“The patient is a human being, at the same time worried and hopeful, who
is searching for relief, help and trust. The importance of an intimate
relationship between patient and physician can never be overstated because in
most cases an accurate diagnosis as well as an effective treatment relies
directly on the quality of this relationship”. *
Medical Council, the regulatory body for doctors in Ireland, has launched its
Annual Report for 2018.
thorough report shows the great work the Council is doing and highlights that
there were 22,996 doctors on the Medical Register – up from 22,649 in 2017.
it came to complaints, it was interesting to read that nearly one in five complaints
about doctors relate to communication issues.
response to this, the Medical Council is taking a number of actions to address
this, such as ensuring communication becomes mandatory as part of continuous
warmly welcome initiatives such as the Medical Council’s Safe Start campaign
which addresses communications as a key area for doctors to develop.
is also great to see Dr Rita Doyle, the Medical Council’s first female
president, focus on practitioners’ own physical and mental health and
look forward to the Medical Council’s launch of its new five-year strategy 2019
– 2023 next week.
communication is essential in healthcare, not just for patient safety but for
better health and wellbeing outcomes for both patients and practitioners.
believe that strengthening practitioners’ capacity to support meaningful
interactions with patients is vital – as is supporting them in managing their
time and boundaries for their own wellbeing.
work at Ag Eisteacht is all about training practitioners to take a
relationship-centred approach to practice while looking after themselves also. This involves using core communication skills like active/reflective listening
skills, empathy and understanding to make the most of every intervention.
show that 100% of 266 training participants who completed our ABLE training
between 2016 and 2018 felt more confident with listening to and supporting
clients at times of transition when they may struggle in their relationships.
Bookings are now being taken for our ABLE brief intervention training courses in Cork and Dublin.Bookings can be made via Eventbriteor you can contact Stacey at [email protected] or 021-4536556 for further information.
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