Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The End of Term.

It's been another successful academic year in our School as I maintained my community blog throughout the year and one in which we were fortunate enough to receive a number of awards for our work. After an initial welcome I started with a feature on international topics which was followed by a guest entry from a local voluntary group in the city - Leeds Irish Health & Homes. I shared Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust's Movember Event which raised funds for men's health activities and included a feature on Leeds Access Committee (Disabled-led) and their excellent work with a Leeds University law student on Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs). We shared a report on our year 1 & 2 student Campus to Clinic community visits whilst at Primary Care and then reported on our December year 2/3 Student Selected Project community placements. I was also proud to honour a great community champion, Dr Carl Hylton, (who sadly passed away this year) for his great work with diverse communities in this region. I further shared my progress in working with the Diversity in Medicine and Health (DIMAH) group nationally which has certainly taken me to interesting parts of the country including London and I got to go on my first tram in Sheffield! The latest post was by Ken Hargreaves on behalf of his Practice Patient Group who told us about their Seven Bite Size Tips for Engagement. I hope you may have enjoyed reading this community blog and I will be back in September 2017. SO WHAT'S IN THE BMJ THIS WEEK? . BMA annual meeting: BMA will work to ensure patients have timely access to wheelchairs. . BMA: UK government must act to avert future medical workforce crises. . BMA: GMC must recognise that a lack of resources puts doctors at risk of mistakes. . Questions remain over implementing Scottish scheme to curb harmful drinking. . US medical groups denounce Senate health repeal bill. . Queen's speech promises change on mental health but ignores wider NHS problems. Six members quit presidential AIDS Council as Trump 'simply does not care.' READ ALL ABOUT IT! With best wishes, Barry

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Fruits of Engagement - 7 Bitesize Tips

Ken Hargreaves, outgoing PPG chair at Holycroft Surgery in Keighley, West Yorkshire, offers his tips for a successful GP Patient Participation Group. 'Nothing is to be gained in using patients in a tokenistic way by a mere "box ticking" process.' 1. A good launch - or re-launch - for PPG engagement. 2. A culture of engagement. 3. Engaging events. 4. Expanding engagement - increasing involvement. 5. Never miss an opportunity to engage. 6. Extending the boundaries of engagement. 7. Celebrating the fruits of engagement. The first ever Research Engagement Award was presented to Holycroft Surgery Patient Council in May 2015. For the full article see www.practice-management.org.uk February 2016. SO WHAT'S IN THE BMJ THIS WEEK? . Elective waiting times to rise again after relaxation of targets. . India Medical Association's call to relax pregnancy scan data angers campaigners. . Nine doctors are elected as MPs. . WHO targets antimicrobial resistance in new essential medicines list. . Number of cases of syphilis continue to rise. . Junior doctors hesitate to speak up over unprofessional behaviour, study finds. . Trauma staff change routines in wake of terrorist attack. . A quarter of Scottish general practices report vacancies. . Half of CCGs plan treatment cutbacks to meet financial targets. READ ALL ABOUT IT! With best wishes, Barry

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Diversity in Medicine and Health (DIMAH)

DIMAH is a national collaborative organisation created in 2010. As an emerging voice within medicine and healthcare education, DIMAH aims to advance the importance of recognising, accepting and accounting for the importance of diversity in all aspects of medicine and healthcare delivery. As a national organisation DIMAH provides an invaluable opportunity for educators to share and discuss new ways of improving and supporting curriculum development in diversity education and developing excellent practice. For more information on DIMAH see our website at: www.dimah.co.uk/ Our next meeting is at The Greenwood Institute of Child Health in Leicester on the 13th of July 2017 (9.30am until 4.30pm) and if you are involved in teaching in medicine or healthcare (or a student in this field) then you would be welcome to attend and you can join us via our website. Guest Entry, Riya George, Secretary, Diversity in Medicine and Health. SO WHAT'S IN THE BMJ THIS WEEK? . Labour calls for enquiry into NHS cyber-attack. . Measles outbreak in Somali American community follows anti-vaccine talks. . Waiting times at their "worst," but quality of care holds up. . Next government must tackle public health "ticking time bomb" says BMA. . UK poverty has "devastating" effect on children's health, doctors warn. . UK plan to improve air quality is too weak, say campaigners. .Whistleblowing junior doctor scores a victory in Court of Appeal. . US representatives vote to repeal Affordable Care Act. READ ALL ABOUT IT! With best wishes, Barry

Monday, April 10, 2017

Easter Holidays and Planning Ahead

As the students go on their Easter break (and we have ours soon too) I have just finished giving feedback on 50 or so student group reports (one side of A4) on their community visits to local voluntary groups whilst on placement at Primary Care in Campus to Clinic Years 1 & 2. I am always impressed by the diverse range of visits that the students have chosen to carry out and their reports are usually a pleasure to read. It is also really good that some have chosen to visit homeless projects plus The Real Junk Food Café Projects and the diverse range of visits may help the students to think more holistically about healthcare as well as possibly helping to build links between practices and the third sector which is what voluntary groups are always asking for. I continue to maintain my links with a wide range of voluntary groups in the city and one group I am involved with, Leeds Men's Health & Wellbeing Network, in partnership with The West Indian Community Centre Charitable Trust (WICCCT) and The Al-Khidmat Centre, has just been awarded £25k by North Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group to promote social prescribing and healthy activities amongst diverse men in Leeds LS7. It is also great that the local group WICCCT will lead on this. In the meantime as always we continue to plan for future student sessions and I hope everyone has a really good Easter break as the weather seems to be improving! SO WHAT'S IN THE BMJ THIS WEEK? . Regulator takes action against four online pharmacies. . Half of patients with learning disability miss out on annual health check. . Patients needing urgent GP care could be seen at neighbouring practices under CCG plans. . Free condoms should be targeted at people with high STI risk, says NICE. . Support overseas doctors for first year, says leader of doctors' mental health service. . Canada announces plan to legalise recreational marijuana. . Government "must get tough" on food companies that miss sugar reduction targets. . BMA urges government to grant permanent residence to European doctors working in the UK. READ ALL ABOUT IT! With best wishes, Barry

