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 the NHS, particularly in primary care, at the Cinema Museum in London.
We're going to be hearing from a great range of speakers from across the UK and internationally, including Jos de Blok, the founder of the Dutch district nursing organisation, Buurtzorg.
It's an event for all those interested in joy in work in the NHS in 2018, particularly those in primary care, but also from across healthcare and beyond.
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 primary care in England 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.
We're 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.
What will happen?
We'll be exploring a range 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?
It's an event for all those interested in joy in work in NHS in 2018, particularly those in primary care, but also from across healthcare and beyond.
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.