Reducing Stress for Practitioners Going Through Investigations

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Receiving a complaint about their practice can be a stressful and worrying time for doctors, even more so when that complaint progresses to a full fitness to practice investigation. As part of its wider work to address issues around doctors’ wellbeing and stress, The General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK has made a range of changes to improve how it handles complaints and reduce the impact investigations can have on doctors.

The improvements follow the GMC commissioning independent research into cases where doctors had died from suicide while subject to investigation over an eight year period. It later worked with a leading psychiatrist to carry out a detailed review of its investigation process from the point of view of the mental health of those involved. This led to a fundamental re-engineering of how it investigates doctors with a focus on ensuring investigations are only carried out where necessary, increasing the sensitivity of the process, and increasing support for those involved.

In this webinar you will hear more background to this work and research, what changes have been introduced, and how the GMC hopes the reforms will help doctors.

Originally presented: October 2018


Anna Rowland, Assistant Director of Policy, Business Transformation and Safeguarding, General Medical Council

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