Another day, another headline about unhappiness in primary care. UK GPs most stressed in Europe. Half of GPs want to quit because of low morale. Does it have to be this way?
On 15 January 2018 - 'Blue Monday', supposedly the unhappiest day in the year - Kaleidoscope is hosting an all-day learning event about joy in primary care at the Cinema Museum in London. We'd love you to join us.
What's it about?
Let's start with what it's not about. It's not about what causes burnout, or why people choose to stop working in primary care. We do not take these as the natural flip side of joy, and we won't be starting our exploration of the positive by starting at the negative. (In fact, there might even be a swear jar for anyone who trespasses into the world of gloom.)
It is about finding out:
Taking a 'positive deviance' approach, we want to identify the positive outliers in English primary care and understand the work conditions, the micro-behaviours, and the deliberate practices that have enabled joy to flourish.
Think of it as an event for those who have found, in whatever fashion, joy in working in primary care - as well as those who want to be joyful but have forgotten how.
What do you mean by 'joy'?
By joy in work, we mean: enjoying your job, looking forward to doing it, realising the value and benefit of what you are able to achieve, having good relations with colleagues, patients, and others your work brings you into contact with.
Joy at work - how it’s achieved, what it looks like - is subjective. For some this might be songs around a campfire, and the odd bit of jubilant clapping. For others, it might come from seeing patients’ lives transformed, or knowing your colleagues have your back.
What will happen?
We'll be exploring a raft of practical tips and tricks, strategies and solutions, to help people working in primary care find more joy in their work.
The day will be structured around a small number of talks from leaders across primary care, with the focus on group discussion and interaction. We fully subscribe to an 'all teach, all learn' approach to events.
Who's it for?
This event is for all those working in, or with an interest in the work of, primary care. You could be a GP, a practice nurse, a practice manager, a CCG primary care lead, or a researcher, policy maker or more. We welcome - and actively want - diversity.
While our focus is primary care in England, we would be overjoyed if colleagues from Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland or further afield could join us.
The event will be 10-4pm at the Cinema Museum in London, SE11. Lunch and copious amounts of caffeine will be provided. There will be a drinks reception at the end of the day for those who can stay.
Does what we're planning to do resonate with your organisation? Get in touch to talk about potential partnership opportunities. Whether that's helping promote the event, sponsorship in kind, or more traditional financial sponsorship, we'd love to hear from you.
Kaleidoscope brings people together to improve health and care. We find new ways to overcome old barriers. We enable constructive conversations on difficult topics, using inspiring events to encourage clarity of purpose and rigorous problem-solving.
At Kaleidoscope we have a strong belief in the workplaces of tomorrow, particularly in health and care, looking very different to the workplaces of today. We are ever so slightly obsessed by the ideas found within the Dutch district nursing company Buurtzorg, as well as the companies featured in the writings of Fred LaLoux.
We're also convinced that all the answers to creating joyful primary care already exist - they're just hidden and in need of sharing, careful study, and context-specific replication.