Northern Ireland chair's blog: October 2018
19 October, 2018
Welcome to my blog for October. As the dark nights draw in and Christmas appears on the horizon, it has indeed been another busy month for the College in Northern Ireland.
Our masterclass this month was both instructive and timely and was delivered by Claire Andrews, Liaison Adviser with GMC NI.
The principal aim of the event was to enhance knowledge of the key principles of good medical practice and the GMC’s Ethical Guidance.
Claire’s presentation was most engaging with video vignettes and interactive keypads provided to enable attendees to vote in real time on questions raised within the presentation.
Colleagues will be interested to note that the GMC have online learning on Good Medical Practice with 60 scenarios. There is also a free app on Good Medical Practice available for both Apple and Android devices.
Pictured below, left to right, are myself, Dr Abeir Assal, Claire Andrews and Drs Ian Bownes and Andrew Collins.
Regional Zero Suicide Collaborative
Holywell Hospital was the venue on 1 October for a meeting of the Regional Zero Suicide Collaborative, at which Joe Rafferty, Chief Executive of Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, delivered a fascinating presentation on the Zero Suicide project.
Joe explained that the project was by no means target driven, but sought to change culture and promote meaningful staff engagement in the pursuit of excellent care. This project is a fine example of trusts collaborating to achieve meaningful results.
I met with Drs Saleem Tareen and Petr Zvolsky in Clifton House to discuss adult ADHD. This was a useful exercise and a further meeting will take place to consider issues such as the overall responsibilities specialist ADHD and generic service; policies for graduates from CAMHS and Paediatrics; and prescribing responsibilities across primary and secondary care.
This meeting will be chaired by Dr Ryan O’Neill and will involve a psychiatrist from each trust, together with Dr Tareen, who sits on the Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry Special Interest Group, with a representative from Child and Adolescent Faculty.
We intend to feature the topic of ADHD in a future masterclass and at the spring meeting.
Finally, I attended the College’s Communications Strategy Day in London on 19 October. I found it to be a very useful exercise which considered how the College’s key strategic objectives can be delivered. The event discussed the importance of influencing the media in the mental health debate and how to manage constructive criticism while not causing antagonism.
A full list of College activity during October can be read here.