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Early resolution of conflict

Early resolution of conflict

23-August-2017
23-August-2017 15:26
in General
by Dr. Megan Joffe
Early resolution of conflict

In the Health Service Journal (22nd August), Rob Behrens, the new head of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman...

Edgecumbe Health Webinar 'Revalidation: Be GMC-Compliant for the Second Cycle'

Edgecumbe Health Webinar 'Revalidation: Be GMC-Compliant for the Second Cycle'

20-July-2017
20-July-2017 14:06
in General
by Rebecca Lees
Edgecumbe Health Webinar 'Revalidation: Be GMC-Compliant for the Second Cycle'

  Be assured that you’re up to date with key findings and recommendations from the Pearson Report, what the ...

Edgecumbe Health at the 2017 'Managing Doctors in Difficulty and Difficult Doctors' conference

Edgecumbe Health at the 2017 'Managing Doctors in Difficulty and Difficult Doctors' conference

24-January-2017
24-January-2017 15:27
in General
by Rebecca Lees
Edgecumbe Health at the 2017 'Managing Doctors in Difficulty and Difficult Doctors' conference

We are proud to announce that Edgecumbe Health Consultant Dr Megan Joffe will be running an extended session at the 2017...

Team Working Series, Blog 3: Behavioural expectations of team workers?

Team Working Series, Blog 3: Behavioural expectations of team workers?

13-September-2016
13-September-2016 13:56
in General
by Dr. Megan Joffe
Team Working Series, Blog 3: Behavioural expectations of team workers?

What constitutes effective team working behaviour on the part of individuals? All the usual behaviours such as good comm...

Team Working Series, Blog 2: Reflexivity and Reflection

Team Working Series, Blog 2: Reflexivity and Reflection

19-August-2016
19-August-2016 16:27
in General
by Dr. Megan Joffe
Team Working Series, Blog 2: Reflexivity and Reflection

Following on from the first blog in this series on teams and team working behaviour, this blog focuses on West’s f...

Team Working Series, Blog 1: Team Working

Team Working Series, Blog 1: Team Working

29-July-2016
29-July-2016 9:21
in General
by Dr. Megan Joffe
Team Working Series, Blog 1: Team Working

Two articles in the HSJ (16/6/2016) about teams in two different Trusts refer to difficult relationships in teams and su...

Principle or personality? The Leadership Impasse

Principle or personality? The Leadership Impasse

05-July-2016
05-July-2016 13:51
in General
by Dr. Megan Joffe
Principle or personality? The Leadership Impasse

Notwithstanding the seriousness of the Brexit situation, the Labour Party process of leadership selection and any plots,...

Edgecumbe Health at Doctors in Difficulty Conference

Edgecumbe Health at Doctors in Difficulty Conference

04-May-2016
04-May-2016 14:00
in General
by Suzannah Varma
Edgecumbe Health at Doctors in Difficulty Conference

Our Consultant Dr Megan Joffe will be joining the expert panel of speakers at the upcoming Managing Doctors in Difficult...

Differentiating between exceptional and good director performance

Differentiating between exceptional and good director performance

21-January-2016
21-January-2016 16:37
in General
by Dr. Megan Joffe
Differentiating between exceptional and good director performance

  Recent American research (Witt/Kiefer and Hogan, 2015) designed to predict physician executive performance has d...

Managing Doctors in Difficulty and Difficult Doctors

Managing Doctors in Difficulty and Difficult Doctors

24-November-2015
24-November-2015 12:52
in General
by Admin
Managing Doctors in Difficulty and Difficult Doctors

Our very own Dr Megan Joffe has been invited to speak at the ICO Conference Centre, London on Monday 25th April 2016 by ...

Feminisation

Feminisation

01-October-2015
01-October-2015 15:45
in General
by Dr. Megan Joffe
Feminisation

Has anyone noticed? Four of the current Royal College Presidents are female. Hopefully many have noticed that the curre...

Ethical dilemmas under disaster conditions

Ethical dilemmas under disaster conditions

02-July-2015
02-July-2015 15:07
in General
by Dr. Megan Joffe
Ethical dilemmas under disaster conditions

Five days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink is the non-fictional account of what hap...

Reflections on 20 years consulting to the medical profession

Reflections on 20 years consulting to the medical profession

09-June-2015
09-June-2015 15:07
in General
by Dr. Jenny King
Reflections on 20 years consulting to the medical profession

Last week I stepped down from Edgecumbe Health after 20 years at the helm of this consulting practice. With some space a...

