Family doctors were at the frontline, but in the initial government approaches, we sometimes seemed invisible. GPs in my country adjusted quickly and appropriately – but the emerging lessons from this period, and the aftermath for us all, are still unclear. The economic, environmental, psychological and clinical sequelae are predicted to be hugely challenging. So what hope can this speaker bring? I shall – summarise the lessons from the RCGP (and other countries) for new ways of working, coupled with greater sustainability and flexibility of working practice: look at the evidence on how teams and communities sometimes increased their social bonds and support during this period; and reflect on the lessons for our own wellbeing and resilience.
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