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Practical skills... for effective communication

This event has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Read more below.

Date: 09 June 2020

Location: London

Time: 8:45AM - 4:15PM

This event has been cancelled due to COVID-19

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The importance of communication to your work as a doctor is marked by its inclusion in the core pillars of Good Medical Practice (GMC, 2014). Effective communication reduces medical errors, improves patient satisfaction and contributes to your wellbeing.

Day-to-day work interactions rely on your ability to give and receive information in a way that is understood in the way it was intended. Whether your day involves patient consultations, collaboration with colleagues, presenting, teaching or more, there will be some scenarios where you feel more confident than in others.

This research-led practical day course revisits the essentials of communication with fresh perspective. We’ll show you how to thrive in the areas where you feel less confident. You’ll have opportunities to reflect, network and practise a variety of techniques.

What to expect on this course

This practical and interactive full-day course addresses the essentials of communication and explores our intercultural communications in depth. This is followed by smaller workshops exploring specific areas of communication where doctors may feel less confident, when delivering and receiving feedback; presenting and speaking with confidence; and building professional relationships. Our experienced team of trainers present a range of workshops that are research-led and highly interactive, encouraging you to reflect, network with other doctors, and explore and practise a variety of techniques on offer.

Key features

• Experienced speakers work with the groups to encourage exploration of both common and individual communication issues, sharing practical techniques and insight.
• Teaching will break into small groups and will be tailored to the needs of those in the room.
• Workshops are designed to encourage open discussion and practice in a safe environment, with colleagues and experts.
• The opportunity to network and learn with your peers.
• Highly relevant and practical action learning.


08:45 - 09:15 Registration and refreshments
09:15 - 10:55 Effective communication - the essentials

In this opening workshop, we will strip back our communications to better understand the psychological and social factors at play, to appreciate the potential for errors and improvement.

We will cover:
    - The dynamics within the different contexts of our communications;

    - Explore enablers and barriers to deep and active listening; and

    - Identify helpful and unhelpful verbal and non-verbal language.
10:55 - 11:10 Refreshment break
11:10 - 12:20
Improving intercultural communication

We work and live in culturally diverse settings, from the patients we serve to the colleagues we work alongside. People from different backgrounds bring with them different perspectives and values to your own, and it is important to be aware and sensitive to these.

In this workshop, we will:
    - explore what “culture” means;

    - identify and share the cultural diversities you may come across; and

    - share experiences and good practice to develop a more confident and culturally sensitive approach.
12:20 - 13:05 Lunch
13:05 - 15:10
Building professional relationships

Developing effective relationships with other professionals is a life-long skill that can help you to be adaptive to change, fit into teams quickly, share best practice and ultimately improve the quality of patient safety. This workshop will provide you with an opportunity to improve how you form professional relationships and collaborate with others.

What you will gain from workshop:
    - Understand the importance of building professional relationships in the context of your work and career

    - The value of collaboration and the benefits of engaging with stakeholders

    - Learn networking techniques to help you build formal and informal relationships effectively.

Giving and receiving feedback

Feedback is a two-way process and we all have our own natural style of providing feedback. Considering the different contexts in which feedback is given we will take a fresh look at how you deliver effective feedback.

Your ability to give and receive feedback is an art form to get right. It takes time to perfect and you never stops learning new approaches and techniques as you continue to master this communication skill. Conveying feedback in a positive, supportive and constructive manner will strengthen your working relationships and help you motivate others around you. Receiving feedback isn’t always easy to accept but having a proactive and responsive approach to it will help you.

What you will gain from the workshop:
    - Appreciating the different contexts in which feedback is given and received

    - Identifying feedback disrupters and the impact they can have

    - Unconscious bias: awareness of yourself and others

    - How to create positive performance

Public speaking and presenting with confidence

Whether you relish or resist speaking in public, there is a recurring expectation to deliver information confidently in the work you do. From meetings, to teaching, and performing well in job interviews, you will be expected to present yourself articulately and professionally.

This workshop will work on:
    - building skills and confidence;

    - adapting presenting styles to different speaking challenges; and

    - knowing how to prepare quickly and effectively to ensure that you always get your desired message across.
15:10 - 15:25 Refreshment break
15:25 - 16:30 Sessions as above
16:30 - 16:45 Closing session

This event has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Read more.

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