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Posted March 20th 2020 (3 years ago)

National Lead Dean Guidance re SL and Covid-19

Dear Colleague

As we prepare for the impact of COVID 19 a number of queries have come to us with regards to HEE’s approach to study leave. Please be advised that the position is as follows:

Impact of Coronavirus On Study Leave for Doctors in Training

Trainees should endeavour to obtain a refund for any pre-booked expenses. If they unable to do so we will honour the claim, but they should provide evidence when they submit their claim that the expense was non-refundable.

All requests for study leave time not taken during the outbreak will be properly considered by the employers and Postgraduate deans and will be subject to the need to maintain NHS services, and training requirements for completion of programmes.

We are asking all parties to be flexible both during and after this difficult time.

HEE will be developing a set of FAQs to help manage the queries that are arising.

If there are unresolved queries please contact us via Study Leave (SW); StudyLeave.SW@hee.nhs.uk for our Postgraduate Dean to review.


Posted August 15th 2019 (3 years ago)

NFDPD 2020 Call for Abstracts

The National Foundation Doctors Presentation Day will be taking place on Friday 10th January 2020.

You are invited to submit abstracts relating to research, clinical case reports, education, sustainability or quality improvement work undertaken during your Foundation Programme training.


The abstract should not be more than 200 words in length (excluding references)

Please use the following headings:

  • Background (context setting)
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Key messages

Any references quoted in the abstract should be listed at the end, using the Vancouver reference style.

Abstract submissions will be presented as oral or poster presentations. Applications describing work in progress are eligible.

Deadline for abstracts is 12:00 Midnight Thursday 31st October 2019. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Multiple applications will be accepted up to a maximum of three abstracts per presenting author.

Presentation Type

Oral Presentations
Oral presentations will be 10 minutes exactly, 8 minutes to present and 2 minutes for questions. Please note that a maximum of 20 abstracts will be accepted for oral presentations, but all submissions will be considered for posters.

Poster Presentations
You will be given 3 minutes to talk through your poster to the judges.

Posters should be printed as A2 size only, if you bring a poster bigger than the required size you may not be able to present on the day.

All abstracts submitted will be considered for both oral and poster presentations.

Successful applicants will be invited to register from Wednesday 13th November.

Click here to open the abstract submission form

Good luck!

Posted July 31st 2019 (4 years ago)

Foundation School Bulletin

Information Bulletin – 01/08/2019

SCRIPT eLearning (F1s only)

SCRIPT is an eLearning programme to improve safety and competency among healthcare professionals around prescribing, therapeutics and medicines management. HEE is providing this tool to all trainees in their F1 year to support them in their prescribing practice. To access the SCRIPT eLearning modules, you will need to register here:


F2 Regional Teaching (F2s only)

Severn Foundation School runs a rich and varied F2 regional teaching programme between October and May which contributes to your core teaching hours and aspects of the foundation curriculum. As well as being a chance to network and catch up with foundation colleagues from around the patch, we hope you will find the Severn F2 Regional Teaching Programme fun, informative and useful.

All our F2s are expected to attend a minimum of four Regional Teaching Days consisting of:

  • 1 Clinical Skills day (mandatory)
  • 1 Human Factors session (mandatory)
  • 2 other Regional Teaching days of your choice

You are of course welcome to attend more if you wish!

The Regional Teaching Programme uses days from your study leave allocation. Study Leave needs to be agreed and booked prior to booking onto courses. Please see the Foundation Study Leave policy Maxcourse

In order to book into regional Teaching sessions, you will need to register on Maxcourse.

Please ensure you fully complete your personal details including your F2 Trust, your address (this helps match you with others in your area who might wish to share lifts), and crucially, your profession (Foundation Year 2) as you will not be able to book onto courses otherwise.

Once you have registered, you will be able to book onto Regional Teaching sessions. A few points to note:

  • DO book study leave with your department in advance
  • DO spread your Regional Teaching sessions throughout the year
  • DO check the calendar on Maxcourse regularly, as not all courses are available yet
  • DO NOT book into multiple sessions of the same course – space is limited, and it is unfair to block places which others could take – this applies in particular to the mandatory Human Factors and Clinical Skills courses
  • DO NOT book yourself into more than one course on the same date – again, space is limited, and it is unfair to block places
  • DO NOT cancel at the last minute or fail to show up without good cause. If you realise you can’t attend a session you have booked, log into Maxcourse as soon as possible to cancel your place

Global Health Fellowship Programme - APPLY NOW

Health Education England, Global Engagement is offering some Speciality Trainees an unparalleled opportunity to expand their professional and personal horizons and make a real difference in rural South Africa and Uganda. For GP, this is part of a four year Global Health Fellowship Training Programme and will lead to a "Completion of Global Health Training Certificate". 

This programme is available with GP Speciality Training in all English and Welsh Deaneries and for ACCS, Paediatrics and General Medical Speciality Training in many Deaneries. It is supported by Health Education England Global Engagement and Africa Health Placements. It includes a 12 month paid out of programme rural Medical Officer post (OOPE) in South Africa (equivalent to £35K in ZAR) or in Uganda (with a local salary) AHP charge Global Health Fellows a fee for their services.

Joining the Global Health Fellowship Team will advance your career. The generalist nature of medical services required in South African and Ugandan rural hospitals allows Global Health Fellows to develop proficiency in a wide range of medical disciplines including Clinical Skills, Leadership, Decision Making and Resilience and return to the UK armed with a confidence that comes from working in a resource poor setting.

You will be offered the opportunity to apply for a Global Health Fellowship after you have secured your GP, ACCS, Paediatric or CMT placement in the location of your choice. No formal interview will be required but you will be asked to meet with your local Global Health Lead. Some GHF posts, depending on location, may be competitive. Successful appointments will be decided using national ranking.

See our flyer for more information.

Severn Faculty RCGP – Faculty Board Vacancy - Foundation Doctor Representative

Severn Faculty RCGP (Royal College of General Practitioners) is looking for an interested foundation doctor to take a role on the faculty board. Please see below the role description. The board meets four times a year (usually February, June, September and November) on a Wednesday evening from 6pm (with a buffet) and the meetings start at 7pm. Your attendance would also be encouraged at the annual AGM which is also held on a Wednesday evening, usually in October/November – this year it will be held on 6 November 2019. The next meeting is set for 18 September 2019. This is a voluntary role.  These meetings are usually held at Engineers House, Clifton Bristol.

