Managing stress and avoiding burnout: Part 2 – taking action

by Dr Sunil Raheja


Last reviewed: January 2017


It cannot be over-emphasised that attending lectures and workshops, and reading and talking about burn-out are no substitute for doing something about it.


We need to become our own stress-management experts and learn to set or reset priorities and consider a change of lifestyle, building changes into our everyday routine. This can be a long, complex and sometimes costly process. The consequences of neglecting our occupational health, however, are considerable.’ Roberts (1997)


The BMA quarterly tracker survey (April 2015) of approximately 3,000 doctors across the profession reported:


Morale and Workload

  • 43% of respondents described their levels of morale as low or very low
  • 17% reported their morale as high or very high
  • GPs were more likely than any other group to report their workload as being unmanageable or unsustainable, with the percentage increasing from 62.5% to 73.5%
  • Junior doctors reporting their workload as unmanageable or unsustainable has also increased this quarter from 12.5% to 29.6%.



  • 11.5% of doctors admit they are presently suffering from burnout and 18.5% admit to previously suffering burnout
  • 41% of doctors say they are at high risk of suffering burnout in the near future
  • Over 39% of survey respondents admitted to frequently feeling drained, exhausted, overloaded, tired, low and lacking energy.


In the first module, Managing stress and avoiding burnout: Part 1 – understanding stress and burnout, we defined stress and burnout, giving an overview of current research on stress within the medical profession.


In this module, we aim to provide a clear action plan for dealing with the pressures of modern work life in the NHS. 


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