Tools to help your resilience and self help for you an patients.
Guidance and support can often be lacking in primary care when it comes to resilient practice. One of the best resources I have seen is a group called Resilient GP.
Also useful is a community about all those letter requests that we get which are essentially ‘get a note from your doctor’ or GANFYD.
A key issue that crops up is about prescribing benzodiazepines for sedation particularly for travel. Courses that help patients with this fear and a sensible alternative to prescribing sedating medication are provided by British Airways and Easyjet.
Anxious patients or parents may not be aware how to self care. When should I worry is an excellent resource for patients to refer to.
The DWP has issued guidance on completing the medical forms they send to practice. This is worth noting this is DWP not BMA guidance and also that time spent must be commensurate to the work done.
Self help UK offer some of the best resources for finding self care groups in your area. Based in Nottingham – they are a valuable resource particular if local services are being reduced.