• The College crest over the entrance to College Hall

    The College crest over the entrance to College Hall

  • First address to the College at the AGM in 2015

    First address to the College at the AGM in 2015

  • Main entrance to the College

    Main entrance to the College

Standing up to unprofessional behaviour

In clinical practice we are rightly concerned that our performance is matched by the highest standards of professionalism.Just as it is easier to recognise incompetence than to offer a good definition of what competence is, the same may be considered true of professionalism.

It is easy to recognise when things don’t match up to an expected standard than to articulate clearly how that standard should be defined...

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Academy of Clinical Educators

One of the exciting developments this year has been the establishment of the Academy of Clinical Educators (ACE) within the College.This development is both necessary and opportune.The Academy which will exist in a virtual sense essentially has two functions...

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Lateral thinking about global opportunities

The College has been active in a number of countries worldwide.There are certain locations where we have particularly strong links and it is a priority to develop these.Our plans to serve our core members more effectively and to support and sustain the highest standards of healthcare remains our major global objective...

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Feet for Life

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm – Abraham Lincolnfeetforlife 1

Even when they are healthy, our feet take a hammering.Seeing the London Marathon emphasises the point.Consider the impact of more than 40,000 steps making up a marathon course...

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Perception of risk and the importance of teamwork

All clinicians ought to be able to log what they do and the results they achieve.If we cannot do that, it begs the question about whether we should actually continue to do what we do.We need to be more aware of the limitations of our own ability, the complexity of the conditions our patients face and the importance of working together with colleagues to achieve the best outcomes...

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The poison of politicisation

Recruiting and retaining a committed senior medical workforce is more of an issue in the Scottish NHS than at any time in its history.During 2015 a worrying proportion of consultant advisory appointment committees were cancelled – typically because of a lack of suitable, or often any, applicants.

The government policy has been to establish a significant increase in the consultant establishment...

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A courageous decision!

Maybe I am easily surprised but I certainly did not see this coming.Last month, the House of Lords indicated its support to lower the drink driving limit in England and Wales to 50mg/100ml.The Alcohol Health Alliance, the Institute of Advanced Motorists and the charity BRAKE have all independently found levels of public support for this change to be between 70 – 80%...

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Escalation of junior doctors’ industrial action

It was with dismay that I learned that the BMA have decided to change the status of the next stage of junior doctors’ industrial action to a full blown strike involving withdrawal of all services.While I am persuaded that the junior doctors have a good case and while I have gone on the record to indicate that there have been mistakes on both sides of the dispute, I am deeply concerned at this latest turn of events.

My concern is that an all-out strike will be very harmful for patients – people will inevitably come to significant harm...

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Simulation

Practice to perform | Practice perfection | Practice makes permanent       

There is mounting evidence that various forms of simulation in clinical training are both effective and beneficial.In Scotland we are already well placed to deliver high quality simulated training, indeed the value of our bootcamp style of training event has proved to be popular and valuable.

Having said that, at the Bi-Collegiate Simulation Meeting held at the end of February it became obvious that our colleagues in Ireland have pushed ahead with mandated inclusion of simulation in various aspects of surgical training curricula...

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The first 100 days

As I write this I have been in office for exactly 100 days.For first term American Presidents this milestone has been noted since the 1930s when Franklin D Roosevelt was in the White House.It provides a chance to reflect on the characteristics and accomplishments over that relatively brief period...

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