Dr Damocles looks for a new partner

And I’m back!..

Following a break from blogging and sketching…

I return with this sketch to reflect on Dr Nigel Watson’s review of the GP Partnership model, Kindly commissioned by then Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP.

Dr Damocles searches for a new GP Partner… From a distance and to the untrained eye, his gilded position looks sound. He does great work for his his patients. He is valued by his community. He is respected. But, Dr A. Millennial is worried. Many swords hang by threads above head and there is a rising tide at their feet. And she has many other options…

 

Damocles of Syracuse https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damocles

Ex Medica – A student documentary about AI in medicine

Three students from Vision West Nottinghamshire College  have made a short documentary about AI in medicine featuring an interview with yours truly.

They made contact through this blog having read some of my previous articles on AI in medicine and seeing that I was based near their college.

It was a pleasure to meet with Oliver, Lucy and Sam and be filmed at my surgery. They asked some great questions.

I was shocked in the film to see how much I say “erm”.

Must work on that…

We talked about how AI may soon be supporting, or even outperforming and replacing humans in certain tasks. Particularly those involving the understanding and weighing of complicated information, applying algorithmic rules to make predictions and draw conclusions, especially when consistency and low rates of error are important. This includes a large part of what doctors, health workers and many other professionals do on a day to day basis.

AI looks set to challenge humans in many of those professions which have traditionally been seen as a good bet by students for steady employability and decent pay.

I commented that in choosing to study, film, a field that draws on creativity and originality to entertain other humans, they might have made a smart choice in terms of their future job chances and pay.

Artistic and artisan pursuits require a human touch and a willingness to make mistakes. In order to truly have value for some people, others need to be challenged and to dislike.

 

“To err is human” and this has value. 

 

Perhaps there is hope for me and my “erms” after all.

 

Helen Stoke Lampard Speaks to RCGP Vale of Trent June 2017

On 22 of June Helen Stokes came to visit Nottingham and spoke to local GPs at an RCGP Vale of Trent Faculty evening event. She spoke about “The Future of GP” and was quizzed by questions from members.

Dr Stokes-Lampard discussed:

  • The role of the RCGP
  • Progress with GPFV
  • Handling the snap election and the unexpected result
  • That handshake with Jeremy Hunt (he has two GP sister-in-laws apparently)
  • Glass ceilings in medicine
  • Working at scale

In an RCGP first, the event was streamed live on the faculties facebook page. It was great fun for our team to experiment with new technology and innovate.

 

Sit back and enjoy 36 minutes of HSL…

Anatomy of a Doctorpreneur 5/5 – The Pitch

When picturing an entrepreneurial pitch, most people’s minds will turn to the popular BBC TV show Dragon’s Den. Business owners braving the scrutiny of the rich, experienced and powerful dragons in a make or break attempt to win funding over 10, or so, awkward minutes.

However, pitching a company or idea can take many different forms. The audience isn’t always an investor. Other people also need convincing that your business will work. Key employees, customers, partner’s, family and friends will all need persuading at times. And, often this persuading is accomplished over many conversations, rather than a single event.

Some consider the reality of successful pitching more like dating. You need to show up, make a good impression, put in some effort and show passion. But, at least initially, leave them wanting more and give them a reason to look forward to that next date.

 

Our journey through this 5 part series exploring the world of entrepreneurs and medical startups is nearly at an end. We have travelled through the process of becoming a founder, finding a good service or product idea, assembling a winning startup team, and identifying sources of funding. Today, in this final installment, we will examine the important skill of delivering a good pitch.

In this post, we will explore general tips for delivering a good pitch and consider some of the building blocks for constructing a versatile “pitch deck”. A useful resource to support pitching to a variety of audiences.

 

Pitching your medical startup – General tips

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AiT & First5s – Get your dream GP job

Workforce issues consistently appear the near top of lists of problems facing general practice.

GP Trainees and First5s look their more senior colleagues and see some of them struggling to cope with workload and stress. The pressure to do all they can to find the right job for them, at the right practice, is felt keener than ever.

Practices are finding it difficult to fill positions, particularly partnership roles. Many fear that they may become unsustainable if they cannot recruit to replace those retiring or moving on.


In this video I talk to a group of First5 and ST3 GP registrars about the process of finding and securing a good post.

If you are a new, or not so new, GP searching for a job then I hope the presentation will be useful.

For practices looking to recruit, the discussion and questions from new GPs offer an interesting insight into the their concerns and priorities. These might help you also in your search for the right candidate.


In the video, we cover:

  • Deciding what your dream job actually looks like
  • Assessing GP job adverts
  • Informal visits
  • CVs
  • Covering letters
  • Interviews
  • Negotiating salary and terms

For more videos from the RCGP Vale of Trent Transitions2017 Conference, click here.

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NHS Cyber Attack! – 5 things I learned

On Friday 12th May NHS IT and communication systems up and down the UK were shut down as Hospitals and GP surgeries fell victim to a ransomware attack on their computer systems. Staff were presented with a screen stating that their files had been encrypted and demanded $300 in Bitcoins, an online currency, in order to make the data usable again. The virus spread quickly across the heavily networked but aging NHS infrastructure. Affected organisations gave the order to shut down all IT systems to halt the spread and large parts of the NHS lost all telephone and computer systems as they were returned to the world of pen and paper.

At my surgery in Nottingham, we were without computer systems for three working days. Being under “cyber attack” was an interesting experience.

The effect of losing multiple systems all at once was extremely disruptive. To make matters worse, our IT support and CCG also lost the use of their phones, email and computers at the same time. It was impossible to report problems upward, communicate with our colleagues or receive instructions about how to react or respond.

However, we in General Practice and the NHS are an adaptable bunch. It was only a matter of minutes before we were handwriting on the paper from our printers and dusting off the BNFs. Reception did a great job of recreating our appointment ledger on a white board. Patients were understanding. Staff turned to social media and news websites on their phones for information. Before long people across the system were finding alternative ways of communicating, using mobile phone numbers, facebook, twitter and personal emails to cascade information and coordinate our response. Our staff even drove around neighbouring practices to inform them of the instructions to switch off their IT.

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