Our editor received this wonderful newsletter in her inbox a little while ago and we thought we’d share it with you all… words of wisdom for those on the frontline of healthcare from Angela Goyal, founder of Inspired Medics!
I am writing this newsletter at a time of deep uncertainty as we are entering unprecedented times.
What impact is this having already? If you are feeling scared, worried and uncertain – please know that your colleagues may be feeling this as well and it is common, with such a big threat affecting our community.
Many of us are very concerned that our top experts should be taking the best measures that they can to protect our nations. We want to trust our experts that they have got this right, so much relies on it; the lives of the elderly and vulnerable and the amount of strain the NHS will face.
Being on the frontline brings it’s own set of challenges. We will be anxious about our own health and the health of our families. We may already have developed the illness or been in contact. We may be required to undertake duties we are less familiar with and with less resources available. We may have to break bad news and see suffering like never before.
We are told we will be entering a wartime like situation. We know that means we will need courage, resilience, compassion and strength. We will be tested.
What makes me so proud to be a doctor for the NHS is that all my professional life I have been surrounded by talented colleagues from all disciplines who inspire me, set a shining example of personal qualities and who behave with such professionalism. I have no doubt that we will rise to this challenge with integrity, kindness and the best clinical care we can give. Yes it will be tough but we will handle it.
During this difficult time we need to care for each other – we are all going to be under immense pressure. What can we do to make things a little better? It is different for each of us.
Inspired Medics came about because I wanted to encourage connection with our colleagues and build in self care into our hectic lives – this is as important as ever at this time.
Best wishes from myself and the team.
Founder, Inspired Medics