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Posted June 12th 2018 (7 days ago)

Educational Conference 28 September 2018

South West Peninsula and Severn Postgraduate Medical Education programmes, on behalf of Health Education England, South West, will be holding their annual educational conference on 28th September 2018 at Taunton Racecourse. This year, given it is the 70th Birthday of the NHS, the conference will consider the journey of postgraduate medical education, where it is today and speculate on what it may look like in future.

There will also be a variety of workshops which will provide an opportunity to discuss topical issues, gain a greater understanding of PGME related subjects and support educator development. This year it is our intention that one of the workshops be trainee delivered.

The conference aims to be an enjoyable and valuable interactive experience for all those involved in clinical postgraduate medical education. It will be of particular interest to Associate Deans, GP Associate Directors, Regional Advisers, Heads of School, Training Programme Directors, Directors of Medical Education, Clinical Tutors, Foundation Leads and College Tutors, as well as Clinical and Educational Supervisors.

All the speakers have an interest and considerable experience on the areas they will be presenting and there will be an opportunity for interactive discussion and networking throughout the day.

CPD recognition with the Royal College of Physicians will be applied for.

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. There will be no charge to those involved in educational roles in the footprint of Health Education England working across the South West. A programme will be available on this website shortly, but in the meantime registration for the Conference can be found on the link below.

Application Form

 

Posted May 23rd 2018 (26 days ago)

ARCP animation and guide - now Live!

The ARCP animation and guide is now live and can be viewed on the Specialty Training website.   

Lydia Taylor
Communications Programme Manager
Health Education England

Posted March 9th 2018 (3 months ago)

Peninsula office is moving 12 March 2018

Please note that Health Education England’s Peninsula office will be moving out of Raleigh Building to a new location.

With effect from Monday 12 March 2018 our new address will be:

Health Education England
Plumer House
Tailyour Road
Plymouth, PL6 5DH

Our telephone numbers will also change following the move, so please note the updated email signatures of individual contacts.

There is no central switchboard number – all calls will be direct dial.

We apologise in advance if there is any temporary break in communications between the 9 March and 14 March 2018, however in case of an urgent query  please ring 01454 252 688.

For all other queries please send an email to the person with whom you wish to talk and they will contact you as soon as possible.

Posted March 8th 2018 (3 months ago)

GMC National Training Survey

The 2018 GMC National Training Survey runs from the 20th March – 2nd May. This is a national survey where trainees have the opportunity to feedback on their current training experience. This is a very important part of our quality processes and we greatly value the feedback from trainees. The survey can be accessed through the GMC website, and all trainees currently in a placement will be contacted with their own survey link.

Please contact the Quality Team if you have any questions about the survey.

 

Posted March 2nd 2018 (4 months ago)

Due to inclement weather conditions and for the safety of our staff, we have elected to close our office until Monday, 5th March 2018.

Posted February 21st 2018 (4 months ago)

Reflective Practice

Please see the Joint Statement from COPMED and AoMRC on Reflective Practice.

Posted October 4th 2017 (9 months ago)

MMI Assessors needed!

Each year the University of Bristol run a series of MMIs (Multiple Mini Interviews), interviewing 80 candidates per day - with two sessions of 20 in the morning and two session of 20 in the afternoon. There are two parallel streams being interviewed synchronously, with 10 stations in each stream, at 6 minutes per station (5 minutes for the task/question and 1 minute change over). There is one interviewer at each station asking a question or acting out a scenario and each has a score sheet and guidance on scoring. MMIs are the final stage of the admissions process and offers are made based on candidate's performance at MMIs. 

 

We are looking for colleagues from across the NHS to act as assessors at the MMIs, I am afraid that there is no payment as such for your time, but we, and the GMC, recognise the important role that medical student selection plays in shaping the future health service so, all asessors will receive a certificate of contribution, evidence which may be useful in appraisal, revalidation and job planning.

 

I am happy to be able to confirm that this cycle's Medical MMIs will again be held in the Anson Room, Richmond Building, Queens Road (Student's Union) on the following dates -  

 

Tues 21st, Weds 22nd, Thurs 23rd  November

 

Tues 5th, Weds 6th, Thurs 7th December 

 

Tues 13th, Weds 14th, Thurs 15th February 

 

Tues 20th, Weds 21st, Thurs 22nd February  

 

Tues 13th, Weds 14th, Thurs 15th March 

  

There are refreshments and a briefing upon arrival and a lunch voucher is provided for the Balloon Bar on the ground floor.

 

I am looking for assessors that are available for either a half day (full morning - 09:00-12:20  or full afternoon - 12:20-15:40) or the whole day - 09:00-15:40. 

 

If you would like to take part in this please email jo.bennett@bristol.ac.uk

 

Published on behalf of Jo Bennett, University of Bristol

Posted August 4th 2017 (11 months ago)

Educational Conference 22 November 2017

Date for your Diaries

South West Peninsula and Severn Postgraduate Medical Education programmes, on behalf of Health Education England - South West, will be holding their annual educational conference on 22nd November 2017 at Somerset County Cricket Ground in Taunton. This year the meeting will be specifically focussed on trainee support and will cover a number of areas relevant to this topic with presentations from national and local keynote speakers

There will also be a number of workshops during the day along the same theme.

The conference aims to be an enjoyable and valuable interactive experience for all those involved in clinical postgraduate medical education. It will be of particular interest to Associate Deans, GP Associate Directors, Regional Advisers, Heads of School, Training Programme Directors, Directors of Medical Education, Clinical Tutors, Foundation Leads and College Tutors, as well as Clinical and Educational Supervisors.

All the speakers have an interest and considerable experience on the areas of support they will be presenting and there will be an opportunity for interactive discussion throughout the day.

CPD recognition with the Royal College of Physicians will be applied for.

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. There will be no charge to those involved in educational roles in the footprint of Health Education England working across the South West. A programme will be available on this website shortly, but in the meantime registration for the Conference can be found on the link below.

Please note, the conference is now fully booked, but any new registrations will be placed on a waiting list and you will be contacted as soon as any cancellations come in.

