An NHS Doctor’s Lived Experience of Burnout during the First Wave of Covid-19

Abstract

This article offers the lived experiences of an NHS doctor working on the front line in an English NHS Trust during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. The overall aim of the article is to offer a context-specific perspective on the employee experience of burnout by drawing out the interplay of organisational and external/socio-political factors during an atypical time. The narrative also highlights an as yet unexplored pattern of burnout with active maintenance of professional efficacy as the starting point which then interacts with high levels of work intensification prevalent in the NHS, leading to the coping mechanisms of depersonalisation and detachment. Existing research has predominantly focused on how/why employees experience burnout at the organisational level of analysis, leaving a gap in the literature on how external/socio-political and time contexts may impact employee burnout.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/09500170211035937
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Work & Organisational Psychology
Additional Information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Publication ISSN: 1469-8722
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2021-10-05
Published Online Date: 2021-10-05
Accepted Date: 2021-06-01
Authors: Chaudhry, Sara
Yarrow, Emily
Aldossari, Maryam (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-9661-4610)
Waterson, Elizabeth

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