The value placed on staff development is often a useful barometer to the culture and outlook of an organisation. An engaged and valued workforce tends to be a happy, productive and effective workforce.
Of course, in the NHS, numerous pressures mean that it can be difficult to achieve the Zen approach to staff happiness that big multinationals like Google and Apple are often cited as being able to achieve.
However, whilst recognising the frustrations, limitations and sometimes downright atrocious decision-making to be found in our NHS, most of us still manage to find professional satisfaction with the patient contact that is part-and-parcel of daily GP-ing, fixing unwellness, reducing suffering and the privilege of fostering therapeutic rapport.
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