What is Medical Politics?
Encompasses the range of representation from small, local roles (eg. BMA) through to national (eg. Wesminster) and international (eg. European) posts. Often coupled with a part-time clinical career to represent and implement health care decisions. Roles include strategy development, risk awareness and working with medical defence unions.
Your clinical experience is a valuable tool when introducing and evaluating strategies
Can continue current medical practice alongside part-time role
- Professional integrity
- Situational and practical experience from working within a hospital
- Working across several specialities
- Working under pressure
- Team working
Dependent upon a part or full-time role. Initially may require extra, unpaid hours to clinical duties.
Can be emotionally demanding. Occasionally having to pursue maters that you may not agree with personally, and consequently you may find yourself involved with conflicts and disagreements. A strong personality is indispensable here but if you have a voice, this is the platform to be heard!
Ethical and political knowledge base essential
Analytical and research skills, for example to make informed opinions upon political decisions
Time management skills: particularly if you choose to pursue a clinical and political career
Further education: ethics and law
Local involvement eg BMA or speciality representative roles
Local political party roles
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