Application form

 

Posted April 27th 2017 (1 year ago)

We're currently in the pre-election period meaning our social channels will be slightly quieter than usual. If you have a query, you can still contact us on here though, or visit the contact us page on our website: www.hee.nhs.uk/about-us/contact-us

Posted March 13th 2017 (1 year ago)

Stepping up to Paediatric and adult allergy 2017

Friday 30 June 2017 - 9:00am -4:30pm

Xfi Building, Rennes Drive, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter

Keynote speakers:

Dr Adam Fox, Consultant Paediatric Allergist, Allergy London

Dr Mich Lajeunesse, Consultant in Paediatric Allergy and Immunology, Southampton Children’s Hospital

Learn more about paediatric and adult allergy during our one day event, organised by Dr Siân Ludman from Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Dr Lucy Leeman from the Peninsula Clinical Immunology and Allergy Service (Eden Unit) at Derriford Hospital. Update your knowledge, share your experiences and expertise in this cutting edge event which combines expert talks from regionally and nationally renowned allergy experts, highly interactive workshops, discussions, poster presentations and ample opportunities to network and forge new connections. By taking a pragmatic approach to common problems faced in community practice, the event will introduce you to a panel of local and national specialists in the field.

For a full programme for the day (including speakers, workshop themes and facilitators) visit www.exeter.ac.uk/medicine/cpd

For general enquiries; email UEMS_CPD@exeter.ac.uk or call 01392 722964

Topics will include:

  • Global importance of allergy
  • Eczema
  • Understanding immune system
  • Rhinitis

All delegates will have an opportunity to attend the following workshops:

  • Non allergic urticaria
  • Practical approach to drug allergy
  • Prevention of food allergy
  • Recognition of anaphylaxis and adrenaline
  • auto-injector prescription

CPD points applied through the Royal College of Physicians.

Cost:

Doctors £90

Doctors in training £70

Nurses and Allied Health Professionals £50

Students £30

Posted November 21st 2016 (2 years ago)

Management of Oral & Dental Disease for Non-Dental Professionals

A very successful symposium, attended by 63 GPs and GP trainees, entitled, ‘Management of Oral & Dental Disease for Non-Dental Professionals’ was held on Wednesday, 12th October at Future Inns Hotel in Bristol.  This was a joint initiative between the GP and Dental Schools and included lectures on diagnosis and management of toothache, oral health promotion and dental trauma in childhood, oral ulceration, ‘signposting’ patients to dental care, medical conditions that impact on dental care and periodontal disease and relationship to general health.  The feedback was extremely positive, with the almost all the delegates responding that a dental day for general medical practitioners should be run regularly.  We are hoping to run a similar event in 2017, in the South of the region, to include not only GPs but also community pharmacists and A&E staff.

Posted November 21st 2016 (2 years ago)

New report calls for action to improve the student experience of general practice in medical schools

A system-wide approach is needed to change the perception of the learning environment in medical schools to encourage more students to choose a career in general practice says a new report commissioned by Health Education England and the Medical Schools Council. Professor Val Wass OBE was commissioned to investigate how general practice is taught in medical schools and make recommendations to HEE and other key partners. Val was supported by a task force which included the British Medical Association, junior doctors, the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Society for Academic Primary Care. The resulting report ‘By choice – not by chance’ looks at students’ experiences whilst at medical school and shines the spotlight on the need to tackle long held views about general practice which is often perceived as a less valued career.  Change is key to making sure we have the GP workforce required to meet service and patient demands for the future. You can read the report and its recommendations on Health Education England’s website.

Posted October 17th 2016 (2 years ago)

New Dermatology Society

A group of budding Dermatologists are setting up a Dermatology Society in Severn aimed at improving knowledge in this specialty. We are going to provide evening talks and practical sessions aimed at Foundation Year Doctors, Core Medical Trainees, GP Trainees and Paediatric Trainees.

Programme

Monday 28th November 2016 at 7pm, Education Centre BRI

DERMSOC introductory event.

‘Highlights’ by Dr Cameron Kennedy

Some cases and themes to demonstrate why he has enjoyed his career as a dermatologist

 

Tuesday 13th December 2016 at 7pm, Education Centre BRI

Interesting cases with minced pies!

An opportunity to discuss interesting cases  - open to all. Please submit a brief description of the case you’d like to present or discuss to: bristoldermsoc@gmail.com by Sunday 27th November 2016. A great opportunity for those looking to build their CV’s or discuss a complex case.

 

Thursday 18th January 2017 at  7pm

Education Centre BRI

Suturing even and introduction to skin surgery techniques

 

Saturday 18th March 2017 all day

OSCE practice for 4th year medical students at Dolphin House, BRI

 

Future events TBC.

 

Please email bristoldermsoc@gmail.com if you want to register your interest to attend and we can keep you updated with further information on the events.

Posted October 17th 2016 (2 years ago)

Genomic Champion

Genomic Champion Advert - application deadline is the 31st October

  • We are looking to fill up to ten 0.1 wte posts with the purpose of assisting the educational development and delivery of education across the GMC patch to ensure that the Genomic pathway becomes mainstreamed into medical practice.  Applications are invited from any professional, from any of the delivery organisations or primary care, with a passion for Genomic medicine and a desire to support colleagues through the clinical pathways.

Posted October 17th 2016 (2 years ago)

Agents for Change Conference

Agents for Change conference on Monday 31st October 2016 at Liverpool ACC.

  •  This conference has been organised by junior doctors, for junior doctors and medical students, since 2007.  This year, the theme is 'Training to Lead' and we have some exciting and interactive speakers lined up including Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, Professor Jacky Hayden, Dr Jane Burns, Ms Vijaya Nath, and Dr Wouter Keijser.

 

  •  The event is a pre-day to the Leaders in Healthcare conference, a joint venture between the BMJ, NHS England, and the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.

 

  •  The Agents for Change conference on its own costs only £49 -  just enter 'AFCONLY16' within the basket page under 'promotional code' and your basket will reduce to £49. Alternatively, Sign up to the conference for the FMLM trainee rate of £245 and get the Agents for Change pre-day free. Just use the discount code AFC2016.

