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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)

  • 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 least the work bit.

    ----------------- finished

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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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