Let's fight fatigue together!

 

The Association of Anaesthetists, Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) see it as our collective duty to raise awareness and offer practical solutions to help shift the dial on perceptions of fatigue self-assessment and fatigue risk management within the NHS.

However, as the impact of fatigue is not limited to anaesthesia and intensive care medicine, we're garnering the support of other healthcare professions, presenting an opportunity for multiple NHS specialities to work together to tackle fatigue in the workplace.

Thank you to our supporters

Jackie Baillie MSP for Dumbarton "Our NHS staff are the backbone of our health service and ensuring that they are properly supported at work should be a top priority for us all. Improving staff welfare and safety will have a positive impact on patients."

Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton
   

The British Medical Association

   
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The College of Anaesthetists of Ireland

   
Alex Cunningham MP Stockton North

 

“It is only right that our dedicated NHS workers are themselves given proper care to ensure that they can do their jobs. This means not only making sure NHS staff get established breaks to rest, but also providing pastoral care to support their health and wellbeing needs. That’s why I’m delighted to support the Fight Fatigue campaign.” Alex Cunningham, MP for Stockton North

   
Dr. Dai Lloyd AM, Chair of the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee, National Assembly for Wales

“I am pleased to back the ‘Fight Fatigue’ campaign which is vitally important in terms of both raising awareness and changing attitudes about well-being.

“It is clear that fatigue can be damaging not just to the individual member of staff, but also to the patients that we aim to care for as well. This issue needs to be given our utmost attention.”

Dr Dai Lloyd AM, Chair of the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee, National Assembly for Wales

   
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"It is imperative that across all specialities and disciplines in healthcare we refuse to continue to compromise on staff safety and wellbeing. Our patients need us rested and they need us alive.”

Emergency Medicine Trainees’ Association

   
Dr Mike Farquhar, Consultant in Sleep Medicine Dr Mike Farquhar, Consultant in Sleep Medicine, Evelina London Children's Hospital at Guys' and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
   
 MSP Rhoda Grant

“It is very sad indeed that it took the death of an anaesthetic trainee, who fell asleep at the wheel while driving home, to highlight this situation. The fact that rest facilities have been removed from many hospitals is totally unacceptable, as is any charge for workers to use them. I will be contacting health authorities in the Highlands and Islands to ask what they are doing to tackle fatigue.”

Rhoda Grant, MSP for Highlands and Islands

   
John Mason MSP for Glasgow Shettleston – BPA airson Baile Nighean Sheadna, Glaschu

“I strongly commend the responsible way this campaign is being carried out. Both anaesthetists and their employers should work together to find practical ways this very serious issue of fatigue can be tackled. While resources are limited fatigue is an issue that we simply must deal with.”

John Mason MSP for Glasgow Shettleston

 

   
Anne Marie Morris MP for Newton Abbot, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Rural Health and Social Care

“I am pleased to support the Fight Fatigue campaign. Patients need well-rested doctors and it is vitally important NHS staff get home safely after long shifts. This issue is naturally exacerbated in rural areas with staff having to driver longer distances to get home and I commend the campaign for highlighting this issue."

Anne Marie Morris MP for Newton Abbot, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Rural Health and Social Care 

   
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 “We greatly support the Fight Fatigue campaign. Emergency Departments are currently under immense pressure and consequently clinical staff suffer amongst the highest rates of burnout. We must find better ways to ensure that they are supported and allowed to practice safely. Anything to remedy this in the form of pragmatic solutions is very welcome. Simply more must be done to reduce attrition and ensure the wellbeing and career longevity of our clinical staff. We very much look forward to working collaboratively and raising awareness on this pressing issue.”

Dr Tajek Hassan, President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine

   
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“The wellbeing of our pathologists, who do so much in the support for and care of patients, is paramount. We are delighted to be part of this campaign." Professor Jo Martin, President of the Royal College of Pathologists
   

"For too long, fatigue among doctors has been talked about as though it is simply part of the job, but this campaign says something different. It says that there are things that we can do, and must do if we are to protect our staff, to help them do the best job they can for their patients, and to ensure that we continue to attract healthcare workers in the future.” Professor Andrew Goddard, President of the Royal College of Physicians

 

 

 

   
Logo of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh  “In order to maintain patient safety and quality of care, we must ensure that health workers are given regular rest breaks during and after their shifts. We fully support this campaign to help reduce fatigue in the medical workforce." Professor Derek Bell, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
   
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David Stewart Scottish Labour’s Shadow Health Minister and Highlands and Islands MSP

“It is a sad reflection on the NHS in Scotland that 77% of anaesthetists who responded to the survey felt too tired to drive home after a night shift. Moreover 52% claimed that they had an accident or near accident after driving home after such a shift. The practise of having lengthy shifts and few rest breaks should not be routine in a modern health service and I commend this campaign for raising a very important issue.”

David Stewart, MSP for Highlands and Islands

 

 

   
Dr Paul Williams MP

“I know from the years I spent working as a junior doctor just how important it is for hospitals to have a place for staff working anti-social shifts to rest, and I back this campaign completely.”
Dr Paul Williams MP, Stockton South

 

   
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 The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists

   

Support our #FightFatigue campaign today

If you would like to officially back the joint statement, please email fatigue@aagbi.org with your organisation and a short sentence as to why you are backing the #FightFatigue, along with any evidence you may have after successfully using the educational resources to inspire change in your workplace.