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

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