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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)

  • 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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