Monday, October 09, 2017

Valuing Diversity

We have just had the first of our two IDEALS 2 Inclusion Health - Valuing Diversity small group interactive workshops for medical students and prior to these in the morning we have an excellent talk in the lecture theatre by Howard Beck of Leeds City Council on Deaf Awareness. I also facilitate a workshop on Working Class Doctors and in an action-centred case study the students come up with ideas on how we may attract more diverse working class students to do medicine and I then pass these onto our Widening Participation Team to be considered. I continue to give my time back to the community by being a member of a number of community organisations in the city and with The Jigsaw Visitor's Centre at Leeds Prison we are now finalising our plans to potentially run two more visitor centres in the region. After a very long delay (due to the refurbishment of our building) I have finally been able to arrange a launch of the excellent Community Arts Initiative painting produced by Age UK's Over 55's LGBT Group - Out in Leeds. It is now planned for December 2017 and I also hope to invite some young LGBT medical students and members of the University Union LGBT Group to attend as well as our Director of Medical Education. I recently attended a great talk by Dr Robert Burroughs of Leeds Beckett University as part of Black History Month and his work in researching slavery is giving a voice to those forgotten by history including black people themselves. I also met with St George's Crypt who support the homeless and destitute of Leeds and we hope to increase the number of year 2/3 medical students that they take as part of our December RESS Pre-Xmas Student Selected Projects plus we also aim to explore how we can get medical students to do some research with them as part of our ESREP Programme. SO WHAT'S IN THE BMJ THIS WEEK? . Gun injuries cost US $3b a year in hospital charges. . Plastic surgeons report surge in reoperations for patients treated abroad. . Persistent lapses at Cornwall hospital trust lead to special measures. . Prime minister promises review of organ donation and Mental Health Act. . Number of British doctors working in Australia and New Zealand is rising. . BMA calls for urgent meeting with health secretary over GP crisis. . NHS staff march against passport checks. . Limits on working hours may be relaxed after Brexit warns employment expert. . Two thirds of Europe's psychiatric trainees are looking to migrate. . Hunt promises affordable homes and flexible hours to retain NHS staff. READ ALL ABOUT IT! With best wishes, Barry

Monday, September 25, 2017

Community based medical education gets under way!

Along with others I gave a short talk to year 2 medical students on the Campus to Clinic part of the curriculum last week and I focussed on their community visits to voluntary groups whilst at Primary care. I gave the example of food banks and if a doctor had a family as patients who simply weren't getting enough food to eat then if the doctor did research on their local community they may find a local food bank they could refer the family to, and this may also help the students to think more holistically. Another example would be signposting potentially socially isolated older patients to local older peoples' projects and these are also examples of what the NHS calls 'social prescribing.' We also had our year 2/3 RESS December Pre-Xmas Student Selected Projects Open Afternoon in the School and I was available to talk to students about the Community option plus to answer any questions they may have. Overall 37 students came to hear about our option. Our IDEALS 2 Language Lab workshops start in October 2017 (over 2 weeks) and we cover BME languages common to our region plus sign language and there is also a workshop on 'English in a medical setting' which is geared primarily towards international students. The purpose of these workshops is for the students to learn some basic welcoming phrases in BME languages and to build a better rapport with diverse groups of patients. There are also a range of video podcasts on each language available on our virtual learning environment for the medical students. In these sessions we ask the tutors to start by saying a bit about the background to the language and about the culture that the language comes from. In October we will also have the first of our 2 IDEALS 2 Inclusion Health - Valuing Diversity workshops where we bring in outside organisations and individuals to run small group interactive workshops on diversity topics. The first workshops are proceeded by a guest lecture on Deaf Awareness by Howard Beck from Leeds City Council which usually proves very popular. In December I will have 34 year 2/3 students out on placement on the RESS Community option and will then have their reflective diaries and community newsletter articles to mark. SO WHAT'S IN THE BMJ THIS WEEK? . GPs in an "invidious" position to prescribe ADHD drugs without specialist knowledge. . NHS bosses reject GPs' request to close patients list. . Last ditch effort to repeal Obamacare gathers steam. . Just 3% of patients with long term conditions have a written care plan. . One in 10 parents with child in neonatal care don't see a consultant in 24 hours, audit finds. . CQC rates 90% of general practice good or better. . BMA urges more career flexibility and better occupational support to fight workforce crisis. . Serious incident investigations for cerebral palsy are "poor quality," says watchdog. . You Tube videos promote positive image of alcohol, finds study. . General practice funding rose by 3% last year. . Few novel antibiotics in the pipeline, WHO warns. . Mental health services turned down help for 50,000 young people in England last year, report estimates. READ ALL ABOUT IT! With best wishes, Barry

Monday, September 11, 2017

Welcome to Barry's Blog Adademic Year September 2017 - June 2018

Firstly a welcome to new medical students and returning medical students from later years plus to those readers from the wider community. I will endeavour to post every two to three weeks or so throughout the academic year and I will comment on the work of medical students and our School here at Leeds plus on issues out there in the wider community. I will also highlight interesting news items in the week's British Medical Journal on-line and these are often short and snappy stories which cover UK health news plus international health issues. I will also try to refer readers to interesting articles plus I will occasionally try to have guest entries. I have just sent out my latest Leeds Institute of Medical Education Community Newsletter (Issue 48, September 2017) and electronic copies of this can be found on the Leeds School of Medicine website. With best wishes, Barry