Dean's Grand Rounds

What is a Grand Round? 

  • A Faculty will pair up with a Division or Devolved Nation to examine a question relevant to their area, and deliver a free webinar 
  • The session will start with a problem/question/opportunity for change (this could be presented through a patient story) and followed by evidence and current practice
  • The webinar will discuss how we bridge that evidence-practice gap using a quality improvement approach
  • Trainees come forward and present in the Grand Rounds on behalf of their division/faculty and lead a change project focusing on this problem 


The Grand Rounds aim to:

  • narrow the gap between education and practice
  • empower clinicians to explore datasets that inform the impact of the evidence-practice gap on their communities of practice
  • embed lived experience in clinical education
  • learn how QI methodologies can be used to narrow gap between evidence and practice.

Each webinar will feature a person or community organisation (named individual) with lived experience; Academic or Clinician presenting evidence; Medical Manager- CD/MD/Public Health professional presenting contextual data and ensuring that attendees are signposted to appropriate datasets; and, QI Lead who will help in adopting a systematic QI approach to addressing this problem and offer QI support for a maximum of six months.

This ground round will focus on multiple long-term condition which is one of the major challenges that we are facing today. One in three patients admitted to hospital as an emergency has five or more health conditions which is a significant increase from a decade ago when it was one in ten. Multimorbidity that include a mental health condition has been less studied and explored. 

Although the context of the presentation is on people with intellectual disability, the challenges related to multi-morbidity is relevant for all mental health professionals.

The grand rounds will start with a presentation by an expert by experience and then explore the evidence base for the management, population level challenges as well as discussion of a currently ongoing research project on multi-morbidity which uses artificial intelligence in improving our knowledge and management of these conditions. 

The webinar takes place on Zoom, from 4.00pm-5.30pm on Thursday 30 November 2023.

It's free to attend, and you can register to watch live, or on-demand to suit you.

The second webinar in our series of free #DeansGrandRounds webinars was titled 'Memory Clinics: Where are we with timely, accurate diagnoses? Are we ready for emerging new treatments in Dementia?' and took place on Thursday 24 November 2022.

The Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry and the Northern and Yorkshire Division teamed up to explore:

  • Patient/Carer perspective - why we need early diagnosis of dementia?
  • Current data and how that can help drive change
  • Local initiatives
  • QI question: timely accurate diagnosis; access to neuroimaging and high-quality reports; and access to post diagnostic support

There was a Q&A session at the end.

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The first webinar in our series of free #DeansGrandRounds webinars was titled 'Improving the management of alcohol dependence for patients admitted to Mental Health Inpatient Units' and took place on Thursday 16 June 2022 from 4.00pm – 5.30pm.

The Faculty of Addictions Psychiatry and the West Midlands Division teamed up to examine the loss of addiction expertise in psychiatry. The issue is particularly timely as the requirement of the new GMC curriculum (starting August 2022) is for all CT1-3 trainees to demonstrate competence in the assessment and management of addiction.

The webinar explored the project in detail and included a presentation of PoMH data from 14 a,b,c) management of alcohol withdrawal in IP units and trends since 2014. An overview of local data sets was also presented.

Speakers and panellists included: Professor Subodh Dave, Professor Julia Sinclair, Dr Ed Day and Gemma, Dr Zafar Iqbal, Dr Renarta Rowe, Dr Rowena Jones and Kerry Webb, Dr Alina Braicu, Dr Deepa Bagepalli Krishnan, Dr Derrett Watts, Dr Muhammad Gul, and Dr Abdul Raoof.

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