No surpise as the NHS is still a political football throughout the campaign

No surpise as the NHS is still a political football throughout the campaign

01-May-2015
01-May-2015 15:06
in General
by Chris Marshall
No surpise as the NHS is still a political football throughout the campaign

One week to go and some sort of coalition is on the cards. Hands up all those who hope that when the next government is ...

The importance of listening

The importance of listening

03-March-2015
03-March-2015 15:08
in General
by Dr. Jenny King
The importance of listening

  There is an apocryphal story of a patient who visits his GP and talks, almost uninterrupted, for the entire cons...

Does conflict affect your organisation

Does conflict affect your organisation

23-January-2015
23-January-2015 0:00
in General
by Dr. Megan Joffe
Does conflict affect your organisation

"Conflict enables our misery and makes us feel righteous"   So says Ken Cloke one of the foremost practitioners a...

Coaching for doctors

Coaching for doctors

18-December-2014
18-December-2014 0:00
in General
by Dr. Megan Joffe
Coaching for doctors

are under unrelenting pressure to cut costs and get more out of their support staff.   Like many other profession...

Being professional. What does it really mean?

Being professional. What does it really mean?

17-November-2014
17-November-2014 0:00
in General
by Dr. Jenny King
Being professional. What does it really mean?

I was inspired to write this blog by a politician – Stephen Dorrell, MP and former Secretary of State for Health w...

Why is being challenged about your strongly held views so difficult?

Why is being challenged about your strongly held views so difficult?

17-October-2014
17-October-2014 0:00
in General
by Dr. Megan Joffe
Why is being challenged about your strongly held views so difficult?

 Disagreement and challenges are part of everyday life, especially in the workplace where experience and expertise ...

Barrister’s chambers and medical consultants - What do they have in common?

Barrister’s chambers and medical consultants - What do they have in common?

22-September-2014
22-September-2014 0:00
in General
by Dr. Megan Joffe
Barrister’s chambers and medical consultants - What do they have in common?

It was often said in days gone by that consultants working in hospitals were like barristers working in chambers –...

Tips for Effective Recruitment

Tips for Effective Recruitment

21-August-2014
21-August-2014 0:00
in General
by Dr. Jenny King
Tips for Effective Recruitment

 All employers would like to be better at recruiting good employees. Mostly, it is very hit and miss, often more lu...

 Why is top down change almost always difficult to implement?

Why is top down change almost always difficult to implement?

22-July-2014
22-July-2014 0:00
in General
by Dr. Megan Joffe
 Why is top down change almost always difficult to implement?

Why is top down change so problematic? Any organisation that imposes “top down change” risks alienating its ...

Why Bad Apples Spoil the Barrel

Why Bad Apples Spoil the Barrel

13-June-2014
13-June-2014 0:00
in General
by Dr. Jenny King
Why Bad Apples Spoil the Barrel

What evidence is there for this old saying that one bad apple spoils the barrel? Most of us will have had experience of ...

Employee Engagement within the NHS

Employee Engagement within the NHS

23-May-2014
23-May-2014 0:00
in General
by Chris Marshall
Employee Engagement within the NHS

 The NHS is paying close attention to employee engagement, recognising it as a vital force for productivity improve...

Cricket and medicine - anything in common

Cricket and medicine - anything in common

24-April-2014
24-April-2014 0:00
in General
by Dr. Megan Joffe
Cricket and medicine - anything in common

Do you have a Kevin Pietersen in your team? A brilliant player with many examples of glorious and inspiring play, but so...

The importance of Appraiser updates

The importance of Appraiser updates

16-April-2014
16-April-2014 12:49
in General
by Suzannah Varma
The importance of Appraiser updates

It is important for appraisers, following their initial training, to continue their development as an appraiser, but why...

Becoming more resilient

Becoming more resilient

18-February-2014
18-February-2014 0:00
in General
by Dr. Jenny King
Becoming more resilient

Resilience is a fashionable word. It’s not a new idea but it goes further than the idea of managing stress. Defini...

Right people, right culture

Right people, right culture

10-February-2014
10-February-2014 0:00
in General
by Admin
Right people, right culture

 Did you miss our webinar 'Right people, right culture' by Dr Jenny King, our health practice lead and Chris Marsha...

Do long holidays replenish energy better than short ones?

