Healthcare without conflict

Conflict is upsetting in any walk of life but especially in health and social care. At MMF, we help you recognise, understand and manage the symptoms of conflict with our unique blend of training, mediation and coaching, delivered by an expert team, online and face to face.

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Training Medical Mediation

A training course

We specialise in resolving conflict in health and social care.

Established since 2010 as a not-for-profit organisation, the Medical Mediation Foundation (MMF) has helped more than ten thousand healthcare professionals to identify the signs of conflict and manage them promptly and pro-actively. You can read more about the impact of conflict on families and healthcare professionals here.

At MMF, we treat the symptoms of conflict in healthcare with training, coaching and mediation, virtually and face to face.

Our clients

MDUNHS ResolutionCritical Care CornwallEvelina LondonLeeds Children's HospitalSouthampton Children's Hospital

Conflict Management Training

Recognising and managing conflict between families and healthcare professionals

Whether you're a health or social care professional who would like to learn the fundamentals, or planning to embed the principles of conflict management into the culture of your organisation, our training programme is designed to meet your needs.

We'll help you progress through the levels of conflict management with our three step training programme.

Stage 1

Level 1

Learn the essentials of recognising and understanding conflict between families and health professionals.

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Stage 2

Level 2

Learn how to manage conflict as a team using the MMF Conflict Management Framework.

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Stage 3

Level 3

Embedding the MMF conflict management culture throughout your organisation.

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Managing conflict with colleagues

Disputes between colleagues working in clinical teams can have a significant impact on performance and wellbeing as well as affecting patient experience and safety. Our training is designed to help healthcare professionals understand how and why conflicts arise within and between teams, and what they can do to try and resolve them.

Clinical team development
Clinical team facilitation


Our foundation session leads a team through the fundamentals of building better relationships with colleagues.

This course aims to help you:

  • Understand the causes and impact of colleague to colleague conflict in a healthcare context
  • Appreciate different types of conflict personalities
  • Identify how conflict develops
  • Learn de-escalation strategies

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Our team development sessions help clinical teams develop a shared vision and engage in meaningful conversations to move them forward. These sessions help clinical teams to:

  • Engage in meaningful conversations to move them forward.
  • Develop a shared vision
  • Agree their “team rules” and how they will behave with each other
  • Address problematic behaviours without formalising the issue.
  • Develop resilience to cope with external pressures

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Our work with clinical teams enables them to identify areas of strength, challenges, and barriers, and offers a structured approach to moving them forward. Common themes in these sessions include:

  • Bringing about a better balance of voices to team discussions
  • Improving team dynamics, trust and psychological safety in a group
  • Effective decision making
  • Having healthy difficult conversations

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Medical Mediation

Disagreements about health and social care are complex and can damage relationships between patients, families and healthcare professionals. At MMF, our expert team of mediators helps you rebuild relationships and restore trust.

Mediation is voluntary and confidential and we work with you to find a way forward.

Suitable for Parents, Adult Patients, Teams in Difficulty, Children & Young People and Healthcare Professionals.


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Since 2010, the MMF has trained more than ten thousand healthcare providers. More than 95% have described the training as excellent or very good and relevant to their work.

Brilliant, informative course which is very relevant to my role. Well delivered by knowledgeable trainers. Thank you!
– Paediatric Nurse Practitioner

The session was excellent and very well led with useful scenarios and putting into practice. Thank you.
– Consultant

Really important training! Feel like it should be mandatory training for all Trusts.
– Clinical Nurse Specialist

Thank you so much. Amazing course. Very professional. I will definitely use the resources I have learnt during the course.
– Consultant

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Meet the MMF team

Each member of the MMF team has a wealth of experience in conflict management from professional backgrounds including medicine and law and are passionate about sharing their knowledge and skills in resolving conflict.

Sarah Barclay

Sarah Barclay

Founder and Director

Oscar Mathew

Oscar Mathew

Director, Trainer and Mediator

Esse Menson

Dr Esse Menson

Mediator, Trainer and Coach

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Let us help you recognise, understand and manage conflict in a healthcare environment.

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