Shropdoc staff and GPs gather for Education Day

Shropdoc were delighted to hold their second Education Day of 2023 this month.


Recognising the important contribution of all Shropdoc staff as well as Shropdoc GP Members in Wales, Shropdoc’s Clinical Governance team organised this event in Wales at the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells.


Reflecting on the day, the team realised that it had been six to seven years since they held a training event on this scale in Powys, and said how delighted they were to be back in Wales for such an exciting event.


Not only did Shropdoc GP Members attend, but we were also pleased to include GP colleagues from across Wales for the first time.  We also welcomed staff from Presteigne Medical Practice, which Shropdoc took over in July this year.


Continuing our cradle-to-grave theme, the day focussed on the 19-65 age range, with a particular focus on mental health with health inequality in the morning and medical emergencies and team-working in the afternoon.


In the morning, our keynote speaker, Dr Alan Woodall presented the initial findings of some groundbreaking research he is leading, examining the causes of excess cardiovascular disease in people living with serious mental illness.


Following this, delegates heard about the application of Dialectic Behavioural Therapy in the management of patients with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder, presented by Ms Victoria Stait, Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team Practitioner, Powys Local Health Board, and Ms Kimberley Pearce, Team Manager, Community Mental Health Team.


And Mr Barry Eveleigh, Service Manager at Kaleidoscope, Powys, led an interactive session looking at the support and therapeutic services they provide for people using drugs and alcohol.


After a delicious lunch and chance to network with colleagues, delegates heard from our next guest speakers, Dr Kathy Ryan and Dr Catherine Stovell from Brisdoc Healthcare

Services, who facilitated a fascinating session exploring clinician’s attitudes to risk, entitled “Things that go bump in the night: clinical risk and you”.  



Finally, for the last sessions of the day we split into two groups. One group refreshed their knowledge and skills in Basic Life Support, AEDs and anaphylaxis, presented by Dave Edwards, Clinical Director RGN, Resuscitation Consultancy Medical Services Ltd.


The other group, which included Shropdoc drivers from Brecon, Llandrindod Wells, Newtown and Welshpool bases, explored team-working in emergency scenarios using the kit typically carried in Shropdoc’s vehicles and bases.  During this session, Dr Chapple, Dr Gupta, Dr Mangham and Dr Ristic used case-based scenarios to explore the teams’ collective response to emergencies that they might be faced with during their work.


Commenting on the day, Dr Chapple said, “I’m so proud of the team who put together such an interesting and fulfilling education day and even more delighted that we could host it in Powys for the first time in years.


“We were so lucky to welcome such learned speakers to facilitate our sessions, and initial feedback from delegates confirms what we witnessed on the day, which was that everyone enjoyed the relaxed learning environment and felt they could contribute.


“I was particularly pleased to see our Shropdoc drivers getting stuck into the emergency scenarios in the afternoon, and we now plan to run more sessions like this in the near future for those team members who couldn’t make it this time.”

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