Do long holidays replenish energy better than short ones?

20-January-2014
20-January-2014 0:00
in General
by Dr. Jenny King
Do long holidays replenish energy better than short ones?

I have just returned from a long trip in Australia – just over 4 weeks off work, and the longest break in over 30 ...

We are moving!

We are moving!

20-January-2014
20-January-2014 0:00
in General
by Chris Marshall
We are moving!

Two words with many implications - for the doctor undergoing remediation and reintegration AND for the team to which the...

Remediation and Reintegration

Remediation and Reintegration

02-January-2014
02-January-2014 0:00
in General
by Dr. Megan Joffe
Remediation and Reintegration

Two words with many implications - for the doctor undergoing remediation and reintegration AND for the team to which the...

Feeling safer

Feeling safer

19-November-2013
19-November-2013 0:00
in General
by Dr. Megan Joffe
Feeling safer

 Having heard GPs concerns about the disruption to continuity of care following the introduction of pooled patients...

Edgecumbe Health at RCGP Conference, October 3rd-5th 2013

Edgecumbe Health at RCGP Conference, October 3rd-5th 2013

01-October-2013
01-October-2013 0:00
in General
by Dr. Jenny King
Edgecumbe Health at RCGP Conference, October 3rd-5th 2013

Royal College of General Practitioners Annual Primary Care Conference 2013Edgecumbe Health will be both speaking and exh...

External review of medical revalidation shows encouraging signs

External review of medical revalidation shows encouraging signs

30-September-2013
30-September-2013 0:00
in General
by Chris Marshall
External review of medical revalidation shows encouraging signs

Are medical appraisers becoming truly proficient in conducting appraisals?Edgecumbe’s Chris Marshall thinks they m...

Edgecumbe Health at FMLM Conference 15th-16th October 2013

Edgecumbe Health at FMLM Conference 15th-16th October 2013

20-September-2013
20-September-2013 0:00
in General
by Admin
Edgecumbe Health at FMLM Conference 15th-16th October 2013

 Edgecumbe Health at FMLM Conference Edgecumbe Health will be speaking and sponsoring a session at FMLM Leadership...

Edgecumbe Group staff day 2013

Edgecumbe Group staff day 2013

19-August-2013
19-August-2013 0:00
in General
by Suzannah Varma
Edgecumbe Group staff day 2013

 Earlier this month Edgecumbe Group shut up shop for the day and took our staff off for a wet and wild time at...

Quality Assurance of Medical Revalidation, the same principles apply as for appraisal itself

Quality Assurance of Medical Revalidation, the same principles apply as for appraisal itself

12-August-2013
12-August-2013 0:00
in General
by Suzannah Varma
Quality Assurance of Medical Revalidation, the same principles apply as for appraisal itself

Many Trusts and other designated bodies and Responsible Officer’s are now thinking about how to facilitate quality...

"We're generally overconfident in our opinions and our impressions and judgments"

26-July-2013
26-July-2013 0:00
in General
by Dr. Megan Joffe

So says Daniel Kahneman, psychologist and 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize winner for Economic Sciences. In relation to making ...

The sweet spot of disruptive behaviour: is it always such a bad thing?

The sweet spot of disruptive behaviour: is it always such a bad thing?

24-July-2013
24-July-2013 0:00
in General
by Dr. Jenny King
The sweet spot of disruptive behaviour: is it always such a bad thing?

Much has been written about the disruptive behaviour in doctors and other healthcare staff. Disruptive in this context i...

Politicians, Clinicians, Managers: Who’s to blame, who cares?

Politicians, Clinicians, Managers: Who’s to blame, who cares?

11-June-2013
11-June-2013 0:00
in General
by Dr. Megan Joffe
Politicians, Clinicians, Managers: Who’s to blame, who cares?

Who's to blame?  And who actually cares?   The recent political fracas following the Keogh review, while int...

Keogh review: A tale of warning signs missed or dismissed

Keogh review: A tale of warning signs missed or dismissed

14-May-2013
14-May-2013 0:00
in General
by Dr. Jenny King
Keogh review: A tale of warning signs missed or dismissed

We note the findings of Professor Sir Bruce Keogh’s report with a mix of interest, sadness yet little real surpris...

Facing Cancer -

Facing Cancer - "The Emperor of All Maladies" with care, compassion and candour

12-April-2013
12-April-2013 0:00
in General
by Dr. Megan Joffe
Facing Cancer -

Facing Cancer: “The Emperor of All Maladies” with care, compassion and candour   Today’s news t...

