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Keeping patients safe online – new guidance from the pharmacy regulator

GMC UK - Thu, 2019-05-16 09:09
Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the General Pharmaceutical Council, explains why the pharmacy regulator has strengthened its guidance for owners of online pharmacies on supplying medicines online. Searches for online medicines have increased hugely in recent years and there is no doubt many people value the convenience which online offers. Research by YouGov (1) commissioned […]
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Striving to make medicine more inclusive

GMC UK - Wed, 2019-05-15 09:48
Dr Adrian Brooke, Acting Postgraduate Dean for the East Midlands, was part of the expert working group who oversaw the review of our advice on supporting disabled doctors and medical students. To mark the publication of Welcomed and valued, Adrian reflects on his involvement in the project, and how the updated guidance now includes more […]
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Experiences of a SAS doctor: why it’s important to take part in the new GMC survey

GMC UK - Mon, 2019-05-13 12:04
Mr Suddhajit Sen is an Associate Specialist in orthopaedics with a special interest in hand surgery. He currently works at Noble’s Hospital in the Isle of Man and is the SAS tutor for his trust.   Here, he talks about his experiences of working as a SAS doctor, and why he thinks it’s important for […]
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Credentials – recognising doctors’ knowledge and skills

GMC UK - Thu, 2019-05-02 11:37
At its meeting on 30 April 2019, the GMC Council made an interim decision on proposals for the introduction of credentials. As well as agreeing a slight name change to provide greater clarity – to ‘GMC-regulated credentials’ – they have agreed to proceed in principle with a revised framework, pending their final decision in June. […]
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Giving feedback to doctors – a patient’s perspective

GMC UK - Wed, 2019-05-01 15:17
Rea Mattocks has spent her whole working life in health and social care, up to director level. She is now retired and lives in London. In 2005, Rea developed a rare, auto-immune eye disease, birdshot uveitis. As an ophthalmology patient, her experiences drove her to set up the Birdshot Uveitis Society.  Unfortunately, since 2017, Rea […]
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Time for dialogue around more meaningful patient feedback

GMC UK - Wed, 2019-05-01 15:16
Dr Susi Caesar is a GP and is Medical Director for Revalidation for the Royal College of General Practitioners. Susi was part of the advisory group of doctors, patients and employers which was set up to help us review our requirements for patient feedback for revalidation. We’re now consulting on a number of proposed changes […]
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My views, my training, my NTS

GMC UK - Thu, 2019-04-25 09:39
Dr Latifa Patel is an ST6 Paediatric Trainee in Manchester, on an Out Of Programme Experience (OOPE). She is one of five clinical fellows working with the GMC, for 12 months, all of whom are doctors at different stages in their training, from post F2 to ST7, and from a mix of specialties and locations […]
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Piloting a course towards a new approach to investigations

GMC UK - Thu, 2019-04-18 10:14
Kris Matuszczak, Investigation Manager for Triage, Complaints and Liaison at the GMC, describes the success of a project which piloted a change to the investigations process for one-off clinical mistakes and explains how the improvements to this process will reduce stress for both patients and doctors.    Our first priority is, and remains, to protect […]
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Practical skills and procedures list – what is expected of newly qualified doctors?

GMC UK - Tue, 2019-04-09 09:17
Medical Director and Director of Education and Standards, Professor Colin Melville, introduces our new Practical skills and procedures list. In this blog, he explains how we’ve worked with medical students, doctors, educators and employers across the UK to update the list and make sure all foundation doctors will be prepared for practice. The world of […]
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Deal or no deal – reassurance for doctors who want to work in the UK

GMC UK - Fri, 2019-04-05 16:16
Over the last two years, doctors and others have asked many questions about what Brexit means for those already working here, and for those who may want to do so in the future. This week, the UK government has confirmed that professionals with a qualification from the European Economic Area (EEA) will continue to have […]
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Standing together against bullying and undermining in the NHS

GMC UK - Fri, 2019-04-05 11:48
Alice Hartley is a Urology Trainee in the North of England and chairs #letsremoveit, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh’s ongoing campaign against bullying and undermining. Here, she explains that workplace bullying and undermining in the NHS are so widespread, only long-term collective action can hope to eradicate it. Bullying and undermining are unfortunate […]
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Caring for doctors, caring for patients

GMC UK - Thu, 2019-03-28 09:23
Dame Denise Coia, former Chair of Healthcare Improvement Scotland, is co-chairing a UK-wide review into mental health and wellbeing for doctors and medical students alongside Professor Michael West, commissioned by the GMC in 2018. In this blog she outlines the importance of the review and why its co-chairs are still keen to hear more from […]
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National training surveys – what does confidentiality actually mean?

GMC UK - Tue, 2019-03-19 10:10
Louise O’Neill is the GMC’s Survey Design Manager. She works with doctors and medical educators to keep the national training surveys up-to-date and relevant. Here, Louise explains how we keep survey responses confidential, so doctors can feel comfortable telling us what they think about medical education and training across the four countries of the UK. […]
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‘Please, Write to Me’ – guidance from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

GMC UK - Thu, 2019-03-14 11:25
At the end of last year, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges published guidance for doctors on best practice for writing to patients. Here, Prof Nigel Mathers, Emeritus Professor of Primary Medical Care, University of Sheffield and Dr Hugh Rayner, Consultant Nephrologist at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, explains how the guidance helps […]
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Reaching out to SAS and Locally Employed Doctors

GMC UK - Tue, 2019-03-12 09:14
Rebecca Barnard, one of our Survey Project Officers, is part of the team working on the new survey for Speciality and Associate Specialist (SAS) and Locally Employed Doctors (LED) launching in spring 2019. She’s spent the past few months speaking to a number of doctors to understand the unique issues they face and in this […]
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Registering equality: how women had to fight their way into the profession

GMC UK - Fri, 2019-03-08 09:00
Women today make up almost half of the medical workforce, but in the 1850s it was made nearly impossible for them to join the profession. On International Women’s Day we pay tribute to the persevering pioneers who challenged the status quo. Johanna Kuila, one of our policy analysts, and a member of our staff Women’s […]
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Creating supportive environments, maximising potential

GMC UK - Fri, 2019-03-08 08:00
Dame Clare Marx joined the GMC as Chair at the start of January. Here, she reflects on her first few weeks in the job and tells us more about herself. Was the start of my lifelong love of medicine that moment when, at the age of five and with an injured finger, I thought I’d […]
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Helping overseas GPs settle into UK practice

GMC UK - Wed, 2019-03-06 11:21
Kim Tolley is the General Medical Council’s (GMC) Regional Liaison Adviser for South London. In September 2018, Kim was seconded to work with NHS England for two years as their Training Development Manager, helping to create learning resources for the International GP Recruitment Programme (IGPR). The IGPR plans to recruit around 2,000 suitably qualified overseas […]
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How can ‘Trip Advisor’ help you reflect on your practice?

GMC UK - Tue, 2019-02-26 10:30
Our third annual student professionalism competition focused on the topic of reflective practice. Here, winner Hattie Greig, from the University of Dundee, considers how a ‘Trip Advisor’ inspired approach can help doctors to reflect on their own practice. Reflect, Learn and Act! Last year I studied “Teaching in Medicine” for my BMSc, which opened up opportunities to […]
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Why the need for more doctor data?

GMC UK - Fri, 2019-02-01 16:50
Claire Light is Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the General Medical Council (GMC). Claire is leading a project to seek the support of doctors to make sure more of the profession provide diversity monitoring data. Here, Claire explains why it is vital that the GMC gathers this sensitive information, and how it will […]
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