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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


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Read the Medical professionalism matters report

Over the past 18 months, a partnership of healthcare organisations led by the General Medical Council (GMC), held a series of events to explore some of the challenges facing the medical profession today. This programme is called Medical professionalism matters. Six events were held across the UK – from Glasgow and Belfast, to Newcastle, Cardiff, […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

Participants in discussion at the Cardiff event

Catch up on the conversation at the compassionate doctor event

Last week, the delegates and panellists at the compassionate doctor event in Cardiff began some thoughtful discussions about how to maintain empathy with patients and with each other given less time and increasing service pressures. We want you to carry on the conversation in the comments below or by clicking ‘contact us privately’ above. Scroll through […]

Attendees debate ideas around compassion

Photos from the compassionate doctor event

At our event in Cardiff on 19 November 2015, doctors, nurses and medical students shared their ideas on what it takes to maintain empathy healthcare professional in today’s health service. After some thought-provoking table discussions, the spotlight was turned on to the panel who were asked important questions about showing compassion in the health sector […]

Image of table discussion at event in Cardiff

Medical professionalism: views from the frontline

In March 2015, the GMC launched Medical professionalism matters – a series of events and online discussions where frontline clinicians can discuss the challenges to professionalism that emerge in their daily practice. The contributions and discussions will feed in to a report next year about the state and future of medical professionalism. We will use […]

Rachel (right) with colleagues from the GMC's Wales Office

Challenging ideas of compassion in today’s NHS

Rachel Podolak, Head of Welsh Affairs at the General Medical Council, offers a preview of what to expect at ‘the compassionate doctor’ – the next Medical professionalism matters event in Cardiff tomorrow. Having attended our previous Medical professionalism matters evening in Bristol, I am particularly excited about welcoming the series to Cardiff on 19 November for […]

A female nurse with an elderly patient in a hospital ward

Compassion crosses professional boundaries

Jackie Smith is the Chief Executive and Registrar at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). She blogs about compassion in nursing and midwifery and how this can be applied to all healthcare professions.  Small, but critical qualities define compassion What makes a good nurse or midwife? Of course, those working in healthcare understand that what […]

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