Posted October 17th 2016 (2 years ago)

RCGP Mythbusters

The RCGP has produced a new resource designed to support post-CCT GPs: RCGP Mythbusters – Addressing common misunderstandings about appraisal and revalidation. We are grateful to the wide range of stakeholders who engaged with us extensively in the development of this document.

The Mythbusters is intended to be a living document which evolves and grows with the revalidation and appraisal needs of GPs, so we want to encourage feedback on anything we may have missed or areas that need further clarification. All feedback will be welcomed via revalidation@rcgp.org.uk

Posted September 20th 2016 (2 years ago)

AMPS Competencies Report

We (Julie Screaton (Director, London and the South East) and Professor Ged Byrne (Director of Education & Quality, Health Education England working across the North West)) are pleased to let you know that our survey of higher education institutions about embedding national antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship competences into curricula is now available to access on our website.

The antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship (AMPS) competences, produced jointly by the Government's expert advisory group for antimicrobial resistance and healthcare acquired infections (ARHAI), and Public Health England were published in 2013. Implementing these competences forms a key aspect of ‘Key area 3’ of the Government's five year strategy for tackling antimicrobial resistance - improving professional education, training and public engagement to improve clinical practice and promote wider understanding of the need for more sustainable use of antimicrobials. The antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship (AMPS) competences can provide clarity for regulators, education providers and professional bodies to inform standards, guidance and the development of training.

Undergraduate students have expressed interest in receiving more education about antimicrobials, especially about their multidisciplinary use. This survey asked higher education institutions about their awareness of the competencies, and how they had embedded them into their courses.

The results showed:

  • From the 45 universities that submitted information for a total of 100 health-related course 86% of universities confirmed they were aware of the national AMPS competencies.
  • Implementation of the five domains of the AMPS competencies showed that 91% of courses had embedded statements on infection prevention and control, 75% of courses for antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobials, 66.3% of courses for the prescribing of antimicrobials, 62% of courses for the prescribing of antimicrobials and 40% of courses for monitoring and learning.
  • Embedding of the AMPS competencies per professional group showed an average of 90% implementation for medicine, 82% for dentistry, 81% for pharmacy, 76% for independent non-medical prescribing courses, 52% for midwifery, 46% for nursing and 40.8% for allied health professionals.

We welcome the findings of this initial survey and hope best practices can be shared between higher health education institutions to enhance the adoption of these competencies. It has also highlighted the importance of non-medical prescribing courses adopting these competencies.

We would encourage you to:

  • implement the recommendations in this report on behalf of your organisations
  • raise awareness of these results within your organisations and networks
  • provide system leadership as individuals, groups and organisations in enhancing the adoption and implementation of the antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship (AMPS) competences within your academic and health networks and organisations, at both undergraduate and post-graduate level.

For further information please contact Mohamed Sadak (Clinical Lead and Programme Manager, Antimicrobial Resistance and Sepsis).

 

Posted September 19th 2016 (2 years ago)

MMI's and Training Days

MMI’s and Training days 

There is a training session on Monday 10th October 14:00-15:30, in the Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building.

The MMI's are being held on the following dates in the Anson Room, Student's Union. 

  • Tues 22nd, Weds 23rd, Thurs 24th  November
  • Tues 6th, Thurs 8th  December
  • Mon 23rd, Tues 24th, Weds 25th January
  • Tues 14th, Weds 15th, Thurs 16th March

 

 The full day runs from 09:00 - 15:50 - morning session 09:00-12:20, afternoon session 12:20-15:50. Lunch break from 12:10-12:40 (lunch and refreshments provided). 

Contact: jo.bennett@bristol.ac.uk

Posted September 19th 2016 (2 years ago)

Erasmus+ Exchange Programme

Discover European general practice through the Erasmus+ Exchange Programme -Available to UK AiTs and First5s within one year CCT

Through the European Commission’s Erasmus+ grant, the RCGP is offering 38 funded places for two-week placements in one of 10 partner EU countries. 

 What is offered

  • Undertake a two-week long placement observing general practice in one of 10 European countries between 1 September 2016 and 31 March 2018.
  • Countries offered Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Turkey.

Funding

  • Funding will cover travel and individual support (towards accommodation, subsistence etc) capped at a rate per day depending on the destination country.

Expectations of successful applicants

  • You will be expected to complete an electronic induction prior to the placement.
  • You will be expected to complete the required pre-exchange paperwork and submit a 500 word report and feedback following their placement.
  • You should be able to host a visiting doctor from Europe for two weeks at your GP practice or a suitable alternative.
  • An opportunity to publish the experience of your exchange.
  • If you have knowledge of the visiting country’s language this is desirable but not essential.

Eligibility

  • RCGP AiT or FIRST5 within their first year – placements must be completed within 1 year of CCT.
  • UK national and not a national or previous national of country visiting.

How to apply

  • To apply please complete the application form including a an application statement under 500 words outlining the reason for applying, including your learning objectives and outcomes and your CV.
  • Applications should be sent by email to erasmusplus@rcgp.org.uk
  • Rolling deadline
  • Applications will be assessed upon eligibility and quality.

 

  • More information on Hippokrates exchanges
  • For further enquiries about the placement and the Hippokrates exchange programme please contact the Junior International Committee Erasmus+ exchange lead Dr Bernadeta Bridgwood at erasmusplus@rcgp.org.uk

Posted September 15th 2016 (2 years ago)

Child Health one day educational course for GPs and trainees

One day educational course for GPs and Trainees on Child Health for GPs

This will take Place on Friday 11th November in London.

Full details and booking options can be found on the website.

Posted August 30th 2016 (2 years ago)

Geriatrics Conference

Geriatrics for Juniors 2016 - Saturday October 8th – Nottingham Conference Centre

Geriatrics for Juniors is a one-day conference, designed for Foundation Doctors, Core Medical and GP Trainees.

It aims to deliver relevant and useful clinical updates in all the main sub-specialties of Geriatric Medicine, in order to improve the standard of care for older patients.

