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A Practical Guide to Managing & Supporting Doctors in Difficulty

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This conference aimed at senior clinicians, clinical directors, responsible officers, medical directors and clinical leads, focuses on managing and supporting doctors in difficulty. Managing colleagues in difficulty and doctors with difficult behaviour is generally seen to be the most challenging element of a Clinical or Medical Directors role. This conference aims to support you to identify concerns early, diagnose the issues, and ensure effective intervention and support doctors who are experiencing difficulty or demonstrating difficult behaviours. There will also be a focus on enhanced support as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

‘After almost two years of the pandemic, doctors’ workloads are increasing; and fatigue and burnout are on the rise ... Working in depleted teams, facing daunting backlogs in patient care, treating people with more advanced disease and working outside our usual area of practice or under restricted conditions have become commonplace.”

Professor Dame Carrie MacEwan, GMC Acting Chair 2022

“Medicine has always been a high-pressure career, but doctors are telling us that the demands on them are now so great they risk becoming unmanageable. As a result, their own health suffers, and patient care is compromised”

Charlie Massey, Chief Executive, GMC

“Nearly half of intensive care unit (ICU) and anaesthetic staff surveyed for a study reported symptoms consistent with a probable diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), severe depression, anxiety, or problem drinking.”


Through national updates, case studies from experienced Medical and Clinical Directors, and in depth interactive sessions this conference will enable senior clinicians to manage concerns and work with doctors in difficulty, support doctors with health or mental health issues, and manage difficult behaviour and conduct issues. Extended interactive sessions will focus on managing and supporting doctors in difficulty, doctors experiencing physical or mental health concerns, and managing and working with difficult colleagues. The conference will also update delegates on employment law, and look at resolution of concerns around professional practice including remedial and developmental action.

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working support doctors in difficulty
  • Reflect on the journey of a Doctor with lived experience of mental health issues
  • Learn from outstanding practice in working with doctors to tackle unprofessional, difficult or disruptive behaviours which can impact on patient safety and outcomes
  • Understand the impact and pressure of Covid-19 on Doctors and ensure enhanced support during the pandemic 
  • Develop practical solutions to bring joy back into day to day practice
  • Fatigue and Burnout: Looking after yourself and your colleagues 
  • Explore the practicalities of managing doctors in difficulty from a Medical Directors perspective
  • Improve the way concerns are identified and responded to
  • Gain an understanding of the support available to support poorly performing clinicians
  • Understand how you can improve support for doctors experiencing mental health, physical health or clinical performance concerns
  • Managing the after effects of the pandemic – supporting Doctors with PTSD, depression, anxiety, and problem drinking
  • Identify key strategies for enabling resolution and remedial/developmental action
  • Understand the HR and Legal context
  • Supports CPD professional development and acts as revalidation evidence. This course provides 5hrs training for CPD subject to peer group approval for revalidation purposes

Chair & Speakers Include:

Dr Helen Garr

Deputy Medical Director
NHS Practitioner Health Programme

Dr Hamish McLure

Chair of the Clinical Directors’ Executive, Clinical Directors Network of the Royal College of Anaesthetists Consultant Anaesthetist & Medical Director (Professional Standards and Workforce Development) Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Jeremy Rushmer

Medical Director
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Claire Blount

Clinical Psychologist, Staff Wellbeing Psychology Team
North Bristol NHS Trust

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage with your key audience  
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Carolyn Goodbody for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

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