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Enhancing Trainer Skills

24 February 2021

Intro by David O’Regan I invited Trevor to write a blog about the airline industry. Aviation, safety, human factors and crew resource management have taken centre stage in health care. My discussions with Trevor unveiled a dimension that I do not believe has been considered or given enough airtime – no pun intended. Trevor attributes the culture c…

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Altruism – U before I

19 February 2021

I noted this title in a social media blog.  It made me think about surgery, teams, patients, and our trainees. How does our profession behave?    Some years, ago when studying for my MBA in Human Resource Management, the tutor described medical meetings as ‘witnessing a pack of dogs going round sniffing each other!’ This is referring to the fact t…

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Attributes of the Trainee Mirrored by the Trainer

9 December 2020

My thoughts on attributes have been stimulated by Rich Diviney, who is a retired Navy SEAL commander and the author of the book “The Attributes: 25 Hidden Drivers of Optimal Performance.” He explained in a recent webinar, held by Chapman & Co Leadership, that of almost two hundred entrants onto a Navy SEAL programme, usually only about forty, g…

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What is in a word? – ‘For’ or ‘With’

17 November 2020

The culture of training is ingrained at every level.  I often hear trainees describe that they work ‘FOR’ a consultant.  This to me implies a degree of subordination and a level of command control.  I reflect that we had to follow the consultant on the ward rounds. He never went anywhere without his entourage and indeed he told me never to go to an…

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The Value Chain and Education

30 September 2020

I established the Silver Scalpel Award in 1999 as ASiT President as I believed that you could have the most innovative training program you like but it will go nowhere without a good teacher.  I still believe that today and am delighted and privileged to be the Director of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinbur…

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