Getting it right first time: appointing a new Consultant

Getting it right first time: appointing a new Consultant

08-April-2013
08-April-2013 0:00
in General
by Dr. Jenny King
Getting it right first time: appointing a new Consultant

Appointing a new medical consultant colleague is one of the most expensive decisions a hospital can make. Over a period ...

Developing your skills as a medical appraiser

Developing your skills as a medical appraiser

27-March-2013
27-March-2013 0:00
in General
by Suzannah Varma
Developing your skills as a medical appraiser

So you’ve done your initial 2 day appraiser training course to become RST compliant and you are gaining experience...

A multi-factorial process or some training?

A multi-factorial process or some training?

26-March-2013
26-March-2013 0:00
in General
by Dr. Megan Joffe
A multi-factorial process or some training?

Following the introduction of revalidation a small number of doctors are likely to have to engage with a Performance Dev...

How to measure trust

How to measure trust

25-March-2013
25-March-2013 0:00
in General
by Dr. Jenny King
How to measure trust

 “Trust me, I’m a doctor” – but can doctors expect the unconditional trust that they once e...

Not all doom and gloom....

Not all doom and gloom....

05-March-2013
05-March-2013 0:00
in General
by Dr. Jenny King
Not all doom and gloom....

Not all doom and gloom……… The current state of affairs in the NHS, rather like the British weather...

Can NHS organisations become more mindful?

Can NHS organisations become more mindful?

26-February-2013
26-February-2013 0:00
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by Dr. Jenny King
Can NHS organisations become more mindful?

In my previous blog I talked about mindfulness in clinicians: the ability to be self-aware, attentive and curious about ...

Culture and climate: pre and post Francis

Culture and climate: pre and post Francis

26-February-2013
26-February-2013 0:00
in General
by Dr. Megan Joffe
Culture and climate: pre and post Francis

If culture is the way we do things around here then climate is what it feels like around here.  When, as Francis so...

Mindfulness: A tool for helping Doctors in difficulty

Mindfulness: A tool for helping Doctors in difficulty

21-February-2013
21-February-2013 0:00
in General
by Dr. Jenny King
Mindfulness: A tool for helping Doctors in difficulty

Mindful practice depends on the ability to be aware in the moment – attentive to your own thoughts and feelings du...

Francis - Fix it and forget it?

Francis - Fix it and forget it?

21-February-2013
21-February-2013 0:00
in General
by Dr. Megan Joffe
Francis - Fix it and forget it?

The ramifications and implications from the Francis report are enormous and need careful thought. There are likely to be...

Doctors - Powerful People

Doctors - Powerful People

20-February-2013
20-February-2013 0:00
in General
by Dr. Megan Joffe
Doctors - Powerful People

Managers manage but the people with the real power are the doctors, nurses, care workers and of course the patients. Doc...

Data, 'Dismissed, dicounted, disregarded' but in hindsight...

Data, 'Dismissed, dicounted, disregarded' but in hindsight...

19-February-2013
19-February-2013 0:00
in General
by Dr. Megan Joffe
Data, 'Dismissed, dicounted, disregarded' but in hindsight...

So say Carter and Jarman (BMJ, Feb 2013 ) in their description of how alarming data was treated by executives all the wa...

No root and branch reorganisation...But a culture change

No root and branch reorganisation...But a culture change

15-February-2013
15-February-2013 0:00
in General
by Dr. Megan Joffe
No root and branch reorganisation...But a culture change

The Francis report is clear that culture change is required rather than another reorganisation – a refreshing chan...

Do your appraisers need help interpreting 360 feedback and feeding back to their appraisees?

Do your appraisers need help interpreting 360 feedback and feeding back to their appraisees?

15-February-2013
15-February-2013 0:00
in General
by Suzannah Varma
Do your appraisers need help interpreting 360 feedback and feeding back to their appraisees?

We have had a lot of requests from clients recently to train existing appraisers in interpretation and feeding back on 3...

Tackling performance concerns in hospitals requires hands-on leadership

Tackling performance concerns in hospitals requires hands-on leadership

14-February-2013
14-February-2013 0:00
in General
by Dr. Jenny King
Tackling performance concerns in hospitals requires hands-on leadership

Edgecumbe welcomes the Francis Report on the catastrophic failings at Mid Staffordshire and more widely, the recommendat...

