Episode 30: COVID-19 Supporting Doctors: Moral injury hurts with Dr Caroline Walker and Dr Rachel Morris

In this episode of the podcast, Rachel is joined again by Dr Caroline Walker – The Joyful Doctor. Caroline is a Psychiatrist, therapist, specialist in the wellbeing of doctors and host of The Joyful Doctor Podcast.

This is the third in a new series of podcast episodes and videos – COVID-19 Supporting Doctors.

In these very difficult times, Caroline and Rachel are working together to bring you as much support as they can. We’ll be tackling various different topics as they emerge in order to help doctors keep their head in the game and stay focussed and resilient. 

In this episode, we talk about moral injury. This is the distress we feel when our actions (or lack of them) violate our moral or ethical code. Doctors are already being asked to work in ways that are alien to them and may feel quite wrong. We have been trained to care for the patient in front of us, and it becomes really hard when we have to make difficult decisions which have a huge impact. 

We chat about the sorts of moral injury that frontline workers may experience, the role of ethical guidance and individual decision making and discuss the sorts of symptoms you may experience if you are suffering from moral injury. 

Connecting with others, having regular check-ins, not neglecting the basics in caring for yourselves and your teams are ways to help prepare for what may come. If you are suffering, speaking to other people, making sure you don’t do this alone and getting the professional support and advice you need early will help. 

Doctors – we need you more than ever. Keep up the good work. Keep your heads. Keep caring. 

Contact Rachel – rachel@wildmonday.co.uk Twitter – @DrRachel Morris

Contact Caroline – caroline@joyfuldoctor.com Twitter @joyful_doctor

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