Founded in 1892, we exist to protect and support the professional interests of more than 300,000 members around the world.
We support members in the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Bermuda, and the Caribbean.
Our philosophy is to support safe practice in medicine and dentistry by helping to prevent problems in the first place.
We do this by proactively promoting risk management to our members and the professions as a whole, and actively campaigning for regulatory and legal reforms.
the impact of human factors
We are interested in researching the impact people and groups have on patient care, safety, outcomes and risk, including:
- multidisciplinary teamwork in private sector settings
- communication and consent: how healthcare professionals can ensure patients understand all of the options
- the impact of leadership and leadership styles on patient safety and risk
- the impact of culture
- generational differences in response to risk and its impact on patient safety, culture and attitudes to risk.
the impact of processes and delivery models
We welcome research into the effects of process and compliance on delivering healthcare, including:
- the effective use of clinical registries
- the impact of incentivisation on healthcare professionals and patient care, outcomes and risk
- the impact of new roles, responsibilities and functions within healthcare and the implications for quality assurance and risk management
- the impact of clinician mobility, effective risk management and quality assurance of healthcare professionals who transfer from one healthcare system to another
- private hospital governance
- building system resilience
- the impact of procedural familiarity on patient safety and risk.
The personal and professional wellbeing and development of clinicians remains our priority. For this reason, we’re interested in research that recognises and addresses the following:
- burnout, resilience and self-awareness
- the need for clinicians to consider their own mental and physical health and performance in delivering the very best for their patients.
digital integration and technology
Digital and technological developments continue to help clinicians maximise opportunities and minimise risks. We are particularly interested in research into:
- the use of Artificial Intelligence as a diagnostic tool, including research associated with accuracy and risk management
- the impact of telemedicine and social media, and the risks they present to healthcare professionals and patients
- the impact of telemedicine and social media on clinician wellbeing.
Our focus in 2022
In 2022, we are particularly interested in research that applies our priorities in the following areas:
· periodontal disease practice and care
· dental implantology practice and care
· perioperative care
· orthopaedic practice
· neurosurgery practice and care
· obstetric practice and care.
We welcome proposals that are original, evidence-based, and focused on applied research. We favour projects that focus on private hospital, outpatient practice, and dentistry environments and will give priority to proposals that involve and impact more than one country or region.