The Medical Council wish to pilot a new Patient Multisource Feedback tool and RCSI have agreed to seek volunteers to pilot the use of this tool in an Irish context. It has been agreed with the Medical Council that participation in the pilot will be recognised for either 10 internal CPD points or as meeting the audit requirement for one year.
While many surgeons have little difficulty meeting and exceeding the Medical Council’s requirements in relation to Professional Competence, there are some who find it difficult to address certain areas, particularly Internal credits. For some time now, we have been working with the Medical Council under the chairmanship of Dr Julian Archer to identify innovative ways in which doctors can meet their Professional Competence obligations.
A working group set up by the Council have adapted an online MultiSource Feedback (MSF) tool and RCSI have agreed to seek volunteers to pilot the use of this tool in an Irish context. This will not be used to assess either competence or performance but simply as a tool to inform doctors’ reflection on their own practice. The actual results of the MSF will not be available to the Medical Council and will not be used in the context of complaints or disciplinary action. Instead, MSF is intended as a formative, practice-based activity which is conducted and owned by the doctor with the support of RCSI. In the first phase, only patient feedback will be used.
The purpose of this pilot is to confirm the validity and reliability of the current draft form in the Irish context and measure doctors’ experience of the MSF process. While it is unlikely that MSF will become mandatory for all doctors, it may be particularly useful for those doctors whose practice setting makes it difficult to meet the existing minimum requirements.
We are seeking surgeons (Consultants and NCHDs) to volunteer for this MSF pilot. It has been agreed with the Council that participation in the pilot will be recognised for either 10 internal CPD points or as meeting the audit requirement for one year. This credit will be applied once we have received confirmation that the process is complete and the report has been issued to you.
If you are interested in (or considering) participating in the pilot (or in obtaining further information) you should ‘Register Your Interest HERE
The process then will consist of:
- Register your interest with us
- We will collate a list of those volunteering, forward these details to the Medical Council who will send them directly on to the a company who will be engaged to conduct the surveys
- The MSF provider will send you a set of paper feedback forms and instructions on how to distribute these. Typically, up to 30 forms will be distributed – this could happen at one OPD clinic for example. Usually, the forms will be distributed to patients after a consultation by a nurse or administrative staff member.