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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.’