The YOD Pod

Healthcare systems and supporting workers' wellbeing: Ft. Dame Clare Gerada

December 14, 2021 You Okay, Doc? Season 4 Episode 3
The YOD Pod
Healthcare systems and supporting workers' wellbeing: Ft. Dame Clare Gerada
Show Notes

Team YOD were privileged to come together with the brilliant Dame Clare Gerada -  who shares so many of YOD's values and aims. 

  • Dame Gerada is a GP, President of the Royal College of Practitioners, Founder & Medical Director of NHS Practitioner Health, Chair of Doctors In Distress, author of 'Beneath The White Coat' & a life-long advocate for supporting doctors' mental health.
  • NHS Practitioner Health & Doctors In Distress sadly share the same catalyst for creation as YOD - being tragedy as a result of doctors' mental health 💔 - but also a deep passion for making a meaningful difference for doctors lives. 
  • Together, we identify common mental health struggles amongst doctors, often kept hidden  - including a deep anxiety, lack of belonging, self blame & training that teaches you to hide emotions.
  • We discuss the need to develop a sense of belonging between doctors - often lost through rotations and team changes.
  • Dame Clare shares her views on which global healthcare system does best for doctors' emotional and mental health - and why. 
  • She tells us what changes need to happen to improve the institutional NHS problems she sees as responsible for causing doctors' mental health problems. 
  • And, despite the tough times, she speaks passionately about her joy from being a doctor and the commonality amongst doctors with this.

    "We love caring for patients and we love bringing about change" 

This podcast episode is sponsored by #FirstRespondersFirst in the 🇺🇸. We are privileged & proud to partner with them to support doctors' mental health globally. Find our more about the brilliant work they do here:


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