#WeAHPs - Thursday 25th January 2018 8pm (GMT Standard Time) Joy in Practice

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This chat is guest hosted by @HelenOwen3 @jkfillingham @NaomiMcVey

At the 2017 Chief Allied Health Profession’s Conference, Prof Helen Stokes Lampard, chair of the Royal College of General Practice, spoke on the future of General Practice. Her key message however wasn’t the practicalities and future vision for doctors, but rather how as healthcare practitioners we seek out joy in daily practice. 

“When work is a pleasure, life is joy! When work is a duty, life is slavery.” Maxim Gorky

Counteract the culture of cynicism

Sickness absence is reported to cost the NHS £2.4billion a year – around 2.5% of the overall budget of the NHS. Of this, NHS employers reports 30% is stress related. Constant changes to structure, a barrage of negative headlines relating to Healthcare, and an overwhelming sense of cynicism and hopelessness is spoken over the future of the healthcare. How can we, in the midst of this, rediscover our passion and maintain our joy for what we do day in and day out?

Rediscovering Joy

Let’s face it – our jobs aren’t always glamourous; we can spend hours looking at feet (‘nuff said), changing people with incontinence, looking down the throats of those with bad breath, getting up close to physically aid or treat the patient who hasn’t washed this week. The flip side is that these are all people we have the potential to help, and the help that we can offer is rewarding enough to easily outweigh the moments that make us doubt why we do what we do. The happiness and satisfaction of these moments is a glimpse of the joy we can have daily if we seek it out. 

 “Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” – Henri J.M. Nouwen


Join us on Thursday 26th October on a journey of how we can rediscover joy in our everyday practice, and feed this back into the systems and services we work in.


 Some questions to think about before the chat:

1)Is there a difference between happiness and joy?

2)How would you expect a joyful AHP of your profession to look? 

3)What brings you joy at work?  

4)What stops you feeling joy at work?

5)How can you share joy with others (patients, colleagues, managers, the wider service)?


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