With the outbreak of COVID-19, the pressures on healthcare services across the globe have surged to unprecedented levels. This has substantial impacts on the physical, mental, social, and moral wellbeing of healthcare professionals. The healthcare workforce is made up of a myriad of different positions and people and the possible interactions they can have with patients and the health system are endless. This diversity moves away from the thinking that successful healthcare work is only about control, following protocol, and reducing failures to rather promoting adaptability and autonomy in the face of emergent experiences. It also recognises the emotional and physical load on health workers to create success and be resilient in this complex system.
Check out our Pulse themed around Healthcare workforce wellbeing. By exploring multi-perspective narratives we can get a much richer picture of how people and groups think, feel, and experience their worlds as integral to understanding complex adaptive systems of healthcare, working practices and culture.