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by Dr Neil James
Last updated: March 2020
module follows on from the approaches to managing poor performance
set out in the first module: Problem
psychiatrists: Part 1 – introduction to dealing with poor
In addition to their publication
Raising and acting on concerns about patient safety
(GMC, 2012a) the GMC also publishes
annual information about The state of medical education and
practice in the UK (GMC, 2012b,
2013b, 2014, 2016,
2019). Local complaints and issues are
becoming much more common and it follows that all psychiatrists are
likely to have to respond to their own referral or the referral of
a colleague to the GMC possibly once in their career.
This module aims to be available as a resource when poor
performance cases arise; it applies the lessons from Part
1 with an emphasis on implementing national policy. This
module will also further develop some of the skills and
habits of mind that are useful and effective in understanding and
managing performance concerns.
While the module is aimed mainly at those managing others, it
will also be of value to all doctors in helping them understand the
frameworks and processes associated with dealing with poor
If you like this module, you may also be
Problem psychiatrists: Part 1 – introduction
to dealing with poor performance by Dr Neil Margerison
Probity in professional practice: Part
1 and Part 2 by Dr Ashok G Patel and Dr Haider
Book from RCPsych Publications:
Management for Psychiatrists (4th edition)
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