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Mind matters: why medical students must be taught about eating disorders

GMC UK - Tue, 2019-07-16 09:52
Eating disorders are complex, pernicious, and more prevalent than ever. But there are concerns that they aren’t covered enough in doctors’ education and training, at a time when mental health should be a priority. Since the release of the PHSO’s Ignoring the Alarms report, the General Medical Council has been working with others to positively […]
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Supporting trainers and trainees through the national training surveys

GMC UK - Mon, 2019-07-08 14:36
Quality Manager, Mandy Martin, explains how feedback from trainers and trainees helps Health Education and Improvement Wales to drive forward improvements in medical training.  As a Quality Manager for Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW), and before that for the Wales Deanery, I’ve been involved with the national training surveys (NTS) for a number of […]
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Acting on feedback from the national training surveys – bring on the reds

GMC UK - Mon, 2019-07-08 13:02
Dr Jonathan Round, former Director of Medical Education at St George’s University Hospitals in London, reflects on his experiences of using the national training survey results to identify and address issues with medical education and training. I used to open the email with the national training surveys results with trepidation – afraid possibly that my […]
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Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust makes patient feedback work

GMC UK - Fri, 2019-07-05 09:45
The GMC is currently consulting on how patient feedback for doctors could be improved. Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has an innovative example of how patient feedback can be gathered and reflected upon in a way that benefits both staff and patients. Here, Annie Laverty, the trust’s Director of Patient Experience explains how their patient […]
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Finding a patient feedback system that works for us and our patients

GMC UK - Thu, 2019-07-04 12:49
Dr Krishnan Anantharamakrishnan, Consultant Urological Surgeon at the Sherwood Forest Hospital in the East Midlands, has spent the last 21 years working in the NHS. In this blog, he explains his views on patient feedback, suggests improvements and reflects on how the GMC’s proposed changes might help both doctors and patients. About Me When I […]
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The dangers of button battery ingestion: a safety message

GMC UK - Thu, 2019-06-27 09:59
In March 2018, a national investigation was triggered by the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) into the dangers of button battery ingestion after the tragic case of a three-year-old child who died. Here, Professor Derek Burke, Head of Clinical Governance at Gibraltar Health Authority, GMC suitable person and formerly medical director and consultant in paediatric […]
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Making it easier for patients to give feedback about their doctor

GMC UK - Fri, 2019-06-14 10:10
Since qualifying as a barrister in 1973, Sir Robert Francis QC has specialised in medical law, including medical and mental health treatment and capacity issues; clinical negligence and professional discipline. He has chaired several health-related inquiries, including two inquiries into the care provided by Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust and the Freedom to Speak Up Review into […]
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SAS and locally employed doctor survey: Why you should take part

GMC UK - Mon, 2019-06-10 15:08
For the first time, we’ve launched a survey dedicated to gathering the views of specialty and associate specialist (SAS) and locally employed doctors from across the UK. Here, Nico Kirkpatrick, our Assistant Director for Education Operations, discusses how we developed the survey, and why it’s important that as many eligible doctors as possible take part. […]
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Achieving a just culture in healthcare for patients and doctors

GMC UK - Thu, 2019-06-06 09:06
Here, Liz McAnulty, member of the working group for the independent review of gross negligence manslaughter and culpable homicide (GNM & CH), speaks about the integral role that patients’ families played in the review and explains how patient safety is at the forefront of their recommendations. In 2018, the General Medical Council (GMC) commissioned an […]
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GMC explained: what happens when someone raises a concern

GMC UK - Thu, 2019-06-06 01:00
*This blog post was first published on 20 June 2017. It was updated on 6 June 2019 to include our latest data. Howard Lewis from our regional liaison service has been finding out what happens when someone raises a concern about a doctor. For any doctor who finds their professionalism or ability to do their […]
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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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