What I learnt this week: The real value of simulation #WILTW

This is the 33rd #WILTW A few weeks ago we ran a simulation day for the doctors and nurses in our department. It was successful (in terms of perceived value) and hopefully over time we will be able to demonstrate “outcome” based improvement. One of my favourite quotes from the day was: “I’ve learnt a … Continue reading What I learnt this week: The real value of simulation #WILTW

The ingredients of a great conference #WILTW

This is the 172nd #WILTW I am returning from the inaugural “Don’t Forget the Bubbles” conference (#DFTB17). Devised by the team who host the website of the same name, this three day paediatric conference held in Brisbane delivered humour, tears and great education in equal measure. There is always a danger of eulogising the impact … Continue reading The ingredients of a great conference #WILTW

Feel the fear #WILTW

This is the 169th #WILTW Luke has just started a new job in the Emergency Department. As a foundation trainee he is at the beginning of his medical career. Enthusiastic and conscientious at medical school, he’d spent 5 years excitedly waiting for the moment he’d be able to call himself a doctor. His training in … Continue reading Feel the fear #WILTW

#WILTW 0-100

The background to What I learnt this week can be found by clicking here: A list of previous #WILTW (0-100) Who are unprofessional professionals? Should we stop making the complex simple? Is your powerpoint slide teaching or are you? Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life Quality improvement as a clinical skill The dilemma of the last patient … Continue reading #WILTW 0-100

How did you not see that? #WILTW

This is the 159th #WILTW You don’t need to have any medical expertise to spot the abnormality in this CT Scan If it took you a bit of time, don’t worry. Not an insignificant number of experienced radiologists missed the gorilla in the top right corner too. While these cognitive games are good fun there … Continue reading How did you not see that? #WILTW

What I learnt this week: Should we simulate like Spacemen? #WILTW

This is the 83rd #WILTW If you are fan of space travel, astronauts or Prof. Brian Cox this week’s Star Gazing Live may have had you in more of a frenzy than the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Live footage of British Astronaut Tim Peake taking off towards, and then docking with, the … Continue reading What I learnt this week: Should we simulate like Spacemen? #WILTW

What I learnt this week: Can rudeness cause harm? #WILTW

This is the 71st #WILTW I am writing this at Heathrow airport. There are thousands of people here and in the last 10 minutes a sizeable percentage of them seem to have descended on one the few ‘Charging Poles”. There are some interesting stand-offs. How long is it acceptable for to plug in a device … Continue reading What I learnt this week: Can rudeness cause harm? #WILTW