Role Description: Foundation Doctors Representative

Term of Office: Annually


  • Facilitate and encourage liaison between the faculty and the Foundation doctors.
  • To help the faculty and events administrators to advertise faculty events.
  • To help keep fellow Foundation doctors informed of developments in primary care.
  • To ensure a Foundation doctors perspective is considered by local policy makers and administrators.

Please contact severn@rcgp.org.uk if you are interested or require any further information.

Simulation, Innovation and Patient Safety Conference

The HEE South West Simulation Network is holding a regional Simulation, Innovation and Patient Safety Conference on 17th October at Exeter Rougemont Hotel, EX4 3SP and Invitations are cordially extended to all health care professionals and users of health care.

This free of charge celebratory event will share learning and best practice from eminent experts in Simulation, Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL), Patient Safety and Multi-professional team working. We cordially invite you to submit abstracts and the best exemplars of simulation and innovations in health care will be selected for either an oral or a poster presentation. Honorarium will be awarded for the best presentations.

Dr Bryn Baxendale, Consultant Anaesthetist and Chair of Simulation Working Group, Royal College of Anaesthetist & Chair of Simulation Advisory and Development Committee, HEE will share his expertise on 'Adaptive simulation: meeting the needs of the future workforce'

As well, Sukie Shinn Project Manager for the National Simulation-Based Education (SBE) Strategy and National TEL Programme from HEE will share her strategic overview and vision of simulation-based education (SBE)’.

There will be workshops on In situ-Simulation, Experiencing A Simbulance, Virtual Reality, Moulage, TEL and Human Factors.

Six CPDs will be awarded for attendance.

For more information please see the poster of the day or website information

Please submit your 250 word abstract by Monday 19th August, – Abstract Submission.

Successful candidates will be informed by 3rd September and all successful applicants will be expected to attend the event.

Please note registration for the conference will open week commencing 29th July; additional information will be sent when registration opens

Further questions can be directed to Dr Dan Freshwater-Turner or Prof Wai-Yee Tse, co-leads of the HEESW Simulation Network via



Posted July 24th 2019 (4 years ago)

Foundation School Bulletin

Information Bulletin – 24/07/2019

This is your weekly information bulletin for the Severn Foundation School. The content of these bulletins will be local and national courses and information relevant to foundation trainees which will vary from week to week. If you would like to contribute to the bulletin please contact SEVFoundation.SW@hee.nhs.uk.

GMC Licence and Revalidation - Info for F2s completing the programme

Whatever your plans following completion of the Foundation Programme, you need to be aware of your professional responsibilities regarding your GMC registration and licence to practise.

This paper explains how GMC registration and licencing works, and what you need to do on an annual basis for your eventual revalidation in 3-4 years’ time. Whether you are going on to specialty training, taking a gap year abroad, working as a clinical fellow or just doing a few locum shifts, this applies to you.

Please take the time to read this document. It will help you to ensure you manage your GMC registration and licence correctly, and engage with the appropriate appraisal and revalidation processes going forward.

If you have any queries, please get in touch with our Revalidation team.

F2 Regional Teaching

All trainees starting F2 in August 2019 need to register on Maxcourse in order to book in to Regional teaching.  To find out what Regional Teaching courses are available to you, please click here to access our MaxCourse Regional Teaching Booking System.

ACCS Careers Day

Date: Wednesday 11 September 2019

Venue: RCEM Octavia House, London

This event is for prospective applicants with an interest in the Acute Care Common Stem – join RCEM’s ACCS Careers Day to find out more information about careers in emergency medicine, critical care, intensive care and anaesthesia and to receive guidance on applications for training in these specialties.

Event objectives:

  • to understand the ACCS application process
  • to learn about the ACCS programme from current trainees and consultants in these specialties
  • to offer participants a chance to get an answer to specific questions
  • to look at how to maximise your potential and polish your portfolio

Please click here to register.

Foundation e-learning programme

 The Foundation e-learning programme has been developed by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in partnership with Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) and is approved by UKFPO.

Do you need to complete parts of the curriculum on your e-portfolio which you do not cover in day-to-day practice? If so, try some of our free e-learning mapped directly to the Foundation Professional Capabilities (Training Outcomes) in the 2016 Foundation Curriculum.

The e-LfH sessions in Foundation e-Learning Programme –

Professional capability: 11 Obtains history, performs clinical examination, formulates differential diagnosis and management plan; begins with a case study to illustrate the issues and demonstrate the skills required in taking a patient’s medication history and prescribing on admission to hospital. It covers history taking and examination in difficult circumstances. You will then look at outpatient consultation, the management of febrile illnesses and working in a multidisciplinary team to organise a patient’s safe discharge.

The e-LfH sessions in Foundation e-Learning Programme –

Professional capability: 12 Requests relevant investigations and acts upon results; you discover when it is appropriate (or not) to do an investigation and what you need to consider before ordering investigations. The interpretation and practical application of investigation results is also explored.


  • Medication History Taking and Prescribing on Admission
  • Psychiatric Assessment and Mental State Examination
  • Delirium (Acute Confusional States): Recognition and Causes
  • Delirium (Acute Confusional States): Diagnosis and Management
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Mental Health Act
  • Holding an Outpatient Consultation
  • Hospital Acquired Fever: What to do
  • Hospital Acquired Fever: What to do Next
  • Infection Control: Diarrhoea in an Inpatient
  • Infection Control: Air and Blood Borne Pathogens
  • Ward Laboratory Interface
  • Ward and Imaging Interface
  • Multi-Disciplinary Discharge Planning
  • Selection of Investigations
  • Interpretation of Investigations: Practical Application

 To access the e-learning on the e-LfH Hub use your login supplied by e-LfH at the beginning of your foundation training: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/foundation-programme/.

Allergy: a young, evolving and dynamic specialty

The increasing prevalence of allergy has created new career opportunities in this rapidly expanding and changing discipline.

The British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI) is the UK’s leading organisation for healthcare professionals caring for patients with Allergy.

