CRB or “Disclosure and Barring Service” checks

There have been a number of queries about Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks (or what used to be CRB checks).  It does appear that it is the responsibility of individuals to pay for their own DBS checks (See Slide 6 of this presentation from Health Education West Midlands) where as in the past this was paid for by the Employer.  More information about DBS checks for Doctors in training can be found on the NHS Employers website.  It looks as though you may update your DBS check rather than repeat the process of applying for a new check and this can be done via the gov.uk website (thank you Matt).

Communication skills and Improv

Thank you to Ryan Offutt who came to do a session on how the art of Improvisation can highlight communication skills and hopefully improve them too.  Ryan helps organise and run a group called MB Improv (based in Sheffield) and it struck me at the recent South Yorkshire GP Conference earlier this year what a fresh and innovative method improvisation was for teaching communications skills.

 

Improvisation is steadily gathering an evidence base to support its use in medical education (see the following link from pubmed) and hopefully the feedback from today’s session will further support our decision to include it as part of the GP training programme.

 

This clip is of one of Ryan’s warm up games – enjoy!