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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 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 […]

Patient safety and quality improvement

Most agree that quality and patient safety should be the NHS’s prime objective. So what prevents that happening in many situations? And what can doctors do to keep it uppermost in everyone’s minds? A series of NHS scandals have demonstrated that quality and patient safety suffer where there is poor leadership and an unbalanced focus […]

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Round up: learning from remote practice, charging to see your GP

Here are the health care stories that have got us talking this week: Finding innovative solutions to health care challenges in remote areas of the UK – Tim Horton from the Health Foundation’s Improvement team blogs about the improvements we can learn from those working in remote locations Journey of an international medical graduate – […]

Quality in general practice: measuring vs. improving

Jonathon Tomlinson reflects on the difficulties of measuring the quality of general practice and the prospects of improvement.   In recent years I’ve seen the NHS from a patient perspective. I’ve had a few fractured bones, been present for one son’s home delivery and another’s emergency admission after being run over. I’ve seen my dad admitted […]

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 […]

Power of people: 5 films to showcase healthcare innovation

The Health Foundation’s award-winning series of five short films, the Power of people, demonstrates what can be achieved when people working in the health service are given the time and support to innovate. The demands on our health service are growing – the ideas of the people working in the health service will be essential […]

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Round up: debating ethics & empowering communities to care

Here are the blogs and podcasts that got us thinking this week. What do you make of them? Add your comments below or share your favourite pieces from the week. If it’s everyone’s business, let’s make a plan – Pamela Levack, Medical Director at the charity PATCH, makes the case for joint working in palliative […]

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 […]

Francis, Keogh, Berwick… Quo Vadis?

Primum non nocere: do no harm is widely known as the Hippocratic Oath; which has been at the heart of medical practice for centuries. The last century has seen some amazing scientific and technological advances which have increased the life span of the population while making the practice of medicine more difficult. The practice of […]

Sharing learning from incidents: is there a better way?

Pranav Kumar, a Specialist Registrar in Diabetes & Endocrinology at ABMU Local Health Board, Swansea, suggests a new incident reporting system. The current picture We have an incident reporting system where staff report incidents on their trust’s intranet; incidents that may or may not have led to harm but where future preventive action can be […]

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