2021 Curriculum learning syllabus: stage 2

Published: 09/02/2021

Professional Behaviours and Communication

Stage learning outcome

  • Demonstrates the professional values and behaviours required of senior anaesthetists in training

Key capabilities


Guides and advises colleagues who are less experienced than themselves on professional matters


Formulates management plans for patients with complex needs, recognising the limits of their own experience and competence and seeks assistance where appropriate


Recognises and reflects on how the behaviour of themselves and others can affect the effective delivery of healthcare and patient safety


Acts as a good role model for more junior colleagues and other members of the multidisciplinary team


Acts and responds appropriately in difficult situations such as medical emergencies, whilst demonstrating professional behaviour and good judgement and maintains situational awareness


Communicates effectively and sensitively when breaking bad news to patients and their relatives, demonstrating awareness of cultural and social differences


Describes the effects of working patterns or lifestyle choices on physical and mental health and takes steps to minimise the impact

Examples of evidence

Experience & logbook:
  • range of surgical specialties and patient groups in theatre setting, obstetrics, pre-operative assessment clinics and Intensive Care Unit.
Supervised Learning Events (SLEs) can be used to demonstrate:
  • discussion with patients’ relative on ICU
  • formulation of treatment plan for a patient with complex needs in the pre-operative assessment clinic or ICU setting and discussion of this plan with the wider team
  • professional behaviours during an emergency situation in theatre, ICU, A&E, etc
  • leadership in theatre lists (ALMAT)
  • high standards in prescribing medication.
Personal Activities and Personal Reflections may include:
  • simulation and other courses such as resuscitation, communication skills, inter-hospital transfer
  • awareness and application of Caldicott principles
  • participation in junior doctors forum meetings
  • delivery of teaching sessions and feedback.
Other evidence:
  • satisfactory MSF.

Cross links with other domains and capabilities

  • Safety and Quality Improvement
  • Education and Training
  • all specialty specific domains.