Medacs Healthcare has recently announced the provision of 20 new training courses for their locum doctors, delivered as a learning series titled Locum Best Practice in collaboration with the General Medical Council.
As a valuable addition to mandatory training on clinical skills, the Locum Best Practice learning series is focused on the ethics and professional standards expected of locum doctors in their daily practice. Topics cover a wide range of scenarios, from ‘best practice’ use of social media to dealing with patients’ differing personal beliefs.
The course material has been developed by the General Medical Council’s regional liaison advisors, a team already working extensively with NHS Trusts to help doctors in substantive posts to embed the GMC’s professional standards.
Working with Medacs Healthcare, the GMC has now tailored course materials specifically to suit locum doctors, and help them deal competently with ethical scenarios when they arise. Medacs Healthcare say these courses will form an integral part of Medacs Academy, an ongoing programme that represents their continued investment in, and commitment to supporting locums with their revalidation and continuing professional development.
Medacs Healthcare have secured independent CPD accreditation for the entire Locum Best Practice series, so doctors can readily incorporate them into their CPD portfolios to support revalidation and appraisal processes.
Since their selection in 2012 as a pilot organisation to test the development of the Medical Appraisal Guide, Medacs Healthcare has been at the forefront of revalidation for locum doctors and currently offers more support with doctors’ CPD than any other agency.
Kirsten Simcoe, Head of Doctors at Medacs Healthcare, commented:
“The NHS is currently facing unprecedented staffing challenges and we know the quality of the locum medical staff we provide is paramount to achieving healthcare outcomes for all stakeholders. We are therefore committed to supporting both our NHS clients, and our locum doctors with the continuing professional guidance they need to provide quality care, and to successfully undertake their revalidation duties.”
Ian McNeill, Head of the GMC’s Regional Liaison Service, added:
“We are really pleased to be working with Medacs to deliver this innovative and interactive learning series for their doctors. We have developed a package of four training workshops that has been specifically tailored to address the needs of doctors working in locum roles. Using a combination of teaching approaches we will address the types of professional and ethical dilemmas faced by doctors practicing modern medicine. Issues such as the use of social media and how to maintain professional boundaries, respect for others, teamworking, personal beliefs, patient safety and leadership and management will all be covered.”
For more information about the Locum Best Practice CPD learning series click here.
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