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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 […]

Round up: talking to your patient’s family and friends

Here are the stories that got us talking this week: User feedback in maternity services – This report from The King’s Fund looks at what maternity services are doing locally to collect, analyse and act on user feedback. It describes the challenges of adopting the different approaches and highlights the features of organisations that are successful […]

Round up: medical professionalism stories from across the internet this week

Here are some of the stories that caught our eye this week: Staff care: How to engage staff in the NHS and why it matters – Jocelyn Cornwell, Chief Executive of the Point of Care Foundation, introduces the Foundation’s inaugural report which argues that caring about the people who work in healthcare is the key to […]

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 […]

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: #hellomynameis, tributes to Dr Kate Granger

Here are four blogs that got us thinking this week: Kate Granger 1981-2016 – Ali Cracknell blogs about her friend and colleague Kate Granger, who sadly died on 23 July. She writes about Kate’s legacy, including the #hellomynameis campaign and her charity work for Yorkshire Cancer Centre. Kate Granger inspired all of us in the […]

Building bridges; breaking barriers: Integrated care for older people

Effective integrated care has been a national policy ambition for many years. At CQC we have just published our report on integrated care for older people Building Bridges breaking barriers, looking at how well health and social care services work together to deliver integrated care for older people. People who have complex needs, and rely […]

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: reassurance, accountability and patient involvement

Five quick links Here are our pick of the blogs on medical professionalism and healthcare this week: “Patients need a more active role in healthcare decision making” says Joan Saddler from NHS Confederation “For clinicians whose main job is listening, like GPs, – listening is a clinical skill that needs to be continually developed and practiced.” Jonathan […]

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