Counting the Cost of Caring
Imperial War Museum North, Trafford Wharf Road, Stretford, Manchester, M17 1TZ
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Counting the cost of caring – A novel approach to improving psychological resilience in the Defence Medical Services
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Counting the cost of caring - A novel approach to improving psychological resilience in the Defence Medical Services
In the last century UK military medical teams have repeatedly deployed in support of international peacekeeping, warfighting, disaster relief and humanitarian missions, all of which present unique and challenging operating environments. Lessons learned from combat operations defined the need to have treatment facilities located as close to the point of wounding as possible, which has evidenced improved patient outcomes. However, this can expose practitioners to the “shock and awe” of combat and also places them at an equal risk of harm. In addition to the compassion satisfaction experienced by those making a difference to the survival of injured casualties there is a potential psychological cost of being repeatedly exposed to such traumatic incidents. Caring for the carers is a priority research programme for the Defence Medical Services; this work will be discussed together with a novel approach to improving personnel’s preparedness for such missions in order to build a more resilient workforce. The proof of concept for this work focused on the pre-hospital care domain; however, it has equal utility in all aspects of caring in both military and civilian settings.
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