Dr Dan Thomas
Dan is an ST6 in Geriatric medicine based in the Mersey deanery. His main interests are rational prescribing, too much medicine and avoiding overly burdensome test and treatments towards the end of life.
He is the trainee representative on the clinical quality group until April 2020 and is also Deputy Digital Media Editor.
Role in the Clinical Quality committee
Feedback from BGS Clinical Quality Group meetings; highlight opportunities for trainees in clinical quality projects and represent trainees ideas regarding clinical quality.
Trainees council meetings, BGS Trainees update meeting at biannual BGS meetings and Annual trainees weekend
Reason for joining the BGS Trainees’ Committee
I have noticed when attending conferences, reading journals (or twitter) that often as trainees we try to reinvent the wheel without realising that similar attempts at improving quality have occurred elsewhere. I believe that we need a more open forum outside of the world of poster presentations where our failures as well as successes can be discussed and shared so that we can avoid making the same mistakes. I aim to engage more junior colleagues as well as allied health professionals in quality improvement and show them there is more to improving quality than endless audits of thromboembolic disease prophylaxis!
I also believe that when aiming towards clinical quality that we have a clear idea of what outcomes are matter to the patients we look after.
Deputy media editor role
My role will be deputising the Digital Media Editor in taking lead responsibility for the content of the BGS blog, Twitter accounts and other digital media streams. Social media and blogging is great way for people who work with older people to share research, projects and tips to help improve the care we give our patients, and to keep up to date with what is going on in the world of Geriatric medicine. My aim is to encourage as many people who work with older people (whatever their role may be) to contribute to the growing Geriatric medicine twittersphere and to share great practice via the blogs.