Olympians and Comedians #PerformanceLDN

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Traditionally, human factors and performance psychology are low down the priority list (or non-existent) in medical training. Students graduate from medical school with ‘academic-style’ mindsets, arguably ill-prepared for the practical, performance-dependent branches of medicine. In short, our training predisposes us to the yips. But change is afoot. On 24th June, I attended the London Performance Psychology Symposium at the Blizard Institute, close […]

‘My Mental Toughness Manifesto’ Part 4: PROCESS

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Everything in aviation we know because someone somewhere died… We have purchased, at great cost, lessons literally bought with blood… We cannot have the moral failure of forgetting these lessons and have to relearn them.” Sully Sullenberger Pilot of Flight 1549, ‘The Miracle on the Hudson’ All frontline healthcare warriors will bear scars from emotionally […]

‘My Mental Toughness Manifesto’ Part 3: PERFORM

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‘Practice’ is about building a skillset, and fostering a way of life (via ‘immersion’) that serves to strengthen perception of one’s available resources when crunch time arrives. However, reality dictates that certain scenarios are impossible to prepare for, particularly in the emergency medicine arena. The more chaotic the workplace, the higher the frequency of unavoidable threat appraisals. Therefore, it is crucial […]

‘Why tomorrow’s patient needs a digital NHS’

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Dr Robert Lloyd @PonderingEM is our MC – he’s talking of the front line challenges in the NHS #DHLcollaborate pic.twitter.com/7cCmubkm82 — Keith Grimes (@keithgrimes) February 22, 2017 On February 22, I had the honour of compèring an event that brought together NHS leaders, senior clinicians and digital entrepreneurs – #DHLcollaborate. It was the one-year summit of DigitalHealth.London, an organisation […]

‘My Mental Toughness Manifesto’ Part 2: PRACTICE

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In MMTM Part 1, two-step cognitive appraisals were explained. This process dictates whether one enters a challenged or threatened mindset in the event where an immediate performance is required under acute stress. Feeling challenged, of course, is one of the two chief components of a mentally tough individual. “I am 100% committed” “I feel challenged” In this post, we […]

‘My Mental Toughness Manifesto’ Part 1: Cognitive Appraisals

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It has been an exciting period for me recently. Last month I was at the International Special Training Centre (ISTC) in Pfullendorf, Germany, where I had the honour of speaking to a group of Special Operations Combat Medics in-training from eleven nations across NATO. Staying at the base, meeting the guys, and contributing to their fantastic 26-week […]