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November 17, 2008
Conflict-resolution training for junior doctors is key when dealing with violent patients

Not attending mandatory training courses is putting doctors working in Britain's hospitals at risk of serious injury from violent patients, according to a new survey.

The London Training Company & Oliver Brennan Training has found that less than a tenth of junior doctors have undergone any form of conflict-resolution training.

This compares with 78% of nurses and 84% of therapy staff among the 860 NHS employees (including 96 doctors) surveyed over the past 2.5 years.

September 22, 2008
Fully functioning 3D heart developed to help train doctors in cardiac procedures

The first ever fully functioning virtual heart has been created, allowing hospital doctors to be taught cardiac procedures with the benefit of a 3D model.

The real-time, computer-generated heart simulator will bring these medical techniques into the 21st century, its creators claim.

Dr Andrew Smith, Dr Sue Wright and Dr Bruce Martin, at London's University College Hospital (UCH), came up with the idea to overcome the difficulties of teaching complex medical techniques.

July 22, 2008
iStan mannequin simulates emergency situations for medical students

A life-size mannequin that can bleed, vomit, sweat - and even have a heart attack - has been unveiled as the latest high-tech training tool for health professionals.

The remote-controlled model, named iStan, has been created by the University of Portsmouth to help provide realistic training for doctors, nurses and dentists.

Costing GBP 40,000, iStan has been designed to closely replicate a human's anatomical structure from the skeleton to the eyes. It can also help doctors dealing with stab victims by simulating a bowel protruding from the stomach.

July 4, 2008
Work worries throw summer holiday plans into disarray as economic downturn hits health sector

Summer holiday plans are in disarray as redundancy fears and the pressure to deliver results begins to take its toll across the health sector.

According to the latest research from the Chartered Management Institute, many of the sector's executives have postponed holiday plans and, even if they do go away, many refuse to stop working.

April 16, 2008
Elsevier expands online training with emergency medicine, orthopaedics and anaesthesia modules

Elsevier, the leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announced today that it has added three new modules to Procedures Consult in orthopaedics, anesthesia and emergency medicine.

Procedures Consult, which Elsevier launched in July 2007 with 40 procedures in internal medicine, is an online multimedia resource that helps physicians, medical residents and students learn, perform and test their knowledge of the most frequent medical procedures.

April 11, 2008
Senior Healthcare Professionals vote at Skills for Health event

Senior healthcare professionals voting at a UK Skills for Health consultation event believe that high-level commitment and investment in skills transformation is critical to improving patient care.

April 10, 2008
Doctors fear quality of training is jeopardized by EU rules

Junior doctors fear their training will suffer when European limits on working time are applied next year, two separate surveys by the British Medical Assocation (BMA) show today.

From 1 August 2009, the European Working Time Directive will restrict the time junior doctors can spend in hospital to 48 hours a week.  The current limit is 56.

January 8, 2008
A new report into last year's junior doctor training fiasco has called for the Government to be stripped of responsibility for the system.

A new report into last year's junior doctor training fiasco has called for the Government to be stripped of responsibility for the system.

Professor Sir John Tooke is due to publish his final report into the chaos that led thousands of doctors to protest about the scheme.

The Times said that he will recommend that money to train the next generation of doctors should be ring-fenced and taken out of Department of Health (DH) control.

January 1, 2008
Virtual-reality simulators offer an exciting new tool for training and validation of skills in both endoscopic surgery and interventional radiology. New systems are available on the market all the time. In this article, Erik Fosse looks at how to validate and implement these new systems

Erik Fosse
MD PhD
Professor
The Interventional Centre Rikshospitalet
University of Oslo
Norway

December 19, 2007
A free training course to help health professionals support people affected by road crashes launched by BrakeCare

A free training course to help health professionals support people affected by road crashes has been launched in the UK by BrakeCare, a division of Brake, the national road safety charity.

The training aims to help empower support workers to:

December 10, 2007
The British Medical Association has promised full support for junior doctors over severity of competition for training posts in 2008

The British Medical Association (BMA) has promised its full support for junior doctors after the UK Government confirmed figures indicating the severity of competition for training posts in England next year.

Published figures showed there would be between 8,300 and 8,600 specialist training posts available in England next year, with around three times as many applicants.

Although the figures are an improvement on what was initially proposed by the UK's Department of Health, the BMA still has serious concerns about many aspects of the process.