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Are you OK?
  1. Fiona Finlay1,
  2. Anna Baverstock2,
  3. Helen Cotton3
  1. 1 Community Child Health, Virgin Care, Bath, UK
  2. 2 Paediatrics, Taunton and Somerset Hospital, Taunton, Somerset, UK
  3. 3 Paediatric Department, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, Bath, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Fiona Finlay, Community Child Health, Virgin Care Ltd, Bath, UK; Fiona.Finlay{at}

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2020 and, at the time of writing, the start of 2021 has been very difficult for many doctors. COVID-19 has compounded other stresses doctors regularly experience, including long hours, antisocial working patterns, sleep deprivation, rota gaps, exams, interviews and frequent job changes.

As paediatricians some of our experiences can be deeply traumatising, and yet we may feel unable to allow ourselves the time and space desperately needed to ensure that we are OK. As a team, we rely on one another for support, and noting how those around us are managing is key to cohesive teamworking and ensuring the well-being …

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