Please follow the link for an animation providing a short & simple guide for trainees and trainers on how the ARCP process works.
Posted October 3rd 2019 (5 months ago)
Please follow the link for an animation providing a short & simple guide for trainees and trainers on how the ARCP process works.
Posted February 10th 2019 (1 year ago)
The GW4 Clinical Academic Training (GW4-CAT) Programme in Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter for Medical, Veterinary and Dental Graduates
Applications for a Summer 2020 start are invited from exceptional medical, veterinary and dental graduates to undertake 3-year PhD training at the universities of Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.
The scheme, supported by the Wellcome Trust, is aimed at exceptionally motivated clinically qualified trainees who can demonstrate the capability and drive to undertake a period of research with a view to developing a long-term career as a clinical academic. Applicants must be fully-qualified medical doctors and must have a qualification that allows them to practice clinically in the UK.
Further information and online application can be found on the GW4CAT website.
The closing date for applications is 12:00 GMT on 1st April 2019
If you have any queries, please email.
Posted April 27th 2017 (3 years ago)
We're currently in the pre-election period meaning our social channels will be slightly quieter than usual. If you have a query, you can still contact us on here though, or visit the contact us page on our website: www.hee.nhs.uk/about-us/contact-us
Posted September 20th 2016 (3 years ago)
We (Julie Screaton (Director, London and the South East) and Professor Ged Byrne (Director of Education & Quality, Health Education England working across the North West)) are pleased to let you know that our survey of higher education institutions about embedding national antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship competences into curricula is now available to access on our website.
The antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship (AMPS) competences, produced jointly by the Government's expert advisory group for antimicrobial resistance and healthcare acquired infections (ARHAI), and Public Health England were published in 2013. Implementing these competences forms a key aspect of ‘Key area 3’ of the Government's five year strategy for tackling antimicrobial resistance - improving professional education, training and public engagement to improve clinical practice and promote wider understanding of the need for more sustainable use of antimicrobials. The antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship (AMPS) competences can provide clarity for regulators, education providers and professional bodies to inform standards, guidance and the development of training.
Undergraduate students have expressed interest in receiving more education about antimicrobials, especially about their multidisciplinary use. This survey asked higher education institutions about their awareness of the competencies, and how they had embedded them into their courses.
The results showed:
We welcome the findings of this initial survey and hope best practices can be shared between higher health education institutions to enhance the adoption of these competencies. It has also highlighted the importance of non-medical prescribing courses adopting these competencies.
We would encourage you to:
For further information please contact Mohamed Sadak (Clinical Lead and Programme Manager, Antimicrobial Resistance and Sepsis).
Posted March 24th 2016 (4 years ago)
The GMC national training survey is now live and open between 22nd March and 4th May 2016.
It provides postgraduate trainee doctors with an opportunity to give their opinion on the quality of their training. We use this information to inform Trust 'contract' visits, quality panels, to update risks on our quality register and to share with all stakeholders to help improve the quality of all posts.
To log in to the survey, please go to the GMC website.
Many thanks for your cooperation in this important quality process.
Posted December 3rd 2015 (4 years ago)
Please see the attached letter from the Chief Medical Officer, NHS England, regarding what is currently known around Ebola survivorship, and what measures clinicians should take.
Posted July 8th 2015 (5 years ago)
If you are planning on visiting Severn Postgraduate Medical Education please note that Beacon Lane will be closed for approximately 6 weeks with effect from Monday 20th July. This is the link between Vantage Park and Winterbourne. There is a diversion in place, but this may make surrounding roads quite busy so please ensure plenty of travel time for appointments.
For further information please see Highways England information on the Bradley Stoke website.
Posted June 19th 2015 (5 years ago)
Welcome to the new Postgraduate Dental Education website.
We provide high quality Postgraduate Dental Education for the South West. Including Dental Foundation Training, Hospital Training including Dental Core Training and Specialty Training, and Continuing Professional Development for all Dentists and Dental Care Professionals.
Posted October 2nd 2014 (5 years ago)
Spring FRCR Part 2b exam is Monday 9th March 2015.
Secretary to Drs M Hawkins, A Imam & R Young
Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Posted September 30th 2014 (5 years ago)
details on RCR website RCR
Posted July 21st 2014 (6 years ago)
We are looking to appoint two medical trainee members to our Curriculum and Assessment Group (CAG) within our Education & Standards Directorate at the GMC. The vacancies have arisen as a result of two current trainees gaining their Certificates of Completion of Training and moving to become medical members of the CAG.
The purpose of the CAG is to scrutinise changes to specialty and subspecialty curricula and assessment systems evaluating them against the GMC’s curriculum standards.
We are looking for trainee members who have experience in one or all of the following areas; medical education, curriculum development, assessment expertise and psychometrics.
More information can be found on the Education news section of the GMC website. It includes more information on the role of the CAG, the trainee member specification and the application process.
To apply for the role, please click here. We welcome applications from doctors in training. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone suitable.
If you have any questions on any aspect of this email please do not hesitate to contact us.
Neil Grant, Associate Services Advisor, General Medical Council, Regents Place, 350 Euston Road, London, NW1 3JN Tel: 020 7189 5336
Posted July 21st 2014 (6 years ago)
Severn Postgraduate Medical Education has created a new film concerning sustainable working practices across the region.
We encourage everyone involved with postgraduate medical education to take a look because it contains ideas and information about how we as an organisation can reduce our carbon footprint to meet national targets.