To increase awareness and interest in Allergy as a specialty; BSACI is offering 30 scholarships for Core Medical/Internal Medicine trainees to attend the 2019 BSACI Annual Conference

Details of the award: -

  • Open to all late FY1 and FY2 doctors, Core Medical and Internal Medicine trainees with an interest in or considering a career in Allergy.
  • Up to £550 to cover conference fees, hotel accommodation and travel expenses.
  • The application involves supplying a 300-word statement detailing why you would benefit from this scholarship with a supporting letter from your current supervisor.
  • Abstract submission for the conference is encouraged, but is not a requirement.
  • Deadline for submissions is Monday 29th July 2019

To find out more and to apply, please visit our website


Email: bsaci@medivents.co.uk Telephone number: 0207 501 3910

The Doctors for the NHS Essay Prize 2019

Doctors for the NHS are offering a prize of £500 for the best essay with the title:

“ Where have all the doctors gone – and why?”

First prize £500; second prize £200

Winning essay to be published in the BMJ, subject to editorial approval

  • Your essay should be under 2000 words
  •  Closing date for submission 31st July 2019
  •  Essays should be submitted by email to: doctors4thenhs@gmail.com
  • Any questions about the competition can be sent to this address

Doctors for the NHS was founded in 1976. It is the only professional medical organisation whose sole purpose is to fight for the NHS and the public it serves.

Membership is open to all doctors who share these commitments. Why not join us?

Find out more about us at doctorsforthenhs.org.uk

Neuroscience for Psychiatrists Update Day

Join us for a fascinating series of presentations on the cutting edge neuroscience that is helping to shape our understanding of mental health conditions. This one-day event is aimed at all psychiatrists and others with an interest in neuroscience.

Wednesday 18th September 2019
University of Bristol, School of Chemistry

  • Research
  • Techniques
  • Computational
  • Neuroscience
  • Genetics
  • Epigenetics
  • Developmental
  • Psychiatry
  • Depression
  • Dementia
  • Psychosis
  • Addictions

Only £10 including refreshments and lunch

Register now: www.tinyurl.com/neuroscienceupdateday

Posted May 16th 2019 (4 years ago)

Foundation School Bulletin

Information Bulletin – 15/05/2019

This is your weekly information bulletin for the Severn Foundation School. The content of these bulletins will be local and national courses and information relevant to foundation trainees which will vary from week to week. If you would like to contribute to the bulletin please contact SEVFoundation.SW@hee.nhs.uk.

F2 Regional Teaching

All F2 trainees must do a minimum of 4 Regional Teaching Days, 2 of which have to be both Clinical Skills and Human Factors. To find out what other Regional Teaching courses are available to you, please click here to access our MaxCourse Regional Teaching Booking System.


Quality Improvement Forum Severn Deanery

Have you or your team been involved in a Quality Improvement project that you want to share? 

This year's Quality Improvement Forum will showcase work from all junior doctors from the Deanery and an opportunity to share and celebrate outstanding practice. Come and meet other quality champions and share your work. The top 6 abstracts will be shortlisted, with the 3 best oral or poster presentations announced on the day for prizes. Refreshments will be provided and certificates given to all presenters.

You are all invited to submit abstracts for the annual Quality Improvement Forum on the 24th July 2019. 

The deadline for abstract submissions is 28th June 2019, by 23:59. 

In order to preview numbers for presenters/facilities/refreshments please complete a short doodle survey to let us know if you would be interested. 
Link: https://doodle.com/poll/dhzusby74yh9sswy

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Adrian Tsui, Tom Barrow

UHBristol QI Fellows


Preparation for Core Surgical Trainee Interviews

Saturday 22nd June 2019

This half day seminar will guide you through the application process for surgical core training posts. The seminar will cover what to expect and how to prepare through a combination of lectures and workshops focusing on portfolios, management and clinical stations.

Why attend

  • - Understand more about the surgical core training interview process
  • - Understand how to prepare your portfolio properly
  • - Leave with practical advice and a list of actions to improve your own portfolio
  • - Hear from recent core trainees about their experience of the interview process, with the opportunity to ask questions and discuss

To register on the course please follow this link - https://rcpsg.ac.uk/events/prepctinterview

I hope that this is of assistance and that you will be able to join us for what is set to be an thought-provoking and instructive day. 

Do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any queries

Best Regards

Rebecca Speirs


Medical Scholarships 2019

To increase awareness and interest in Allergy as a specialty; BSACI is offering 30 scholarships for late Foundation Year 1 and Foundation year 2 doctors/ Core Medical / Internal Medicine trainees to attend the BSACI Annual Conference in Harrogate 3-5th October 2019. 

Information about the meeting and scholarships can be found at https://bsacimeeting.org/.in the Abstracts/Awards & Fellowships section

Details of the award:

1. Open to all late Foundation Year 1 and Foundation year 2 doctors, Core Medical and    Internal Medicine trainees with an interest in or considering a career in Allergy.

2. Up to £550 to cover conference fees, hotel accommodation and travel expenses.

3. The application involves supplying a 300-word statement detailing why the applicant would benefit from this scholarship with a supporting letter from their current supervisor. 

4. Abstract submission for the conference is encouraged but is not a requirement. Abstract submission for the conference is encouraged but is not a requirement.

5. Trainees who have submitted or are planning to submit an abstract will be given priority for scholarships. This should be detailed in the 300-word statement.

6. Deadline for submissions is Monday 29th July 2019

If you or any of your colleagues have any questions or require any further information please get in touch by emailing us at info@bsaci.org or by calling our office on 0207 501 3914.

Best wishes,



Regional Palliative Care Forum

The next regional palliative care forum of the year is taking place on Tuesday 14th May, 6-7:30pm in LT2 of Education Centre, Bristol Royal Infirmary.

We have talks on “Preparing for the End Stage: Living with Renal Disease” by renal registrar Dr Barnaby Hole and “Advanced Care Planning” by palliative care consultant Dr Miranda Flory.

Refreshments and certificates will be provided. Please sign up here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GJ3XSDG to help plan catering.

Any questions please feel free to email sarah.case@UHBristol.nhs.uk

Best wishes



STAR Annual Research Congress

The Severn Trainee Anaesthetic Research Group (STAR) are pleased to announce the finalised programme for the STAR 2nd Annual Research Congress. Open to trainees of all grades, this will be an exciting day of talks from national experts at the forefront of anaesthetic research. The day also allows sign off of the mandatory research section of Annex G.

