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Medical professionalism matters

Exploring the real life challenges experienced by today’s medical professionals and providing support that doctors want and need


Holding hands

Round up: working with patients, staff wellbeing & Future Hospitals

Four quick links: Please don’t forget the patient – Dr Amir Hannan blogs for the BMJ on working collaboratively with patients who have long term conditions. What I need from my diabetes team – Student nurse and patient, Kelly (‘the diabetic queen’), blogs about what she really needs from the healthcare practitioners that treat her. What […]

Moving from ‘what’s the matter?’ to ‘what matters to you?’

Paul Jebb (@pauljebb1) is the Experience of Care Professional Lead at NHS England and a proud nurse. Here, he writes about how Always Events can boost an organisation’s ability to deliver truly person-centred care.  In order to find out what matters most to those in our care, we need to take a more person-centred approach, which not […]

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Round up: End of life care, integration, safe staffing and cuts

Five quick links: Doctors should not make snap decisions on end-of-life care, says health watchdog – Article in the Guardian talks about the NICE guidelines around individual care plans. Roy Lilley backs mandatory minimums for the NHS – blog in response to new NICE guidelines on staffing. Co-production within the NHS – discussion hosted by #WeDocs on NHS collaboration with patients, carers […]

The compassionate doctor poll

Please complete the quick poll below: We will add the results to those from the compassionate doctor event and discuss them on this website and in the Medical professionalism matters report.

The importance of critical reflection

Jonathon Tomlinson (@MelloJonny) is an NHS GP working in Hackney, London. He writes about the importance of reflection being critical and the intellectual challenges this creates for doctors. There are strong currents of suspicion, scepticism and downright cynicism about reflection in medical practice and medical education. In part this is because we are pressured for […]

Round up: cash crisis, ageism, FGM and patient centred care

Four quick links: You know you are a Geriatrician when…you ignore ‘date of birth’ – Clare Bostock blogs about compassion and ageism Health professionals worldwide lack knowledge of female genital mutilation – Zosia Kmietowicz article in the BMJ NHS rationing ‘is denying patients care’ as cash crisis deepens – Denis Campbell in the Guardian Care […]

Round up blog

Round up: FTP, FGM, leadership and end of life care

Four quick links: Joe Davis, Pulse wrote about the GMC’s appointment of Professor Louis Appleby ‘to interrogate its fitness-to-practise procedures to ensure that it is more ‘compassionate and sensitive’ to the needs of vulnerable doctors.’ Over 1,000 cases of FGM reported in a quarter ‘clinicians working in midwifery, obstetrics and gynaecology services reported the majority of […]

Medical Student Angelika Sharma

Video – the compassionate doctor and medical student

See what doctors and medical students from Wales told us at the compassionate doctor event on 19 November 2015 and add your thoughts. Questions debated included ‘what is compassion in a medical context?’, ‘can you teach empathy?’ and ‘how do we ensure trainers are models of compassion?’ Interviewees include: Jackie Smith (Chief Executive, Nursing and Midwifery Council), Dr […]

Jackie Smith

Can you teach compassion and empathy?

At the compassionate doctor event in Cardiff last week 59% of participants thought it was possible to teach empathy. See what Jackie Smith (@JackieSmith_NMC), Chief Executive of the Nursing and Midwifery Council thinks: Do you agree? Please leave your comments below.

Gareth at the compassionate doctor event in cardiff

Compassion and the challenges facing today’s doctors

At the fourth Medical professionalism matter event in Cardiff on 19 November, we tackled difficult questions about maintaining compassion in the face of increasing service pressures. Gareth Williams (@GarRWilliams), the GMC’s Liaison Adviser for Wales, reflects on the event and subsequent online discussion.  At one point during the discussion about compassion on my table at […]

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