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On location: Jamaica and Trinidad

MPS’s Dr Nancy Boodhoo and Dr Brian Charles, consultant to MPS, visited Jamaica and Trinidad in early May to share vital updates on education and risk management

This latest educational visit by Dr Boodhoo and Dr Charles began at the end of April in Kingston, Jamaica, where a presentation was given to both doctors and dentists on risk management. Entitled “The relevance and relation to quality healthcare”, the presentation was then followed by an interactive discussion involving the audience – principal concerns raised were over resources, communication and open disclosure.

Dr Charles then repeated the presentation at Kingston Public Hospital, introducing a hospital emphasis for the benefit of the doctors and medical students at the hospital. It was then over to the dental school of the University of West Indies, where Dr Charles and Dr Boodhoo spoke to fourth year students on negligence and consent. Following some interactive discussion, there was much interest in MPS’s e-learning platform and its access for students.

Travelling to Trinidad, Dr Charles and Dr Boodhoo discussed the facilitation of a number of workshops at an upcoming conference on anaesthetic and intensive care

Montego Bay was the next destination; MPS’s subsidiary Dental Protection Ltd was sponsoring a dental convention and marketing representative Karen James was on hand to engage with dentists, hygienists and dental nurses. Later that day, Dr Boodhoo and Dr Charles presented to doctors and dentists on risk management, with a particular focus on consent and communication.

The same presentation was given at Cornwall Hospital, which was attended by consultants, registrars, interns, medical students and nurses, and was praised by the hospital’s medical director. During an interactive risk management segment, concerns raised included resources, communication and cultural incorporation of holistic treatment in traditional medicine.

The Jamaica portion of the visit was then rounded off by a talk at a dental convention, a post-event dinner with the President of the Jamaica Dental Association, and various meetings with members of the Association’s Executive team.

Travelling to Trinidad, Dr Charles and Dr Boodhoo discussed the facilitation of a number of workshops at an upcoming conference on anaesthetic and intensive care. With around 100 doctors – including a significant portion of juniors – in attendance, and a mixture of speakers from the Caribbean and abroad, the workshops were to be a great opportunity for MPS to share core medicolegal learning.

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