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Medacs Healthcare to offer GMC developed professionalism courses for locum doctors

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25 Apr 2017

Locum doctors are set to benefit from a series of new training courses developed by the General Medical Council and provided by Medacs Healthcare.

We are really pleased to be working with Medacs to deliver this innovative and interactive learning series for their doctors

Ian McNeill, Head of the GMC’s Regional Liaison Service

The 20 new Locum Best Practice courses have been developed by the GMC’s regional liaison advisors for locum doctors registered with Medacs and topics cover a wide range of scenarios, from ‘best practice’ use of social media to dealing with patients’ differing personal beliefs.

Ian McNeill, Head of the GMC’s Regional Liaison Service, said:

“We are really pleased to be working with Medacs to deliver this innovative and interactive learning series for their doctors. We have developed a package of four training workshops that has been specifically tailored to address the needs of doctors working in locum roles.

"Using a combination of teaching approaches we will address the types of professional and ethical dilemmas faced by doctors practicing modern medicine. Issues such as the use of social media and how to maintain professional boundaries, respect for others, teamworking, personal beliefs, patient safety and leadership and management will all be covered.”

Medacs also have independent CPD accreditation for the courses, so doctors can use them in their portfolios to support revalidation and appraisal processes.

Kirsten Simcoe, Head of Doctors at Medacs Healthcare, added.

“The NHS is currently facing unprecedented staffing challenges and we know the quality of the locum medical staff we provide is paramount to achieving healthcare outcomes for all stakeholders. We are therefore committed to supporting both our NHS clients, and our locum doctors with the continuing professional guidance they need to provide quality care, and to successfully undertake their revalidation duties.”


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