Date: 14th June 2019

Venue: North Bristol NHS Trust

Cost: FREE! (Lunch included)

Confirm your free place at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/star-annual-research-congress-tickets-56293733071

Programme Highlights:

Research updates: NAP 7, Updates in CPR, Awareness in Anaesthesia, PQIP, FLO-ELA, Major Trauma Research Network

Career guidance: Developing a research career, How to get published, RAFT and trainee research networks

Also featuring STAR Project Pitch 2019

Do you have a great idea for a research or QI project? Want to see it carried out on a regional scale? Submit your proposal to stargroupresearch@gmail.com - DEADLINE 1st June. The top 3 proposals will be invited to present at the Congress, with the winning proposal chosen as our next big project.


Pathology Foundation Taster Event 

The newly launched RCPath Foundation Taster Scheme is an exciting opportunity for foundation doctors to explore pathology and see what the career has to offer. It combines a clinical taster day in your region with an event to be held in our fantastic new RCPath College building, sponsored by the BDIAP. The event will take place on Saturday 29th June at the Royal College of Pathologists new facilities at 6 Alie Street, London E1 8QT.

Come and meet consultants and trainees from each of the major specialties and talk to them about the work they do, what the training involves and the variety of opportunities that are available for trainees to pursue. You will receive advice about the application process and how to be successful at interview, as well as how to pursue academic and research opportunities in pathology. You will also be able to put the pathology specialties to the test: can they help you to diagnose what is wrong with the mystery unconscious patient in the park?! Also make the most of the chance to submit a pathology-related poster to give you another line on your application and a potential prize of £100 from the ACP. At the event you will be given support to organise your own clinical taster day in a specialty of interest to you. If you have been considering applying for specialist training in pathology and would like to know more about the different subspecialties of pathology, make sure you register for this event to explore the exciting opportunities that our specialty has to offer you!

Registrations for the RCPath Foundation Taster Event are now open. Further information including booking details for the event can be found at Foundation Taster Event and I have also attached the programme.

This is an exciting event with limited spaces so we appreciate you circulating this information in your networks.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time.


UKFPO Weekly Bulletin

The UKFPO Bulletin has been published onto our website and can be found in the news section via the link below:

Kind regards,


W. www.foundationprogramme.nhs.uk

Please note that the publicising of courses, conferences and events in this bulletin does not imply endorsement by the Severn Foundation School.

Posted April 17th 2019 (4 years ago)

Foundation School Bulletin

Information Bulletin – 17/04/2019

This is your weekly information bulletin for the Severn Foundation School. The content of these bulletins will be local and national courses and information relevant to foundation trainees which will vary from week to week. If you would like to contribute to the bulletin please contact SEVFoundation.SW@hee.nhs.uk.

F2 Regional Teaching

All F2 trainees must do a minimum of 4 Regional Teaching Days, 2 of which have to be both Clinical Skills and Human Factors. To find out what other Regional Teaching courses are available to you, please click here to access our MaxCourse Regional Teaching Booking System.


Are you taking an "F3" year?

Dear F2s,

Many of you will now be putting in place your plans for life after the foundation programme. We are aware that many F2s decide to take a break from training but although we hear anecdotally why F2s take time out, we thought it would be useful to actually ask you and to find out what we can do to support your career decisions.

So, if you are not entering specialty or GP training in August, it would be very helpful if you could take a few minutes to complete the short survey below. All answers are anonymous.


If you do have a training place for August 2019, congratulations.

Thank you and very best wishes wherever life takes you,

Kind regards,

Heather Samuel

Careers Manager


UK Aspiring Paediatrician’s Society (UKAPS)

UKAPS is an organisation affiliated to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) to help to aid the sharing of ideas and opportunities with keen future paediatricians across the UK – amongst both foundation doctors and medical students. Our vision is to help foundation doctors find opportunities for taster weeks, courses, networking, exam-preparation, career planning, and more. We organise an annual autumn conference, regular newsletter, and are developing a number of national, RCPCH endorsed prize opportunities.

For more information, please visit our website and sign up to our mailing list!


We hope to hear from you soon!

Jess Laidlaw, Roshni Mansfield, Evangelia Myttarakis, and Charlotte King

(UKAPS FY reps and UKAPS president 2018-19)


UK Foundation Programme
Foundation Doctors Academic Conference

Edinburgh International Conference Centre
150 Morrison Street
The Exchange

The UKFPO will be hosting the annual Foundation Doctors Academic Conference on Friday 17th May 2019
The conference will be;
- complementary and trainee-centered
- of interest to academically minded Medical Students, Foundation Trainees and any faculty or more Senior Colleagues who are involved in Academic Foundation Training
Themes will include;
- research
- education
- leadership
- management

Abstract Submission 


RCPsych Foundation Trainee Conference

23rd May 2019, 9:30am - 17:30pm

RCPsych, 21 Prescot Street, London, United Kingdom, E1 8BB

Interested in a career in psychiatry?

Want to learn more about the future of mental health and the various career paths and opportunities available?
Keen to network with peers, specialty trainees and Consultants?

If the answer to any of the above questions is yes then come along and attend the 2019 Foundation Trainee Conference!

Broad range of talks/workshops including:
• Sub-specialty speed dating session – General Adult, CAMHS, Forensic, Eating Disorders, Intellectual Disability, Old Age, Psychotherapy
• Academic psychiatry
• Neuroscience
• Applying to core training
• Opportunities in leadership and education
• Clinical simulation

Book online for just £40

Women in Medicine Conference

We are excited to announce the launch of our 1 day conference entitled "Women Empowering Women" being held at City Hospital on 22nd May 2019


Please find attached the Conference programme, workshop details and faculty. 

This day is to empower and inspire the future generation of female physicians. We will show them 'You can be what you see!!”

We aim to get junior doctors into high acuity specialties as well as a diverse range of other medical specialties. We also aim to demonstrate and share that the experience of the Medical SpR role is one of the highlights of a physician's career! We aim to get female SpRs and Consultants into influential roles and leadership positions within management, research and academia, teaching and education, to name a few.

We have multiple workshops ranging from leadership and management to becoming a Med SpR to LTFT working and having babies to self-care.

