We wanted to identify and understand the work conditions, the micro-behaviours, and the deliberate practices that enable joy to flourish in the NHS.
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.
Our all-day learning event about joy in the NHS heard 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.
We also hosted two webinars, with Bob Klaber and Helen Stokes-Lampard, and Jessica Perlo of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, to discuss the importance of joy in the workplace and what can be done to increase it.
Building on these, our report 'Beyond burnout: a call to action for joy in work' was published.
Our events are not about what causes burnout, or why people choose to stop working in primary care and the NHS. We do not take these as the natural flip side of joy, and our exploration of the positive doesn't start at the negative.
It is about finding out:
We're convinced that all the answers to creating joy in work in the NHS already exist - they're just hidden and in need of sharing, careful study and context-specific replication.