  • A full day of relevant and interesting educational sessions related to Geriatric Medicine.
  • Practical and useful updates for your day-to-day practice on the hospital medical wards.
  • Sessions on career choices, CV building, applying to specialty, and the truth about life as a registrar.
  • A certificate of attendance for your e-portfolio.
  • There will also be a ‘World Cafe’ of informal discussions regarding career options, applying to specialty, and tips for improving your clinical practice within the various sub-specialty fields.
  • CotE Champions Poster Competition
  • We are hosting a poster competition for audits and quality improvement projects performed by junior doctors which have improved the care of elderly patients (aeme.org.uk/g4j16-posters). Winners will be invited to display their posters at this national conference and the very best will be crowned our 'CotE Champions'.

Please visit aeme.org.uk/g4j16 to register, places are limited so sign up soon!

Posted August 11th 2016 (2 years ago)

Professional & Generic Skills programme

Applications are welcomed for the 2016 intake of the Professional & Generic Skills programme for Doctors in Training (ST3 and above) and a small number of places for SAS Doctors.

Click here for further information and the application form.

Posted June 14th 2016 (2 years ago)

The FMLM is running a pair of Leadership Development days: GP Transitions: Leadership development day

The FMLM is running a pair of Leadership Development days in Birmingham on 5 July and London on 27 July. The days are for GPs transitioning into new leadership roles whether at board, locality or practice level.

This day is designed to support you in developing the necessary leadership skills, knowledge and behaviours to flourish in a range of clinical leadership roles, both within and outside of your practice in federations, CCGs and elsewhere.
CCGs or GP federations might want to support colleagues to attend to support CPs in new leadership roles within their organisations and enabling succession planning.
Have you recently taken on a new leadership role or are you supporting colleagues transitioning into new leadership roles?

 

Perhaps you want to explore a portfolio career involving clinical leadership?

Join us and Register now for only £245* in:
*FMLM membership discount are also available
Birmingham on 5 July or London on 27 July
The programme will cover:
• The transition to a new leadership role
• Fearless conversations
• Developing personal and team resilience
• Overcoming learned helplessness: Leading innovation and change
• Leadership in action: An inspirational personal career story from a GP focusing on the challenges of transitioning to a new leadership role
• How to get the job
• Coaching and mentoring (optional opportunity for speed coaching)
• Developing personal and team resilience

Faculty of Medical Leadership and Managements. 

FMLM team

Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management

 

 

Posted June 14th 2016 (2 years ago)

Management of Oral & Dental Disease for the Non-Dental Professionals

From behalf of School of Primary Care: 

We have been working with our Dental colleagues in Health Education working across the South West to provide a course entitled Management of Oral & Dental Disease for the Non-Dental Professionals. This course has been set for the 12th of October 2016 from 09:00 – 17:00 at the Future Inns Hotel, Bristol. 

This course is free of charge for GP Trainees and Trainers however registration is essential. To find out more about this course and to register please click the following link

Before you are able to book onto the course you will need to register onto the system by clicking the new user link

Places are limited so please do register soon if you would like to attend.

 

Posted May 16th 2016 (2 years ago)

Completion of GMC Survey

Dear Trainees

I have just heard that the Primary Care School has registered a 100% completion rate for the GMC trainee survey this year. And what’s more this also applies across the whole of Severn PGME - all 2078 trainees across the various specialities in Severn have completed the survey this year!

Thank you for the time and thought you have put into this task - the survey provides valuable information in allowing us to understand what problems you experience with your posts and helps us work with your supervisors to improve them.

 

Simon Newton, Head of School of Primary Care (Severn)

Posted May 9th 2016 (2 years ago)

Call for nominations for the GP Trainee Excellence Awards 2016


All Supervisors, Educators, Trainees and colleagues are warmly invited to nominate ST3/4 trainees for this year's Excellence Awards. Please do help to ensure that the full breadth of achievements within and alongside GP training are recognised.

Just complete the nomination form and send it to Pauline.harper@southwest.hee.nhs.uk by Friday 17th June 2016.

See the Awards pages on the website for full information, but the following awards are available this year:
• Academic/ Research Excellence Award (£200), supported by Avon LMC
• Clinical Excellence Award (£200), supported by Wesleyan
• Community Contribution Excellence Award (£200), supported by East Somerset Trainers' Group
• Green Practice Excellence Award (£200), supported by Dr Tim Ballard
• Leadership Excellence Award, supported by Frome Medical Practice
• Learning and Development [Education] Excellence Award, supported by the MDU
• Excellence Award for Medical Work outside GP Training, supported by BMA
• Excellence Award for Global Health, supported by Severn Faculty RCGP
• Excellence Award for Personal Achievement outside medicine, supported by Swindon Trainers' Group
Plus the GPST Programme (Patch) Awards (£100 each), sponsored by Brisdoc, and the Robin While Prize (£500) for the GP Trainee of the year.

Posted May 9th 2016 (2 years ago)

RCGP: Planned Trainee ePortfolio works

As part of a programme of works, there will be a 4 hour service outage to the Trainee ePortfolio during the weekend of the 28th and 29th of May.

This is to allow us undertake changes to the firewalls.

This work is scheduled to start at 12 midnight on Saturday 28th May until 4am on the 29th (i.e. a 4 hour window).

A support system will be in place to ensure that the TeP comes back up correctly following the outage.

Given the timings we hope this will cause minimal disruption. 

Posted April 25th 2016 (2 years ago)

Reminder to Trainees and Trainers about OOH work and EWTR

When organising OOH shifts trainees are reminded about the European Working Time Regulations and need to be compliant with these. The main features are:

• a maximum average of 48 hours working time each week, measured over a reference period of 26 weeks for doctors
• a minimum of 11 hours continuous rest in 24 hours
• a minimum of 24 hours continuous rest in 7 days (or 48 hrs in 14 days)
• a minimum of a 20 minute break in work periods of over 6 hours
• for night workers, an average of no more than 8 hours work in 24 over the reference period.