We hope that you enjoy it…
Posted June 26th 2014 (6 years ago)
The Academy Trainee Doctors' Group has produced 'A Charter for Postgraduate Medical Training' on behalf of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. This Charter describes a set of guiding principles to ensure the highest standard of doctors’ training and quality of care. It also makes specific recommendations for commitments based on these principles which emphasise training priorities while recognising the responsibilities of doctors in training.
The Charter was written in consultation with stakeholders including the medical royal colleges and faculties, the General Medical Council and the Shape of Training Expert Advisory Group. Professor David Greenaway’s report ‘Securing the future of excellent patient care: Final report of the independent review’ highlighted the Charter and its potential to help with the challenges of delivering both training and service. The Charter was published in full as an annex to this report.
We are currently sending the Charter to all groups involved in medical training and to doctors in training via Trainee representatives. You may well be contacted in this regard and we are expecting doctors in training to have further ideas on how to disseminate the charter (for example, by including it in induction or welcome packs).
We believe the Charter has the potential to provide an excellent foundation for delivering training and high quality care and I hope you will share our enthusiasm for this work.
Posted April 11th 2014 (6 years ago)
FAO all trainees in HESW Severn
With effect from the 1st April 2014 trainees based in either University Hospitals Bristol Trust or North Bristol NHS Trust will apply for study leave through the Intrepid online system as usual but approval will now be undertaken via the medical education department in your post graduate centre. You will also claim expenses for approved study leave through the medical education department and they will be in touch with regards to the process for claiming your expenses in due course.
All other trainees will continue to access study leave funding via Health Education SW as in previous years. ALL trainees (including those at NBT and UHBT) should continue to log your application for study leave via the online Intrepid system.
Your head of school will be in contact shortly regarding your budget allocation for 2014/15.
Posted March 11th 2014 (6 years ago)
Countdown, GMC Trainee Survey runs this year from 26th March to 8th May, complete it early please
Posted January 13th 2014 (6 years ago)
18th November 2014. Hold the date
Posted October 30th 2013 (6 years ago)
We are very pleased and proud to announce that the Severn Postgraduate Medical Education Developing Innovative Practice document is now launched.
It has been created to showcase the excellent work across Severn and its postgraduate schools. We invite you to have a look at the ground-breaking and innovative work which we do.
Severn Postgraduate Medical Education has developed seven Core Values, which guide everything that we do and provides the framework for this document.
Please feel free to contact any of the staff responsible for this work, as we are always keen to network and share best practice.
Copies of the document may be obtained from Severn Postgraduate Medical Education or for convenience a pdf version is available to download.
Posted October 23rd 2013 (6 years ago)
Radiology School Away-DayTuesday 5th November
Bristol Hilton Hotel, Bradley Stoke
Posted July 8th 2013 (7 years ago)
To mark the National Health Service’s 65th birthday, Health Education England has created an infographic highlighting some key milestones in training, education and workforce development over the past 65 years.
For more details and to download it, please visit the Health Education England website
Posted May 20th 2013 (7 years ago)
Sent on behalf of Agents for Change. This is an initiative to encourage trainees to improve the National Health Service. It is a collaboration between NHS England and BMJ, but many others contribute to its success.
Join us at BMA House on Friday 28 June for Agents for Change 2013 - the only national conference for junior doctors on improving patient safety and the quality of healthcare.
This year's theme is Speak, Act, Lead. We have exciting workshops, inspiring speeches, an online programme and a way to publish your own project - for you to become an Agent for Change. It is aimed at junior doctors to help them do quality improvement in their own workplaces. Robert Francis, Sir Bruce Keogh and Fiona Godlee will be among the speakers.
Posted May 13th 2013 (7 years ago)
National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow Scheme – open to doctors in training
Applications are now open for the National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow Scheme. The scheme is an exciting and unique opportunity for doctors in training to gain skills in leadership, management and health policy. Participants spend a year full time, learning by doing, in an extensive range of host organisations, including NICE, NHS Commissioning Board, GMC, BUPA and Medical Royal Colleges. Based on the current fellows’ experiences, the broad portfolio of potential work ranges from organising ministerial seminars to coordinating the national viral outbreak response strategy. This work is complemented by extensive training opportunities and the peer support offered by being part of a cohort with other junior doctors. Clinical Fellows have the chance to work alongside influential leaders and meet key players in healthcare from the NHS and beyond. The scheme has acted as a launch-pad for further careers in medical management, clinical leadership, public health and policy. Secondment ensures that existing terms and conditions are maintained and the posts are paid a clinical salary with banding. This year there will be placements across England, including a number of opportunities in the north of the country. For more information please visit:
Applications close on 24 May 2013 and will be followed by a shortlisting process, with interviews on 4 June 2013.
Posted April 26th 2013 (7 years ago)
A few months ago an e mail popped into my inbox asking me to circulate to trainee Paediatric doctors and GP trainees details about a charity called “Over the Wall”
I read all about the wonderful work they do for seriously ill children and for siblings and families whose lives are affected by serious illness and contacted the charity to find out more.
I completed an application form to become a volunteer at the camps that they run. I was selected for an interview in January this year and attended a full day in London along with others to see if I could be mad enough and generally play the fool in order to join this lively fun loving team of young volunteers, I had a nerve raking month waiting to hear if I had been selected as by now I was really keen to help.
