There is a growing body of evidence to show that lack of sleep is bad for your long-term health with acute sleep loss associated with type 2 diabetes, weight gain, heart disease and cancer. In the short term, lack of sleep is dangerous; levels of fatigue and sleep deprivation commonly found at the end of night shifts produce a comparable effect as being at the legal drink/drive limit and was cited in the inquest into a recent road accident death of a junior doctor as probably the most important contributing factor.
At SPVS VMG Congress 2020 Dr Mike Farquhar will be discussing the importance of training health professionals who work night shifts (or who just find sleep difficult) and their managers in the basic physiology of sleep along with some simple ways to improve it.
Trained in general paediatrics, respiratory medicine and sleep medicine, Mike joined the Evelina London sleep medicine team as a consultant in 2012, where he holds weekly general sleep, hypersomnia and adolescent sleep clinics, and supports Evelina London’s busy diagnostic sleep study service. He also works with colleagues across Evelina London to support sleep in children and young people with complex medical difficulties.
Mike is involved in educating healthcare professionals on the importance of sleep and the impact of fatigue on healthcare, with a focus on sleep for staff working night shifts. His work led to the introduction of the “HALT: Take A Break” campaign for GSTT staff in 2017, and he has worked with organisations including the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the Royal College of Nursing and the British Medical Association in this area. In 2018 he was awarded the Association Award by the AAGBI for his contribution to the #FightFatigue campaign.
We hope to see you at SPVS VMG Congress 2020, But hurry, we’re selling out fast!