oh happy day. But wait till tomorrow.

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  • At least Nye Bevan had the sense to stuff our mouths with real gold.Still, in times of austerity.

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  • Oh yes! I love those colouring books - I think I'll rejoin just so I can get one...

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  • The RCGP again shows their understanding of stress.
    They should look at a few books or you tube videos on resilience
    Or contact me for more comprehensive plan.
    By the way I have used these tools early on and they help ,but for some

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  • I want a peppa pig book
    And I was first in the queue..I am sure the rush will crush me

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