Well the congratulations e mail arrived and I was offered the opportunity to attend the Spring Camp in Dorset for siblings of seriously Ill children over the Easter week.
I packed my bags not knowing what to expect and I really want to share with people what a fantastic awesome time I had.
I arrived on Bank holiday Friday to Brynston School where I met up with some seriously fantastic young people who were also volunteers. Some were returning and some like me, new to camp. We were spilt into teams and allocated our “cabins” (boarding house) I was a team mate on the Purple Pirate boys team looking after boys aged 11-12 along with 6 others, we had 7 boys, so a 1-2-1 ratio. We spent the first evening doing team building exercises and decorating out cabins ready for the campers to arrive (all on a colour and theme depending on the team you were allocated to). The following day was a full on day of training for the volunteers and then on Sunday the camp came alive with 80 campers ranging from the age of 7-17.
A brief description of a typical day in camp
8am, drag the children out of bed – typing them off their mattress, grabbing the duvet, anything legal to drag them out of bed, face paint, purple t shirts, crazy hair. Don’t bother washing as you will be covered in face paint!
8.30, Meet all the rest of the campers on the green for a sing along – mostly action and repeat after me songs. Some 80 campers and 80 volunteers in total- so a very noisy morning start
8.45, Breakfast – usually involving some disgusting eating challenge which the children found hilarious and were no doubt never allowed to do at home.
More singing and hilarity over breakfast and many challenges going around all the tables.
9.30 - 11.00 activity,
11.15 – 12.30, another activity
12.45 , lunch, again great fun, lots of singing and challenges as well as loads of fuel food.
13.30 cabin rest time for an hour/preparation for talent night…rest does anyone actually know what rest is?
14.30 – 16.00 activity
16.15 – 17.30 activity
18.00 dinner, more challenges and more singing and even more food
19.00 Talent show/opening ceremony/closing ceremony various evening fun and entertainment
20.30 – Cabin chat, talk all about the day, proud moments, challenges the children achieved and general chill out, time to reflect on the day and how awesome the children are, generally confidence boosting sessions.
Around 11 ish try and get overly excited children to bed having fed them loads of haribo and chocolate.
12 midnight – time for the volunteers to all get together and play games such as wink murder, various silly card games chats and preparation for the next day, drinking hot chocolate or high energy drinks.
2.30am (that was the earliest)bed time, zzzzzzzzzzzz
Camp Activities included;
Archery, clay pigeon shooting, arts and crafts, music, sports and games, swimming, drama, talent show, the list was endless.
I came home an emotional wreck, totally exhausted but at the same time rejuvenated and feeling on top of the world. I am not sure who I am in awe of most, this amazing organization, the unbelievable young volunteers or the children that attended. Although I was the oldest volunteer I felt that I had made a difference and had spent a rewarding and satisfying week, would I do it again…..in the blink of an eye.
On the Over the Wall web site it has a health warning, Once attended it becomes addictive. How true.
If anyone would like to find out how to make a donation or indeed volunteer please visit the website or give me a call
Posted April 17th 2013 (7 years ago)
With the reorganisation of the NHS that happened at the start of April 2013, Medical Training has become the responsibility of Health Education England (HEE). Regionally, HEE is represented by Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs).
We have one LETB in the South West, Health Education South West (HESW) and the Severn and South West Peninsula Deaneries are part of this new structure.
At the moment the GMC would like Health Education South West to be the designated body for Revalidation for trainees, taking over this function for both Deaneries.
Each Postgraduate Dean, Professor Davinder Sandhu and Professor Martin Beaman, will alternate in the role of Responsible Officer, and Martin Beaman will be in this role first.
Despite this apparent change in the organisation of the Revalidation Process, Severn Trainees will continue to be managed byt the Severn Deanery and the Severn Revalidation Team, and likewise in the Peninsula.
Queries may be received by either Deanery but will be diverted if appropriate.
Posted April 10th 2013 (7 years ago)
The School of Radiology and the Postgraduate Deanery would like to congratulate and welcome Dr Mark Callaway as the Head of School for Radiolopgy in Severn.
We bid a sad farewell to Dr Gavin Stoddart and thank him for all his efforts and support over the last years. Thank you and good luck
Posted March 20th 2013 (7 years ago)
The annual national training survey launches on the 26 March 2013. As a doctor in training, this is your chance to have your say on the training you receive.
The survey results help deaneries, local education and training boards and local education providers to recognise the aspects of the training they deliver that are working well, and to take action where the results indicate a need for improvement.
Dr Muj Husain is an ST5 in psychiatry and currently a clinical fellow at the GMC:
"The national training survey is a really useful tool for identifying problems and finding out where things are going well. As a doctor in training I’ve used the survey results to draw attention to areas for improvement and to help target our work locally on improving training. The results are also an extremely valuable component of the GMC’s work to monitor the quality of postgraduate and foundation training in the UK. "
The survey is easy to complete – it should take you no more than 20 minutes. Log in to your GMC Online account after 26 March and your survey will be waiting for you. Please respond to the survey by 8 May 2013 to make sure your views count.
The survey provides us with a unique chance to understand, reflect and improve the way we train. It is important that we hear the views of all trainees so that we have as accurate a picture of the training we provide as possible.
Visit gmc-uk to find out more.
