Dear all -
In my “ordinary life” as a Practice Manager, I and Dr David Hindmarsh (the doctor I work for) have co-authored a book, rather boringly called “Professional Development for Appraisal and Revalidation (The Dr Hairy Workbook)”, which was published earlier this year by Scion Publishing (http://www.scionpublishing.com/shop/product_display.asp?productid=9781904842972). It includes a DVD with all the Dr Hairy videos on it, plus questions about the videos and lots of exercises designed to help GPs with their “reflective learning”. A couple of months ago we learned that the book had been shortlisted for the Primary Care category in this year’s BMA (British Medical Association) book awards.
Our first reaction was that there were probably only two or three entries in the category, so the shortlisting might not be much of an achievement; but on further inquiry we learnt that there were actually 23 entries, of which only three had been shortlisted. Rather flattering, but we still thought we hadn’t got a hope of winning, because the tone of the book is very similar to the tone of the Dr Hairy videos – rude, tongue-in-cheek, and disrespectful towards the medical establishment. Hardly likely to find favour with a fuddy-duddy organisation like the BMA, we thought. But the BMA are obviously less fuddy-duddy than we gave them credit for, because last night I attended the BMA Book Awards, and we won the Primary Care category! I almost fell off my chair when they announced it.
I was the only one there, too: David’s on holiday in Devon, and there was no sign of our publisher; although he must have found out about it somehow, because his website is already carrying the news. Unfortunately there isn’t a big cash prize, but all the same I can’t deny that I felt extremely pleased with myself, and still do. Perhaps it’ll lead to a big Hollywood contract…
- Edward Picot