Monday, April 03, 2017

Carl Hylton Community Champion

I am really lucky in my post as a community education development officer here at Leeds School of Medicine, University of Leeds and in the last 17 years I have met some wonderful community campaigners and activists and one such person was Dr Carl Hylton from Chapeltown, in Leeds LS7. Although I first actually met Carl in the 1990's when I worked at The School of Continuing Education at the University of Leeds (now the Centre for Lifelong Learning) and Carl was part of a group which were putting on brilliant Black education courses for the local African Caribbean community in the area and we were funding these. In fact Carl put together a piece on their work for a lovely booklet which we published in the 1990's called 'Voices from the Grassroots' (1995) which was edited by Dr Eileen Barrett and myself. I mention all of this because sadly Carl recently passed away and it was only a month ago that I was working with him (on behalf of Leeds Men's Health & Wellbeing Network) in a joint funding bid with The West Indian Community Centre Charitable Trust and The Al-Khidmat Centre which we have just heard was successful. It was interesting to later read that Carl was born in Jamaica in 1947 and came to London in in 1957 and was later to start work as a Building Technician but after 20 years in a career change he went into higher education gaining a BA (Honours) in Social Science, an MA (in Political Sociology) and a PhD. Carl was a talented freelance researcher and Project Director for Leeds Bi-Centenary Transformation Project plus was a Director and founding member of JUST-West Yorkshire. He was also a committed community activist and archivist. He had been recognised as a promoter and developer of policies that enhance cultural competences, care and understanding for Black families amongst health and social service providers. It was really good to have met Carl. With best wishes, Barry

Monday, February 27, 2017

Campus to Clinic Community Visits

The first years and second years go out this year in groups of four to Primary Care over 8 mornings as part of the Campus to Clinic part of the curriculum. Whilst they are at Primary Care we ask them to find a local voluntary group (ideally close to their practice) to visit so they can learn about local healthcare networks, as well as thinking holistically about healthcare. The visits may also help to build links between the practices and voluntary groups which is what the third sector is always asking for. Some of the student brief reports on their community visits are starting to come in and I am always amazed at the diversity of the visits that the students manage to carry out. I offer some brief feedback on these to the students and they are usually a pleasure to read. SO WHAT'S IN THE BMJ THIS WEEK? . MPs urge government to stop "bickering" with NHS leaders and solve funding crisis. . Four in 10 European doctors may leave UK after Brexit vote, BMA survey finds. . Support swells across UK in day of action for migrant workers. . Politicians will be "colluding" in unsafe care if they block NHS plans, says King's Fund chief. . NHS Trusts £900m deficit amid winter pressure. . Experts debate Trump's mental health in US press. READ ALL ABOUT IT! With best wishes, Barry

Monday, January 30, 2017

New Term 2017 Begins

I have just finished marking my 34 RESS Community Student Selected Project placement assignments and the quality as usual was very good. The placements were mainly with voluntary groups in Leeds and were interesting to read plus the medical students clearly get a lot out of these. The excellent Sign Language tutor, Ian Robinson, also gets his 24 medical students to come up with ideas for making the NHS better for Deaf people and I hope to share the best of the student's ideas in my March 2017 Community Newsletter. We also had our second set of IDEALS Inclusion Health - Valuing Diversity workshops on the 16th of January 2017 and the feedback from the facilitators and students is usually very good on these. In my two workshops on Working Class Doctors the students do an action-centred case study where they look at how the School and medical students can do more to attract working class students to medicine and I always send their ideas to the Widening Participation Team in the School to be acted upon. I continue to work with a number of groups in Leeds such as Leeds Men's Health & Wellbeing Network (who have just put in a funding bid for a project with diverse men) and at the Jigsaw Visitor's Centre at Leeds Prison and with this latter group it could be an interesting time as Visitor Centres are being put out to tender. I will be attending the next national Diversity in Medicine & Health (DIMAH) meeting in Birmingham on the 3rd of February as well as Leeds City of Sanctuary Health Network on the 23rd of February and both organisations do a wonderful job in promoting inclusivity. SO WHAT'S IN THE BMJ THIS WEEK? . GP Leaders in Northern Ireland to begin collecting resignation letters from practices. . Full time GP workforces fell by nearly 100 last year. . Trump expands antiabortion funding to include all global health funding. . Accepting patients in emergency departments takes too long, says watchdog. . Hunt wants "new relationship" with Europe on health after Brexit. . UK children have an "alarming gap" in health between rich and poor, report finds. . People with HIV face a care "time bomb" scare. READ ALL ABOUT IT! With best wishes, Barry