Posted February 28th 2013 (7 years ago)
Medical training has undergone huge changes over the past decade. We have seen the implementation of the European Working Time Directive, the advent of Modernising Medical Careers and the creation of the Foundation Programme. The profound effects of these reforms have been considered and analysed by a number of key enquires. Professor Sir John Temple led a review of the impact of new working time legislation on training and produced the Time for Training report. This made 33 recommendations of how training could be improved within the boundaries of a 48 hour working week. Health Education England have distilled these recommendations in to common themes and identified three that are relevant to the role that trainees play in their own training:
The challenge is for us as trainees to seize this opportunity to come up with solutions that allow us to make training work better for us. We are ideally positioned to see where things could be improved, but can lack the senior support, financial backing or voice to be able to affect these changes. Health Education England has put forward £100,000 to change this. It is working with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges to identify a number of trainee-led projects in England that meet the challenge set out in Professor Temple’s recommendations.
There are no limits about what the project could be like, as long as you can show how it would positively change training by addressing the recommendations. Ideas could look at trainee representation, mentoring, portfolios, career planning, mobile apps, educational websites, e-learning…whatever you feel would improve the experience of being a trainee. Projects must have the potential to have a national impact and need to be sustainable, even when the original trainees move on.
As well as the money, HEE and the Academy will also help you to identify the appropriate support for your project, be that from Deaneries or the Colleges, IT know-how or media assistance.
For more info and for an application form, please contact the Better Training, Better Care team or 020 8433 6862. Alternatively please visit:
Applications close 12 noon Tuesday 2 April 2013.
Dr. Howard Ryland
Posted February 26th 2013 (7 years ago)
For the last four years, the Severn Deanery has topped the national league in having the highest response rate for the GMC trainee survey, which is a tremendous record and one that we can be very proud of. The results of this survey form a vital part of the quality management processes in the Deanery - visits, reporting, quality panels, the risk register and work to improve posts within Trusts and Schools. This also forms feedback for the Trusts and the individual programmes. We need the highest response rate we can get again this year to have reliable and valid results. This will also allow us in particular to analyse results from smaller specialties.
This year the survey is open for six weeks from 26th March 2013 until 8th May 2013. I am therefore asking for your concerted help to attempt to achieve the highest response rates possible within the live period again this year for all Trusts, Schools (including Primary Care) and the Deanery. Could you please give your support to the Quality team at the Deanery who are coordinating this on all our behalf.
If there are any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Allegra Etheridge.
With many thanks,
Professor Davinder P S Sandhu
Posted February 21st 2013 (7 years ago)
Applications are now open for the National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow Scheme. The scheme is an exciting and unique opportunity for doctors in training to gain skills in leadership, management and health policy.
Participants spend a year full time, learning by doing, in an extensive range of host organisations, including NICE, NHS Commissioning Board, GMC, BUPA and Medical Royal Colleges. Based on the current fellows’ experiences, the broad portfolio of potential work ranges from organising ministerial seminars to coordinating the national viral outbreak response strategy. This work is complemented by extensive training opportunities and the peer support offered by being part of a cohort with other junior doctors.
Clinical Fellows have the chance to work alongside influential leaders and meet key players in healthcare from the NHS and beyond. The scheme has acted as a launch-pad for further careers in medical management, clinical leadership, public health and policy. Secondment ensures that existing terms and conditions are maintained and the posts are paid a clinical salary with banding.
This year there will be placements across England, including a number of opportunities in the north of the country. For more information please visit: http://www.fmlm.ac.uk/clinical-fellow-scheme
Applications close on 11th March 2013 and will be followed by a shortlisting process, with interviews on 15th and 16th April.
Posted January 24th 2013 (7 years ago)
More than two decades ago, Paul Newman had a vision: imagine if children living with serious illnesses had the chance to simply be children. To just have fun. So he started a camp where kids could, in his words, “raise a little hell.” Today, Paul’s legacy lives on in SeriousFun Children's Network.
Over The Wall is part of this network; a UK charity who provides residential camps for children with serious illnesses, and their siblings. We give children one glorious week of experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun and empowering, in a safe environment.
To do this, we rely on doctors like you giving up a week of your time, skills and experience. In return, we can give you a week of fun, friendship and achievement, memories that will stay with you forever and people who will inspire you.
Posted January 2nd 2013 (7 years ago)
As you may be aware the Postgraduate Board has approved the introduction of a limit on timeframes within which a doctor is able to apply for a CCT / CP. The limit will be 12 months from the doctors expected end of training date, and will be effective from 31 March 2013.
From 31 March 2013 all doctors will have a maximum of 12 months to apply for their Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) or specialist and GP registration through the Combined Programme (CP) route.
What does that mean for me?
If you’re eligible to apply before 31 March 2013, you have until 31 March 2014 to apply.
If you’re eligible to apply after 31 March 2013, you have 12 months from your expected end of training date to apply.
What happens if I don’t apply in time?
You will only be eligible to apply for entry to the specialist or GP register through the equivalence routes of CESR or CEGPR.n You’ll no longer be eligible for a CCT or specialist and GP registration through CP.
Need more help?
You can find more information on our website at www.gmc-uk.org/cctchanges/.
