In this Managing Conflict session, we consider how and why conflict may arise between the staff members and the patients or their carers around access to services, treatments, medication and prescriptions and consider ways to manage this.
The workshop will be interactive – delegates will be encouraged to share challenges and conflicts they have already encountered – our facilitators will also share their experiences from GP practice and pharmacy practice. Participants will have an opportunity to practice their skills in conflict resolution skills.
The programme is devised to look at why conflicts are likely to occur and how to support GP reception staff and pharmacy staff in managing conflicts that may arise:
- Identifying conflict management in the GP practice
- How to manage conflict and difficult behaviours
- Skills practice in overcoming conflict
- Local & national policies on OTC medicines and how they may be a source for conflict
Furthermore, learners will be given time to discuss some of the common problems that they regularly experience or expect to experience when implementing the guidance and to develop their customer care and conflict resolution skills, to network with their peers and to develop action plans that can be implemented in their workplaces.
Successful Conflict Management is reliant on the following principles:
- Robust protocols agreed by both clinical and non-clinical staff, which clearly outline the responsibilities of each and when escalation to a clinical member of the team is required.
- Continuing audit of activity and outcomes including complaints and significant or serious incidents.