I wrote this a few years ago.
The world has changed in that time.
There are still the high-speed intuitives and the slow-but-steady detail-orientated folk plodding-through healthcare, inhabiting wards, clinics and operating theatres.
Who knows what is best.
It is easy to say, ‘Improve the performance, faster, damn you! More flow,’ it is harder to demonstrate meaninful person-centred support that makes a difference.
In my experience I have found three types of doctors;
Those who work very fast, very slow or somewhere in the middle.
This is obvious and logical as human behaviour is divided on the basis of a normal distribution, with most being average.
In life, there are those who work and act quickly; my mum would say, ‘chick-chak’ which I think is a derivation of Hebrew meaning, ‘promptly, without messing about,’ and, those who tend to dilly-dally.
I remember when, as a junior doctor working in A&E, they had a top-ten of patients seen in the six-month period of the rotation. Some colleagues would plough through the numbers, others would move more methodically. The NHS being what it was and is, would usually reward those working at the fastest pace, seeing the most.
I know doctors who carry tremendous workloads, seeing two, if not three times as many patients in…
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