Re-Facing the De-faced Doctor; Injustice and the Wounded Healer
Dr Linda MillerZoom
Contemporary images of healthcare practitioners(1,2,3,4) depict individuals as faceless . Professional codes mandate that practitioners “make the care of the patient your first concern”(5,6) ; being self-effacing. Healthcare, medical humanities and media discourses increasingly generalise and refer to the healthcare professions as a homogenous entity. Denial of individual particularity of the practitioner , the unique nature of every relational healthcare encounter and the dual identity of practitioner as patient too, the wounded healer is unjust.
This de-facing is considered in terms of art, professional “mystique”(7) , care ethics, practitioner wellbeing and care quality. The role of reflective practice ,art and practitioner testimonies in re-facing the practitioner is considered through the object relations lens of Donald Winnicott. Creative reflective practices are restorative (8) ,enhance self-efficacy and celebrate the spontaneous reciprocity of relational, compassionate care, seeing and being seen.
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7. Cary Cherniss Staff Burnout :Job stress in the Human Services 1981, New York, Praeger.
8.Brigid Proctor Group Supervision a guide to creative practice 2008, London, Sage .