Recent Posts by Sara Chambers

Brownie points

2016 has been an uncomfortable year in many ways, the final flourish being the prospect of a Trump presidency. It can leave one feeling swept along by events larger than oneself. So how wonderful to learn of a ‘bright spot’ - something to inspire to rather than detract: a study suggesting that being a scout…
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RCGP’s new appraisal guide

The RCGP has responded to feedback from its 2015 revalidation survey by clarifying and simplifying its appraisal and revalidation guidance. Dr Sara Chambers, NASGP's appraisal and revalidation lead, highlights the main changes in the new RCGP appraisal guidance. The six areas of supporting evidence are largely unchanged, but there have been some important clarifications, a…
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Enjoy your appraisal….

Two years after the formal introduction of NHS revalidation, NASGP appraisal and revalidation lead and locum GP Sara Chambers recounts her experience of appraisal, and how this has fed into the development of NASGP's AppraisalAid. Over one fifth of licensed doctors will now have been revalidated, and on the surface all seems to be running…
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Significant events and Swiss cheese

There is a scientific discipline called human factors and ergonomics (HF&E) which recognises the absolute certainty that human beings will make mistakes, and so seeks to design working systems and environments that work around our human nature to reduce the risk of error as far as possible. Many safety-critical industries like aviation have wholeheartedly adopted…
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Locum complaints

There are many reasons why doctors working as locums may be more at risk of receiving a complaint. Sara Chambers, NASGP’s appraisal and revalidation lead, and Charlotte Hudson, writer at MPS, provide tips on protecting yourself from complaints and the current complaints process. The key to most complaints is how they are handled early on…
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Continuity of care as a GP locum

Continuity of care, defined by care given continuously by one doctor, is one of the most frequently talked about modalities of care provided by GPs; it’s the one we collectively feel that’s under threat, the one we’re trying to defend, and the one the government has picked up on to protect and promote. It enables…
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The day I saved a regiment

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