Meditation and the practice manager

Karin Barnes talks about how the Silva method of meditation can help busy practice managers, in association with Pam Swain.

‘Meditation’ and ‘Mindfulness’ are definitely buzzwords at the moment. But what exactly do they mean? How do you meditate? Are we suggesting that a busy practice manager sits in the corner, cross-legged, eyes closed, chanting ‘Om’ while staff, patients, sales reps, inspectors and whoever-else swirls around her?

Mental health and management style

Yvonne Hardiman looks at the importance of good management on mental health.

Summary

There is a strong link between appropriate management style and good mental health.

Having unrealistic and unreasonable demands placed upon us increases anxiety and stress levels and impacts our mental wellbeing.

The feeling of not having control over our day-to-day work can have a huge negative impact on our stress levels.

Employees feel supported when they feel they have the knowledge and skills to do what is being of asked of them, they feel they are trusted to make day-to-day decisions and know that they can ask for support if they need it.

Managing patients anxiety, including relating to Covid

Glenys Bridges provides some tips on helping your patients to deal with anxiety.

Summary

This article sets out the practical steps dental practices can take to ensure their patients are safe, and explains patients’ potential emotional responses during their visits.

Dental practices can help to mitigate patients’ anxiety by risk-assessing every step of the patients’ journey and putting safety measures in place.

People respond to stress in different ways. They can be fighters, fly-ers, freezers or fawners, and it helps to have a different strategy for dealing with each type.

Mental health in the workplace

Yvonne Hardiman takes a look at mental health in the workplace.

Summary

The more our mental well-being suffers as a result of pressure, the less resilient we become and the more likely we are to suffer from mental ill health.

Employers have a legal duty to provide a safe place of work for their staff.

Employers also have a duty to make reasonable adjustments if an employee is suffering from an illness or condition that amounts to a disability, including mental impairment.

Managing the factors that result in pressure at work, including making reasonable adjustments, contributes to positive mental well-being and helps to minimise the risk of mental ill health.

Managing anxiety at work

With growing awareness about anxiety and the impact it can have on members of staff, Louise Wingrove looks at some ways to tackle the problem at work.

Summary

There are symptoms of anxiety that we can look out for in our colleagues and ourselves.

Practice managers can take action to support colleagues and reduce anxiety in their teams.

Effective ways of reducing anxiety in colleagues include: setting a good example, communicating clearly, and engendering an open and blame-free culture.

Managing work-related Stress

In this article, we take a closer look at what stress is and highlight considerations for those beginning a risk assessment for stress.

Summary

Stress can be defined as an excess of demand on the mind and body, seen in the form of a physical demand, a mental demand or both.

People are not all the same and hence we cannot assume they can all cope with the same level of pressure.

Employers are required to deal with any risks to the health, safety and welfare of employees under the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974.

Risk assessments to protect employee’s health should be carried out under regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.