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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, […]

What do doctors recommend?

Here are some of the suggestions put forward by doctors at our events: • PATIENT-CENTRED Doctors must always centre their care on the individual patient and respond to their particular concerns. Always start by listening to the patient – they hold invaluable knowledge about their own condition. “You should ask: is this care good enough […]

The compassionate doctor

Doctors should show compassion and empathy in their work. But what does that really mean? Are there limits? And is it possible to demonstrate this consistently in today’s busy, businesslike NHS? Some participants at the Medical professionalism matters events debated whether there was a difference between compassion and empathy or sympathy. Others preferred using more […]

Rest is not idleness

Rhiannon Barker is Head of Business Development at the Point of Care Foundation (POCF). Here she shares her thoughts about the Medical professionalism matters event in Manchester: ‘identifying sustainable solutions for the profession in the 21st century’. To kick off the debate the audience, made up predominantly of clinicians, were asked to respond to a […]

Round up blog

‘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 […]

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Round up: Brexit, learning from incidents & tackling bias

Seven quick links Here’s our pick of this week’s blogs and podcasts on medical professionalism and healthcare: I’m not UK born and bred – will my patients now care? – A Swedish doctor working in the NHS writes about feeling unwelcome in the wake of Brexit. Be well and be a better critical care physician – In […]

Round up: Brexit, BMA ARM and a day in the life of a GP

Seven quick links Here’s our pick of the blogs on medical professionalism and healthcare this week: Our messy divorce from the EU – GP Margaret McCartney asks ‘what does leaving the EU mean for our NHS, research community, and our spirit of collectivism?’ In the BMJ’s views and reviews section. Roy Lilley blogs about what’s next […]

Round up: compassionate leadership & listening to patients

Four quick links Here are our top reads in healthcare this week: One Practice Journey – the view is getting brighter – Dr Heather Wetherell blogs about how her practice’s innovative approach to appointments has improved patient care and GP wellbeing. Compassion – not bullying – is the path to improving NHS care – The King’s Fund’s […]

Looking after yourself so you can better care for others

Resilience is your ability to deal with the stresses of daily life inside and outside the work place, and is something you can train yourself to be better at. The Postgraduate Medical Education Team at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Health Education North West has developed a quick, online video as a […]

Round up: supporting doctors, GP workloads, financial pressures

Five quick links: Should we stop making the complex simple? – Dr Damian Roland blogs about how easy access to information online has changed patients’ expectations of healthcare. GP workloads hit ‘unsustainable’ levels – The Independent‘s Paul Gallagher writes about the recent study that shows GPs are dealing with more consultations than ever.   Six ways in which NHS […]

With your support we can tackle the stigma of asking for help

An alarming number of doctors experience mental health and wellbeing problems, yet most are unlikely to seek help for fear of discrimination from colleagues. Professor Roger Jones explains why the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund is aiming to raise awareness of this issue. A survey released this month by the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF) has […]

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