Posted December 7th 2012 (7 years ago)
Senior Faculty members of the Deanery are expected to manage and deal with trainees who are referred on from Educational Supervisors because either the issues involved are potentially quite serious or the supervisors feel unable to handle the trainee themselves. The Deanery recognises that DMEs, Heads of School and Training Programme Directors have a special and sometimes difficult role in seeing trainees who need specific support or deft handling due to the complex or challenging nature of their situation or state. Although the Educational Supervisor half day workshop ‘How To Support Trainees’ considers this it does not explore issues in great depth nor does it enhance or develop skills due to time constraints. This day will explore in detail how to start the conversation and interaction when trainees have sensitive or difficult issues, consider how to explore such situations with trainees whilst being clear about standards and expectations and explore ways of moving on such situations towards successful resolutions. The day is being designed by Edgecumbe Consulting Group and will be delivered by Jenny King, Megan Joffe and Alan Cook, along with actors from Interact. It will include focused inputs, case discussions and practical skills development.
To enhance abilities in dealing with trainees who need support and are referred on from Educational Supervisors and others
The workshop will be a full day from 09.30-17.00, further details will be available closer to the event. The dates we are running the workshop are:
Both workshops will take place at Engineers House, Clifton, Bristol. BS8 3NB
If you are available and would like to attend please do let me know.
Anne Elliott | Medical Education Development Manager | Severn Deanery | Vantage Office Park | Old Gloucester Road, Hambrook | Bristol, BS16 1GW |
Tel: 01454 252624
Posted December 5th 2012 (7 years ago)
The Shape of Training review – call for ideas and evidence now open
We have now launched the Shape of Training call for ideas and evidence, which is just one of several activities which we will be using to gather evidence. These also include UK seminars, oral evidence sessions, surveys, discussion groups and more.
The Shape of Training review 2012-2013
This review has been set up to understand and plan for the future of postgraduate medical education and training. It is an independent review, jointly sponsored by:
Direction and themes
Professor David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham University, was appointed in March this year to lead the review. In the first instance he brought together an Expert Advisory Group (EAG), to help determine the content and direction for this work. This group comprises medical training, patient and employers experts as well as expertise from outside the health sector. With their help, Professor Greenaway has identified the following key themes for discussion:
Evidence for the review will be gathered from a mix of stakeholders. Their views will be gathered via a combination of written and oral submissions, research evidence, site visits, surveys, discussion groups and events.
A call for ideas and evidence is now live and will continue until 8 February 2013. We have planned five seminars for those involved with medical education, which will take place in all four countries, between now and January. Site visits in locations across the UK have already begun with the first of these in Northern Ireland in October.
Find out more about the review at the independent Shape of Training website at: http://www.shapeoftraining.co.uk/
Please cascade this to your members and partners for their websites
I hope you find this useful and that as sponsors we can together raise the profile and drive interest in this important work. Please contact us directly at email@example.com with any questions or comments about this.
Posted December 4th 2012 (7 years ago)
To provide clear guidance to Postgraduate Deaneries, Medical Royal Colleges/Faculties and trainees on the management of absences from training and their affect on a trainee’s Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) date( Where CCT is referenced this also refers to Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist/GP Registration via the combined programme route CESR/CEGPR (CP) )
To supersede all references to time out of training (also known as exceptional leave) that are in existing curricula.
All Postgraduate trainees in GMC approved training, including fixed term posts such as locum appointments for training or Fixed Term Training Appointments are covered by this position statement. It is not dependent on the trainee working towards a CCT. This position statement does not cover Foundation trainees who are covered by a separate statement for provisionally registered doctors and also the UK Foundation Programme Reference Guide 2012.
Prior to the Postgraduate Medical and Education Training Board (PMETB) being set up in 2005, curricula were time based with each specialty defining the length of time that a trainee needed to spend in the specialty before they were eligible to be awarded a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST - the certificate prior to the introduction of the CCT). Individual Colleges had different rules for the amount of time that a trainee could spend out of training without it affecting their CCT date.
PMETB introduced a move to competency based curricula underpinned by indicative timeframes. All curricula became competency based by 2010.
In parallel to the curriculum changes trainees’ hours of work have reduced with the implementation of working time regulations.
Individual College rules around time out of training were in many cases not altered to reflect the move to competency based training and the changes to working hours.
Sections 34J and 34K of the Medical Act outline the minimum training times for general practice and specialist training respectively and section 34L outlines that in order for the GMC to be able to award a CCT it must be satisfied that the individual has satisfactorily completed the approved course of training. This allows the GMC to determine the arrangements for certification.
Absence from training, other than for study or annual leave, may have an impact on a doctor’s ability to demonstrate competence and the satisfactory completion of the curriculum and assessment system to enable them to be awardeda CCT.
Absence is being treated differently across specialties and deaneries and there is a need to ensure fairness whilst recognising the different indicative lengths of each curriculum.
Historical allowances have not been updated to reflect the move to competency based curricula or shorter working hours.
All stakeholder groups have been consulted, Deaneries, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Colleges/Faculties and junior doctors groups.
The General Medical Council has determined that within each 12 month period where a trainee has been absent for a total of 14 days or more (when a trainee would normally be at work), this will trigger a review of whether the trainee needs to have their CCT date extended.
The administration of the absence and any extension to training will be undertaken by the relevant deanery in consultation with the relevant College/Faculty where necessary. The GMC support deaneries implementing this guidance flexibly to reflect the nature of the absence, the timing and the affect of the absence on the individuals’ competence. Examples of this flexibility are outlined in the FAQs. The GMC also support the use of targeted training to assist trainees in demonstrating the curriculum competencies without the need for an extension to training.
The absence includes all forms of absence such as sickness, maternity, compassionate paid/unpaid leave etc other than study or annual leave or prospectively approved Out of Programme Training/ research.
