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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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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, […]

Does specialty training have a future in the NHS?

I am currently working as an ST5 psychiatry trainee in an NHS community drug and alcohol service. Over the past 2-3 years the addictions services run by this trust have significantly reduced so that now only my service remains. There are no longer in patient detox beds and the services in other boroughs that the […]

What do doctors recommend?

Here are some of the suggestions doctors made for improving patient safety: • RESPONSIBILITY Too often, managers blame doctors and doctors blame managers. But all professionals must take responsibility, and be accountable, for patient safety. As mentioned at other events, there needs to be a culture of openness and no-blame. All staff should believe they […]


I love being a GP. It is challenging, varied and hugely satisfying over the last 25 years. It is also a job that has become ever more crucial to the future of the NHS. Our patients are getting older and their combinations of long term conditions more complicated. It is imperative that GPs are present […]

Round up – Medical professionalism stories from across the internet this week

Here’s some of the stories that caught our eye this week: A patient led appointment system – supporting continuity and shared decision making Dr Ben Jackson, a GP Partner at Conisbrough Group Practice, Doncaster talks about his success of a new patient led appointment system. What to call junior doctors – a patient’s perspective – The […]

Round up: EoLC skills, funding matters & equality in training

Here are four blogs that got us thinking this week: End-of-life care: getting it right for more people, more of the time – Dr David Oliver blogs about why good palliative care skills should be everyone’s business for The King’s Fund. Staffing matters; funding counts – The Health Foundation reports on the greatest threats to […]

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‘I’m a trainee… get me outta here…’

If a medical trainee does not conform or chooses to challenge the ‘status quo’ they can be labelled a ‘trouble maker’. The GMC in their guidance ‘The Duties of a Doctor’ state we should respect each other’s diversities and individual skills. This on the whole does not happen. Doctor’s choose to ‘obey certain rules’ but […]

Round up: Resilience, patient centred professionalism and a letter from our Chair

Our top five reads of the week, to keep you up to date with the latest medical professionalism blogs and news from across the internet: Relationship centred professionalism: Dr Shannon Phillips considers relationship centred professionalism, “for me, professionalism is naively simple; it’s about relationships.” The vital signs: In this guide written by RMBF, Dr Richard Stevens sets […]

Round up: junior doctors, empathy, safety and social care

Seven quick links: How ripple effect of doctor row could be toxic Nick Triggle, BBC Health Correspondent on the fallout from the junior doctors dispute In the junior doctors dispute neither side wants to settle, both want a fight Roy Lilley writes on the Guardian Healthcare website The art of treating a patient who doesn’t want […]

Round up: end of life care and the doctor’s new dilemma

Five quick links Practise what you preach: health behaviours and stress among non-consultant hospital doctors – from the Journal of the Royal College of Physicians The doctor’s new dilemma – Suzanne Koven, M.D offers her perspective in The New England Journal of Medicine Friday – Roy Lilley discusses two ‘killer topics’: the junior doctors strike and […]

Round up: Prevention, visa rules, coordination and finances

Six quick links Shifting to a world of prevention: A GP’s story – Maneesh Juneja (@ManeeshJuneja) interviewed Dr Manpinda Sahota about his vision for a service that offers preventative ‘lifestyle medicine’ instead of drugs, drugs and more drugs New visa rules mean foreign doctors will leave health service, says BMA – Charlie Cooper (@CharlieCooper8) in […]

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