Once considered “the soft stuff”, there is increasingly compelling evidence that the concepts of Wellness and Performance1 are a core part of healthcare delivery. This applies to everyone who works in ALL departments and specialities, all hospital and health services not just those in the ED.
The Triple Aims of Wellness Week
- Ignite conversations around wellness, and its relationship to professionalism and performance.
- Provide healthcare staff with some tools to start this process within their departments.
- Facilitate connections so that we can support each other, cross fertilise and build momentum in order to make this movement sustainable.
The Story of Wellness Week So Far
In March 2018, WRaP EM (Wellness Resilience and Performance in Emergency Medicine) in partnership with ACEP (American College of Emergency Physicians) and ALiEM (Academic Life in Emergency Medicine) Wellness Think Tank initiated and conducted Australasia’s first EM Wellness Week.
In 2019, we added collaborations with the Australian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) and the College of Emergency Nurses Australasia (CENA).
In 2020, our aspiration is that Wellness Week events will take place in and beyond EDs across the globe.
Wellness Week Themes to Date
In 2018, Wellness Week focused on individual wellness and organisation strategy, as unique entities – https://wrapem.org/wellness-week/
In 2019, it explored the synergistic relationship between individual, department and organisational facets for optimal performance and wellness – https://wrapem.org/wellness-week-2/wellness-week-2019/
In 2020, we are focusing on the link between staff wellness and optimal patient care. This theme coincides with the recent release of the joint statement entitled ‘The Health of Emergency Physicians and its Impact on Patient Care: A Call to Action’. This statement has been jointly produced by the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM), but also by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM), the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP). 2
These bodies have aligned their recognition and acknowledgement of the inextricable links between healthcare professionals’ wellbeing and their ability to provide optimal patient care. These four organisations are now calling for solutions to address healthcare professionals’ wellbeing at multiple levels ranging from departmental to national and international systemic strategies.
Who can participate in Wellness Week 2020?
WRaP EM encourages all health care staff in all sectors to highlight and optimise personal, departmental and organisation wellness strategies during WW 2020.
We acknowledge that every health workplace is different. However we share the commonality that our wellness is at the core of our performance, at individual and team level.
So, whether you’re an ED nurse, an ICU physio, a Respiratory consultant or a Max Fax registrar, we encourage you to add your own nuance and flavour to the week’s events.
We know from our own experience that simply starting a conversation can have great impact.
- Panagioti M et al. Association Between Physician Burnout and Patient Safety, Professionalism, and Patient Satisfaction A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Internal Medicine October 2018 Volume 178, Number 10