This CPD webinar has been organised by the Centre of Excellence in Safety for Older People (CESOP) and the Centre for Remediation, Support and Training (CRST).
Doctors and healthcare professionals are at considerable risk of work-related stress, burnout and mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, the threat of moral injury and the need to build resilience. This risk is increasing during the challenging times we now face with the Covid-19 pandemic.
This webinar will discuss the need for interventions to help to improve the mental health of doctors, and what changes to the healthcare system are needed to alleviate the work demands put on doctors and to provide support during challenging times.
** All attendees will receive a CPD certificate following the webinar**
Prof Iqbal Singh
Consultant Physician & Chair, Centre of Excellence in Safety for Older People
Professor Singh is a consultant physician and Chair of the Centre of Excellence in Safety for Older People (CESOP) and has led on training and education of the workforce within the health and social care sector on issues around improving skills and knowledge and equally focusing on embedding a culture of compassion, dignity and respect.
He has been a leading contributor to healthcare and medical regulation and as commissioner Health Care Commission and Chair of the Expert Reference Group on Patient Safety with national and international experts, he led the development of criteria indicators for assessment of safety in healthcare. He is also chair of the GMC BME Doctors’ Forum and chaired the GMC’s Equality and Diversity Committee from 2008 – 2012 and founded Diversity Partners. He is a member of the National Platinum Awards Committee and medical vice chair of the Advisory Committee for Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) North West and led the way for stakeholder engagement.
He is Founder Chair of the Centre for Remediation, Support and Training (CRST), focusing on induction, support mentorship and remediation - helping international graduates successfully integrate into NHS and communities, developing resilience and addressing their mental and physical health and wellbeing.
He is a member of the Health Honours Committee which advises on nominations for honours in the New Year and Birthday Honours lists and member of the Diversity Inclusion Committee providing oversight on embedding diversity in the Honours system.
Chief Executive, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
Raj joined Salford Royal in January 2015 and leads the development of the Group’s corporate strategy.
He previously held the post of Managing Director of Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), which was created to bring together healthcare and academic organisations in partnership with industry, local authorities and other agencies to improve health and economic wealth through the spread of innovation.
Raj was Chief Executive of an NHS Foundation Trust that was named Hospital of the Year in 2012 and he has held senior roles in teaching and general hospitals.
Raj has been a director of two research organisations and has held regional and national leadership positions in health development and planning.
Sir Simon Wessely
Professor of Psychological Medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London
Professor Sir Simon Wessely is Professor of Psychological Medicine and Regius Professor of Psychiatry at King’s College London and a Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at King’s College and the Maudsley Hospitals.
Simon Wessely studied medicine and history of art at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and finished his medical training at University College Oxford, graduating in 1981. He obtained his medical membership in Newcastle, before moving to London to train in psychiatry at the Maudsley. He has a Master’s and Doctorate in epidemiology.
He is a Foundation Senior Investigator of the National Institute for Health Research, past President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, current President of the Royal Society of Medicine and is also chairing the Independent Review into the Mental Health Act. In 2020 he was appointed to the Council of the ESRC.
He has over 800 original publications, with an emphasis on the boundaries of medicine and psychiatry, unexplained symptoms and syndromes, population reactions to adversity, military health, epidemiology and others.
He founded the King’s Centre for Military Health Research, which is now the main source of information on the health and well-being of the UK Armed Forces past and present and has been Civilian Consultant Advisor in Psychiatry to the British Army since 2001. He has co-authored books on chronic fatigue syndrome, randomised controlled trials and a history of military psychiatry, although sadly none of them are best sellers.
He is active in public engagement activities, speaking regularly on radio, TV and at literary and science festivals. He is a trustee of Combat Stress and his contributions to veterans’ charities include cycling (slowly) eight times to Paris to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.
Dr Clare Gerada
General Practitioner, London
Dr Clare Gerada had just passed her 28th year milestone working in the same GP practice in South London. She began working there having first trained in psychiatry and the Maudsley Hospital (where incidentally she met her husband, Simon Wessely).
Clare has worked at the interface between mental health and primary care ever since with a special interest in the care of substance misusers, the homeless and currently mentally ill doctors.
For the last 12 years she has led the largest physician health service in Europe and to date the service has had over 10,000 doctors and dentists with mental illness present to it.
Clare led the Royal College of General Practitioners between 2011-2013, only the second women in its history to be at its head. Clare trained in group analysis, obtaining the diploma of Group Analysis in 2014. She uses her experience from this field to help understand why doctors are so unhappy.
Clare is proud that she is still a frontline GP and even does her fair share of out of hours work. In 2019 Clare was elected the Co-Chair of the NHS Assembly.