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  • Progress on transformation - the junior doctor's view

    Noel Sharkey - chair of the NI junior doctors committee and a locum junior doctor As junior doctors we can sometimes feel detached from large-scale system change due to rota pressures and the need to focus on our training and developing our career. However it is important to be aware of the challenges and opportunities that transformation will bring to the training environment of junior doctors, particularly as we will...
  • Progress on transformation - the consultants view

    Anne Carson – chair of NI consultants committee and a radiologist in the Southern Trust It's now three years since the Bengoa report was released. It was not a surprise to anyone on the frontline that he highlighted the long needed transformation of our health system echoed by multiple august voices before him. Three years later primary care has made some progress with MDTs and federations. Secondary care...
  • Progress on transformation - the GP's view

    Alan Stout – chair of NIGPC and a GP in east Belfast The three years since Bengoa has been an interesting time particularly in general practice. We know of course that the report ‘Systems not Structures’ provided a roadmap and advice which then informed the policy document ‘Delivering Together’ which has been so important in progressing things in the absence of an assembly. Change was...
  • Deprivation of Liberty - what every doctor needs to know...

    The Bamford Review noted that to have two distinct approaches for providing treatment for physical and mental health conditions (for those unable to decide for themselves) was discriminatory and stigmatising. One of the recommendations was that a single legislative approach (‘fusing’ mental health legislation and capacity legislation) was preferable. The MCA (NI) received Royal assent in 2016. It will apply...
  • The importance of monitoring...

    My name is Adam Flynn and I went back to study medicine as a mature student after previously working in the legal field. In 2018 I’d started my first F1 job, which I was finding both rewarding and challenging, definitely finding the adjustment to longer shifts and nightwork different to my previous 9-5 lifestyle! It was a big time of change for me, I’d just had a mortgage application accepted and the feeling...