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Advocating for our patients: Speaking up and being heard
  1. Shazia T Hussain
  1. Department of Cardiology, Glenfield Hospital, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester LE3 9QP, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Shazia T Hussain, Department of Cardiology, Glenfield Hospital, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester LE3 9QP, UK; shaziathussain{at}icloud.com

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Does the following scenario sound familiar?

A multidisciplinary team meeting between cardiac surgeons, interventional and non-invasive cardiologists convened for important decisions to be made about patient management. Many confident individuals in one room, several with loud and gregarious personalities. In such formidable situations, have you ever struggled to speak up?

Having recently undertaken a personality assessment as part of the British Cardiovascular Society Emerging Leaders Programme, I have learnt that my personality style is very different from most colleagues on the same programme. Most are dominant, task-oriented personalities. This specific persona is not natural to me, but during my training, I have adapted and learnt new skills. These skills allow me to …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient and public involvement Patients and/or the public were not involved in the design, or conduct, or reporting, or dissemination plans of this research.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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