Russell Cartwright, GMC Corporate Communications Manager, reflects on the first of our series of UK-wide Medical professionalism matters events which took place in Bristol last week. He invites people to continue the discussions and take part in a poll.

I thoroughly enjoyed the first of the Medical professionalism matters events at the SS Great Britain in Bristol. I needn’t have worried about turnout. 100 passionate local clinicians, students and patient representatives took part in some really interesting conversations on the theme of the collaborative doctor. It was an eye-opener to hear about the many challenges that doctors face. Watch our video and tell us what you think below or on Twitter using #gooddoctors.

Our Chief Executive Niall Dickson opened the event and asked the delegates to vote on a set of questions. We have replicated these questions in a poll which you can take part in below. To me the most interesting result of these was that just 62% of delegates felt confident they would be supported by senior clinicians in their organisation if they raised a concern.

Niall Dickson during the voting session at the start of the Collaborative Doctor event
Niall Dickson during the voting session at the start of the Collaborative Doctor event

Peter Lees, Chief Executive of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM) set the scene for the table discussions. For Peter a key question that all teams should ask themselves is ‘Can the most junior person in the team question the most senior person?’ He highlighted evidence that showed that good team working saves lives. In the future he thinks team working should form a significant part of every appraisal or revalidation.

Then there was some table work which saw rich discussions around the following themes: Integrated care, multi-disciplinary team working, collaboration and respect within the profession, and patient involvement.

Roundtable discussions
Roundtable discussions

On my table we had a mixture of doctors from different specialties, some students and two patient representatives and we had a really interesting discussion around patient involvement. Most people on the table agreed that they see the reasons why involving patients in their care are important but that there are a range of barriers to doing this effectively, the biggest of which is pressures on their time. It was also acknowledged that different patients want to be involved in different ways and to different levels.

Storyboard of discussions
Cara from @GraphicChange produced a storyboard of discussions live in the main room

Dr Kit Byatt brought to our attention the McNamara fallacy and how in healthcare we can focus on making the measurable important rather than making the important measurable.
The panel discussion followed on nicely from the table discussions with our panellists being asked some challenging questions on the topics above.

Several people contributed to the ongoing discussion on Twitter

I’m looking forward to our second event focus on ‘the resilient doctor’ in Newcastle on the 16 July

We are analysing all of the content that was recorded last week including the points made in the panel discussion, notes from the table discussions, storyboard, video, votes and the items posted on the solutions wall and what we hear from you. We will be using all of this to inform a report and a summary of the discussions.

If you were unable to attend please leave a comment below or complete the poll which includes all of the questions asked at the event.

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