August is changeover time for junior doctors in the United Kingdom and hospitals of all sizes are welcoming new staff into their departments. In Emergency Medicine it is especially important that new staff are given support and supervision as the hectic nature of our specialty can be challenging. One of the most daunting aspects for junior doctors who have progressed through training far enough to start adopting more senior roles is the task of leading the Emergency Department.
Being doctor-in-charge requires a skill set far greater than clinical knowledge. You must be also be a good communicator, negotiator, and arbitrator. There is a neat little summary of the managerial skills required here by Rick Body from St.Emyln’s. In order to help some of our new registrars Prof. Tim Coats has discussed some of the things he does while doctor-in-charge which we thought we would share:
There is also a podcast
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