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Help with SpR Interview Questions please

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Dear members

Can I request people to help me with few of the SpR interview questions please.

In my last interview I was asked what I would do if my senior colleague offered me a shot of cocaine on a night out with other colleagues. What's the safest and most appropriate answer to this scenario ?

Please reply as quickly as possible .

I would also welcome if people would like to share other difficult questions and suggested approaches to tackle them

Thanks

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What you would do in your private life is your business but what you would do in an interview is to be found in a document entitled Good Clinical Practice by the GMC.

I suggest you read it .

(sorry this is not intended to be crass)

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FYI  I heard  this story today which people might find interesting.

An SHO went for an interview for a pediatrics SpR job . In the interview  they were all asked the follwing question :

'you walk  into your consultants office unannounced  and you see that he is looking at porn  on the computer. He says he was looking at something and that this was a pop-up .What do you do ?'

this is for real .

The interview process was stopped and a number of candidates were called to one side and were told that their answers werer not acceptable . They were banned from attending interview for one year and they all had to have counselling .

This  just serves to illustrate how seriously the royal colleges  take the subject of whistle blowing.

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i am not quite clear ,what kind of answers did they give that will result in such a very stern response from the inteview members? please tell us a bit more.

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In answer to Toyota, refuse, advise but not preach/alienate about how it's likely to interfere with his work, and, if you see evidence of it interfering with his work/putting people at risk then discuss with his manager

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what about child porn sites? did you have to cover that as well in the interview?  ???

I believe that every trust has a person responsible for their internet security and believe me they do have systems in place to check that...!

I am aware of cases that people lost their jobs because of what they were doing on their pc...

the big brother is watching...seriously...! :o

but still a bit tricky question and also one that accepts many possible correct answers...  :-/

so good luck! :-*

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FYI  I heard  this story today which people might find interesting.

An SHO went for an interview for a pediatrics SpR job . In the interview  they were all asked the follwing question :

'you walk  into your consultants office unannounced  and you see that he is looking at porn  on the computer. He says he was looking at something and that this was a pop-up .What do you do ?'

this is for real .

The interview process was stopped and a number of candidates were called to one side and were told that their answers werer not acceptable . THEY WERE BANNED FROM ATTENDING INTERVIEW FOR ONE YEAR AND THEY ALL HAD TO HAVE COUNSELLING. This  just serves to illustrate how seriously the royal colleges  take the subject of whistle blowing.

What nonsense! You must be joking!!!

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I went on a teaching course yesterday and this was told to me by a consultant paediatrician who works at GOSH.

It is incredulous but highly probable . It is amazing that SpR candidtates dont know the GMC policy on whistle blowing .

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This is a very interesting scenario and methinks needs further discussion.

There is need for further clarification though:

1. Was this Consultant watching child porn?

If so, then things become a lot more complicated for the following reasons:

1. This is a Consultant in Paediatrics.

Therefore s/he works in close proximity to children.

2. Watching child porn on the internet DOES RAISE A LOT OF CHILD PROTECTION/SAFETY ISSUES.

3. We have a role to play in Child protection.

The answer to the question, therefore, is not as straight forward as whether we should blow the whistle or not.

I think one of the purposes of the question is to probe our understanding of Child Protection issues as well...

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I would like to refer you to 'Good Psychiatric Practice' 2nd Edition pg 38 and GMC Good Medical Practice 2001, Section 35 of the Medical Act 1983(as amended).

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GUIDANCE ON GOOD PRACTICE

Conduct or performance of colleagues.........

26. You must protect patients from risk of harm posed by another doctor's, or other health care professional's, conduct, performance or health, including problems arising from alcohol or other substance abuse. The safety of patients must come first at all times. Where there are serious concerns about a colleague's performance, health or conduct, it is essential that steps are taken without delay to investigate the concerns to establish whether they are well-founded, and to protect patients.

27. If you have grounds to believe that a doctor or other healthcare professional may be putting patients at risk, you must give an honest explanation of your concerns to an appropriate person from the employing authority, such as the medical director, nursing director or chief executive, or the director of public health, or an officer of your local medical committee, following any procedures set by the employer. If there are no appropriate local systems, or local systems cannot resolve the problem, and you remain concerned about the safety of patients, you should inform the relevant regulatory body. If you are not sure what to do, discuss your concerns with an impartial colleague or contact your defence body, a professional organisation or the GMC for advice.

28. If you have management responsibilities you should ensure that mechanisms are in place through which colleagues can raise concerns about risks to patients.

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Working with Colleagues

Treating colleagues fairly

35. You must not undermine patients' trust in the care or treatment they receive, or in the judgment of those treating them, by making malicious or unfounded criticisms of colleagues.

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