We are honoured to have Dr Henrietta Bowden Jones OBE President of the Medical Women's Federation and Dr Emma Vaux who is RCP Senior Censor and Vice President in Education and Training speaking as well as an amazing regional female faculty!

Please spread the word - having a diverse medical workforce is evidenced to improve patient outcomes and we need to embrace and support our female physicians to strive high!

To register for the event please email irenebayliss@nhs.net


Cambridge Trauma Futures 2019

I just wanted to write to let you know of an exciting event we have coming up, Cambridge Trauma Futures being held on 25th & 26th April 2019.

Cambridge Trauma Futures 2019 is a two-day multi-professional educational event held in Cambridge, UK. CTF 2019 is a new approach to trauma conferences, reflecting the unique interaction between trauma systems and clinical medicine in the care of our patients. The conference has three objectives: to use world class trauma care within both the East of England Major Trauma Network and the wider clinical community to develop skills and understanding, to encourage networking, collaboration and innovation to improve the care of trauma patients and to learn from excellence outside of medicine.

This course would count towards your one aspirational course for your F2 year.





To Book:



SuppoRTT: Return to Clinical Practice

Free one day course to support doctors returning to clinical training from time away.
Including Hot Topics, Sims in Emergencies, Anaesthetics and Paediatrics, LTFT, KIT Days, Practical skills and supportive mentoring

Suitable for all trainees from Foundation to ST8, consultants and SAS Doctors following time away for:
 Parental leave
 Ill health
 Non-clinical work
 Fellowship or research
 Any other reason

18 October 2019
Redwood Education Centre,
Gloucester Royal Hospital

Email: ghn-tr.Support@nhs.net
To book your place

Foundation Doctors Masterclass in Dermatology

Saturday 1st June 2019

British Association of Dermatologists, London

This masterclass is tailored to the needs of foundation doctors irrespective of future specialisation, preparing the foundation doctor to manage patients with skin disease safely and effectively, supporting them for both hospital and community rotations.

If you would like to attend the joining instructions can be found in the link below: https://www.eventsforce.net/bad/284/home

Programme: https://www.bad.org.uk/shared/get-file.ashx?id=6363&itemtype=document

Flyer: https://www.bad.org.uk/shared/get-file.ashx?id=6362&itemtype=document


SWEAM conference 2019

I would like to invite you to the annual Southwest ENT Academic meeting on Friday 14th June 2019 at the postgraduate centre in Royal United Hospital, Bath.

The meeting was setup in 2005 to provide an unintimidating atmosphere for surgical trainees, junior doctors to present their audit/research work. There will be an opportunity to present your work either as an oral or a poster presentation with a chance to win £250 worth of Thieme ENT books as well as cash prize for each level (medical students, foundation trainees and surgical trainees). Thanks to our sponsors we will be able to provide the meeting for free and with lunch included.

Please submit your abstracts by 30th April and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.

Please visit the website for more information: https://sweam.weebly.com/


Mr Ramkishan Balakumar

Specialty Registrar in ENT, Severn Deanery,

President of SWEAM 2018

UKFPO Weekly Bulletin

The UKFPO Bulletin has been published onto our website and can be found in the news section via the link below:

Kind regards,


W. www.foundationprogramme.nhs.uk

Please note that the publicising of courses, conferences and events in this bulletin does not imply endorsement by the Severn Foundation School.

Posted August 3rd 2018 (5 years ago)

National Foundation Doctors' Presentation Day 2019


The National Foundation Doctors' Presentation Day is a free, annual event hosted by the Severn Foundation School and supported by the UKFPO. It displays work completed by Foundation Doctors from across the UK and Malta as oral and poster presentations under the categories; Quality Improvement, Education, Sustainability, Research/Original Work, and Case Reports.

The presentation day will take place at Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel & Spa, Redcliffe Hill, BS1 6SQ on 11th January 2019. Applications to present, open on Wednesday 15th August 2018 and will close on Friday 16th November 2018. The link to the application form can be found here.

Multiple applications will be accepted up to a maximum of three abstracts per presenting author. Oral presentations will be 10 minutes exactly, 8 minutes to present and 2 minutes for questions. Trainees presenting posters will be given 2 minutes to verbally summarise their work for the judges. Posters should be printed as A2 size only, if trainees bring a poster bigger than the required size, they may not be able to present on the day.

All abstracts submitted will be considered for both oral and poster presentations.

Once a trainee has submitted their abstract, it will go through a shortlisting process to determine whether it has been accepted for presentation. If the submission is successful, we will inform the authors of the time and the category in which they will be presenting. Presenters will be judged and scored and a prize will be given to the winner of each category.

Key Stakeholders will be attending on the day who include Foundation School Directors and Foundation Programme Directors from across the country. Additionally, delegates, speakers and judges attend from a variety of organisations such as the UKFPO, GMC, HEE, MDU, MPS, NICE, BMA, HQIP and NCEPOD as well as the Royal Colleges.

If you have any further queries with regards to the event, please email the Severn Foundation School on SEVFoundation.SW@hee.nhs.uk or call on 01454 252 669.




Posted July 3rd 2015 (8 years ago)

Academic Dragons' Den!

Last Friday, 26th June, academic trainees from the Centre for Surgical Research, Prof Blazeby, and the Severn School of Surgery ran the 7th Audit, Research and Quality Improvement Day School of Surgery for the  Severn Deanery.

Natalie Blencowe (ACL in gen surgery) has out together this brilliant twitter 'storify'.  Read on ...

Posted January 13th 2015 (8 years ago)

Evidence-based decision making and critical appraisal skills: a course for NIHR ACFs

Venue: Brasenose College, Oxford

Faculty included: 

Martin Burton, director of the UK Cochrane Centre

Fergus MacBeth, retired director of NICE centre for clinical practice 

Richard Canter, Professor of Surgical Education

Ruairidh Milne, Chair of NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre

Richard Stephens, Data coordinator, James Lind alliance

Barney Reeves, Director clinical trials and evaluation unit Bristol

Sir Muir Gray


This is a fantastic four day residential course that is funded by the Cochrane Collaboration for all NIHR ACFs. There are 20 places available on each course and it usually runs twice a year. Talks covered critical appraisal skills with practical examples and helpful guidelines. This was interspersed with talks on the history and function of Cochrane and how they carry out their reviews, how NICE guidelines are developed as well as talks on medical leadership. It was a busy four days that fitted a lot in, along with a good social schedule providing the opportunity to meet ACFs in other specialities as well as the faculty. You're most likely to benefit from this course early in your ACF career.

