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One car accident and two text messages 

Caroline Walker, Founder of The Joyful Doctor

I received two messages this morning.

The first was from one of my lovely 1-to-1 clients thanking me for the work of The Joyful Doctor (a team effort truly but it’s always so lovely to get positive feedback).  

The second message was from a friend forwarding on an article - about a GP with two young kids who sadly jumped to his death off a bridge in 2018.

I feel like the universe is letting me know I’m on the right path today. Helping doctors.

This is part of the...

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This is NOT going to hurt...

This is NOT going to hurt

“Hello, I am the elephant in the room.”

 This is usually my opening line when I introduce myself at Joyful Doctor events.

 To clarify, this bold statement is not a derogatory self-loathing reference to my physicality, but more of an ice-breaking, self-effacing reference to the fact that I AM NOT A DOCTOR as I introduce myself to an audience full of doctors.

Despite the fact that I attend these events as Head of Joyful Doctor Coaching, when faced with a room full of...

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Joyful Doctor - Weekly Free Resource

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Weekly featured free resource

Be Exeptional

The Exceptional Method is an evidence-based transformative program specifically for doctors to take control of their lives and to thrive in medicine.


The Exceptional Method was developed by Dr Sam Hazledine by interviewing exceptional doctors; seeking out the ones who are thriving and looking for patterns of behaviour because success leaves clues. It was corroborated and tested by studying the literature on stress and performance, and...

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The Joyful Doctor - We Are Human

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"I’m not tough enough to be a doctor".
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"I’m too sensitive to be a doctor".
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At The Joyful Doctor, we hear these statements from doctors all the time. We know from personal experience that as doctors , we have these thoughts and feelings about ourselves, many, many times.
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We get it. We have felt that way too. But we have to take a step back and look at the bigger picture.
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As doctors, we do a job that exposes us on a daily basis to tremendous levels of trauma, grief, pain, misery,...

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Joyful Doctor - Weekly Free Resource

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Weekly featured free resource

 

‍‍DocHealth‍‍

 

DocHealth is a confidential, not for profit, psychotherapeutic consultation service for all doctors. Although located in London the service is open to all doctors in the UK. For doctors outside London they offer, after an initial face-to-face session, ongoing video consultations.

They help doctors to explore their difficulties, both professional and personal, through Consultant Medical Psychotherapists...

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Team Joy - Introducing...

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Today see's the start of our 'INTRODUCING...' series, an opportunity for you to meet our growing team at The Joyful Doctor. Our founder, Dr Caroline Walker, is first up...
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Who are you?
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"I am a doctor who has had lots of mental and physical health problems of my own over the years. I work as a Doctors’ Wellbeing Specialist and I live in Surrey, England with my partner and our two children. I founded The Joyful Doctor in 2017 to help support doctors across the world with their own...

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Joyful Doctor - Weekly Free Resource

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Weekly featured free resource Tea & Empathy

Tea & Empathy was founded on Valentines Day 2016 - following the sad loss of yet another U.K. doctor, Dr Rose Polge, to suicide.

Tea & Empathy is a national peer-to-peer support network, based on social media, that offers support to thousands of healthcare workers working in the NHS. They offer signposting, 1:1 chats, messaging and discussion around any support that is needed. 24 hours a day there are people...

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Joyful Doctor Coaching!

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***JOYFUL DOCTOR COACHING - OFFICIAL LAUNCH!***
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We are so excited to share with you the launch of Joyful Doctor Coaching, a network of skilled and experienced coaches, who have been handpicked by Dr Caroline Walker, to join our growing team.
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Coaching is a wonderful and powerful way to move from where you are now, to where you want to be.
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Joyful Doctor Coaching is high level, impactful, and personalised to meet your needs - whoever you are and whatever you want to achieve.
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We currently have...

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Joyful Doctor LIVE! Newest Addition to Our Line Up!

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We are delighted to announce that Adam Kay - Comedian, Author, and former Doctor, will be joining our line-up of speaker's at Joyful Doctor LIVE! on 12th October 2019 in London.
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Adam is an award-winning comedian, TV writer, and Sunday Times best-selling author and columnist.
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Adam's confessional look back on his former life as an obstetrician and gynecologist, became his best-selling first tome entitled 'This Is Going To Hurt', which was published in 2017...
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"Welcome to the life of a junior...

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Joy is…A Spectrum

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Like so many things in life, and in particular the emotions we feel as humans, for me joy is a spectrum. In medicine it can be so easy to fall into the trap of dichotomous thinking; a patient is either sick or well, their blood results are normal or abnormal, they fit a diagnosis or they do not. The way we are taught, as medical students, to categorize illness into specialities according to pathology, encourages us to ‘sort’ people. But once we actually start practising as...

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