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Psychological Health and Safety Toolkit for Primary Care Teams and Training Programs

This toolkit aims to empower comprehensive primary care teams and training programs to promote psychological health and safety through a set of curated, evidence-informed resources focused on team-based activities, policies, and practices.
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What is psychological health and safety?

Psychological health is a form of well-being that allows individuals to think, feel, and behave in a manner that enables them to perform effectively in their work environments, personal lives, and in society at large (Samra et al, 2022).

Psychological safety is a condition in which people are free from threats of harm to their psychological health (MHCC, 2019).

Psychological health and safety is a way people interact with one another as well as the way working conditions and management practices are structured within the workplace (CSA, 2013).

Seven themes for workplace psychological health and safety

The resources in this toolkit are organized by seven themes, based on a clustering of the psychosocial factors identified in Canada’s National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.

Organizational and team culture

Organizational and team culture

Workload and work-life

Workload management and work-life balance

Successful attractive female doctor or surgeon in scrubs standing with folded arms in front of an African male doctor or consultant conceptual of an expert medical team, on white

Clear leadership and expectations

Psychological protection

Protection of physical safety

Protection of physical safety

Portrait of doctor and surgeon in a hospital together

Protection from moral distress

Support for self-care

Support for psychological self-care

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Creating Psychologically Safe Learning Environments to Counter Perfectionism in Medicine

This article shares resources about perfectionism and impostor syndrome to help create psychologically safe environments where medical students can learn...

Creating Psychologically Safe Learning Environments to Counter Perfectionism in Medicine

This article shares resources about perfectionism and impostor syndrome to help create psychologically safe environments where medical students can learn from their failures.

This link opens an external web page. The Canadian Health Workforce Network and the Mental Health Commission of Canada do not control the quality or omission of translations.

Author(s)/Organization(s)
Canadian Medical Association
Tags
medical students, perfectionism, psychologically safe environment
Audience
Health-care educator/Trainer
Theme
Organizational and team culture, Clear leadership and expectations, Psychological protection, Support for psychological self-care
Cost
Free
Format
Website
Sector
Specific to healthcare
Setting
Learning environment
Identity
Not explicitly
Language
Bilingual
Blog Post, and Website Icon

Wobble Room 

An article that describes how “wobble rooms” have been used to help health-care workers unwind and connect. Open 24-7, such...

Wobble Room 

An article that describes how “wobble rooms” have been used to help health-care workers unwind and connect. Open 24-7, such dedicated spaces support well-being by enabling workers to release tension, recharge, and socialize with colleagues.

This link opens an external web page. The Canadian Health Workforce Network and the Mental Health Commission of Canada do not control the quality or omission of translations.

Author(s)/Organization(s)
Interior Health
Tags
quiet, wellness, recharge, connect, relaxation
Audience
Health worker
Theme
Organizational and team culture
Cost
Fee
Format
Website
Sector
Specific to primary care
Setting
Hospital, Long-term care, Community care, Private clinic
Identity
Not explicitly
Language
English
Course/Training/Workshop Icon

On the Agenda Workshop Series 

A page providing free workshop materials and facilitator tools to help leaders improve psychological health and safety in the workplace...

On the Agenda Workshop Series 

A page providing free workshop materials and facilitator tools to help leaders improve psychological health and safety in the workplace by co-creating an action plan with their team.

This link opens an external web page. The Canadian Health Workforce Network and the Mental Health Commission of Canada do not control the quality or omission of translations.

Author(s)/Organization(s)
Canada Life
Tags
psychosocial factors; psychological health and safety; team
Audience
Human resource representative, Manager/Supervisor/Director
Theme
Organizational and team culture, Workload management and work-life balance, Clear leadership and expectations, Psychological protection, Protection of physical safety
Cost
Free
Format
Course/Training/Workshop
Sector
General
Setting
Community care, Home care, Online setting, Hospital, Long-term care, Private clinic
Identity
Not explicitly
Language
English
Article, Article (peer reviewed), Document/Report, Policy/Framework, Program, and Other (Poster presentation)* Icon

Bedside Learning Coordinator

An article outlining a systematic mechanism to source improvement ideas from front-line staff and taking their insights to decision makers...

Bedside Learning Coordinator

An article outlining a systematic mechanism to source improvement ideas from front-line staff and taking their insights to decision makers who can act on them. This “bedside learning coordinator” role also involves communicating changes back to front-line staff and assessing the success of implementation.

This link opens an external web page. The Canadian Health Workforce Network and the Mental Health Commission of Canada do not control the quality or omission of translations.

Author(s)/Organization(s)
Shand et al.
Tags
quality improvement, safety culture, teamwork, leadership
Audience
Health worker, Manager/Supervisor/Director
Theme
Organizational and team culture
Cost
Free
Format
Article (Peer reviewed)
Sector
Specific to healthcare
Setting
Hospital, Long-term care, Private clinic, Community care
Identity
Not explicitly
Language
English

Disclaimer: This inventory is by no means exhaustive. The Canadian Health Workforce Network and the Mental Health Commission of Canada are unable to comment on the quality of individual programs or services. Consequently, their inclusion in this toolkit should not be considered an endorsement of particular programs or organizations.

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