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Phil Wilks

Blog post by Phil Wilks on Friday 1 September 2017

Record CPD while you are watching a library module

You can now record CPD while you are watching a Library module.

Previously you had to go away from the video to the Learning Diary to record CPD or have it open in a separate tab. Now you can leave the video playing or pause it while you record some learning without worrying about losing your place.

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Phil Wilks

Blog post by Phil Wilks on Tuesday 20 June 2017

We’ve had a makeover!

We're always looking for ways to make our website easier to use. Today we've launched our new website design which uses a wider layout to make better use of the available space. We've also made over 100 smaller usability improvements.

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Guest blogger

Blog post by Guest blogger on Wednesday 14 June 2017

GP Networking

Katyrn GP network

Leadership in the NHS is often criticised for being top heavy, loosing relevance and importantly empowerment as it is filtered down to those working at the coal face. There is a tremendous wealth of experience and a bubbling pot of innovative ideas amongst the grassroots. They must be nurtured, supported through followership and scaled to achieve impact.  GP+ Networking and Fourteenfish have both been born from experience of the poor alternative. Duncan and I share a common background. Both GPs with multiple extended roles collected along the way. We have gone the step further beyond ‘wouldn’t it be great if…’. We have taken many difficult steps since starting that journey but plan to work synergistically to ensure digital innovation is used to bring the fulfilment back to professional development in general practice and for professional development not to add to burnout but be used to fight back against it. 

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Guest blogger

Blog post by Guest blogger on Wednesday 31 May 2017

How to manage your finances as a locum GP

Managing your locum finances needn’t be as overwhelming as one often expects. The biggest difference when starting locum work is that instead of deductions being automatically taken from your monthly salary, you must manage your invoices, tax and pension contributions yourself. Here are key questions many new locum GPs have about their finances.

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Phil Wilks

Blog post by Phil Wilks on Wednesday 8 March 2017

Installing our web clipper in Microsoft Edge

So you've heard about our awesome web clipper for the Learning Diary but you use Microsoft Edge instead of Internet Explorer? Have no fear! You can still use the web clipper, although it does require a bit of extra work...

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Dr Duncan Walling

Blog post by Dr Duncan Walling on Tuesday 17 January 2017

Getting up in the morning

Morning view

Morning Rituals

I am in training... again. In a few weeks I am going to attempt to run 147 miles along the Viking Way path in Lincolnshire (http://www.vikingwayultra.com/). Should be fun? I prefer to get my running done first thing and have the rest of the day to spare. It feels like it impacts less on work and family life that way. In the winter it is not easy. It is dark and cold both on leaving and returning and I try various tricks to get myself out of bed each morning. I am finding it increasingly hard.

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Dr Duncan Walling

Blog post by Dr Duncan Walling on Monday 28 November 2016

FourteenFish Tips #4
Common questions about our Appraisal Toolkit

We get asked the same questions quite often regarding our Appraisal Toolkit, especially from new users. Here are the answers!

1) Am I able to use FourteenFish for my appraisal?

Short answer: Yes

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Liz Sankey

Blog post by Liz Sankey on Thursday 17 November 2016

FourteenFish Tips #3
How to get started on the Appraisal Toolkit

Getting started on your Appraisal with FourteenFish

We are here to light the way through the dark and sometimes overwhelming world of the appraisals. Follow me for an action packed few minutes of toolkit literature, like a well laid out Ikea instruction pamphlet. 

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Phil Wilks

Blog post by Phil Wilks on Friday 11 November 2016

A better way of managing your PDP

We get contacted quite often by people who are new to using our Appraisal Toolkit and are confused by the PDP section. We've never been completely happy with it and in September we decided to go back to the drawing board. Today we've launched a completely revised way of managing your PDP which will make preparing for your appraisal even easier.

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Liz Sankey

Blog post by Liz Sankey on Monday 7 November 2016

FourteenFish Tips #2
Record CPD just by sending an email

Picture this, you are at work and you get, a very rare, 5  minutes before your next patient walks through your door. You panic a little. ‘5 minutes!!! Quick! Think! What shall I do?’  Eureka!….emails!’ 

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Liz Sankey

Blog post by Liz Sankey on Tuesday 1 November 2016

FourteenFish Tips #1
How to use our Learning Diary

Some of you may already be familiar with the Learning Diary but it is our fear not all of you are. It really does help take the stress out of appraisal preparation and it’s free! 

How it works

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Phil Wilks

Blog post by Phil Wilks on Friday 7 October 2016

New appraisal layout

Say hello to our new appraisal toolkit layout!

The appraisal overview screen (pictured below) is now...

  • easier to use
  • more logically organised
  • simpler for first-time users

The functions that you are likely to use less often are now in a section at the bottom, and we've made a big effort to reduce the amount of text on the page. As always, we're trying to make your life easier and save you time.