This statement is concerned with the effect of absence on a doctor’s ability to satisfactorily demonstrate the competency requirements of the relevant curriculum. It is not concerned with the doctor’s position as an employee and does not affect the doctor’s right to annual, sick, maternity, compassionate or other leave.
It is noted that this policy may have a disproportionate affect on those who have a single maternity absence within their training as previously they would have been given (for some curricula) one block of three months exceptional leave. The GMC have noted however, in all circumstances a trainee is required to demonstrate the necessary competencies of the curriculum and this would have been the case whether the three month exceptional leave had been granted or not.
The flexible approach outlined in paragraph 14 will enable each trainee’s circumstances to be considered on an individual basis and that any changes to CCT date will reflect the trainee’s demonstration of competence.
Implementation date 1 April 2013
Not withstanding this implementation date, trainees are required to demonstrate the curriculum competency requirements.
A: Yes, for any changes submitted to the GMC from 1 April 2013.
A: Yes, it is important that it is clear to trainees that extended absences are likely to lead to an amendment of their CCT date.
A: Where a trainee has already been granted absence under the previous guidance this will not be retrospectively removed. However each trainee is required to demonstrate the curriculum competencies and this may therefore require targeted training or an extension to training in order to enable the trainee to demonstrate the curriculum competencies.
A: The deanery will review each case of absence of 14 days or more in a single year and look at various factors:-
The deanery will then consider whether the trainee has been able to demonstrate the curriculum competencies for the ARCP level, whether any deficiencies could be addressed through a period of targeted training or whether training needs to be extended. The deanery may wish to postpone this decision dependent on the following year’s performance, that is, to give the trainee the opportunity to achieve the competency through targeted training.
A: The GMC will monitor extensions to training via the review of ARCP data.
A: it is each individuals trainees responsibility under good medical practice to be honest and open and act with integrity and as such, to ensure that the deanery are aware of their absences through the deanery reporting requirements.
A: Yes, this position statement is for absences that fall out with study or annual leave and any prospectively approved Out of Programme Training or Research. The existing OOPE process as defined in the Gold Guide is not affected by this statement
A: A doctor’s pattern of work will vary, with absences being blocks or weekends.Where a trainee is absent during their scheduled time away from work (work includes study leave) then this does not get counted within the period of absence.
For less than full time workers where they are absent during their scheduled non working time this does not count towards the period of absence.
Scheduled time away from work for full time or less than full time trainees cannot be amended to avoid counting absent time.
Posted December 4th 2012 (7 years ago)
This document sets out the General Medical Council’s (GMC) requirements for trainees who are working towards a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) to transfer to the most recent GMC approved curriculum.( Where CCT is referred to this also includes Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist or GP Registration through the combined programme route CESR(CP)/CEGPR(CP) )
Following calls for a review of the position, the GMC concluded that the current arrangements (under which trainees in some specialties remain on the same version of the curriculum throughout their training even where it has been superseded) are unsatisfactory; in the interests of patient safety and educational quality, trainees in all specialties should transfer to the most recent curriculum and assessment system.
In effect this will mean that at any one time there will only be a maximum of two approved curriculum per specialty, the “old” one in which only those trainees in their final year of training will remain and the “current” curriculum. This will mean that trainees will be trained and assessed against the most recent standards for the specialty.
The revised requirements are relevant to those involved in the organisation, delivery and receipt of postgraduate medical education and training in the UK and those trainees who are in GMC approved postgraduate training programmes leading towards a CCT whose CCT date falls within the implementation plan.
Prior to the formation of the Postgraduate Medical and Education Training Board (PMETB) in September 2005 there was no single set of standards against which curricula were developed. PMETB introduced a set of standards and an approval process and approved curricula for all the specialties in 2007. At that time therefore there were two groups of trainees, those on pre 2007 curricula and those on the 2007 curricula. Many of the curricula were in the early stages of development and it was acknowledged that the assessment systems, in particular,required development in order to fulfil the published standards. PMETB undertook a review of all curricula in 2010 and approved amendments.
The GMC adopted the standards for curriculum and assessment systems defined by PMETB and continues to consider changes submitted by Colleges and Faculties against these standards. This has meant that for virtually all of the 65 approved specialties (the exceptions being those specialties which have only recently been established) there are currently three or four approved curricula and assessments systems that trainees are following
The Medical Act stipulates the standards which the GMC are required to set and maintain in relation to specialty training and the award of a CCT. To illustrate, the following provisions are relevant:
Section 34H says…
(1) The General Council shall-
(a) establish standards of, and requirements relating to, postgraduate medical education and training, including those necessary for the award of a CCT in general practice and in each recognised specialty;
(b) secure the maintenance of the standards and requirements established under paragraph (a);
(2)(b) to ensure that the needs of employers and those engaging the services of general practitioners and specialists within the UK health services are met by the standards the General Council establish under subsection (1)(a).
(4) The standards and requirements established under subsection (1)(a) shall include -
(b) the training curricula to be followed in general practice and in each recognised specialty;
(c) the assessment arrangements for persons undertaking education and training in general practice and specialist medical practice;practice or specialist medical practice;
Section 34L(1) says… the Registrar shall award a certificate of completion of training (CCT) to any person who applies to the General Council for that purpose if -
(b) the Registrar is satisfied that that person has been appointed to, and has satisfactorily completed, a course of training leading to the award of a CCT;
In setting and securing the standards and ensuring the needs of employers are met (34H(1)), and the Registrar’s responsibility to award a CCT to those who have completed an entire course of training leading to the award of a CCT, it would seem entirely reasonable to require that a trainee is up-to-date with the expectations of the relevant specialty current at the time the application is made for a CCT. Patients, and the NHS, would rightly expect nothing less.
