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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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Psychological Safety for Teams

An article providing practical steps and strategies to create a more psychologically safe environment for health-care teams.

Psychological Safety for Teams

An article providing practical steps and strategies to create a more psychologically safe environment for health-care teams.

Author(s)/Organization(s)
O’Donohoe & Kleinschmit
Tags
Psychological health and safety, safe environment
Intended Audience
Manager/Supervisor/Director
Focus of Intervention
Psychological protection
Cost
Free
Format of Intervention
Blog Post
Sector
Specific to healthcare
Healthcare Setting
Community care, Home care, Online setting, Hospital, Long-term care, Private clinic
Intersectional (focuses on:)
Not explicitly

Have THAT Talk (For Workplaces)  

A web page with a series of videos and worksheets on the 13 psychosocial factors defined in the National Standard...

Have THAT Talk (For Workplaces)  

A web page with a series of videos and worksheets on the 13 psychosocial factors defined in the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.

Author(s)/Organization(s)
Ottawa Public Health and the Mental Health Commission of Canada
Tags
psychological health and safety; psychosocial factors
Intended Audience
Manager/Supervisor/Director, Other
Focus of Intervention
Organizational and team culture, Workload management and work-life balance, Clear leadership and expectations, Psychological protection, Protection of physical safety
Cost
Free
Format of Intervention
Guide/Tool/Toolkit, Video
Sector
General
Healthcare Setting
Community care, Home care, Online setting, Hospital, Long-term care, Private clinic
Intersectional (focuses on:)
Not explicitly
Language
English

Time to Speak Up: A Graphical Depiction of Psychological Safety in Health Care Teams

An article that presents scenarios related to psychological safety in health-care teams, while illustrating barriers and modelling a culture where...

Time to Speak Up: A Graphical Depiction of Psychological Safety in Health Care Teams

An article that presents scenarios related to psychological safety in health-care teams, while illustrating barriers and modelling a culture where individuals feel at ease to share their thoughts and concerns.

Author(s)/Organization(s)
Houbby et al.
Tags
voice, psychological safety, leadership, hierarchy
Intended Audience
Health-care educator/Trainer, Trainee, Health worker
Focus of Intervention
Organizational and team culture, Workload management and work-life balance, Psychological protection
Cost
Free
Format of Intervention
Article (Peer reviewed)
Sector
Specific to healthcare
Healthcare Setting
Hospital, Long-term care, Private clinic, Community care, Home care, Online setting
Intersectional (focuses on:)
Not explicitly

Wellness-Centered Leadership  

This resource summarizes the mindset, behaviours, and outcomes of the for the three elements of the wellness-centered leadership (WCL) model:...

Wellness-Centered Leadership  

This resource summarizes the mindset, behaviours, and outcomes of the for the three elements of the wellness-centered leadership (WCL) model: care about people always, cultivate individual and team relationships, and inspire change. Also discussed are each element’s application for physician leaders.

Author(s)/Organization(s)
Shanafelt et al.
Tags
engagement, cultivate relationships, individual and team performance, wellness, leadership, well-being
Intended Audience
Manager/Supervisor/Director
Focus of Intervention
Organizational and team culture, Clear leadership and expectations
Cost
Free
Format of Intervention
Article (Peer reviewed)
Sector
Specific to healthcare
Healthcare Setting
Hospital, Long-term care, Private clinic, Community care
Intersectional (focuses on:)
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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