Number Of MDU Workshops Increased Due To Popular Demand

March 1, 2009 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

The Medical Defence Union (MDU), the UK’s leading medical defence organisation, has released dates for its 2009 workshops aimed at doctors in their foundation year and in specialty training posts. After its 2008 events sold out, the MDU has increased the number of dates this year to meet the anticipated demand.

Dr Peter Schütte, Head of Advisory Services at the MDU said: “Succeeding in medicine today is about more than being a good clinician. Doctors are now expected to be able to communicate clearly with patients and members of the healthcare team; have a good understanding of their professional and ethical obligations and how to apply them in the way they care for patients. These MDU workshops provide a friendly environment in which doctors can discuss any concerns they have in these areas and hone the skills they need to thrive in their chosen career.”

Doctors can enrol for the following workshops which will take place at the MDU’s offices in Blackfriars Road, London:

– Effective patient communication skills – Friday 20 March, Tuesday 12 May, Tuesday 29 September, Monday 9 November and Monday 30 November 2009.

– Effective colleague communication skills (new course) – Monday 22 June 2009

– Medical ethics and law – Monday 16 March, Friday 15 May, Thursday 17 September, Thursday 15 October and Thursday 12 November 2009.

– Professionalism in medicine and healthcare – Friday 26 June and Friday 18 September 2009.

All workshops are accredited by the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK and attendees receive 5 CPD credits. In addition to the course facilitators, MDU medico-legal advisers and liaison managers will be on hand during each workshop to provide practical advice and answer questions. Further information, including the cost of the workshops and the discounts available for MDU members, can be found in the new education and training section of the MDU website ( where those who want to attend can also enrol online or download an enrolment form.

Workshop facilitators

The communication skills workshops will be led by Drs Emma Sedgwick and Mike Roddis of Healthcare Performance Ltd which provides coaching, workshops and consultancy to healthcare organisations. Dr Sedgwick qualified as a doctor in 1993 and specialised in psychiatry before working as a medico-legal adviser and clinical risk manager for eight year. Dr Roddis qualified in 1978 and specialised in pathology, eventually becoming medical director of the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Essex.

Both the professionalism and law and ethics workshops will be led by Mark Brennan, a clinical educator specialising in clinical ethics, law and professionalism. Mark is currently Honorary Senior Lecturer in Clinical Education in the East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust and an Honorary Associate Dean in the Postgraduate Deanery for Kent, Surrey and Sussex. He also teaches at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency.


The MDU is a mutual, not for profit, organisation owned by our members who include over 50 per cent of the UK’s hospital doctors and GPs. Established in 1885, we were the world’s first medical defence organisation. We defend the professional reputations of our members when their clinical performance is called into question. Our benefits of membership include insurance for claims of clinical negligence and a wide range of medico-legal advisory services.




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