Podcast: The GP workload crisis, mental wellbeing and vaccination success

In this episode of our new podcast Talking General Practice we look at the GP workload crisis and speak to Dr Helen Garr, deputy director of NHS Practitioner Health, about mental wellbeing.

Talking General Practice is the new podcast from GPonline.com – with episodes every other week. We discuss the latest news and speak to GPs and others from primary care about the key issues facing general practice, highlighting some positive stories and inspiring people along the way.

This week we’re talking about the workload crisis in general practice, looking at the reasons behind it and what could be done to address some of the problems.

We also speak to wellbeing expert GP Dr Helen Garr, deputy director of NHS Practitioner Health, about the impact the pandemic has had on GPs’ and other staff members’ mental health. Dr Garr also provides some practical advice on what to do if you, or someone you know, is struggling to cope.

Finally, we take a look at the success of the COVID-19 vaccination programme. The next phase of lockdown easing is just around the corner - and the hard work of primary care teams has been key to helping the UK get there.

You can listen to the podcast below, or wherever you get your podcasts:

Useful links

  • GPonline has resources and advice on wellbeing here.
  • Details on how to access NHS Practitioner Health are here.
  • NHS Practitioner Health has a range of free webinars on its website covering everything from mindfulness, to managing stress and dealing with insomnia, which you can find here.
  • GPonline’s COVID-19 vaccination tracker is here and we have details of progress on vaccinations by age and CCG here.

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