Having Problems…

This pages covers If Things Go Wrong, Probity and the Professional Support Unit (PSU).

If Things Go Wrong

GP training is a busy and potentially stressful time.  There is so much to do and it often feels as if there is not enough time to do it! It is inevitable that things, in this challenging year, will not always run to plan.

Illness, problems in practices and specific learning needs can all conspire to cause problems.  The trick is to recognise issues early, before issues become problems.

Trainers and GP trainees need to discuss issues at an early stage.  Any doctor in training can also meet their programme organiser (if in ST1 or ST2) or Programme Director (in ST3).  We understand that sometimes it can be difficult for a trainee to voice worries to their trainer (and vice versa!) and the Dorset Educational Team is here to support you.

The Associate Dean, based in the GP Office at Bournemouth University will become involved in more serious issues… but is also more than happy to discuss informally with any doctor (or anybody involved in training for that matter!).  If you don’t know what to do or if you are experiencing problems, at whatever stage of your career, ask!

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Wessex Deanery Probity Statement

Issues of Probity

Wessex Deanery Statement

In the light of some events that have occurred locally and nationally we are issuing this very clear statement.

The Wessex Deanery reminds trainees that they must not falsify or forge any documents (or part thereof).  This includes, for example, documents that form part of Work Place Based Assessments, logbooks, any other assessments and references. Falsification or forgery may be both in electronic or paper copy form.  The Wessex Deanery considers that falsification or forgery includes plagiarism.

Falsifying or forging a document constitutes an extremely serious breach of probity.

The GMC publication, Good Medical Practice (2006) sets out the responsibilities of all doctors, including those in training, and paras 56-76 detail responsibilities relating to probity as a whole, and paras 63-69 clearly lay out expectations relating to writing reports, CV’s, giving evidence and signing documents. Please follow this link to take you to this probity section.

Falsifying or forging a document (or part thereof) might, in some cases, constitute a criminal offence (for example under the Fraud Act 2006 or Forgery Act 1981).  It may also have serious clinical implications and impact on patient safety.

If the Deanery becomes aware or suspects that a trainee has falsified or forged any document then action will be taken immediately to investigate the matter.  Such action can include (but is not limited to) the following:

  • A Deanery investigation.
  • Informing the trainee’s current Trust.  The Trust may decide and/or the Deanery may request that the Trust conducts an internal investigation, reporting their findings back to the  Postgraduate Dean.
  • Informing the Local Counter Fraud team to investigate and determine what action should be  taken.

Depending on the result of the investigation(s) the Deanery as the training organisation will take further action.   It is possible that the trainee’s Trust might also take further action.  Further action may include (but is not limited to):

  • Trainee may be reported to the police for them to investigate and decide if possible charges are to be brought.  Trainees are reminded that they would need to declare a criminal conviction for all future appointments and as part of pre-employment checks.
  • Trainee may be removed from their training programme within the Wessex Deanery.
  • Trainee may be removed from employment by the Trust.
  • Trainee may be reported to the GMC on issues of probity.

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Professional Support Unit (PSU)

GP Trainees have access, via Health Education Wessex, to the Professional Support Unit. The PSU provides a menu of support for individuals, with expertise in areas such as language, dyslexia screening, exam technique, communication skills, interpersonal skills, professionalism and career counselling. For a full list of the services available, please visit the Health Education Wessex website.

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