One small step ..

10 #MatExpAdvent -ures

This is the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists where we sit our professional exams ,& come to be educated & advised by wise elders ......the establishment ....as it were. I thought I might as well be trying to take #MatExp to the moon πŸ‘€ ! Well - we are a little unconventional you know πŸ‹

Improving 'patient' experience in healthcare seems to be perceived as a nursing sort of thing to do. The assumption frequently seems to be made that doctors don't do that 'fluffy' stuff I find this attitude surprising , in turn others find the very fact I am an obstetrician surprises them! However I make my own assumptions too.....

Our expectations both of ourselves & others can have a big impact

So I never expected to be unfolding a board game in the office of the President of RCOG !

But after sending an enthusiastic email to the RCOG president David Richmond all about #MatExp improving maternity experience that's exactly what happened! I was delighted to find him hugely supportive of the relaxed collaborative approach and able to see the vision of #nohierarchyjustpeople linking me with Ian Currie @Gynaecology1

Which resulted in an impromptu #MatExp ' stand' for me & @LeighKendall at RCOG women's health patient safety day in October

& A cover story for the O&G members magazine!

Read the article here

Others have expectations too - I'm proud to be an obstetrician despite some of the 'bad press' we get

We all set out to help & care for women but It's a tricky job you know, balancing safety & intervention with short time scales to make big decisions. The responsibility is massive

So I can't deny there is some reluctance from Obs to get involved in #MatExp

Why?

It can feel a bit risky & vulnerable & we have professional boundaries & regulations to consider. But we can't hope to improve unless we have constructive dialogue together & if there are fewer obstetricians we lose the balance of views that I think is critical .

Start small

I hear some obs say - What's in it for us? I don't have any influence, there's' no time! You are the stars of the future. Start small, I guarantee however compassionate you are your practice will change from being involved I know mine has.

Take a peek at good practice elsewhere by following along & then when ready decide what small step you are able to take

Take one giant leap

Challenge your assumptions , if you are not an obstetrician talk to one& hear their perspective, what are their worries & concerns .behind their actions? What action can you take to work better together whatever your interest in maternity?

Seek out those fabulous obstetricians (#FabObs ) already working to improve women's experiences & nurture those who need a little more encouragement

Calling all #FabObs out there today is going to be a good day! Listen to you colleagues , work collaboratively & help spread the good stuff by joining in #MatExp. Enjoy #RCOGNTC 😊

So in 2016 we presented to the National labour ward leads meeting

I went to the world RCOG congress & presented a #MatExp poster

We had a meeting with some other #FabObs about how #MatExp might work with RCOG

I was the lone obs voice at WomensVoices16

Here we are on the stage at RCOG presenting at the MBRRACE launch

So in 2017 women’s voices conference led by amazing Michele Quashie was hosted by RCOG

I finally met Sarah Winfield fabobs in Leeds who did the lithotomy challenge

I talked #MatExp at a London O&G training event

We have met more #fabobs up & down the country at our workshops

Watch this space because 2018 is going to be even more exciting with the launch of the British Intrapartum Care society full of #fabobs !

Whose shoes? πŸ˜‰

#MatExpAdvent -ures

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