Meet the team
Sophie Thomas has 40 years’ experience as a nurse and manager in the NHS and third sector, working in a variety of settings including general medicine, A and E, clinical haematology, elderly medicine, cancer and community palliative care. She has been involved in advance care planning projects since 2004, most recently leading a nurse-led service in West Wales, which was chosen for recurrent funding by local GPs. She is working with the Spanish Red Cross to design and deliver a volunteer-based advance care planning service for English speaking residents in the Axarquia region of Spain.
THANK YOU TO ALL THE MANY PEOPLE WHO HELPED US ALONG THE WAY
In all our meetings, our patients have helped us to be a better clinicians...
We have learned so much from all our clinical encounters, and in some ways developed skills the hard way, through frequent failure and starting again. Patients are kind and accepted clumsy efforts. The TALC resources aim to help all clinicians working with patients to develop effective consultations more quickly and more easily than we did.
Many fellow clinicians and educators have helped us think more deeply about consultations, and to develop a range of teaching strategies. Many thanks to Dr Bob Kirk, Dr Rebecca Baron, Dr Roy Wallworth, Dr Barry Lewis, Dr Stewart Bailey, Dr Rob Stokes and Dr Alison Lea, Dr Tim Greenaway, Dr Alan Winstanley, Dr Malcolm Thomas, Dr Alan Shirley, all of whom have been generous with their time and discussion, and who have freely shared their thoughts.
General Practice Trainers on the HEE North West Consultation Masterclass courses have also taught us so much. Special thanks to The group of 2019/2020 for articulating and developing the idea of “Bespoke versus Flat Pack empathy”. All these colleagues and many more have supported trials of the teaching methods, given helpful feedback and been tolerant of the inevitable failures along the way.
Dr Bob Kirk and Dr Rob Stokes from HEENW and Carol McRae of the Greater Manchester Training Hub deserve special thanks for supporting our vision and making the web project possible. Dr Brian O’Mahoney contributed wise counsel at a critical stage.
Our families have tolerated us being preoccupied when we might have been with them instead. A massive thank you to Dr Francis Creighton, for his unwavering support, from the fuzzy beginnings of this project, to its final form. Many thanks to Daniel Morrison and the Medical Illustration department at Wythenshawe Hospital.
Finally, thank you to all the learners, trainees in General Practice, Nurse Practitioners, and Consultants we have worked with. For many years you have shared your struggles in learning these most essential skills with us. You were willing to try out many teaching methods, some that made the cut into TALC and some that were rightly dropped in to the dustbin of history.