Careering Ahead

Dispelling some myths about coaching

England’s embarrassing exit from the European Championships in Israel, prompted the FA to tell Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce that they would not be renewi...

Remove the blinkers over NHS reform

Nearly one in five junior doctors questioned for a recent survey were unable to name the current Health Secretary, while 72% did not know who would be resp...

Learning from mistakes – a vital skill

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” This quote from philosopher, George Santayana, is often applied to nation states bu...

Focus your energies on what you can change

Last week, entry to the Foundation Programme was thrown into chaos after marking errors were discovered in its situational judgement tests. The tests have ...

Raising concerns – without torpedoing your career

The news that the GMC has launched a confidential helpline for doctors with concerns, made me think about the particular difficulties faced by junior hospi...

New Year’s resolutions or ‘defined goals’?

We all know that making New Year’s Resolutions is a triumph of hope over experience but many of us remain undeterred. Each year, we vow to purge ourselv...

You have to be big enough to apologise

The reaction to the much-parodied video of Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, not to mention other recent penitents such as footballer Ashley Cole (to the ...

Self-reflection helps overcome professional crisis

This week, the GMC revealed that the likelihood that it would investigate a doctor had increased from one in 68 in 2010 to one in 64 in 2011 after another ...

Bullying: how to use constructive confrontation

The debate about how to deal with internet trolls has become fiercer since the Olympics, after three very different reactions to cases of online abuse. ...

Tell bullies their behaviour is unacceptable

In May 2012, an independent report into NHS Lothian, a Scottish health board revealed “an organisation where being bullied, while not representing the da...

Plan the steps necessary to achieving your goals

From inserting a urinary catheter to assessing a newly-admitted patient, during a busy hospital shift, you can expect to be bombarded with tasks from the m...