If you want to improve and innovate in the health sector, then you'll want to pay close attention.
Our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of people, but that does not begin and end with patients.
Patient Number One is suffering:
This comes from a survey of over 2000 people by the British Medical Association. Many blamed their workload, including an inability to take breaks, or simply to find a safe space to relax for a moment during a busy shift.
Trust me, I've been there, and it is bad! I vividly remember waking up at 5am, starting a shift at 7am, working non-stop til 7pm without bathroom or lunch breaks. Often I'd end up working over time because I didn't want to pass on my tasks to my colleague, who I knew was equally busy. I'd go home physically and mentally exhausted, only to come back for more.
For the past 20 years, I always felt I was alone. That was until I started studying the statistics after my burnout in 2020. Watching the BBC's new drama, This Is Going To Hurt, brought back a rush of memories that I wish stayed in the past, but equally feel relieved that people are speaking up once and for all.
Is there a better way to overcome and prevent burnout, and avoid losing these dedicated professionals?
I've been thinking about this for quite some time, and every stage that I get invited to speak at, I extend an invitation to the audience to reach out to me if they're also thinking about this problem.
Yesterday, I was a guest on the new The Room for Improvement podcast by NHS Wales' innovation service, Improvement Cymru. Hosted by Mark Griffiths, I was asked for my ideas to make healthcare better for patients. The full episode will be out this summer, where we spoke about a breadth of ideas for innovation in the health sector, ranging from artificial intelligence, digital health, 3D printing, eye screening, environmental health, and more...
However, I took the opportunity to share one that's been brewing in my mind. Specifically, could there be a way to improve health innovation itself, while tackling the problem of burnout and workforce wellbeing?
In today's episode, I share my reflections in 7 mins, and would love to hear your thoughts too.