There is general agreement, including amongst organisations representing the interests of trainees, that the current position is unsatisfactory for several reasons:
The implementation of the position statement needs to ensure that the general principle of transfer to the current curriculum is observed, with those in their last year of training not being affected. Therefore transition plans are to follow the following key points
We have consulted widely across the sector, including the UK health departments, NHS Employers, trainee bodies, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and individual colleges/Faculties and postgraduate deaneries. There has been general support from all stakeholders.
This document together with the attached FAQs provides guidance to:
A number of Colleges have previously approved implementation plans that were submitted as part of their curriculum changes. These have been widely published and are clear to trainees. It has been reported to the GMC that these transition arrangements will be complete by the end of December 2015. Subject to all trainees being transferred to the current curriculum by 1 January 2016 these existing plans remain approved.
The implementation plan is outlined below
by 31 March 2013
by 31 December 2013
Between 1 January 2014 and By 31 December 2015
1 January 2016 (or earlier if trainees moved earlier)
A: Colleges will need to consider
Step 1: Colleges map changes from old to current curriculum – broken down into each year of training and outlining if in a later year what needs to be gone back upon in the earlier years.
Step 2: Colleges send to deaneries to consider the implementation plan for each of their trainees
Step 3: Deaneries at the next ARCP agree the changes and any targeted training to cover new/missed competencies and whether training needs to be extended
Step 4: Colleges report on progress in their annual specialty reports, Deaneries report on progress in their annual deanery reports.
A: No. In order to ensure the administrative burden on Colleges, Deaneries and trainees is as low as possible, the mapping will outline at each year (so one map per year of the curriculum) of the curriculum where competencies will be transferred and this will be confirmed at the trainee’s next ARCP meeting, with a trainee’s programme being adapted as appropriate.
A: As part of the mapping Colleges will be asked to provide guidance for programme directors and heads of school, but they would not be looking at individual trainees situations.
A: No. However if the examination amendments have included examination in “new” areas of the curriculum then the College will define within its mapping whether additional evidence is required such as targeted workplace based assessments.
A: Part of the College submission for any amendments to their curriculum and assessment systems will include discussion with trainees on the implementation and timings of changes and will outline whether parts of the exams will contribute towards the new exam. For existing curricula and assessment systems the mapping provided by the College will show how the “old” examination maps to the “current” one.
A: The examination is one part of the curriculum and assessment system for your specialty. The mapping produced by the College will outline what elements of the “current” curriculum you have already achieved and will indicate what assessments you need to complete. The Colleges will take into consideration the agreed position in relation to currency of examinations.
A: As part of the submission for the change of the assessment system the College will submit outlines of how existing trainees will move onto the new curriculum, this will include consultations with trainees to ensure that the timeframes are suitable and appropriate (falling within the maximum of a two year transition). For example if an examination is introduced in a trainee’s final year of training then it would not be reasonable to require a trainee to pass this new examination. However trainees may wish to take the examination for future employment opportunities.
A: No – there will be an introduction date and it will be from that date that trainees will need to be assessed using the new WPBA. A number of trainees may also have been part of pilots prior to the formal introduction. It is important that the transition does not place an overly burdensome administrative process on all those involved or that trainees are required to demonstrate competencies they have already demonstrated.
A: Where Colleges require trainees to use specific assessment or progress recording systems such as eportfolios then, yes you will need to use these, however you will not be required to retrospectively gather data. Colleges will provide guidance on the transfer of existing information.
A: No, however you must apply for your CCT within six months of your CCT date.
A: the implementation plan will outline the timing of transfers to the current curriculum. These will be individual for each specialty. For clarity No trainee (including any less than full time or those out of programme) may remain in an “old” curriculum from 1 January 2016, subject to those trainees that fall into the category outlined in 24Q.
A: All trainees will be encouraged to transfer to the current curriculum so as to ensure that they will be fully up to date with current requirements for their specialty to ensure patient safety. Trainees should also be aware that not completing the current curriculum may have a detrimental affect on their employment opportunities.
A: The current curriculum may not have the same recognition for research as the “old” one and so your training requirements will be considered on an individual basis. If you are in a programme and on an Out of Programme for Research (OOPR) then your transfer will not wait until your return to the programme. If you are not in a programme then you will apply in the usual way to the curriculum in place at the point of your application.
A: You will be transferred to the current curriculum in the same way as other trainees at your ARCP (this will not wait until your return to the programme).
A: You will be transferred to the current curriculum in the same way as other trainees at your ARCP (this will not wait until your return to the programme if the ARCP is earlier). You may be required to undergo targeted WPBAs to ensure that you fulfil the requirements of the “current” curriculum.
A: As part of your ARCP you will be transferred to the current curriculum in the same way as other trainees.
A: The Colleges will map the “old” curriculum to the current one. Where the achievement of these earlier competencies can be demonstrated via later WPBAs or examinations then they will not need to be repeated. It should be noted however that some curricula are spiral in nature and earlier competencies are needed to underpin later ones and therefore you may need to have targeted training to support the achievement of the curriculum requirements. Other curriculum changes have been made to answer employer requirements and trainees may want to demonstrate these competencies for their future employment prospects.
