Is there a role for ‘teaching’ leadership and management?

There is more and more emphasis on doctors to develop their leadership and management skills, but how do we do this and when is the right time for it to be done?
We know that consultants are encouraged to attend management and leadership courses to help …

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‘Humanitarian crisis’ in the NHS?

The British Red Cross has said it has deployed staff to help in hospital and provided transport for discharged patients due to the current ‘humanitarian crisis’ in the NHS. 
The charity has said that it has supported the East Midlands Ambulance Service and is currently in …

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New Year’s resolutions?

Happy New Year, everyone!
As we embark on 2017, some sobering statistics have just emerged: four-fifths of middle-aged adults are putting themselves at risk of disease as busy lives and desk jobs make it increasingly hard to stay healthy, experts have said. Eighty-three per cent of …

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STPs: will they be deliverable?

As winter approaches, NHS managers in England will be even busier than usual. Handling the increased volume of emergency admissions to hospitals and juggling demands for beds will be as tough as ever. On top of that will be a raft of meetings discussing the …

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Burnout: have we been suffering in silence?

The desire to feel infallible has remained integral to a surgeon’s career for decades. The need to be calm under stress, to operate under the toughest of conditions, to deal with other people’s emotions has been part and parcel of the job. Most doctors can …

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Changing how we obtain consent: do we have the time?

The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has warned that NHS trusts risk facing a dramatic increase in the number of litigation pay-outs made if they do not make changes to the processes they use to gain consent from patients before surgery. The warning comes after …

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Cheer up, the future’s not what it was

With the release of the GMC report last week on doctors’ morale in the NHS, it was no surprise to find most doctors in agreement that things are pretty bad and the GMC agrees. We are warned by GMC Chair Professor Sir Terence Stephenson to ‘guard for …

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A year to the day

This week has been hectic…but fun and interesting. Not so a year ago when the last week in October was also busy but not pleasurable. I remember going from clinic to clinic, having a series of scans and biopsies to diagnose my throat cancer. 12 …

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Will training more doctors in the UK resolve the current problems of the NHS?

There is widespread agreement that the NHS is facing a crisis when it comes to doctor shortages. It is one of the underlying reasons why the dispute between the government and junior doctors has been so bitter.
So news that the number of training places is …

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Recognising hypogonadism

Asif is 52 and has a two-year history of erectile dysfunction. He has hypertension and dyslipidaemia and a strong family history of diabetes, both parents and two brothers suffering from type 2 diabetes. His wife is 40 and very distressed by their lost sex life. …

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