GMC supports doctors treating dementia patients

GMC supports medical professionals dealing with dementia patients

Dementia and mental health issues are the most recent focus of the GMC’s online resource which supports doctors dealing with older patients. New updates to the resource include a ‘MythBusters’ brochure (pdf) produced by the GMC from Professor Alistair Burns CBE, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Dementia. This takes on 5 typical misconceptions related to treating patients with dementia and consists of: ‘there is nothing I can do as a doctor to help– it’s not a medical problem’ and ‘it isn’t really possible to live well and have an excellent and satisfying life with dementia’. The resource also includes new opinion pieces from Alzheimer’s Society and the National Dementia Carers Action Network who supply different viewpoints on helping older patients who cope with dementia and mental …
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GMC responds to the BMA’s statement about the choice to hold commercial action in January and February.The British Medical Association(BMA )has revealed that, following three weeks of discussions over the suggested brand-new junior doctors agreement, it intends to hold four days of industrial action in January and February. Niall Dickson, the Chief Executive of the General Medical Council, said:’Like lots of organisations we are dissatisfied that the discussions between the BMA and NHS Employers have not been successful.’As we have made clear, we anticipate doctors in training who participate in the BMA’s action to take affordable actions to please themselves that plans will remain in place to care for their clients, and to inform companies of their objectives in good time so that steps can be put in location to ensure client security is not compromised.’Medical professionals have a legal right to take in … See all stories on this subject GMC enhances tests for overseas physicians The General Medical Council’s(GMC)assessment for international doctors wanting to work in the UK is to be reinforced. Improvements are being madeto the Expert and Linguistic Assessments Board(PLAB)test list below suggestions from an independent review commissioned by the GMC. The PLAB test is taken by worldwide medical graduates to evaluate whether they have the knowledge and abilities to practice in the UK. It includes a composed understanding test at various locations worldwide and a practical evaluation of scientific abilities at the GMC’s Scientific Evaluation Centre in Manchester. In future, physicians will be required to go through a broader knowledge test and a more extensive practical evaluation, which reflect real life consultations in the UK health system. Doctors will … See all stories on this subject GMC reacts to RCS effort to improve security for patients having cosmetic surgery The Royal College of Surgeons have published new information to help cosmetic surgeons and medical facilities get ready for changes aimed at driving up requirements of care in plastic surgery. From next spring(2016),

specialists will be able to obtain ‘accreditation’ to reveal they are certified and qualified to carry out specific treatments. It will make it possible for surgeons to show they have the right requirements of training and experience to perform plastic surgery. Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the General Medical Council, said:’ Patients of any ages seeking cosmetic treatments can be vulnerable and they do have to be better safeguarded. This is an excellent effort by the College which represents an essential action towards a more secure system. The GMC is also working with the college to develop a new accredita … See all stories on this topic GMC advice for doctors in England thinking about commercial action The British Medical Association(BMA)is about to tally its members who are doctors in training in England about taking industrial action over a new contract suggested by the UK Government. Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the General Medical Council, said:’The choice to hold this ballot

is a matter for the BMA and its members, but we have been approached by a

variety of doctors requesting our view, and we are conscious that lots of doctors would value some recommendations on this matter. We do understand the strength of feeling on this problem, and acknowledge the significant pressure that physicians and NHS companies are under to provide the high quality and safe care that patients anticipate.’It is not for us to encourage medical professionals on the best ways to vote and we are not able to tell medical professionals in training what … See all stories on this subject Declaration from the General Medical Council following the publication of the Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust Investigation General Medical Council’Today’s report shows clearly that this hospital failed moms and infants, and their households, when they were at their most susceptible.’ Where there are individual failings by medical professionals we will act– and we have currently done so in relation to a number of doctors at MorecambeBay, and some examinations are

ongoing.’ But, while individual responsibility is crucial, the vital option across the health service should be to create an open culture everywhere,

which learns from errors and supports front-line staff to provide high quality, safe care. We need to all make sure that we are helping to develop a working environment where openness is the standard.’We have further guidance coming out later this year which define the professional duty of candour, but the ch … See all stories on this subject Medical register gets a revamp to consist of more information.New details about physicians has been added to the General Medical Council’s (GMC)register, making it better for its countless users. Last year the List of Registered Medical Practitioners(LRMP), as the GMC register is officially known, was browsed more than 7 million times. The modifications, presented today, 18 January 2016, are part of the GMC’s commitment making the register more available and helpful for clients, companies and doctors. The register includes information of more than270,000 physicians, including when

and where they qualified, whether they hold a licence to practise and whether they go through any restrictions. Companies use the GMC register to perform pre-employment checks, making certain the medical professionals they take on are signed up and have a licence to practi … See all stories on this topic

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