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03/04/2019 155 Bishopsgate, London

GMC Conference 2019

Together: supporting a profession under pressure in delivering good care

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On 3rd April we were joined by delegates for a day of interactive workshops, discussion and debate with speakers including doctors, international experts, educators, NHS staff and more, at a time when the medical profession at the UK's healthcare systems as a whole face some daunting and difficult challenges.

The theme for our 5th annual conference was Supporting a profession under pressure in delivering good care. We discussed various topics together, including:

  • Tackling unprofessional behaviours
  • Human factors in patient safety
  • What to do when you have concerns about patient safety
  • Health and disability in medical education
  • An exclusive chance to hear from the GMC's new Chair, Dame Clare Marx

You can watch the morning and afternoon sessions on our YouTube channel, which includes the panel discussion and talks from Professor Megan Reitz, Dame Clare Marx and Charlie Massey.

Please note that this event has now taken place.

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This agenda is a living document which serves as an indication of the final programme and is therefore subject to change.

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Education quality assurance review

Delegates heard about how we're developing our education QA processes and reports to be more accessible and relevant in the future.

Explore GMC Data Explorer and the National Training Survey reporting tool; or contact us at events@gmc-uk.org with any questions about our data or our session.

Differential attainment, building fair training pathways

We're determined to do everything we can to address differential attainment in medical education and training. Find out more at www.gmc-uk.org/differentials; and for outcomes data take a look at the National Training Survey reporting tool by selecting the ‘Progression Reports’ tab in the top left hand corner. If you have any questions, or ideas and examples of interventions you are developing please contact us at quality@gmc-uk.org

Speaking up, speaking out

Delegates gave us great ideas to develop resources on this subject later this year. If you have any suggestions or examples of good practice in speaking up, please get in touch with Emily Phillips.

Medical Licensing Assessment – assessing professionalism

How should the Medical Licensing Assessment assess the professionalism of new doctors? Read the research we commissioned on assessing professionalism: Best Practice in the Assessment of Competence: A Literature Review.

For questions on the MLA, contact us at mla@gmc-uk.org or find out more atwww.gmc-uk.org/mla.

Patient feedback for revalidation

Our patient feedback consultation launched at the end of April and closed on 23 July 2019. We are currently analysing the responses and aim to publish revised guidance in early 2020.

Contact us at patientfeedback@gmc-uk.org if you have any questions about our review of this guidance.

Supporting leaders to keep patients safe

Dr Suzanne Shale presented her research on supporting the leadership journey. Please email Emily.phillips@gmc-uk.org to be sent a link when the research is published.

Emerging Concerns Protocol

Read about the benefits of the Emerging Concerns Protocol, which allows regulators to share patient safety concerns early, and proactively supports them to collaborate to safeguard patients and the profession from harm, in a blog by Ian McNeil, Head of our Regional Liaison Service..

Culture change and mitigating the risk of unprofessional behaviours in the NHS

Professional behaviours and patient safety, our new face to face training on tackling unprofessional behaviours, is being piloted at a small number of organisations across the UK in 2019. Find out more at www.gmc-uk.org/respectprotects or contact our Regional Liaison Service at rls@gmc-uk.org.

Health and disability in medical education

This workshop provided a global perspective of disability in medicine. The speakers discussed the importance of the medical profession setting the standard in leading inclusive education, training, and employment. If you have any questions about our work in this area please email events@gmc-uk.org

Enhancing medical student professionalism

Sara Memon and Abdul-Rahman Abbas, two third year medical students from UCL Medical School, presented their shortlisted session from the annual professionalism competition, focusing on reflective practice. See our website for the materials from Sara’s and Abdul-Rahman’s session on our website.

The GMC/MSC fourth student professionalism competition is now open for 2019 - this year focusing on the topic of speaking up on concerns: www.gmc-uk.org/studentcompetition.

Human factors

You can find out more about our work to support a profession under pressure, including introducing human factors training for all of our fitness to practise decision makers, case examiners and clinical experts at www.gmc-uk.org/sapup.

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Saffron Cordery [More Info]
Deputy Chief Executive
NHS Providers
Dr Huw Jones [More Info]
Board of Community Health Councils
Victoria Macdonald [More Info]
Conference Chair
Dr Folarin Majekodunmi [More Info]
National Association for Patient Participation (NAPP)
Dame Clare Marx [More Info]
General Medical Council
Charlie Massey [More Info]
Chief Executive and Registrar
General Medical Council
Megan Reitz [More Info]
Keynote speaker
Dr Christopher Turner [More Info]
Emergency Medicine Consultant
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, NHS
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Gallery - photos from our annual conference in 2018

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Our Conference Partner this year is Educational Commission For Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

ECFMG and FAIMER are private, non-profit organizations based in Philadelphia in the United States. In partnership with each other and with other organizations around the world, ECFMG and FAIMER work to promote quality medical education and health care worldwide. ECFMG and FAIMER are leading experts on the world’s medical education systems and their graduates, the authenticity of physician credentials, the assessment of physicians, and research on physician migration and U.S. physician workforce issues. ECFMG and FAIMER offer programs and resources that serve global communities of medical educators and regulators; physicians and medical students; and those investigating issues in medical education, assessment, and health workforce planning. Learn more at www.ecfmg.org and www.faimer.org


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Our fifth annual conference was held at 155 Bishopsgate, London. 155 Bishopsgate is a large conference centre located a short walk from Liverpool Street Station, and within walking distance of several tube stations. Follow this link for detailed information on directions (PDF), or see the map below. For more information about step-free access to the venue, please follow this link.

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