Heads Up – Questions to ask yourself

How well have I slept lately?

If the answer is no, please take the time to watch Mike Farquhar’s presentation on ‘The Power of Sleep’ from our 2020 Virtual Event in the Tent.

Dr Michael Farquhar is a Consultant in Sleep Medicine who is passionate about communicating the importance of sleep and fatigue. Since becoming a Consultant, Dr Farquhar has advocated that healthcare professionals, and the organisations they work in, must have better awareness and understanding of the impact of fatigue on the care that they deliver. In this session, he discusses the physiology and evidence behind sleep and fatigue in the NHS and outlines how both individuals and organisations can better approach this.

See Mike’s presentation here.

Have I exercised well lately?

If the answer is no, please take the time to watch MKDons’ presentation ‘Fitness Training with MKDons’ from our 2020 Virtual Event in the Tent.

How connected am I to others?

As a Trust, we have launched a platform called ‘MKLink – Click & Connect’. This is to help staff connect and discuss common interests at a time when they are not able to meet up or socialise.

During these sessions, we will be doing things like skill sharing, challenges, and more.

If you would like more information, please email [email protected].

Am I overwhelmed at work?

If the answer is yes, please take the time to watch Dr Reena Kotecha’s presentation on ‘Mindfulness’ from our 2020 Virtual Event in the Tent.

Dr Reena Kotecha is a medical physician at Imperial College London where she specialised in neuroscience and mental wellbeing research. Having spent the early part of her career in the NHS as a hospital doctor, Dr Reena expanded her practice to focus on evidence-based approaches that improve employee health and wellbeing. She developed the ‘Mindful Medics’ programme which continues to enhance the personal and professional lives of many healthcare professionals.

Additionally, do not hesitate to speak to your line manager, a P2P listener or someone else who will be able to escalate your concerns and hopefully make it a bit easier for you.

When did I last eat a whole meal?

Nutrition is important, but low appetite can also be signs of depression and other mental health concerns. Please take the time to watch the ‘Nutrition & Hydration’ presentation from this year’s Event in the Tent. During our session, we covered the key aspects of a healthy, balanced diet, including convenient meal ideas and snacks, with tips on how to stay hydrated throughout the day.

Last Modified: 2:15pm 21/01/2021