The universal GP Training website for everyone, not just Bradford.   Created in 2002 by Dr Ramesh Mehay

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Information provided on this medical website is intended for educational purposes only and may contain errors or inaccuracies. We do not assume responsibility for any actions taken based on the information presented here. Users are strongly advised to consult reliable medical sources and healthcare professionals for accurate and personalised guidance – especially with protocols, guidelines and doses. 

COME AND WORK WITH ME… If you’d like to contribute or enhance this resource, simply send an email to  rameshmehay@googlemail.co.uk. We welcome collaboration to improve GP training on the UK’s leading website, Bradford VTS. If you’re interested in a more active role with www.bradfordvts.co.uk (and get your name published), please feel free to reach out. We love hearing from people who want to give.

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Social Media - a great tool but it is not without its risks!

By social media, we mean LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.  It can be a great tool in creating your “tribe”.  Build your professional network. You can share ideas and information. Offers support to your peers.   You can campaign on an issue. You can create a debate of some sort.

But be careful with what you say.    You could run into legal issues like defamation or contempt of court.  The standards expected of doctors do not change because they are communicating through social media rather than face to face or through other traditional media, but new challenges can arise.  

You are still a doctor on social media

Even if you don’t identify yourself as a doctor on social media, you are still a doctor. So you must maintain ethical and professional standards. And especially patient confidentiality.  A good rule of thumb is generally not to post when you’re angry, drunk or emotional. Donn’t say anything on social media that you wouldn’t be happy to be printed in a newspaper. Yes, you have the right to free speech, but this is not absolute. The laws of defamation apply so avoid adverse comments on individuals or organisations which could be seen to be unsubstantiated.  

And be careful of giving medical advice on social media. Answering general medical questions of fact or signposting to sources of information is unlikely to get you into trouble. But providing personalised health advice via social media to members of the public is dangerous territory. And, of course, you should not discuss any individual patient health problem on social media, especially if the narrative can identify them.

Read the guidance from the BMA, GMC and RCGP in the Web links above.

Arm yourself with knowledge.  Be aware of the potential pitfalls.  

“What you are aware of, you are in control of; what you are not aware of, is in control of you.” – Anthony de Mello

Social Media Highway Code

1. Be aware of the image you present online and manage this proactively
2. Recognise that the personal and professional can’t always be separated
3. Engage with the public but be cautious of giving personal advice
4. Respect the privacy of all patients, especially the vulnerable
5. Show your human side, but maintain professional boundaries
6. Contribute your expertise, insights and experience
7. Treat others with consideration, politeness and respect
8. Remember that other people may be watching you
9. Support your colleagues and intervene when necessary
10. Test out innovative ideas, learn from mistakes – and have fun!

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How IT ALL STARTED
WHAT WE'RE ABOUT
WHO ARE WE FOR?

Bradford VTS was created by Dr. Ramesh Mehay, a Programme Director for Bradford GP Training Scheme back in 2001. Over the years, it has seen many permutations.  At the time, there were very few resources for GP trainees and their trainers so Bradford decided to create one FOR EVERYONE. 

So, we see Bradford VTS as  the INDEPENDENT vocational training scheme website providing a wealth of free medical resources for GP trainees, their trainers and TPDs everywhere and anywhere.  We also welcome other health professionals – as we know the site is used by both those qualified and in training – such as Associate Physicians, ANPs, Medical & Nursing Students. 

Our fundamental belief is to openly and freely share knowledge to help learn and develop with each other.  Feel free to use the information – as long as it is not for a commercial purpose.   

We have a wealth of downloadable resources and we also welcome copyright-free educational material from all our users to help build our rich resource (send to bradfordvts@gmail.com).

Our sections on (medical) COMMUNICATION SKILLS and (medical) TEACHING & LEARNING are perhaps the best and most comprehensive on the world wide web (see white-on-black menu header section on the homepage).

4th February 2024 

WHAT's HAPPENING?

Here are some updates planned over the next 6 months

  1. Updating the SCA exam pages with cases and videos.
  2. Clinical Specialty areas all being updated with current guidance and easy to understand diagrams and flow charts.
  3. Videos being created for some of the pages for those of you who prefer to watch than read.
  4. We’ve got some bradfordvts helpers to contribute and develop their own pages or areas of interest.  If you would like to be a bradfordvts helper, email me rameshmehay@googlemail.com
  5. We provide all of this for free. But it costs us money to run.  If you could kindly donate something, that would be great.  We do all of this for you.   Please hit the button below. xxx