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President's Report

July 2019

I can't believe it has been nearly three months since I took over as IDF President on 30th April and I hadn’t anticipated how busy that time would be; not helped by being informed of a CQC inspection at my practice two days later! 

Since then we have held the usual Executive and Board meetings and I continue to chair the IDF Finance Committee as Treasurer until the end of 2019. We also held regional events in Birmingham, Tunbridge Wells and Guildford in conjunction with Step Into Practice and Bespoke Medical Indemnity. They were well attended with new prospective members as well as supporting those already on board in the area. We are always seeking greater numbers of course, and the more outside London the better to enhance our national voice. We plan further events in Bristol, Windsor and Chelmsford in the Autumn.

I was pleased to host our Spring Symposium on Transgender Medicine and Surgery at the Oxford and Cambridge Club on 18th May. We had excellent speakers and the event was well received and hugely informative. We also held a drinks reception for our corporate members on the 17th June and have invited corporate representatives to meet and feed back to the Executive to improve communication and be more responsive to their requirements.

We attended the BMA Private Practice Conference in April; I spoke on the Interface Between Primary and Secondary Care in the Independent Sector and chaired the afternoon session on Setting Up In Private Practice. The IDF had a stand at the event and got considerable interest from delegates and a number of new members.

I have close contact with the RCGP and helped to organise their City Health Conference on technology in primary care (called Health and ‘Appiness!) on the 6th June at the College. I chaired and was a panel member for two of their workshops. It was a fascinating day which highlighted the potential benefits but also the challenges of technology in medicine. College events always make you feel good about being part of the profession and the choir at end was especially uplifting… maybe we should have an IDF choir? I was also pleased to represent the IDF at the RCGP Summer Reception as the guest of their Chair, Helen Stokes-Lampard.

Our first Informal Dinner was at Bernardi’s Restaurant on 10th June which everyone seemed to enjoy with excellent food and conversation. We are planning a second event on the 9th September. These are intended to welcome new members but there is always space for others, so look out for the invitation.

I am reassured that with the help of our CEO Sue Smith, the Executive and Committees, the IDF remains vibrant and relevant to all our needs, whether that is networking, socialising and education, appraisal and revalidation, or one of the business products we promote, such as indemnity insurance and the payment method Pay360.

So as we set off on our summer vacations, what do we have in store for the Autumn and beyond? There is our study weekend in Malaga on the 20th September of course, which is ever popular and actually fully booked now. It is always a great event socialising with old and new friends with diverse lectures on the Saturday and Sunday mornings and tours of local landmarks. There is also a meeting in September where we can share experiences of our CQC inspections to support each other and feed back to their senior team. There are the usual educational events and a Christmas party at the end of November, so look out for them in IDF Weekly emailed to you each Friday.

It has been a brilliant few months meeting new people and contributing to some excellent and varied events. I did not intend to talk here about all the other work we do with CQC and the PMIs etc; just to update you on my activities as your representative. 

I shall write again at the end of the year, so please have an excellent summer and look forward to meeting you soon.

Dr Neil Haughton

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