More details can be found on NHS Employers page

It is the responsibility of trainees to let their practices know if they need to adjust their daytime practice working hours to be compliant eg if finishing an OOH shift at 11pm should not start work the following day until 10am. However trainees still need to do their usual 40 hour working week so if starting late will need to make up the time elsewhere in the week or at a later date. Hours worked can be averaged over a several month time period. This can be done in a number of ways and how trainees and practices choose to do this will be up to individuals to organise. Trainees need to remember that practices usually need at least a months notice and ideally 6 weeks or more to re-organise surgeries as most will have surgeries open for booking at least a month in advance so re-organising surgeries at short notice is very time consuming. If it is not possible or trainees do not wish to organise a late start then an evening OOH shift could be finished at 10pm as an alternative. If trainees plan to work an overnight shift these should only be booked for a Friday or Saturday night unless the trainee has arranged to take the following day off and if working on a Friday night they should ensure an adequate break between daytime work and starting an overnight shift.

 

Posted April 5th 2016 (2 years ago)

Health Education England 5th Annual SAS Doctors Conference

The Health Education England (Severn & Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education) is holding its 5th Annual SAS Doctors’ Conference at Plymouth on 10-11 May 2016. Programme links below:

Peninsula deanery

Severn deanery

1. With 27 speakers/ facilitators delivering 12 Plenary and 24 parallel sessions/ workshops, we are confident the delegates will find it worth their time.

The two morning Plenary sessions on Wednesday 11 may 2016 are very relevant to all doctors so we have reserved 100 places for medical students, Foundation Year Doctors, GPs and Consultants to attend the following talks only:
a. Generation & Beyond, by Dr Jeremy Langton, Vice President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (on doctors expected to work beyond 65 years of age); at 09.45-10.15.
b. History and the future of Medical Education in the UK, by Prof Val Wass, Emeritus Professor of Medical Education, Faculty of Health at Keele University; at 10.15-10.45 with a QA session 10.45-11.15.

c. Registration will be free, on a first come first served basis.

 
d. To register, please send an emailwith your Name, Job Title, and Trust Name

Posted April 5th 2016 (2 years ago)

GP Careers Champions

We are seeking to recruit enthusiastic GPs and senior GPSTs to be “GP Careers Champions” within the Severn Deanery. Thanks to the 100+ GPs who have already signed up - we are now looking to expand numbers as the project becomes more widely advertised.
The scheme is part of a national drive to boost GP recruitment and showcase what a fantastic career General Practice is.


Champions will:
• Be matched to a medical student or junior doctor who has expressed an interest in General Practice as a career and who would like to know more.
• Offer mentorship in a method convenient to both parties – this could be in the form of a taster day, or discussion via email, phone, skype or face-to-face.
Time commitment to the scheme can be flexible and be easily manageable around other work commitments.
As a Champion you will receive a certificate from the deanery acknowledging your participation and role in the scheme. The scheme fulfils the GMC good medical practice guidance on mentoring and provides an opportunity to take on an educational role.
If you are enthusiastic about your career, friendly, approachable and would like to get involved please complete the link below to register your interest.

If you would like further information or a copy of our FAQs, please contact here.

 

Posted March 24th 2016 (2 years ago)

2016 GMC National Training Survey

The GMC national training survey is now live and open between 22nd March and 4th May 2016.

It provides postgraduate trainee doctors with an opportunity to give their opinion on the quality of their training. We use this information to inform Trust 'contract' visits, quality panels, to update risks on our quality register and to share with all stakeholders to help improve the quality of all posts.

To log in to the survey, please go to the GMC website.   

Many thanks for your cooperation in this important quality process.

Posted March 21st 2016 (2 years ago)

The MDU GP Trainee Excellence Awards and Graduation

Health Education England, Severn School of Primary Care & Severn Faculty RCGP

The MDU GP Trainee Excellence Awards and Graduation

Wednesday 20th July 2016, from 2.00pm

Bristol Pavilion (Gloucestershire Cricket Club)

You are warmly invited to attend this joint annual event, which forms an important date in the GP Trainee, Severn School of Primary Care and RCGP Severn Faculty calendar. We particularly look forward to hearing about the GP trainees’ many and varied activities, and celebrating the ST3/4s’ completion of training in Severn at this annual ‘Graduation’ ceremony. Our guest speaker this year is Dr Phil Hammond who is a well-known doctor, comedian and campaigner. His Michael Lennard Lecture promises to be entertaining and stimulating.

Do come and celebrate GP training in Severn, and book your place using https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PQQKWVS

The MDU GP Trainee Excellence Awards

We are delighted that the MDU continues to be our main sponsor. Full information about the Excellence Awards, GPST Programme Awards the Robin While Prize, including the nomination and selection process/criteria, is available on the Trainee pages of the http://primarycare.severndeanery.nhs.uk/training/trainees/awards/gp-trainee-excellence-awards-and-graduation-2016/

Posted March 14th 2016 (2 years ago)

The LEET programme NEW CLOSING DATE for applications

LEET Recruitment information available from here and how to apply.

New closing date - 27th April 2016 10am. 

Posted March 14th 2016 (2 years ago)

GP Masterclass in Effective Prescribing in General Practice

Wednesday 27th April 2016 with a panel of expert speakers

Topics include:

• Prescribing for depression and anxiety

• Prescribing for the elderly

• Effective antibiotic prescribing

• Effective cardiovascular prescribing

• CCG perspective on effective prescribing

• Evidence of good prescribing as part of appraisal

£130 (£90 for GP Registrars) for the whole day

A day of practical prescribing tips for GPs, with opportunities for discussion with GP and specialist colleagues. Accredited by the RCGP.

Organised by the Drug Safety Research Unit at University College, Oxford.

 

To book your place please click here

Posted March 14th 2016 (2 years ago)

TASME Conference

The 3rd Annual TASME Conference

Dedicated to innovation in medical education.

Sunday 24th April 2016 brings you the annual TASME Medical Education Conference, taking place in the heart of London, at Imperial's Sir Alexander Fleming Building, South Kensington.

