Two courses – A good title: End of life, not end of care, and Balint in Oxford

Two excellent courses are coming up, and since many readers are medics, these are both worth consideration for GPs and anyone interested in the doctor-patient relationship. Surgeons and Gynaecologists could find the Balint methodology very useful.

This week (9th-15th May) marks ‘Dying Matters Awareness’ week, which aims to raise awareness to healthcare professionals and the public alike about palliative care initiatives. In a recent report, England was proudly listed as number one out of 80 countries across the world for having the most outstanding end of life care. However, there is still scope for improvement.
End of life – Not end of care – from the Commissioning Live Team

At Commissioning LIVE Birmingham on 14th June, we will be bringing this topic to life in a panel discussion centring around new palliative care initiatives and ways in which to improve patient care.

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We are pleased to announce that driving the discussion in Birmingham will be the following esteemed speakers:

  • Laura Tooley, Quality Improvement Programme Lead for Palliative Care, NHS England
  • Kate Heaps, Chief Executive, Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice
  • Carol Munt, Co-chair NHS Thames Valley Patient Experience Operational Group, NHS Thames Valley Oversight Board

Share your views on how we can continue to improve the first rate specialist care that England provides to not only those that need it, but their friends and loved ones alike. Take a look at the full programme for more of the sessions you can choose from on the day.
Balint Course 9th – 11th September 2016: Oxford


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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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