Across the UK, the NHS is facing some of the biggest challenges in its seventy-year history. Nearly a decade of underfunding has left services under intense pressure all year round. As a result, doctors are increasingly expected to provide safe patient care in an unsafe, unsupportive environment – in turn leading to a vicious cycle of poor morale, recruitment and retention.
A new and bold approach is needed if the NHS is to deliver outstanding care.
These issues were recently brought into sharp focus by the Dr Bawa-Garba High Court case, which shone a spotlight on the difficult and pressurised conditions in which medical professionals work, and the impact this can have on both doctor and patient. A persistent culture of blame continues to make it more difficult for doctors to provide safe care, stifling innovation and discouraging learning.
A new and bold approach is needed if the NHS is to deliver outstanding care, to survive and to flourish. One that prioritises patient safety over top down targets, removes barriers to collaboration and innovation, and replaces a culture of blame with a culture of learning.
This workshop for elected BMA members looked at what needs to change, and how the BMA can champion a positive vision for a future NHS in which doctors across the UK are properly supported and patient safety is made paramount.
On the day
Around 50 members from across different parts of the medical profession came together to contribute ideas, experiences and examples to help inform the BMA's work to press for change in the NHS.
See the #NHSfuture conversation on Twitter
Key presentation from the event
Fixing a system under pressure - watch the presentation.
Videos from the event
Watch the selection of videos featuring the event attendees.
Views from the event
A selection of views from the stakeholders who attended our member workshop.
Beryl De Souza - Ms De Souza thinks we should focus on improving team working among all NHS staff so that everybody feels valued as this will help foster a sense of collective responsibility.
Farah Jameel - Dr Jameel believes patient need to be at the heart of the conversation and that NHS culture must focus on safety and workplace support.
Radhakrishna Shanbhag - Dr Shanbhag thinks that we need to focus on empowering the workforce so that everybody feels valued. He also thinks that the culture needs to move from one where people are blamed to one which people are supported to learn.
Lewis Morrison - Dr Morrison does not feel that the NHS has a supportive or learning culture and that there needs to be a lot of work to win back the hearts and minds of doctors.
Raj Nirula - Dr Nirula thinks that the NHS need better team work if we are to create a culture that empowers staff.
Mita Dhullipala - Ms Dhullipala believes that medical students and junior doctors need to feel supported within a learning culture in the light of the case of Dr Bawa Garba. She also feels that we need to shape how we work with allied health professionals and new technology to better define the role of a doctor in the future.
Rajesh Kumar - Dr Kumar thinks that the separation of primary and secondary care needs to be addressed so we can create a seamless patient journey through the NHS.
Gary Wanaan - Dr Wannan thinks we need to look after the medical students and junior doctors to make that working in the NHS is an attractive career choice.
Your chance to reshape the NHS
Call for doctors to match airline industry culture