Playing the long game: Long-term strategies for staff well-being
The COVID-19 pandemic has raised the profile of healthcare worker wellbeing with a focus on acute support in a crisis. Unfortunately, as they say, this looks like a marathon rather than a sprint, and so it remains important to think about how we embed longer term wellbeing initiatives in our healthcare workplaces, in order to better manage prolonged stress, as well as the day to day challenges of working in healthcare. If we prioritise staff wellbeing strategies as business as usual for our organisations, then we will be in a much better place to see our staff through these large scale crises. There is also evidence for a significant return on investment for staff wellbeing expenditure, along with a host of other benefits for both staff and patients.
This presentation will focus on why we need to invest in the wellbeing of our medical workforce, some strategies for starting on that journey in your department or hospital, and will provide an overview of some of the strategies we are pursuing at Counties Manukau Health.