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FPM Wellbeing: Putting our best foot forward

The are many definitions of social prescribing in primary care, but the one that resonates most with me is enabling individuals to take personal responsibility for their own health and wellbeing. Recently I asked myself - how can we apply that to ourselves?


Together with a number of my colleagues, I recently ran training workshops for GP Practice staff on topics including An Introduction to Social Prescribing and How to Manage Pressure at Work.

Afterwards, it dawned on me that as always GP Practice staff are often focusing less on themselves and more on the needs of others. Which then begs the question… who is looking after them?


The race for success

I decided to run with this idea and try to create a network of activity that promotes wellbeing within the primary care staff community. I wanted this to centre on a no-cost activity that is open to all, regardless of their level of fitness.

This summer, FPM is planning a series of events to promote wellbeing and community for Practice Managers and GP Practice teams. With that in mind, we are now launching our ‘Park Runs for Practice Managers’ campaign.

If you want to know more about Park Runs and identify the closest event to you, just dash over to this website for more information: https://findarace.com/parkrun

 

Gerry Devine and Charan Sarai are our Thornfields trainer managers


Let’s keep up the pace!

FPM totally supports the park run mantra of “whether you walk, jog, run or volunteer it doesn’t matter” – when you take part you will be sure to be exercising and socialising. Both of these activities are great components for helping us face the challenges presented by a new week afresh.

At FPM we are keen to facilitate community networking of Practice Managers and their teams at these events. Firstly, we would like to make it easy for GP Practice staff to recognise each other, so for those of you who would like to get involved, we have a strictly limited number of T-shirts available that PMs and their team can wear at Park Runs.


Rushing to make a connection

Are you keen to find out more and chat to fellow PMs about your love of park runs, share tips on maintaining your physical and mental health, and learn how to get your hands on some fantastic T-shirts? We have started a ‘Park Runs for Practice Managers’ conversation on our brand new FPM Connect group, exclusively for FPM members – head along now to find out more!


You can also find out much more about not only the Social Prescribing and Handling Pressure workshops I mentioned, but a wide variety of other courses from award-winning primary care trainers Thornfields by
clicking here.


Comments

First Practice Management 21/08/2019

Hi Mary, it's wonderful to hear your story about park runs, very inspirational! FPM Connect is based on Facebook but we'd be delighted to have a conversation right here about creating a network of like-minded PMs who want to connect and promote wellbeing across the primary care community.

Mary Spencer 21/08/2019

I tried to join the PM connect group... but I don't do Facebook... am I alone in this...?? Mary

Mary Spencer 21/08/2019

Hiya I was excited to read this about promoting parkruns for PMs...... I am now 64y and started parkrunning 2 years ago... I have now done over 70, and thoroughly recommend them... I am not the fastest by any stretch of the imagination, but also good for age... the feeling of getting out to the venue on Saturday morning, doing it, meeting others, in all weathers, but home to have the rest of the day is terrific. Our phlebo does them too, as do a couple of GPs from time to time... I would like to promote themmore in my practice for staff and patients. The patients bit is tricky as the local park is not running one as is not big enough.. the next one is a distance away...There is an RCGP programme to make practices Parkrun friendly.. Don't just think about it.... do it!! Mary


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