Keep an eye out for the email from the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre as places fill extremely quickly!

Posted July 21st 2014 (9 years ago)

GMC’s Curriculum Advisory Group Vacancies

Dear Sir/Madam,

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.

Kind regards,

Neil Grant, Associate Services Advisor, General Medical Council, Regents Place, 350 Euston Road, London, NW1 3JN Tel: 020 7189 5336 

Posted July 21st 2014 (9 years ago)

Sustainability Short Film

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.

Sustainability Short Film

We hope that you enjoy it…

Posted June 26th 2014 (9 years ago)

A Charter for Postgraduate Medical Training

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.

AOMRC 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 (9 years ago)

Changes to Study Leave Procedures

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 October 30th 2013 (9 years ago)

Developing Innovative Practice Document

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 July 8th 2013 (10 years ago)

Celebrating Our People – 65 years of NHS workforce development

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 (10 years ago)

Agents for change 2013

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 (10 years ago)

National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow Scheme

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 17th 2013 (10 years ago)

Revalidation – Designated Body for Trainees

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 March 20th 2013 (10 years ago)

National Training Survey 2013

The national training survey 2013: what do you think about your training?

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 (10 years ago)

£100,000 Funding Available for Trainee Projects

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:

  • Training must be planned and focussed for the trainees’ needs
  • Training requires a change from traditional perceptions of learning which recognises the modern NHS
  • Trainees must be involved in the decision making and implementation of training innovations that affect their present and future careers

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.

Good luck

Dr. Howard Ryland

Clinical Fellow

Posted February 26th 2013 (10 years ago)

GMC Survey 2013

Dear Colleagues,

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,

Best wishes,

Professor Davinder P S Sandhu


Posted February 21st 2013 (10 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: 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 2nd 2013 (10 years ago)

Time limiting of CCT applications

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 (10 years ago)

How to Support Trainees – Advanced Skills Workshops

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. 

Overall aim of day 

To enhance abilities in dealing with trainees who need support and are referred on from Educational Supervisors and others

Specific objectives

  •  To learn how to diagnose a trainees needs and situational factors when referred at Level 2
  • To develop skills in reframing and motivational questioning and explore other useful skills
  • To clarify practice about documentation
  • To explore how to assess levels of insight and explore how personality and self-assessment play into this
  • To review how to decide on the right strategy and approach for each individual seen depending on the significant variables in play

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:

  • Thursday 17th January 2013
  • Monday 11th March 2013 

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.

Best Wishes

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 (10 years ago)

The Shape of Training review

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:

  • Patient needs
  • The balance of the medical workforce
  • Flexibility in training
  • The breadth and scope of training
  • The tension between training and service provision

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.

Next steps

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 shapeoftraining@gmc-uk.org with any questions or comments about this.

Posted December 4th 2012 (10 years ago)

Time Out of Training

GMC position statement - November 2012

Purpose of this document

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.

Who is covered by the revised requirements?

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.

The current legal position

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.

Consultation with key interests

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

  • Existing “exceptional leave” provisions in individual curricula are no longer acceptable
  • Curriculum change submissions to reflect this statement
  • ARCPs undertaken after this date that are assessing a full year period from 1 April 2013 to include the review of absence.

Not withstanding this implementation date, trainees are required to demonstrate the curriculum competency requirements.

Frequently asked questions


Q: Will Colleges need to amend their curricula to remove any reference to time out of training?

A: Yes, for any changes submitted to the GMC from 1 April 2013.

Q: Will Deaneries and Colleges need to amend their websites

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.


Q: I have been given three months “exceptional” leave for a period of maternity leave that I took last year. Will my CCT date have to be extended given this new guidance?

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.

Q: If I am absent for more than 14 days (when I would normally be at work) will my CCT date automatically be amended?

A: The deanery will review each case of absence of 14 days or more in a single year and look at various factors:-

  • timing of the absence - is it early in training or in the final months of the programme, is it immediately after a period of annual leave
  • history of absence – has the trainee had periods of absence repeatedly
  • nature of the absence – has the trainee been able to continue to participate in some elements of the training such as reading, online study etc.
  • nature of the training that has been missed
  • performance and assessments

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.

Q: How will the GMC ensure that deaneries implement this requirement fairly and consistently?

A: The GMC will monitor extensions to training via the review of ARCP data.

Q: How will the deanery know about my absence?

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.

Q: Will the Out of Programme (OOPT/OOPR) process still exist?

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

Q: What do the GMC mean by “normally at work”?

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 (10 years ago)

Moving to the Current Curriculum - November 2012

GMC position statement - November 2012

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.

Who is covered by the revised requirements?

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

  • pre 2007
  • 2007
  • 2010 and
  • post 2010

The current legal position

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:

  • Where updated curricula reflect patient safety issues, the needs of service, changing technologies and national legislative changes it would be unacceptable for the GMC to award a CCT to a trainee that had not fulfilled these requirements.
  • It is important that all trainees awarded a CCT in the relevant specialty are equally up to speed, knowledgeable and competent – and assessed as such.
  • Colleges/Faculties are submitting change requests on an almost annual basis. With training programmes ranging from three to eight years in duration and the fact that there is an increasing number of trainees working less than full time, if the move to current curricula is not implemented there could be in excess of 10 approved curricula in use at one time.
  • Frequent changes to curricula are unsettling for trainees and difficult for trainers to manage.
  • Deaneries have been required to manage and deliver as many as three or four different curricula with their matching assessment systems at the same time. We have had reported to us that this has caused confusion for trainees and trainers.
  • Colleges/Faculties have also submitted changes to their assessment systems both in respect of work place based assessments and examinations. There is potential for confusion amongst those undertaking the assessments having to use different systems for different trainees under their supervision. In addition if trainees leave the programme without an understanding of the current assessment tools this may cause difficulties for future post CCT roles where the individuals become the assessors.
  • A number of Colleges/Faculties use eportfolios, and having different curricula and assessment systems being followed at the same time, has the potential for confusion and technical difficulties.