Early Bird Registration (By April 1st)
& Abstract Submission (by March 13th) now OPEN

http://www.asme.org.uk/tasme/tasme-events/#registration-form

We accept audits, surveys, research & projects on any aspect of medical education and training.

Questions? Get in touch!

 

Posted March 4th 2016 (2 years ago)

GP Retainer Scheme

We are seeking to re-launch the Retainer Scheme for GPs in the Swindon CCG area and we are inviting applications from doctors who are interested in joining the scheme.

Applicants would be applying to work 2-4 sessions per week in a practice within the Swindon CCG area. We have identified practices across the Swindon area that have expressed an interest in hosting a doctor on the scheme.

Doctors will be employed by the practice and the salary will be negotiable with the employing practice.

The Retainer Scheme is designed for GPs who are registered on the Performers List and are able to work but have additional constraints on their availability and may need extra support in the workplace. This includes parents of young children, or children with illnesses or disabilities, doctors who themselves have illness or disability, or those who are carers for other family members. Also in this group are doctors whose co-parents travel or work abroad for a large proportion of time. Doctors on the Retainer Scheme are not allowed to do more than 6 sessions per week of medical work in total, and only a maximum of 4 of these can be in the host practice.

Application form available from jacqueline.pullin@southwest.hee.nhs.uk.

Please return to jacqueline.pullin@southwest.hee.nhs.uk by Friday, 25 March 2016.

Applicants should be available to start work within 3-6 months.

Posted March 1st 2016 (2 years ago)

2016 update of the RCGP Curriculum

The RCGP reviews the GP curriculum each year and makes changes where appropriate in response to user feedback and to ensure the content is kept up-to-date.

We are not planning any significant changes in 2016, but we have submitted a number of minor changes to GMC through their ‘administrative change process’. Changes which can been submitted through this process are limited to specific types, including corrections, clarifications, updating resources and changes resulting from national initiatives mandated by GMC.

The changes we submitted have been approved by GMC for immediate implementation. All trainees in GP specialty training programmes should now follow the 2016 version of the curriculum, which is available on the RCGP website (curriculum statements page, and the online curriculum) and through the Trainee ePortfolio.

Most of the changes are very minor, such as typograhical corrections, amendments in response to changes in curriculum terminology, amendments to improve understanding, and updating information about resources.

End-of-Life Care module

The GMC asked us to review the curriculum in the light of the review of the Liverpool Care Pathway by the Leadership Alliance on the Care of Dying People (LACDP). As a result of this review we have made some changes to the End-of-Life Care module.

These changes place increased emphasis on providing individualised care, focused on the needs and wishes of dying people and their families. They do not add any additional requirements to training or assessments, but clarify and re-emphasise certain aspects.

You can see these changes in the track-change version, which shows the main amendments to the module:

Module 3.09 End-of-Life Care (track change) [PDF].

Information about the changes, along with the revised version of the curriculum, have been posted on the RCGP website

Posted March 1st 2016 (2 years ago)

SWINDON NB HOT TOPICS COURSE

 Hot Topics GP Update Course

Tuesday 26th April 2016

NB Medical is delighted to be working with Swindon GP Education Trust to run a Hot Topics GP Update course on Tuesday 26th April 2016.

NOW AVAILABLE TO BOOK ONLINE THOUGH NB MEDICAL http://www.nbmedical.com/gp-course-access

You will need to input the suitable code (please see the below)

 

For 15 years NB Medical Education has been the market leader in running GP Update courses in the UK and Ireland, with over 10,000 GP’s attending our courses per year. We are passionate about primary care, and committed to helping busy primary care professionals practice evidence-based medicine in an easy, time efficient way.

Our teaching is focused on the patient, the problems they bring us and how best we can help them.

The "Hot Topics" course consists of a series of short ‘TED-style’ engaging presentations blending evidence and cases, followed by discussion which may have an impact on your practice. The course comes with a number of extra resources to give it incredible ‘added value’

  • A fully referenced book with recent summaries of the evidence for approximately 150 clinical Hot Topics commonly seen in primary care. Most of our delegates use this every day, like they use the BNF. All of the material is up to date and the material is completely 100% independent from any external influence.
  • 12 months access to the on-line electronic version of the book which is instantly searchable. All the original references and resources for GPs (e.g. links to on-line clinical calculators) and patients (e.g. patient information leaflets) are hyperlinked and just one click away.
  • NEW A CPD tracker with which you can track your CPD, including external CPD and your work with the book. At the end of the year with just one click it will collate all of this into a single pdf summary for your appraisal

Continuing Professional Development with NB Medical

Each delegate will be presented with a certificate of attendance awarding 6 CPD credits for attending the day. The

"Hot Topics" course is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners. On accrediting the course the RCGP assessor commented that:-

The Hot Topics GP update course is an excellent course with outstanding feedback from participants. The course is clearly designed with busy GPs in mind. The KISS summaries and Guide are an innovative idea to reinforce the course content and learning materials. It is good to note an emphasis on leadership, teaching, audit and commissioning in addition to relevant clinical topics.’

Course details and venue

Date: Tuesday 26th April 2016

Venue: Swindon Town Football Club, County Ground, County Road, Swindon, SN1 2ED

Registration: 8:30am – 9:30am

Lecture: 9:30am – 5:00pm

Course fees:  

GP Full Day - SET Member £180

GP Trainee Full Day – SET Member £135

GP Full Day – Non SET Member £195

GP Trainee Full Day – Non SET Member £135

BESPOKE ACESS CODES:-

Non set members: SWDN-82797

Set Members: SWDM-82796

Posted March 1st 2016 (2 years ago)

University of Bristol GPSoc National Conference

 

Saturday 12th March 2016. 09:15 – 16:00. Wills Memorial Building, Bristol.