A: No, unless these changes are necessary to underpin later competencies in the curriculum. See question 18 above. Colleges will detail this in their mapping of the “old” to the current curriculum.
A: Your postgraduate dean and training programme director will work with you to deliver the training that you require to complete the requirements of the current curriculum. Every effort will be made to do this via targeted training rather than an extension to training.
A: All curricula are competency based and therefore it will be necessary as part of the Colleges’ submissions for changes to indicate whether there will need to be an extension to training time in order to enable trainees to demonstrate the competency levels. Every effort will be made to do this via targeted training rather than an extension to training.
A: You will transfer into the current curriculum at the point when you were last considered to have satisfactorily completed training. The transfer will not give you additional opportunities for training extensions.
A: Every effort will be made to enable trainees to achieve additional requirements via targeted training. If however an extension to training is required this will not count within the maximum extension to training period defined in the gold guide.
A: Where an extension is for six months then you are not required to transfer but if the extension is for more than six months then you will need to transfer. As outlined above - All trainees will be encouraged to transfer to the current curriculum so as to ensure that they will be fully up to date with current requirements for their specialty to ensure patient safety.
A: any changes proposed by Colleges to the GMC are required to include input from trainees/trainee organisations (as well as Deaneries) particularly in relation to the transition plans and implementation timetable. It is important therefore that you maintain contact with your College throughout your training so that you are aware of developments.
A: Guidance on the current curriculum can be found on your College website.
A: In the first instance please discuss any queries you have with your supervisor. Any changes to curricula and assessment systems are cascaded by the Collegesthrough the College and Deanery networks of trainers.
Posted October 16th 2012 (7 years ago)
Wednesday 17th October afternoon ST2-3 Teaching postponed
Posted September 28th 2012 (7 years ago)
The popularity of social media has grown rapidly in recent years. There is widespread use of sites such as Facebook and Twitter amongst medical students and doctors and there are a growing number of well-established blogs and internet forums that are aimed specifically at medical professionals, such as doctors.net.uk and the BMJ’s doc2doc.
While many medical professionals use social media without encountering any difficulties, media interest and research into examples of unprofessional behaviour online have raised concerns that some doctors and medical students may be unknowingly exposing themselves to risk in the way they are using these ‘web 2.0’ applications and uploading personal material onto the internet. Although medical professionals should be free to take advantage of the many personal and professional benefits that social media can offer, it is important that they are aware of the potential risks involved.
This guidance (Using social media: practical and ethical guidance for doctors and medical students) provides practical and ethical advice on the different issues that doctors and medical students may encounter when using social media.
Posted August 14th 2012 (8 years ago)
The Shape of Training Review is looking at potential reforms to the structure of postgraduate medical education and training across the UK.
The review’s aim is to make sure we
Five themes have been identified which the review will focus on.
The review is the latest step on a journey to ensure UK medical education and training can support and respond to society’s needs in the best possible way.
Posted April 10th 2012 (8 years ago)
Log on to GMC online after 30th April to complete your survey; the survey closes on 15th June.
Please go to the GMC website to find out more.
Posted March 14th 2012 (8 years ago)
The NHS Medical Director's Clinical Fellow Scheme is open to application from doctors in training. In the past three years we have had two Severn trainees, Brett Rocos and Robert Bethune, obtain these sought-after positions. If interested, you can obtain further information from: http://www.fmlm.ac.uk/clinical-fellow-scheme
The closing date for application is 22nd March 2012 and the post starts on 3rd September 2012.
Posted December 6th 2011 (8 years ago)
The Bristol Medico-Chirurgical Society was established in 1874 for the advancement of the Art and Science of Medicine in all its branches. It has a long and rich tradition of encouraging the exchange of facts and fellowship between disparate members of the medical community. Each year the Society plays host to presentations and debates on topics of medical and allied interest to the annual theme chosen by the Society's President. Guest speakers are invited to talk on a wide variety of subjects.
Meetings are held at 6.45pm on the second Wednesday from October usually until July with an option for a reception and supper followed by a presentation at 8.15pm.
These lectures are suitable for trainees and faculty and would contribute to the Professional and Generic Skills programme that all colleagues undertake in their role as a doctor. The Severn Deanery supports this programme and would encourage all colleagues to attend.
For more details and the programme please visit the Bristol Med-Chi website.
Posted December 6th 2011 (8 years ago)
Applications are invited for new appointees to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency's, Trainee Doctors Advisory Board (TRAB) we are also looking for a medical student representative for the board, applications are therefore invited from students within 2 years of final qualification and junior doctors from all clinical specialities. This group was developed to encouraging doctors in training to become involved with the MHRA to represent the opinions and needs of junior doctors, promote an understanding of the regulation of Medicines and Medical Devices in the UK, and promote the dissemination of information regarding the Agency
The remit of this group is as follows:
The TRAB group meets twice a year and members are expected to contribute to various initiatives throughout the year.
Interested applicants should forward a copy of their CV and a covering letter to TRAB@mhra.gsi.gov.uk
31 January 2012
If you have any questions or require further information please email TRAB@mhra.gsi.gov.uk
Medicines and Healthcare
Posted December 1st 2011 (8 years ago)
Heather Chapman has been appointed the new Temporary School Support Manager for Radiology. If you have any queries for Heather, please follow this link.