As we move through Autumn, the weather has once again changed. The blue skies have now become heavy rain clouds and we all wonder where did 2020 go. As the darker nights draw in and we continue to deal with this year’s ongoing challenges, I find myself reflecting on a previous lesson learnt that may help as we come to the end of the year. 
I recall a day I was leaving for work, bright & dry, with the promise of endless sunshine. The kind of weather that cannot help but bring a smile to one’s face. I headed to my car confident my coat was not going to be required today… 
Thursday 28th May 2020 marked the last clap for all our frontline staff, an incredible time of unity. People collectively acknowledged the efforts and strength demonstrated by all the staff who put themselves on the frontline to ensure that we, the general public were looked after and felt safe during the height of the pandemic. 
We clapped every Thursday night and spoke of our gratitude and endless thanks to those who were prepared to work through the eye of the storm and risk their own lives to help others. 
Then the clapping stopped. 
Whilst sat in the hairdressers having my hair washed (first cut in 6 months!!) I noticed this painting. It struck me how true this is for life right now, especially with social distancing. 
Our world throughout this pandemic has changed beyond all recognition and we now face a new normal. Life during and after Covid 19 is and will be very different. People have adjusted and changed how they work and have faced many challenges along the way. ‘These are unprecedented times’ is a phrase we are more than familiar with as we navigate our way through this ever-changing landscape that is to become our new way of living and working. It goes without saying that our NHS and frontline workers have been pivotal in keeping us, the public, safe. So how do we look after them? 
General practice has quickly changed and identified safe ways to work but, of course, this hasn’t been easy and we are all having to adapt. However, one thing that remains the same is the importance of looking after your staff and ensuring that they know they are appreciated and valued. 
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