Realistic Medicine: Discussing Risk, Benefit and Uncertainty

28 Jun 2023 13:00 - 17:00 University Hospital, Wishaw Free

All clinicians in Scotland are asked to practice “Realistic Medicine” including talking about risks, benefits and limitations of treatment and care options.

This half day interactive workshop for consultants, senior surgical trainees, advanced nurse practitioners and senior clinicians (Band 7+) supports participants to have realistic conversations about care. Helping patients to feel empowered to discuss their treatment options fully and be at the centre of decisions about their care.

Participants will work in a small peer group to address the challenges around shared decision making and will practise more effective ways

Learning Outcomes

In this advanced clinical communication workshop, participants will:

• Review their current practice in communicating with patients, families and other professionals about deteriorating health and care planning
• Identify personal learning objectives and develop strategies for addressing these within a supported peer learning group
• Critique and apply relevant literature/theory on effective communication
• Identify ways of increasing communication effectiveness in their own practice

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Tutor team

Dr Eve McCann

EC4H Lead Tutor

Dr Eve McCann is a Specialty Doctor in Care of the Elderly. Eve joined the EC4H Tutor Team in June 2018

Dr Kerry McWilliams

EC4H Lead Tutor

Dr Kerry McWilliams is a consultant in Palliative Medicine in NHS Lanarkshire. She graduated from Glasgow University in 2005 and was appointed as a consultant in 2015. During her specialty training in the West of Scotland she thoroughly enjoyed particpating in an EC4H course herself and was delighted to undergo tutor training in 2018. Currently acting as lead tutor, she enjoys the challenge and new learning experience that comes with each course. Her interests include Anticipatory care planning and promoting informed decision making.

Dr Alastair Brown

EC4H Tutor

Mr Alistair Brown is a consultant general surgeon with interests in surgical critical care and anticipatory care planning. He regularly teaches on critical care courses (a key component of which is communication skills) both in the UK and abroad. He has undergone training with Effective Communication for Health in Edinburgh and trained as a tutor in November 2016. He has taught communication to a variety of postgraduate groups as part of the critical care teaching. GMC number 3542039