The Study Leave Squeeze

and how to mitigate it… With the NHS in perennial financial crisis, this last week we learn from Jim Mackey, NHSI Chief Executive, that 2017-18 will require providers to find yet another 4.3% of savings, despite the majority stating quite clearly they were running out of new options. The Sustainability and Transformation process was designed … Continued

Difficult or Different?

You work with a huge variety of people. Different nationalities, different cultural backgrounds, different sexes, different colours, different professional groups and different inner humans. However, frequently we don’t experience ‘difference’ so much as feeling we are experiencing ‘difficult’ when in fact difference is the underlying driver of that outward behaviour. This brief educational article is … Continued

The Crocodile versus the Cortex

Why you pitch poorly We all pitch, even though most of us don’t use those words to describe the scenarios we find ourselves in. The word adequately describes what we do when we present a business case to gain approval for a service development or a new scanner. However, when we raise concerns that the … Continued

The Struggling Trainee – Vulnerability of the Supervisor

An Underappreciated Risk of Educational Supervision It is unlikely that you can remain as an educational supervisor for any length of time without finding yourself at some point with a later stage trainee that gives you severe cause for concern and has you begging the question of how they got to this point with ‘these’ … Continued

3 Headlines, 2 Primary Conclusions, 1 Inevitable Outcome

With Catastrophic Effects for Current Staff Today is an interesting day. In the last 24 hours we have seen the emergence of 3 distinct news reports that, taken together, virtually require us to conclude something rather alarming and of very personal importance or implication. It could be argued that each of these items taken individually … Continued

RCP Report – Underfunded, Underdoctored, Overstretched

The NHS in 2016 RCP have released a pretty stark report highlighting, amongst other things, the significantly increase gulf between provision and demand. This in itself is not news to anyone working on the front line (and I believe not news to anyone in Whitehall either). However, if they ‘know’ but choose not act, you … Continued

Doctors Strikes & Courses

What’s Our Policy? It’s a tough one for everybody and we are playing it somewhat by ear but our current default is that courses are running. We are able to re-book people onto future days but this comes with a charge for very specific reasons. When you book your slot, we book you a venue … Continued

Appraisals & Revalidation Update Training

Refresher Training for Existing Appraisers We are currently getting quite a few requests for this as many swathes of appraisers have now been appraising sufficiently long that they need a refresher course to ensure they remain current with GMC guidelines. We have a rather unique approach to this. Besides the update training itself, it’s a … Continued

Handling Interruptions Whilst Being Nice

Interruptions Can Wreck a Consultant’s Time Management So, you are concentrating on a vital and complex guideline. It’s full of figures and drug calculations. In the middle of a complex sum, the door knocks. You answer… and someone says “can I just have a quick word?” 45 minutes later, with a whole new problem to … Continued