Customer & Conflict Management

Tuesday, 25 January 2022 1:00 AM - 4:00 PM [WET]

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Tuesday, 25 January 2022 1:00 AM - 4:00 PM [WET]



This 3-hour web workshop been developed to support front line staff and other health care professionals in General Practice to develop their skills and confidence to provide excellence in customer service and to better manage disputes and to help manage challenging conflict situations experienced in practice. We will consider how and why conflict may arise between staff members and the patients or their carers around access to services, treatments and other aspects of practices life and will consider and reflect on ways to manage this.


The workshop will be interactive – delegates will be encouraged to share challenges and conflicts they have already encountered – our facilitator will also share their experiences from GP practice. Participants will have an opportunity to practice their skills in conflict resolution skills.


By the end of the web workshop delegates will be able to:

v  Recognise barriers to good communication.
v  See the importance of excellent internal communication and the positive effect this has on service delivery.
v  Enhance awareness of your response to different conflict situations and personality types and the effect this can have when dealing with challenging situations.
v  Manage and understand the expectations, feelings, fears and needs of the patients.
v  Exhibit more confidence, motivation and control when dealing with challenging situations and complaints.
v  Understand the difference between assertive, aggressive and passive behaviour.


Slides handouts will be provided to support this workshop and certificates of attendance are awarded after the workshop.








Introduction, Objectives, Why are we here?…


What the Patients think…


v  What do patients say?


Key Characteristics of Excellent Customer Service


v  First Impressions


v  Last Impressions




v  Face to face communications


v  3 V’s of Communication


v  Non-verbal Communications


v  Great Communication is…..


v  This to Avoid…


v  Professional Touches


Listening for Success


v  Active Listening


v  Open vs Closed Questions


v  Context


v  Risk Assessment – developing a safe environment


v  Triggers








Models of Communication


v  Escalate or De-escalate


v  Managing Difficult Conversations


v  Escalating Conflict – recognising the signs


v  Take Action


v  Things to Remember…


Conflict Management – a skills practice session


Practical exercises that will require the attendees to think about a situation that they have previously encountered and to think about how they dealt with it and what they would do differently.




Action Planning




Final Q&A





Frankie Maclean