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Appraisal for doctors in the spotlight

The topic of appraisal, particularly in relation to revalidation, has been a focus of discussion at the British Medical Association’s Annual Representative Meeting this week. Although doctors were keen to stress that they had welcomed and embraced what they believed would be a valuable process, which would make better doctors and benefit patients, the report […]

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Satisfaction with the NHS

Satisfaction with the NHS in Scotland has increased significantly in the last decade, research suggests. According to an official survey of almost 1,500 members of the public (rather than patients), satisfaction with the NHS in Scotland has increased significantly in the last decade.  61% of those polled were either very or quite satisfied with the […]

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What’s in a name?

One of the main recommendations of the Francis report into the failings at Stafford hospital was that all hospital patients should know the name of the senior doctor in charge of their care. They should also know the name of a nurse who can answer their questions. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges published its advice […]

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The delegation challenge for doctors

At this time of year, many of us will be turning our attention to holiday planning.  After the initial thoughts about where and when to enjoy a well end break, the question which inevitably follows has to be: What happens when I’m away? For some reason, there has been a recent flurry of comment on […]

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Shadowing to improve patient care

Ongoing improvement to the care and experience of both patients and their families is of utmost importance to everyone involved in healthcare – but how?  Anything which helps us to answer that question must be applauded and an excellent example has arrived this week in the shape of the Patient and Family Centred Care Toolkit, […]

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Future focus

  How much have you changed over the past 10 years?  How much do you expect to change in the next 10?  According to Harvard Psychologist Dan Gilbert’s new six minute talk on TED the Psychology of Your Future Self, we all vastly underestimate how different we will be in the future, but readily recognise […]

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Simon Stevens and your Consultant Interview

  With this week’s headline grabbing news story, it would be safe to assume that every doctor will now know the name of NHS England’s new Chief Executive.  In his high profile interview in the Daily Telegraph, Simon Stevens, outlined his opinion that the NHS is at a defining moment, why he took at 10 […]

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Trust your doctor, not Wikipedia?

  “Trust your doctor, not Wikipedia” is the headline on a report on the BBC News website’s Health section.  This story focuses on the output of a paper published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.  It states that there are fundamental problems with nine out of 10 of the online encyclopaedia’s health entries. […]

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Doctors and healthy debate

We may well believe that the state of the nation’s health and the methods of care provision are top priorities.  This would appear to be supported by the many regular news stories in the media and even by the unexpected celebration of the NHS at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.  Yet a […]

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Top doctors need support from above, below and alongside

    More support is needed for top doctors “from above, below and alongside,” according to a report from Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority. Based on a survey collating the views of NHS medical directors, it’s worth considering the report’s messages from the viewpoint of all doctors, regardless of level, speciality or sector.  […]

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