Mental Health: Supporting NHS Workforce Resilience
- 08:30 - 16:25
- The Studio, Manchester
Julia is a doctor who has been completing speciality training in psychiatry in London, but has paused her training to set up EveryDoctor. She has been running successful national grassroots campaigns advocating for doctors and the NHS for over 3 years now.
Propelled by a sense of injustice towards junior doctors and safety concerns about patients during the junior doctor contract dispute, she founded the National Health Singers in 2015 with Georgina Wood. The choir wrote a protest song about the effects of NHS cuts and poor treatment of NHS staff, and a video of the song went viral online. The choir have subsequently been involved in many high profile campaigns protesting NHS cuts, and have sung to around 2 million people live.
Since then, Julia has run projects co-ordinating hundreds of doctors around the country to write letters and articles to the media, contact their MPs and speak up about patient safety issues. She was a co-founder of the Junior Doctors Alliance (a group that spoke out against the imposition of the sexist new junior doctors’ contract in 2016), and most recently founded The Political Mess, the U.K’s biggest online political forum for all U.K. doctors. It was set up to bring doctors of all specialities and backgrounds together to speak up about problems they faced at work, and find solutions together. The Political Mess is an online community visited by an average 12000-15000 doctors every day, and serves as a platform for positive change.
Julia believes that doctors have the power to end the NHS crisis by collectively using their voices to highlight matters of national importance, and demand an overturn of the broken system we work within. Things have never been worse for doctors and patients. Julia feels strongly that the time has come for doctors to get together and act as a team, winning campaigns which benefit everyone and improving the lives of doctors and patients.