In S4 E5 I am delighted to welcome Dr Simon Fleming MBBS FRCS MSc PhD MAcadMEd, MASE(RACS), MFSTEd, AFHEA to the podcast. Dr Fleming is an orthopaedic surgeon, medical educator and culture change champion currently based in London, UK. He is perhaps most recognised and regarded for his leadership work speaking up and out and inspiring action to address bullying, harassment and undermining in healthcare. He has now spent over a decade working in this space advocating locally and globally for culture of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in medicine.
In this conversation we explore Simon's leadership journey and the personal values, mission and purpose which drives and sustains his work, despite the undoubted challenges, and sadly at times personal and professional toll these can take. Simon discusses relative power and privilege, being an ally and voice for the voiceless but also what it takes to build the culture and systems which elevate all of the voices in the room. There are some key pearls from his early work as president of the British Orthopaedic Training Association, particularly with respect to how to engage clinicians and senior leaders and policy makers, gain trust and reliable information, gather momentum to make tangible change and action. Listen to his powerful TEDxExeter talk "The era of the bully is over"
We discuss his international and collaborative work with colleagues including previous podcast guest Dr Rhea Liang. The importance of building coalitions and the need for critical friends, family and mentors, when navigating difficult healthcare organisational terrain, are recurring and fundamental themes.
I left this conversation energised, encouraged and excited to see what Dr Fleming will do next as he begins the next chapter of professional and personal life back in Australia.
"With privilege comes responsibility"
Flemingism ( Dr Simon Fleming)
Links /references :
Dr Simon Fleming :https://simonfleming.co.ukhttps://twitter.com/orthopodreghttps://youtu.be/aVkGiziPY1ohttps://publishing.rcseng.ac.uk/doi/full/10.1308/rcsbull.2021.106
Recommend Podcasts on this topic with Dr Rhea Liang and Dr Simon Fleming https://on.soundcloud.com/mXSa1https://www.buzzsprout.com/1091279/11862720-operating-with-respect-and-leading-system-and-culture-change-in-healthcare-with-dr-rhea-liang.mp3?download=true
Companion Podcast Episode with Dr Rhea Lianghttps://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/rcseng/episodes/Culture-Change-Why-do-we-need-culture-change-ekeo1v/a-a3djbs4
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