Author: Thuvaraka Ware

The merits of time off from practice

Although we would otherwise think and hope it, there remains a culture within medicine that disincentivises time off for anything, from parental leave to sabbaticals. The reasons for this are myriad, from concerns about de-skilling to the fear of the unknown and coming off the conveyor belt of speciality training. There is, of course, security and contentment in knowing where you are heading and following a chosen and well-trodden path, weathered by many before us. But what are we denying ourselves by racing to the end without exploring the diverse options available to us? Despite being a motivated, intelligent...

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Have a little faith: trainee view of audit and paint-by-numbers medicine

Thuvaraka Ware is a GP Registrar working in Camden. She tutors medical students at UCL in community medicine and believes primary care research will shape clinical and public health policy over the coming years. The audit process is an important part of clinical governance to ensure standardised, high quality care.  It is encouraged by medical schools and a necessity of training programmes.  But for our generation of paint-by-numbers medicine and algorithm based practice, clinical audit has become another hoop to jump through for the eportfolio.  I recently completed an audit looking at the prescription of statins in patients with...

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Junior doctor dispute: The politicisation of a generation

Thuvaraka Ware is a GP Registrar working in Camden. She tutors medical students at UCL in community medicine and believes primary care research will shape clinical and public health policy over the coming years. I am a junior doctor. I went through medical school, foundation and speciality programmes with relative ease and multiple accolades.  I married a guitar playing, Aston Villa supporting historian I met at university who entered policy work.  I would scoff at his insistence that politics was important – I truly believed that I was doing the only true and noble job in the world. Politics...

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