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

  • The plan must be implemented for all trainees as appropriate for the timescales within the implementation plan.
  • For “steady state” the plan should demonstrate completion of transition within two years of the approval of the new curriculum, but may be earlier.
  • Implementation is expected to begin from approval – i.e. it does not need to await the next recruitment round.
  • The administrative burden for trainees and deaneries should be kept to a minimum.

Consultation with key interests

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:

  • Colleges/Faculties and Postgraduate Deans on what is required from them to transfer existing trainees to the most up to date curriculum
  • Colleges/Faculties on what they need to do when they propose curriculum and/or assessment system changes.

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

  • Any College/Faculty submissions for curriculum or assessment system changes to include
    • mapping from existing curriculum
    • implementation plan for the transition to the proposed new curriculum
    • consultation with trainees and deaneries on the implementation plan 

by 31 December 2013

  • Colleges/Faculties to produce (in liaison with their Lead Dean and trainees) for each of their curricula, a map showing the transfer of competencies from each of the “old” curriculum to their current curriculum. Including details of any impact, for example number of trainees, additional training resources required.

Between 1 January 2014 and By 31 December 2015

  • Postgraduate Deaneries move trainees to the current curriculum at the point that they move from one year to another within the programme (usually at the trainees ARCP).
  • The deadline of 31 December 2015 is the latest point at which all trainees will be required to have moved. Where Colleges in consultation with Deaneries are able to move trainees earlier this is encouraged by the GMC.

1 January 2016 (or earlier if trainees moved earlier)

  • GMC decommission “old” curriculum and assessment systems for each specialty and sub specialty and also decommission “old” programme approvals.

Frequently asked questions

Q: How will Colleges/Faculties map “old” to “current” curricula?

A: Colleges will need to consider

  • what areas of the curriculum have changed (been added/ removed/increased/ decreased/ altered)
  • what assessments have changed
  • when looking at the above, what additional resources or adaptations to existing programmes will be required to enable trainees to fulfil these changes?

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.

Q: Will the College need to look at every trainee to ascertain where they slot into the current curriculum?

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.

Q: Will there be guidance for Deaneries on the implementation?

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.

Examinations and assessments

Q: If I am in a training programme and the examination has changed will I need to retake it when I have already passed it?

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.

Q: I have passed part of the old exam – will this count towards the new exam?

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.

Q: I am in uncoupled training and have passed the old membership/fellowship examination but have not yet entered ST3 training. Will I need to take the new exam as well?

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.

Q: If a new examination is introduced will I need to take it?

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.

Q: There is a new WPBA being introduced, will I need to go back and have all my old assessments completed against this new WPBA?

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.

Q: In my specialty the current curriculum requires trainees to record their progress/assessment using an e-portfolio – will I need to use it?

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.

Exemptions from transfer

Q: I am in my grace period after my expected CCT date – will I have to transfer?

A: No, however you must apply for your CCT within six months of your CCT date.

Q: I am in my last year of training – will I have to transfer?

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.

Q: Will I have an option to transfer even if I fall outside the requirement to transfer?

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.

Q: I am looking at becoming a less than full time trainee and this would extend my CCT date beyond January 2016 – will I have to transfer?

A: Yes.

Out of Programme

Q: I am currently in research – what will happen to me?

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.

Q: I am currently in an Out of Programme Experience approved for training – what will happen to me?

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).

Q: My forthcoming Out of Programme Experience has been approved based on the “old” curriculum, what does this mean for me?

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.

Q: I am on maternity leave – what will happen to me?

A: As part of your ARCP you will be transferred to the current curriculum in the same way as other trainees.

Curricula competencies

Q: A change to the curriculum has been made in the early years of the programme that I have already completed (i.e. in ST3 and I am in ST5), will I have to go back and do this training?

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.

Q: I am an advanced or higher trainee. Will I be affected by changes in Core training?

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.

Q: The new curriculum stipulates a specific requirement which will be difficult to achieve at my current stage of training. What should I do?

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.

Q: The new curriculum is longer – does this mean that my CCT date will be extended?

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.


Q: I have an outcome 3 or RITA E – where will I transfer?

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.

Q: I have already had the maximum extension to training permitted in the gold guide, what will happen to me if the transfer requires an extension to my training?

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.

Q: My expected CCT date has been extended to June 2016 as I have not been able to demonstrate the required competencies. I did not originally have to transfer, will I now have to do so?

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.

Future changes

Q: How will I know if there is a change planned to the curriculum?

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.


Q: Where can I find guidance on how to use the “current” curriculum and /or assessments?

A: Guidance on the current curriculum can be found on your College website.

Q: The “current” curriculum has new competencies, where can I find guidance on how to achieve these?

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 November 14th 2012 (10 years ago)

Review of BMA Clinical Academic Trainees’ Conference

Please see our Reviews of Events, Conferences and Meetings page for Shelley Potter's (CL in General Surgery) blog about the recent BMA Clinical Academic Trainees' Conference 2012.

Posted September 28th 2012 (10 years ago)

Social Media Guidance

Using social media: practical and ethical guidance for doctors and medical students

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 (10 years ago)

The Shape of Training Review

About the review

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

  • continue to train effective doctors who are fit to practise in the UK
  • provide high quality and safe care and
  • meet the needs of patients and service now and in the future.

What the review will focus on

Five themes have been identified which the review will focus on.

  • Workforce needs – specialists or generalists?
  • The breadth and scope of training
  • The needs of the health service
  • The needs of the patient
  • Flexibility of training

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 May 25th 2012 (11 years ago)

Showcase Review

The Clinical Academic Training school held one of its bi-annual showcase events on May 17th. More than 35 people people attended to hear the keynote speaker, Prof David Nutt, now Professor of Psychiatry at Imperial College London. His title was Translational Medicine of the Mind. He gave a very elegant and informative talk about neurotransmitters and receptors for benzodiazepines and the SSRIs.