Tickets £7.50 to include a series of talks, workshops and a panel discussion from 14 inspiring speakers as well as mid-morning refreshments and lunch. Available to buy online

Poster abstract applications open until midnight on Sunday 28th February. Posters will be displayed over lunchtime and judged by several of our speakers along with the GPSoc Committee. Prize available for the winner and certificates for all participants. Submit your abstracts here

The Programme

09:15-09:30 = Registration in Coutt’s Lecture Theare

09:30-09:40 = Welcome (in Coutts Lecture Theatre)

09:40-11:00 = Portfolio Career Panel (Speakers involved sit on the stage and each talk in turn for approximately 15 minutes followed by Q&A)

Panel lists

- Dr Jess Buchan (Primary Care Teaching Fellow, Year 4 Primary Care unit lead & GP Partner in Long Ashton, Bristol.): Experiences of undergraduate teaching and working abroad for a year as a GP in New Zealand

- Dr Laura Jarvis (RAF GP): General practice in the Armed Forces

- Dr Elaine Lunts (CCG paediatric advisor and sexual health commissioning work. GP partner in Bristol):Developing a specialist interest -paediatrics and sexual healthin the context of primary care

- Dr Shaba Nabi (Pulse columnist, Bristol GP Partner, GP Trainer, GP Appraiser, CVD Clinical Lead for Bristol CCG, LMC committee representative and mum of 3): Medial journalism, GP training and appraising and involvement with the LMC and CCG

11:00– 11:20 = Dr Simon Watkins (Undergraduate GP teacher and GP partner at The Tolsey Surgery in Wiltshire): Comparison of salaried and partner GPs and experiences of rural general practice

11:20 – 11:50 = 1st workshop (3 workshops running simultaneously in 3 separate rooms)

- Dr Anna Harrison (Severn Deanery GPST4): The GP training programme and development of a student/trainee mentor scheme as part of GPST4 leadership year

- Zoe Bush (5th year UoB medical student): ‘From Medical Student to Doctor' – applying for Foundation jobs, elective planning & presenting a poster at a national conference.

- Professor Chris Salisbury (Chair of the RCGP Scientific Foundation Board, Head of Bristol Centre for Academic Primary Care, British Journal of General Practice editorial board & part-time Bristol GP): ‘The Future of General Practice’ - drawing on areas of research including new forms of consulting

11:50 – 12:15 = Break (refreshments provided) – Room 3.23.

12:15 – 12:45 = 2nd workshop (repeat of morning workshops. See speakers above. Delegates will choose 2/3 of the workshops to attend over the course of the morning).

12:45 – 13:05 = Dr James Seddon (GPST3): Development of a general practice intercalated BSc at Bristol (including Q&A and chance for more feedback during poster presentations over lunch. N.B Dr Seddon may be on paternity leave. If so, a colleague will stand in or GPSoc committee will give short talk on iBSc plans using information given by Dr Seddon)

13:05 – 14:00 = Lunch and student poster presentations - Room 3.23. Posters will be displayed in the refreshments & reception room for delegates to read. Pre-Clinical student reflective pieces and student extra-curricular material will also be displayed.

Dr Andrew Blythe (Director of Assessments and Feedback, UoB Faculty of Health Sciences)will be talking to students about the new Primary Care textbook ‘Essential Primary Care’ co-authored by himself and Dr Jess Buchan (one of our morning panellists) at a stall in the refreshments & reception room.

Afternoon Talks - Coutt’s lecture theatre

14:00 – 14:30 = Professor Sarah Purdy (Associate Dean of the University of Bristol Faculty of Health Sciences, leader of Bristol Health Partners Avoidable Admissions Health Integration Team, RCGP Fellow & Bristol GP): ‘How do we avoid hospital admissions?’ (including overview of own pathway into academic general practice/advice on how to get there)

14:30 – 14:50 = Dr Rhiannon Field (F1 and 2015 RCGP Severn Faculty Elective Bursary winner): Elective presentation and elective planning advice

14:50 – 15:05 = Angus Thorne (Medical Sciences BSc Student – attached to St Leonard’s Research Practice with Sir Denis Pereira Gray): ‘Continuity of Care’

Keynote Address – Coutt’s lecture theatre

15:05 – 15:45 = Sir Denis Pereira Gray (Previous Chairman of the Academy of Royal Colleges, previous RCGP President, Founder of the Exeter University Postgraduate general practice department, Professor, author and GP for 38 years at St Leonard's Research Practice in Exeter): ‘Why choose a career in general practice?’ Advice on working in academic general practice, experiences of clinical medicine and reflection on the current challenges facing general practice.

15:45 – 16:00 = GPSoc Committee: Poster presentation results and close.

Venue Information

Wills Memorial Building, Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1RJ

The event will take place on the 3rd floor. We will be using Coutt’s Lecture Theatre (3.31), lecture theatre 3.32 and seminar room 3.33 (all 3rd floor).

N.B all small talks held in Coutt’s Lecture Theatre (3.31). Workshops spread over 3.31, 3.32 and 3.33. Refreshments, lunch & poster displays will be held in room 3.23.

Posted February 16th 2016 (2 years ago)

GGPET 10th Edward Jenner Lecture & AGM

For the attention of APDs / Education Trust Core Group Members / TPDs colleagues. 

Dr Phil Hammond, a GP, journalist, broadcaster, campaigner and comedian, speaking on 'Dr Phil's NHS Revolution'

It will be held on Tuesday 8th March 2016 with hot supper from 18.30 for 19.30 start at the Hatherley Manor Hotel, Down Hatherley Lane, Gloucester, GL2 9QA http://www.hatherleymanor.com/location/.

There is parking available on site. Please join us for what promises to be an entertaining talk and all are welcome to stay for our AGM.

Please click the following link http://www.ggpet.org.uk/courses.php to book on line or e-mail Rachel.Gadsden@glos.nhs.uk or julie.nevin@glos.nhs.uk directly to book your place.

 

Posted February 3rd 2016 (2 years ago)

2016 Teaching workshop for GPs in training Teaching Year 3 medical students in General Practice You can choose from 3 dates and venues

This teaching opportunity and the workshop have approval and support from the Deanery

The Centre for Academic Primary Care is pleased to offer GPs in training an opportunity to develop their teaching skills. Our free half day workshop is intended for GP STs who would like to teach students in their GP practice for 4 sessions in the academic year 2016-17.

