Ongoing support for the Hospice team is an important aspect of palliative care provision. It has been long recognised that working in a hospice environment can be both physically and emotionally demanding and that stress and burnout are particularly common in palliative care settings.
The organisation has a responsibility to ensure occupational stress is minimised by developing and maintaining the use of ongoing staff support systems.
To maintain and develop such systems the Hospice will:
- Promote and provide robust staff support practices ensuring every team member feels supported in their role.
- Develop regular debriefing sessions to facilitate learning in complex cases.
- Promote the benefits of the Healthy Working Lives Programme to encourage self support.
- Encourage the team to engage in Health & Safety issues and policy development to provide a safe working environment.
- Enable the Hospice team to access and utilise the existing staff support systems to promote well-being.
- Actively promote the Performance Development Review process to encourage individuals to identify their personal support needs.
Photograph courtesy of Mike Blair
İMike Blair 2009