Hi there. Can I tell you what I dream of doing?
Healthcare workers are under pressure. Global disease burden is increasing due to a number of factors- ageing populations, rise in NCDs and climate change. Many enter these careers at a young age, many are also influenced by familial/cultural expectation; jobs involve long/unsociable hours under considerable emotional stress. It is vital to safeguard their health so they can look after the health of others.
It's all part of making a better world.
To improve the quality of life of healthcare staff, and thereby their families and the wider community, by focussing on prevention of burnout rather than 'treatment'
To promote opportunities for personal and career development/ exploration both inside and outside of clinical careers to allow fulfilment and job satisfaction
To promote equity of opportunity to the huge proportion of migrant staff
This is really going to help people.
The impact of my vision will be felt by healthcare workers in large health systems, such as the NHS. By improving their quality of life this will directly improve both that of their families and wider communities, as well as the patients and vulnerable individuals they serve, thus improving the health of the population as a whole.
It's not just about having an idea though - here are the things I know I can achieve:
Reduced burnout in healthcare professionals
Greater career mobility and choice
Improved efficiency and efficacy in health systems
I'm going to make this happen, and this is how I know it'll make a difference.
Quantitative approaches to measure success would include data on sick leave and employee retention of front-line staff in healthcare systems. Wider data on health inequality in communities could also be used to look at the impact of burnout on communities rather than solely direct clinical staff. Diversity data on employment in management/ commissioning roles as well as career mobility can be monitored.
Thanks for listening to me. Will you help me build a better world?