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Looking Out for Staff: A Wellbeing Toolkit
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The radiography profession provides an essential role in supporting patients throughout their use of the service and in some roles beyond that. The provision of care through emotional support and technical developments is why many are drawn to the profession. However, the impact of working in this environment can begin to have a negative effect on professionals as they suffer from burnout and compassion fatigue. The impact of burnout and compassion fatigue can be felt by the individual, the patient, and the team. It is therefore important as a profession to recognise the need for self-care to reduce this negative effect, so patients receive the best care and all practitioners can have a healthy and happy career. Over the years many buzzwords and ‘in things’ have appeared in the media to provide ideas for individuals to support themselves. However, not everyone fits into the same box and what works, and is enjoyable for one individual, is not the case for everyone, or every situation. A toolkit of ideas can be utilised for individuals to try out different ways of relieving stress and giving time out, to ensure practitioners have a coping strategy they can lean on. Having resources and allowing practitioners the time to care for themselves allows them to be able to care for patients more effectively. As a profession we are altruistic, compassionate, committed and caring, and these are values we should afford to ourselves and each other.

Apr 23, 2021 12:30 PM in London

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