According to Go Live training, when considering the daily tasks of a doctor, they are comparable to 3 types of fires:
- The fire in a garden. For example, this includes an inpatient that is deteriorating rapidly or for a patient that urgently requires a scan and the “waiting list” is just too long.
- The fire that is down a road. These include broader challenges when it comes to delivering care for the outpatient clinics that have resulted in delays that are unacceptable or attempting to ensure enough staff to accommodate care that is minimally viable.
- The last one is the fire that is far away, which can include priorities that are more distant. This is a category whereby the majority of the service improvements generally happen.
Traditionally, adoption of the latest technology such as AI (Artifical Intelligence) fits well with the last type as it understandably takes the 2nd or 3rd place to actual patient care. The phenomenal Adam Kay’s “This is Going to Hurt” paints a picture that is detailed about the realities of the lives of doctors. If you would like to gain a better understanding of working in these systems, “Do No Harm”, by Henry Marsh, articulates clearly the challenges that consultants often go through. Both of these books indicate how doctors are driven to provide patient care and the systems that they require in order to achieve this.
It is very true that patients need to be prioritised. However, workforce limitations often mean … Read More