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A Practical Guide to Managing Doctors in Difficulty and Difficult Behaviour

Friday 15 March 2019
De Vere W1 Conference Centre, London

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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 and difficult doctors. Managing colleagues in difficulty and doctors with difficult behavior was 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 behaviors.

We are keen that concerns about practice are identified and resolved early, to prevent harm to patients and increase the opportunity for the individual to return to safe practice…Healthcare organisations seek our advice on a wide range of matters, including concerns about individual practitioner behaviour, clinical practice, conduct, health working in teams and/or working environment, and its relationship with the individual practitioner’s performance. Practitioner Performance Advice Service, NHS Resolution October 2018

“We take concerns raised about a doctor’s behaviour, health or performance seriously” GMC 2018

“We receive several thousand concerns every year…

  • misconduct
  • poor performance
  • a criminal conviction or caution
  • physical or mental ill-health that may impact your ability to practise medicine
  • a determination by another regulatory body
  • insufficient knowledge of English.”

GMC Information for Doctors under investigation 2018

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, and understand the impact of individual behavior on team dynamics and manage difficult behavior and conduct. 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.

 

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