With our Resilience special edition having recently hit your doorsteps and some great chat on Twitter this week, I thought it would be useful to look at what we all mean by this very well used term of ‘Resilience’ because it seems to mean different things to different people – but can everyone be right?
REFRAME is a half-day resilience workshop, originally developed for Foundation doctors, and refocused for General Practitioners. This mixed methods pilot study evaluated whether resilience training is acceptable to NHS GPs and relevant to the problems that concern them. Fifteen participants attended and most were looking for information to help them manage their working life and avoid burnout. The qualitative data provided powerful positive feedback suggesting that participants found the practical information, and the act of setting aside time to share problems with peers, of value. Understanding the neurobiology of stress provided important personal insights and illuminated vital areas for potential self-management with the majority motivated to make simple but potentially effective changes to their lifestyle and working environment thus enabling them to become more resilient. Participants indicated that they would value access to online resources. REFRAME, as a brief resilience training module, has been accredited by the RCGP. Further development through focus groups of both content and course evaluation is under way.