Understanding personality type: Introduction
Understanding personality type can be beneficial to medics and their patients. Anita Houghton kicks off our series by explaining what personality testing is all about
Earlier this year an interesting event took place in London. It was supported by Peter Lees, director of clinical leadership at the NHS Leadership Centre, and organised by a group of people who were keen to improve the NHS and medical education through increased knowledge of psychological type, and brought together 60 influential people from UK medical schools, trusts, deaneries, and other health related organisations. The aim of the event was to explore the various ways in which the Myers Briggs type indicator (MBTI) could be used to help health professionals in their work.
The architect of the event, Carol Parkes, challenged the audience to consider the diversity agenda in the health service. Although most would agree that the NHS has a long way to go in terms of achieving a diverse workforce, few would deny that it is a worthy aim, not only in terms of equity, but also