07 January 2015
Going the extra mile to learn!
Two AWP doctors have achieved
a Diploma in Geriatric Medicine with the Royal College of
Dr Jonathan Hewitt, Consultant Psychiatrist and Dr Alison
Lerant, Senior Trainee, pictured in front of The Coppice in
Callington Road Hospital in Bristol, decided to undertake the
Diploma self-funded, recognising that most of their elderly mental
health patients, also have complex physical health problems. They
both felt that this would help to improve the care they provide and
to deliver more comprehensive treatment for their patients.
The diploma offers doctors the opportunity to review and
consider all aspects of the care of older people and to be
recognised as having this knowledge. This is particularly important
at a time when the proportion of very elderly people in the
population is rising dramatically.
This was a great achievement for the pair and was the first
professional exam they had taken in 30 years!