Research

CUH Burnout incidence. Whilst working with the Chaplaincy department in 2017, Susie surveyed 175 doctors across 3 CUH specialties revealing at least 2/3 had ‘high to very high’ burnout scores; and identifying many causal factors – high workload, isolation/lack of team, perceived unsupported decision-making and commuting & travel pressures, as examples. Subsequent research has confirmed the validity of high burnout scoring across other specialties, both within trainee and consultant populations, exposing a multiplicity of additional factors affecting clinicians’ resilience to stress.

Comprehensive reports of research findings have been presented at departmental governance meetings & shared with CUH CDs and DDs to date (reports available by request, with suitable anonymisation). Burnout & debrief activity for Oncology trainees has been published in a Letter to the Editor , BMJ Sept 2017.

Debrief group outcomes. In April 2019, the effectiveness of  monthly reflective debrief groups for CUH physiotherapists (across the Lewin Rehabilitation, Medical and DME specialties) was assessed. Thirty-three physiotherapists who had attended (from one to eleven) sessions completed an outcome survey to assess the effectiveness of this intervention in maintaining wellbeing, encouraging self care, professionalism, motivation and compassion amongst other factors.

Extensive reflective debrief support provided to the entire medical workforce (trainees and consultants) of the CUH Imaging department, Feb-Sept 2019, was surveyed and published as part of the Management and Leadership Series in the Journal of Clinical Radiology, Dec 2019 (Hunt SL, Reflective debrief and the social space: offload, refuel, and stay on course, Clinical Radiology, https://doi.org/ 10.1016/j.crad.2019.12.012)