2017 DSN events

2017

UK Physician Health Summit

29th March 2017
I attended the UK Physician Health Summit today on behalf of DSN
Talks and workshops included mindfulness, regulator issues and how best to support international medical graduates.  
Click here to see abstracts and presentations from the event.
 
The first six weeks of the GP Health Service (GPH) have been busy but systems are working. Clinicians are very positive about the consultations and multi disciplinary team support available from the head office team. Further clinicians and therapists are being recruited. Everyone feels that GPH is a hugely important step on the road to ensuring that doctors get high quality bespoke services to get them well and keep them well and on track in their careers. The hope is that this service can be extended to all doctors and healthcare professionals in due course.

Dr Jenny Holmes
DSN committee

'Rounds' by Resuscitate Theatre

Doctors' Support Network 2016 BMA Listening and Learning workshop mental health
24th March 2017
Resuscitate Theatre recently presented its second run of a one act play called 'Rounds' based on the, often stressful, experiences of junior doctors. Resuscitate has kindly distributed DSN leaflets for us during a previous run of the play and we were delighted to take part in a post-show Q & A on this occasion. The play was disconcertingly realistic and did not shy away from the necessarily uncomfortable issues involved while incorporating many moments of humour!

Doctors' Support Network talk for the Oxford Medical Students' Society

Doctors' Support Network 2016 Louis Appleby at UKAPH mental health
DSN was invited by the Oxford University Medical Students' Society to a welfare symposium held on the 9th of February 2017 at the University of Oxford. Our attendance was well received with feedback indicating a need for a greater interface between medical students in need of support and the DSN. Attendees found it beneficial to learn how mental illness can be successfully managed in parallel with a successful clinical career. 

Feedback from the society :
'The students who did attend seemed to find your talk very useful. We thought that the content of your talk was informative and it was delivered in an approachable way, that made it easy to receive. You helped us to challenge our own views of mental illness, and offered reassuring information regarding how they can be successfully managed in parallel with practicing medicine. We will most definitely be recommending you and the DSN to the committee following us next year. 
'We students have the privilege of receiving education from inspirational clinicians and academics who are fantastic teachers. However, we are often most receptive of peer advice and mentoring, especially when it comes to issues of welfare.'

DSN aims to build its student resources over the coming year and develop a stronger connection with medical students in the UK. If or you would like the DSN to attend your medical school please get in touch.

Mahomed Saleh
Membership Secretary

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