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Global health series - Loss, learning, love - And life after COVID-19 (ON-DEMAND: 17mins)

Presentation Description

The recent pandemic has led to many losses – for all, the loss of routine life choices and chances: for many, much greater isolation, and a lot of uncertainty, whether because of health risks, disruptions to working practices, or even impacting on careers and future plans.

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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