Trainee’s portfolio ‘used as evidence against them’ in legal case

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection. Thomas Paine
Article from Pulse magazine once again the opportunity to learn from mistakes will be lost in order to satisfy the thirst for cash for claims bonanza that is going on in the UK. Good luck retaining doctors with this  sort of thing  going on …. We will become the dumping ground for the worlds worst practitioners , man can only learn through experience. LINK TO FULL ARTICLE BELOW

“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.”  Could be a quote from any tory politician …. but alas not their actions speak far louder than words …

 

Trainee’s portfolio ‘used as evidence against them’ in legal case
|15 April 2016 |By Alex Matthews-King

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A trainee’s ‘written reflections’ on an incident in their training development portfolio was used against them in a legal case, which GP leaders have said illustrates the medico-legal ‘minefield’ that GPs are having to operate in.

Health Education England bosses in London and the South East have warned that a recent legal challenge saw a trainee release their reflections – a vital part of a trainee’s portfolio – which ‘was subsequently used against the trainee in court’.

But in a letter to postgraduate deans and training supervisors, HEE said trainees should continue to make particular note of cases where ‘things do not go well’.

It highlights that for trainees the reflection process is exactly the same as for GP appraisal, and that these should avoid patient-identifiable information and focus on the positive lessons learned.

RCGP’s guide to revalidationGP leaders warned that GPs need to take all precautions to not incriminate themselves

The letter from HEE, which was shared by doctor and medical educator Dan Furmedge on Twitter, said: ‘Recently, a trainee released a written reflection to a legal agency, when requested, which was subsequently used as evidence against the trainee in court. This has resulted in questions about whether trainees should still provide reflection about incidents in their portfolios.

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