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Phil Wilks

Blog post by Phil Wilks on Thursday 25 August 2016

Library: pay monthly, cancel any time

You asked, we listened. To make our clinical update videos more accessible, we've moved to monthly pricing. This means you can now get an unlimited pass to all 20 modules, with more being added every 2-3 weeks.

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Dr Duncan Walling

Blog post by Dr Duncan Walling on Tuesday 23 August 2016

It's the little things

I hate saying this but social media does not come naturally to me. I hate saying it because I have always been an early adopter, into technology and admitting it doesn't come easy is admitting that I recognise that I am now behind the curve. Over the last 6 months I have made a conscious effort to post more and have learnt from younger colleagues to whom it appears second nature. I reckon I am now starting to get it.

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Dr Duncan Walling

Blog post by Dr Duncan Walling on Tuesday 26 July 2016

Is this the end of Reflection?

In light of recent court cases where reflection has been using as evidence should we continue to direction of reflection on our practice? Yes, but with caution.

This is a result of a recent question that came into Fish TV episode 5. If you haven't seen any Fish TV yet stop reading this and watch the video below!

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Phil Wilks

Blog post by Phil Wilks on Monday 25 July 2016

iPhone and iPad app improvements

We've just launched version 1.4 of our awesome Learning Diary app for iPhone and iPad! Here's what's new...

Automatic saving

No need to save your work manually any more. Instead, any changes are made as you go along. You can even close down the app in the middle of typing something and pick up where you left off another time.

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Dr Duncan Walling

Blog post by Dr Duncan Walling on Thursday 21 July 2016

What's the deal with attachment size limits?

We have a file size limit for appraisals - why is this and should we be scanning in files for supporting information anyway?

After consultation with NHS England we recently introduced a file size limit for our appraisal summaries of 9 MB. This was not to try and save on server space but rather to try and prevent large appraisal summaries that were causing difficulties in uploading to a national appraisal management system.

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Dr Duncan Walling

Blog post by Dr Duncan Walling on Thursday 7 July 2016

Revalidation tips for locums

At FourteenFish we are often asked if we have any tips for Locums undergoing Revalidation. Whilst the following is aimed at GP Locums I hope the following should still be useful for hospital doctors, nurses and others.

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Kelly Anderson

Blog post by Kelly Anderson on Thursday 30 June 2016

Patient feedback, without the headache!

Being a Deputy Practice Manager in a busy 13,500 patient practice, I know all too well the daily stresses of keeping on top of the workload in general practice.

There seems to be a growing focus on patient involvement. With contractual requirements including Friends and Family Test and Patient Participation Groups, and CQC requirements to show you are responsive to your patients needs (for those who haven’t had their visit yet, they also ask to see the findings and action plans from patient surveys).

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Dr Duncan Walling

Blog post by Dr Duncan Walling on Thursday 30 June 2016

What can a GP learn from an Entrepreneur

Duncan at computer

4 years ago I left my career as a Family Doctor to start FourteenFish. Despite being very happy working as a GP it was an easy decision as I knew if I didn't give this opportunity a try I would always think what if.

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Phil Wilks

Blog post by Phil Wilks on Thursday 23 June 2016

Communities and the Learning Diary

We've been busy working on some exciting improvements to Communities this week.

We wanted an easy way to react to a post rather than type out a comment. The "like" concept is pretty widespread now, so instead of reinventing the wheel we decided this was a good option. We also added a few other reactions, so if you just want to show you found something funny or shocking you can say that too. Facebook added a similar feature a few months ago, although we prefer our icons 😛

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Guest blogger

Blog post by Guest blogger on Tuesday 21 June 2016

How to use tech to log your learning (almost) painlessly

This is a guest blog post from Dr Rachel Boyce, a GP and trainer in the Thames Valley.

@BucksGPST

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Dr Duncan Walling

Blog post by Dr Duncan Walling on Tuesday 21 June 2016

Appraisal for nurses

Last week I attended an extremely positive event in Winchester, Hampshire. This was a "how was it for you" review of a pilot where practice nurses had undergone Appraisals using an adapted version of the doctors medical appraisal model. The appraisers had training and they then appraised other nurses, often external to their practice. 

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Dr Duncan Walling

Blog post by Dr Duncan Walling on Wednesday 15 June 2016

Crowd sourcing learning

Last week we launched the FourteenFish Library.

One of the reasons we are excited about Library is that we think it completes our circle of learning suite offerings. When we talk about this circle we mean taking a knowledge test or watching a module then capturing that learning into the Learning Diary.

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Phil Wilks

Blog post by Phil Wilks on Tuesday 14 June 2016

Find out about Notifications

Today we rolled out a new feature on the FourteenFish website – notifications!

The main purpose of this is so that you can get notified about stuff happening in your Communities.

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Dr Duncan Walling

Blog post by Dr Duncan Walling on Tuesday 14 June 2016

Library launch

For the last 6 months we have been working with Dr Mark Coombe on the FourteenFish Library and we launched this to our users last week.

