Details of the objectives and background of the RCP project Professionalism: The dedicated doctor.
This project aims to evaluate the role of professionalism in modern healthcare and make recommendations for future practice.
The objectives underpinning this aim are:
The proposition for The dedicated doctor arose from the findings of previous pioneering work by the RCP. In 2005, the RCP publication Doctors in society: medical professionalism in an ever changing world defined medical professionalism as 'a set of values, behaviours and relationships that underpin the trust the public has in doctors'.
This work was described by the authors as an initial stepping stone in characterising the profession’s role in society. Future physician: changing doctors in changing times, published in 2010, outlined the context in which healthcare is likely to be delivered over the next 20 years and the impact on the profession.
The 2016 report by the General Medical Council’s (GMC), Medical professionalism matters, highlighted some of the challenges that doctors in practice experience. The dedicated doctor aims to address these concerns by providing or suggesting solutions to the problems and conflicts experienced.
The purpose of this work is to develop and promote an understanding of medical professionalism, relevant to the context in which doctors currently practice while considering the complexities and conflicts of the future. This work also aims to restore an emphasis on meaningful, challenging, rewarding work and restore pride, joy and confidence in the profession.
Patient care is influenced by a range of interconnecting factors however the professionalism displayed by an attending doctor is often pivotal to their experience and interpretation after that. Promoting and developing the attributes of medical professionalism, as defined by patients, will enhance the caregiving experience for both the clinician and the patient, restoring trust and confidence in the relationship.
The GMC determines the professional standards for doctors in the form of good medical practice. Professionalism is the ideals or values through which professional standards are interpreted and in turn these values are displayed in the professional’s behaviours, attitudes or relationships.
The dedicated doctor seeks to:
What will think of as the great doctor in the future? What are the values, attitudes and behaviours that will underpin the trustworthiness of the future professional? In answering these questions, The dedicated doctor lays the foundations for the medical profession to positively shape the future of health and healthcare.