Why I . . . launched a lunch club for trainees

Francesca Robinson
2019 BMJ (Clinical Research Edition)  
Anaesthetic trainee Mat Devlin tells Francesca Robinson why he and a colleague created a space where trainees could share a meal, socialise, and learn together Francesca Robinson freelance journalist Hampshire, UK Keen to do something to tackle the risk of burnout and isolation among their peers, Mat Devlin and Rachel Cassin, anaesthetic core trainees based at Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, decided to build camaraderie and improve teamwork by setting up a weekly lunch club. The initial launch
more » ... The initial launch of the club-for a cohort of anaesthetic trainees-was successful and attracted up to 10 people at a time. The hour long meetings combined informal education and a chance to socialise. The club gave attendees the opportunity to discuss their day and share experiences, but Devlin says he didn't allow gripes about work.
doi:10.1136/bmj.l2377 fatcat:fvifvf3cdrdn5dxjibv2u74pvy