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Breaking Bad News course for Dental Practice

Speciality Classification
Oral Health
Time / Duration
45 minutes
Subject matter expert
eLearning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
The Foundation Program,elfh,NHS

This session explores basic principles in breaking bad news and examines how these can be employed given the reality and constraints of the working life of a foundation doctor.


Section: 2 Communication, Team-working and Leadership

  • Professional Capability: 6 Communication, team-working and leadership

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Identify the reasons why breaking bad news is so difficult for doctors
  • List the basic principles of good practice
  • Describe a framework within which to structure the telling of bad news
  • List the skills that enable bad news to be imparted sensitively
  • Describe how to maximise your effectiveness and look after yourself

As doctors, almost all of us will break bad news regularly as part of our everyday working life, yet most of us never become comfortable in this stressful situation.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should:

  • Be familiar with and have basic competence in the core communication skills of the medical interview as taught in undergraduate medicine, especially relationship building and explanation and planning
Instructors / Speakers
Jonathan Silverman,
Retired GP and Associate Clinical Dean at the School of Clinical Medicine. University of Cambridge.

Jonathan Silverman has recently retired as Associate Clinical Dean at the School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge and was a general practitioner for over 30 years. He has been actively involved in teaching communication skills since 1988 and in 1993, undertook a sabbatical with Professor Suzanne Kurtz, teaching and researching communication skills at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary.

In 1999 he became Director of Communication Studies for the undergraduate curriculum in Cambridge, which now involves over 700 half day small group sessions per year. He is best known as one of the authors of the Calgary-Cambridge Guides to the Medical Interview, which provide a framework for describing the medical interview and incorporate a comprehensive set of skills referenced to the current evidence.

He has conducted communication skills teaching seminars throughout the UK, in Europe and N. America. In 2005, he founded the UK Council for Communication Skills Teaching in Undergraduate Medical Education for all 33 UK medical school, is past chair of the teaching committee and now President-elect of the European Association of Communication in Healthcare.

Breaking Bad News course for Dental Practice
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Dental, -- DENTAL --
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
45 minutes
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