The need to overhaul how we select clinical leaders

The need to overhaul how we select clinical leaders

13-February-2013
13-February-2013 0:00
in General
by Dr. Jenny King
The need to overhaul how we select clinical leaders

The Francis Report, and the response of the Prime Minister, David Cameron, was clear that care, compassion and candour a...

Negative culture in the NHS working against employee engagement

Negative culture in the NHS working against employee engagement

11-February-2013
11-February-2013 0:00
in General
by Chris Marshall
Negative culture in the NHS working against employee engagement

 Reading about the appalling state of patient care at Mid Staffs hospital I was reminded of the maxim attributed to...

Conference: Responding to Concerns about a Doctor's Practice

Conference: Responding to Concerns about a Doctor's Practice

08-February-2013
08-February-2013 0:00
in General
by Admin
Conference: Responding to Concerns about a Doctor's Practice

Managing poor performance and supporting clinicians in difficulty: Responding to Concerns about a Doctor’s Practic...

Doctors who become medical managers - black sheep, chameleon or traitor?

Doctors who become medical managers - black sheep, chameleon or traitor?

29-November-2012
29-November-2012 0:00
in General
by Dr. Megan Joffe
Doctors who become medical managers - black sheep, chameleon or traitor?

Moving away from a purely clinical role to take on the role of medical manager presents considerable challenges for doct...

Edgecumbe's Doctor 360 receives another favourable external review

Edgecumbe's Doctor 360 receives another favourable external review

11-October-2012
11-October-2012 0:00
in General
by Admin
Edgecumbe's Doctor 360 receives another favourable external review

We recently commissioned a piece of research into the psychometric properties of our Doctor 360 tool. Specifically we wa...

New alliance offers trusts complete medical appraisal and revalidation solution

New alliance offers trusts complete medical appraisal and revalidation solution

10-October-2012
10-October-2012 0:00
in General
by Admin
New alliance offers trusts complete medical appraisal and revalidation solution

Edgecumbe Doctor 360 is delighted to announce a formal alliance with Premier IT to form the UK’s most complete and...

Revalidation Roadshow Seminars

Revalidation Roadshow Seminars

09-October-2012
09-October-2012 0:00
in General
by Admin
Revalidation Roadshow Seminars

Premier IT, in conjunction with Edgecumbe and a series of revalidation experts, will be running a Revalidation Roadshow ...

The Health Committee says 'NO more revalidation delays'

The Health Committee says 'NO more revalidation delays'

07-October-2012
07-October-2012 0:00
in General
by Admin
The Health Committee says 'NO more revalidation delays'

Earlier this month the Health Committee published it’s conclusions on an inquiry into the GMC’s proposed pro...

Calling all NHS Medical Managers: A date for your diary

Calling all NHS Medical Managers: A date for your diary

06-October-2012
06-October-2012 0:00
in General
by Admin
Calling all NHS Medical Managers: A date for your diary

Edgecumbe are sponsoring a Consultant Selection conference with Healthcare Events on the 9th June in Manchester. If you...

COMING SOON! New and improved Edgecumbe Doctor 360 online tool for Colleague and Patient Feedback!

COMING SOON! New and improved Edgecumbe Doctor 360 online tool for Colleague and Patient Feedback!

04-October-2012
04-October-2012 0:00
in General
by Dr. Megan Joffe
COMING SOON! New and improved Edgecumbe Doctor 360 online tool for Colleague and Patient Feedback!

Read on for more information including news of launch events In the spirit of continual improvement we are unveiling so...

Our user survey results

Our user survey results

01-January-2012
01-January-2012 0:00
in General
by Admin
Our user survey results

We recently began a survey of all doctors who have used our Doctor 360 product since February 2009 when we last upgraded...

The Responsible Officer Conference

The Responsible Officer Conference

01-January-2012
01-January-2012 0:00
in General
by Admin
The Responsible Officer Conference

 January 2011: Implementation and Beyond   As part of our continued effort to support medical professionals ...

News from the Strengthened Medical Appraisal and Revalidation Conference

News from the Strengthened Medical Appraisal and Revalidation Conference

07-July-2010
07-July-2010 0:00
in General
by Admin
News from the Strengthened Medical Appraisal and Revalidation Conference

We recently attended the Strengthened Medical Appraisal and Revalidation Conference on 30th June 2010 to gather the late...

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