NHS England has encouraged GPs to ‘take some time off’ to rest and recuperate if possible.
It comes as an independent study has been commissioned to assess the wellbeing of the primary care workforce, it added.
In an email bulletin sent to practices today, NHS Englands said that GPs and practice staff should ‘recharge [their] batteries’ after a challenging period.
It said: ‘The past 18 months have been incredibly demanding on all of you and we want to take this opportunity to remind you to please take some time off if you can to spend with friends and family.
‘It is important that we all take time for ourselves away from work to recharge our batteries and look after our mental health and wellbeing.’
It added that the independent Institute for Employment Studies (IES) has been commissioned to conduct a study of the current ‘wellbeing of the primary care workforce’.
The survey will ask GPs and their staff to ‘reflect’ on their personal wellbeing as well as ‘functioning’ of their team and their ‘experiences of working remotely’, it said.
Responses, which must be submitted by Monday 12 July, will be used to ‘continually improve the coaching support’ offered by NHS England, it added.
The latest GP appointment figures released last week showed the ‘immense pressures’ that GPs and are under with the ever-increasing workload generated by the pandemic and patient backlog.