Archive 2015

Manchester Central, Manchester, UK

Wednesday 25 – Thursday 26 November 2015

A warm welcome awaited attendees to the inaugural “Developing Excellence in Medical Education Conference” (DEMEC) organised jointly by COPMeD, HEE, NACT UK, NES, Wales Deanery, COGPED, AOME, ASME, GMC and MSC.

The conference was fully subscribed with over 720 attendees.

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The setting for the conference is the impressive auditorium within Manchester Central (formerly G-MEX). Located in the centre of Manchester, this city is perfectly located with good road, rail and air links from across the UK.

The programme promises ample time allocated towards accredited learning, and opportunities to network with colleagues and forge new connections.

The leading organisations in medical education and training across the country have come together to deliver the first joint national Medical Education conference in the UK. This provides an exceptional opportunity for pressurised clinicians involved in medical education and training to drive current thinking in the field of medical education and training, in a single conference with expertise from all .

The conference aims to provide delegates with the ideas and information to improve their educational practice, and allow them to collaborate across organisational and geographic boundaries, to build greater improvements for the future.

The conference will consist of stimulating keynotes and a diverse range of workshops covering the full span of current issues and initiatives in medical education and training.

At a time of change, risks and opportunities, with a recognised need for collaboration across traditional boundaries, this conference will inspire and motivate you as you learn with and link you to your peers across the country.

The 2015 conference was Hosted by:

Transitions matter: The theory, research and practice of transitions in medical education

Transitions matter. They provide opportunities for intense learning but are also challenging. Drawing on the literature and her team-based research on medical education transitions, Charlotte will talk about: (i) What transitions are; (ii) How transitions can be researched; and (iii) How medical students and trainees can be helped to navigate transitions.

Professor Charlotte Rees
Head of School of Health Sciences
University of Newcastle
NSW, Australia

Building high performance healthcare teams – culture, relationships and translational simulation

Improving teamwork and shaping culture in healthcare is easy to say, but hard to do.
Team training, catchy communication acronyms, and off-site team building might not realise the promise of high performing teams in the complex environment of 21st century healthcare.
Maybe simulation offers more than we think – if used with agility – to explore work environments and the people in them, to test better systems or practices, and to embed ‘best practice’ once we know what that is.
And maybe simulation can actually shape culture, and help high performing healthcare teams get better, together.

Professor Victoria Brazil
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Simulation
Gold Coast Health Service, Queensland, Australia

The importance of generalist skills for multimorbidity patient care

The proportion of patients with two or more medical conditions continues to increase. The majority of over 75s now have 3 or more conditions and almost one in five 40-69 year olds have at least 2 conditions. This trend remains a challenge to the entire medical profession. Whilst greater specialisation, particularly in secondary care, has improved clinical outcomes for individual conditions, generalist skills are becoming increasingly important when faced with patients with multiple long-term conditions. Shifting back to maintaining and celebrating generalism in the medical workforce is critical to respond to the changing pattern to health and disease in the population.

Professor Chris Whitty
Chief Medical Officer
Department of Health and Social Care, London, UK