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GMC staff to undergo emotional resilience training to increase awareness of mental health issues

The GMC has put out a tender for groups to develop an ‘emotional resilience’ training package for its staff this year to ‘increase their awareness of mental issues.’

The initiative is a direct response to one of eight recommendations outlined in an independent review of the GMC last year - that found 28 doctors had died by suicide while under investigation by the regulator.

It is hoped the training package will increase the GMC’s staff awareness of mental health issues, and the regulator has said it will create a ‘blended learning programme under the title of emotional resilience’, following a number of similar workshops in the last two years.

This comes after Pulse recently reported that the GMC is proposing introduce ‘emotional resilience’ into medical training, after this was also recommended by the independent review into the death of doctors while under investigation.

A tender document for the GMC staff emotional resilience training states: ‘Whilst fulfilling our role as a regulatory body the majority of our teams interact with two key groups; doctors and patients. These interactions can be face to face or by telephone and can often be challenging due to the sensitive nature of our work and our regulatory function.

‘Over the last 2 years our HR and L&D team have arranged a number of workshops and interventions to help staff develop the skills they need to manage challenging interactions effectively and support their emotional wellbeing. Going forward we’d like to create a blended learning programme under the title of ‘emotional resilience.’





Readers' comments (16)

  • When people complained about the emotional trauma of a GMC investigation, I don't think this is what they were referring to.

    Yet another cost for the GMC to offset...

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  • Quite

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  • Instead of wasting loads of cash on this guff, why don't they just spend the money in moving cases along rather than leaving people hanging in the air whilst they are slowly ruined? This is what happens when no-one regulates the regulators.

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  • I think the staff at the GMC would do better having training in basic phone and letter writing courtesy. My interactions with them have shown them to be rude, I'll informed and obstructive.

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  • why do GMC staff need to be emotionally resilient?

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  • GMC staff do not need emotional resilience training. They need training in developing empathy

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  • Does the GPC not understand the meaning of emotinal resilience? I thought it was the front-line workers (us) who were being told to be more resilient so that we could cope with them.Who is paying for this? I hope we are not funding it.

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  • GMC

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  • Of course we are funding this. We pay for the GMC

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  • Great idea! The GMC giving its own staff emotional resilience and poor mental health identification training when they are the ones causing the need for resilience and the mental health problems identified in the first place.

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