His talk was preceded by those of three trainees. The first talk was from Jo Crofts, NIHR clinical lecturer in O&G. Jo gave us a huge insight into intrapartum care in the Third World, in Zimbabwe in particular, and described their translation programme of risk management for several obstetric emergencies. This is truly life saving work - both for mothers and babies. Second we heard from Johannes Von Vopelius-Feldt an ACF in Emergency Medicine who talked about the difficulties of undertaking pre-hospital emergency medicine research - in particular the difficulties surrounding informed consent with seriously ill/unconscious patients before they reach hospital. It was good to hear that Bristol are at the leading edge of research in this area. The third trainee to speak was Lucy Pocock, a GP ACF, who told us about her research undertaken as an AF2 which she is continuing using qualitative methods to look at GPs' views and experiences of End of Life care. The main finding so far is that those patients who die of non malignant disease tend to fall below the radar in terms of receiving the End of Life care they need and deserve.

The next showcase event is on October 22nd at 6pm when the key note speaker will be Prof Andrew Hattersley FRS from the Peninsula Medical School. He will talk about 'Bringing genetics into clinical care in Diabetes.' Andrew is a world renowned researcher - please put this date in your diary now.

Debbie Sharp


Posted April 10th 2012 (11 years ago)

GMC Trainees' Survey

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 (11 years ago)

NHS Medical Director's Clinical Fellow Scheme

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 February 1st 2012 (11 years ago)

Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers

A grants scheme designed to provide additional support to research active Clinical Lecturers

This scheme is run by the Academy of Medical Sciences with the support of the Wellcome Trust, the British Heart Foundation and Arthritis Research UK.

It provides grants of up to £30,000 to enable research active Clinical Lecturers to undertake research and gather preliminary data to strengthen their applications for longer-term fellowships and funding.

The scheme is now open for a seventh round of applications. The deadline is 12 March 2012.

For further information email clinicallecturers@acmedsci.ac.uk

or visit our website http://acmedsci.ac.uk/grants

Posted December 7th 2011 (11 years ago)

Academic Event Review - Academic Showcase Event - 31 October 2011

Halloween saw the third showcase event for the School of Clinical Academic training at Engineer’s House in Clifton. There was a tremendous turn out (standing room only by the end) to hear excellent presentations from four trainees followed by a stimulating and thought provoking talk from Sir Iain Chalmers, currently coordinator of the James Lind Initiative.

Natalie Blencowe and Holly Cole-Hawkins began the evening with a well prepared double act on now to develop a successful PhD application. Both have been successful in last year’s NIHR competition and they took us thorough the many steps of the application process offering tips for an optimal outcome.

Then we had a most interesting presentation from Dimitrios Siassakos, a clinical lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. His talk focussed on the different ways we engage users in the research process, avoiding the simply tokenistic role, using different examples form the current O&G portfolio.

Albur Mahabalashwar a clinical lecturer in Path and Micro presented data from a a series of studies focussing on serious infections in ITU patients and the role of certain bacterial products in denoting more or less favourable outcome for patients.

Finally Jonathan Rees a clinical lecturer in surgery took us through the do’s and dont’s of developing and using patient reported outcomes in research using his own area of liver tumours as an exemplar.

Sir Iain Chalmers then rattled our cages asking us to define the sort of research we should be doing and publishing. His title ‘ Some aspects of avoidable waste in medical research’ made us think hard about what research questions we should be answering, who should be funding us and what are our principles regarding eventual publication.

We were well ready for supper and a glass of wine at the end.

Debbie Sharp, Head of School

Posted December 7th 2011 (11 years ago)

Academic Event Review - BMA Academic Trainees' Conference - 5 November

I attended the BMA academic trainees’ conference on 5 November. The conference was very inspiring and encouraging. The morning speakers talked about their own career experiences through different paths. One had been an American rock band singer before she started medical school as a mature student and now she is a senior lecturer in pain medicine. The main message was it is never too late to start an academic career with a passion for research.

It was mentioned in the conference that there has been increasing pharmaceutical industry partnership with research groups in Europe. Innovative medicine initiatives fund 2 billion pounds each year with interested parties from European academia, small- and medium-sized enterprises, patient organisations, regulatory agencies, large non-EFPIA companies etc. Therefore there are huge funding opportunities for institutions with industry partnership.

In the afternoon, there were 8 workshops on pharmaceutical medicine, academic public health, less than full time training, medical education, career planning, academic training schemes, publication, and research design. I attended a career planning workshop which was hosted by Dr Michael Bannon, the Oxford postgraduate Dean. The message I found useful was the strengths needed for success in academia include good administrative skills, leadership, team working, finance, communication and effective/efficient work methods.

Lei Liu ACF ST2 Ophthalmology

Posted December 6th 2011 (11 years ago)

Applications Invited for Trainee Doctors Advisory Board

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:

  1. Raise and discuss individual ideas to promote the safe use of medical devices and medicines.
  2. Promote an understanding of the Medical Devices and Medicines Regulations.
  3. Cultivate an understanding of the functions and working of the MHRA.
  4. Promote a commitment to, and understanding of, the necessity for medical device adverse incident reporting and Yellow Card reporting.
  5. Promote information and knowledge on the rational use of medicines and devices.
  6. Promote the dissemination of MHRA’s publications and information.
  7. Provide an opinion on MHRA’s publications and information, including content, presentation, format, delivery and necessity.
  8. Provide assistance and guidance on how to ensure the above are carried out to greatest effect. This may be through lecturing, organising conferences, disseminating information, or developing networks with other junior doctor societies as necessary.
  9. Provide the Agency with an insight of their needs, and the needs of all healthcare professionals they work with.
  10. Provide input into arrangements for conferences and other outreach activities.
  11. Consider the wider picture, including interactions with all Royal Colleges, professional bodies, hospital management and other relevant bodies.

The TRAB group meets twice a year and members are expected to contribute to various initiatives throughout the year.

How to apply

Interested applicants should forward a copy of their CV and a covering letter to TRAB@mhra.gsi.gov.uk

Closing date

31 January 2012

If you have any questions or require further information please email TRAB@mhra.gsi.gov.uk

Medicines and Healthcare
Regulatory Agency


Device Safety Website

Posted November 24th 2011 (11 years ago)

Applications for ACF posts

Applications for ACF posts closed on Monday 14 November 2011 resulting in a large number of eligible applicants for all seven posts advertised.

Interviews will take place during December and the first half of January.

Three posts in Academic General Practice are currently open for application alongside the regular VTS. The post in general surgery will be advertised later as part of the national pilot. We will also be advertising two clinical lecturer posts in December – one in Orthopaedics and one in paediatric cardiology.


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