We feel Library completes the circle in our learning suite line up. Our vision is that you can:

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Liz Sankey

Blog post by Liz Sankey on Monday 2 May 2016

User Reviews

Our first user review was March 2013 and since then we have a steady flow of reviews from GP's, Locums, Hospital Doctors, Practice Managers and Appraisers.

Since the release of our Nurse and Midwife Revalidation Toolkit in April 2016, we are now receiving positive reviews from Nurses and Midwives using our system.

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Dr John Bibby

Blog post by Dr John Bibby on Friday 22 January 2016

Why I prefer an appraisee to use an online toolkit

Benefits for doctors

As an appraiser I'm often asked ‘Should I use a toolkit or should i use the MAG MAF?’. So what are their advantages? Well the MAG MAF is good and has served us well and will continue to do so but it does have some limitations. It is a PDF and so is only available where the PDF is stored.

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Dr John Bibby

Blog post by Dr John Bibby on Thursday 7 January 2016

What is reflection?

What is reflection?

A question I often get asked is: ‘What actually is reflection?’ and ‘What makes good reflection?’ Well reflection is a set of processes to identify what you need to change in order to be a better doctor. It is not a case of recording how you feel or listing the content of a meeting but more about what you would’ve done differently.

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Dr Duncan Walling

Blog post by Dr Duncan Walling on Thursday 27 August 2015

Helping General Practice

I certainly don't remember a time when General Practice was more under strain. The increasing work demands, along with decreasing funding, means that practices are looking for smarter and more efficient ways of working.

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Dr John Bibby

Blog post by Dr John Bibby on Thursday 6 August 2015

Join our Community for Appraisers

Today we start a series of regular blogs to help doctors, nurses and appraisers to gain the most possible benefit from the appraisal and revalidation process.

Over the next few weeks I will cover some of the issues that I often get asked about in my role as one of the Appraisal Leads for NHSE Yorkshire and Humber, in particular questions about “What is good enough supporting information?”

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Dr Duncan Walling

Blog post by Dr Duncan Walling on Friday 24 July 2015

What counts as CPD?

One of the questions we get asked a lot is "what counts as CPD"? Does it have to be a course attended or an online learning module and who judges this. The answer is any of these can be counted as CPD but it is the learning and the reflection that is the key.

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Phil Wilks

Blog post by Phil Wilks on Tuesday 7 July 2015

Introducing our new branding

Up until now we’ve been offering various services (surveys, appraisals, event bookings and so on) under the name of Revalidation Toolkit. Although we started out as a revalidation tool, we realised the word “revalidation” was restricting what we were doing and confusing people. Although medical revalidation remains one of our key areas we now offer a lot of other services. Some people also know us as myLMC which is even more confusing.

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Dr Duncan Walling

Blog post by Dr Duncan Walling on Thursday 4 June 2015

New Appraisal Update

We have today launched a major update to both our Appraisal toolkit and Learning Diary.

The system remains familiar and easy to use but there are some big new features that we are very excited about.

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Dr Duncan Walling

Blog post by Dr Duncan Walling on Friday 13 March 2015

Our new simplified pricing

Today we have changed the pricing for our appraisal toolkit and surveys. We've tried to make it simpler to understand our prices, which were quite complex before.

What are the new prices?

Our appraisal toolkit is now £35 a year (£42 including VAT).

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Dr John Bibby

Blog post by Dr John Bibby on Thursday 5 March 2015

Dr John Bibby joins our team

I'm delighted to announce that I'm joining FourteenFish Ltd (the company behind Revalidation Toolkit).

I've worked as a GP Partner in West Yorkshire for 31 years, and I've been involved in medical education, appraisal and IT development throughout my career.

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Phil Wilks

Blog post by Phil Wilks on Friday 27 February 2015

Introducing our iPhone and iPad app

Our app has been available to download for a couple of months now, but we've held off publicising it heavily as we wanted to make sure it worked well and get feedback from a small group of users before encouraging everyone to use it.

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Daniel Whittaker

Blog post by Daniel Whittaker on Tuesday 17 February 2015

Why use the MAG form for my Appraisal?

Appraisals are a part of life, in almost every industry and every business.

Some people grow to love them whilst others hate them. It is vital that appraisals are conducted in a proper manner for any benefits to be gained or skills to be developed for future progression. That’s why it’s important for tools that help conduct an appraisal should be relaxing and straightforward to use, so the process can be as painless as possible. 

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Daniel Whittaker

Blog post by Daniel Whittaker on Saturday 31 January 2015

Recording your learning the easy way

Continuing professional development (CPD) is a feature that exists in many industries around the UK. It was introduced to the health sector with the purpose of improving safety and quality of care provided for patients. Recording CPD has been left with individual doctors to identify their own CPD needs, how to address them and undertake the CPD that will support their professional development and practice. 

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