It will prepare you for teaching 3rd year medical students in your practice and provide you with hands on experience for some of the teaching competencies in the RCGP curriculum. Also, good revision for your CSA exam and something else to add to your CV?

This year you can choose from three workshop dates. Each workshop will cover the same topics
- Overview of Year 3 medical student teaching
- Planning a teaching session
- Top tips for good teaching
- Effective feedback giving

The workshops – choose one only
2nd June 1.30-5pm Deanery Hse, Vantage Park, Bristol
8th June 9.30-1.00pm Academy, Yeovil District Hospital, Yeovil
14th June 9.30-1.00pm Downsview Hse, Great Western Hospital Swindon

The facilitators
Bristol – Barbara Laue, Swindon – Kate Digby, Yeovil – Andy Eaton and Laurence Huntley

To book, please email phc-teaching@bristol.ac.uk not Pauline Harper

In your email, please state the following
- That you would like to teach a group of students in your practice in 2016-17
- That you have your GP Trainer’s permission
- Name, address and contact details for your training practice and GP Trainer
- Which workshop you would like to attend

You need to let us know by 11th May 2016

For more information please email  phc-teaching@bristol.ac.uk

Posted February 3rd 2016 (2 years ago)

UWE Open Evening to showcase new Physician Associate Studies Programme.

The Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences at the University of the West of England are hosting an open evening to showcase our new Physician Associate Studies Programme. Physician Associates are a new healthcare professional who, while not a doctor, works to the medical model, with the attitudes, skills and knowledge base to deliver holistic care and treatment within the general medical and/or general practice team under defined levels of supervision.  This new programme will be part of the Allied Health Professions Department and will incorporate a primary care focus. The open evening will involve numerous speakers, who will review this emerging professional group and the potential for this role in the Primary Care setting. The evening will also include demonstrations of the teaching facilitates here at UWE, including the simulation wards, Virtual Environment in Radiotherapy suite, X-ray room, Radiotherapy Planning suite and Paediatric Suite. The evening will be an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues in Primary Care across the region. 


The welcome reception will take place on Wednesday 24th February 2016 from 18:00-20:00 at our Glenside Campus.

RSVP to jessica.coggins@uwe.ac.uk by Wednesday 10th February. Please state any dietary or access requirements in your response.

 

Janice St. John-Matthews MSc, PgC(TLHE), FHEA, MInstLM
Project Lead: Physician Associate Studies Programme
CPD Lead: Allied Health Professions
Senior Lecturer: Diagnostic Imaging

Room 1K03, DAHP,
Faculty of Health & Applied Sciences
University of the West of England
Glenside Campus
Bristol BS16 1DD
Tel +44(0)117 3288843

Posted February 2nd 2016 (2 years ago)

Junior International Committee

JIC is a subcommittee of the RCGP International Programme Board (IPB), formed in 2009. It has 16 volunteer AiT and First5 doctors as its core committee and a network of interested doctors who are kept in touch via social media and meetings. The aim of the JIC is to facilitate international educational opportunities, foster international partnerships and promote a global approach to primary care.
The JIC is also the UK branch of the Vasco da Gama Movement (VdGM). This is the WONCA Europe working group for new and future general practitioners. All UK based AiT and First5 GPs are automatically members of the VdGM and can access their activities.
There are many opportunities for young GPs to be involved with global health both in the UK and farther afield. Whether volunteering abroad or taking an 'Out of Programme Experience' (OOPE), coordinating international primary care research or completing a Hippokrates exchange with a practice abroad, the JIC is here to facilitate opportunity in the international community of family medicine.

 

The JIC core committee is made up of five working groups:

EXCHANGE
The exchange group co-ordinates observational clinical placements for outgoing UK junior doctors and incoming junior doctors from around the world. We arrange European two week Hippokrates and fully funded Erasmus exchanges, FM360 exchanges (beyond Europe exchanges) and global conference exchanges. This year a reciprocal ongoing exchange with Japanese junior doctors was organised for the third year running. The UK is the most popular place in Europe to undertake exchange and we have a huge network of regional co-ordinators and GP hosts who help to facilitate this programme.
exchangejic@gmail.com, leonardoexchange@gmail.com

 

RESEARCH
The Research group facilitates pan European research via the European research forum, helps to co-ordinate the VdGM junior researcher award and presents relevant international publications and research at domestic and international conferences. They are currently working on developing an audit and research toolkit for junior doctors undertaking out of programme experiences.
researchgroupjic@gmail.com

 

BEYOND EUROPE
The Beyond Europe group helps to develop new partnerships and sustain existing collaborations with our networks beyond Europe to support clinical, teaching and quality improvement work including Uganda and Japan. This group is also piloting a ‘twinning’ project which links a practice in the UK to a primary care hub in a lower/middle income country (London and Ghana) to develop long term information, knowledge and exchange collaboration.
beyondeuropejic@gmail.com

 

EDUCATION AND TRAINING
The Education and Training group aims to improve the recognition of time spent abroad as a valuable training experience and opportunity for reciprocal learning. They have been instrumental in creating the first ST4 global health post in the UK, implementing global health competencies in the UK curriculum and working towards institutional approval of study leave for exchanges.
educationandtrainingjic@gmail.com

 

IMAGE
The Image group co-ordinates the efforts of the JIC and promotes our work and affiliated opportunities. They lead JIC's contribution to the RCGP Annual Conference, the RCGP Global Health Conference and international Wonca conferences as well as maintaining the JIC website and communicating with our national and international networks through social media.
imagegroupjic@gmail.com

 

 

Contact:

We are a passionate group believing strongly in the importance of primary care, the ethics of global health and power of voluntary collective action. If you would like to get involved, or wish to find out more, do get in touch.

Website: http://www.rcgp.org.uk/rcgp-near-you/rcgp-international/junior-international-committee.aspx
Email: chairjic@rcgp.org.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/283366895074748/?bookmark_t=group
Twitter: jic@rcgpjic
Googlegroup: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/junior-rcgp-international-committee

 

Posted January 25th 2016 (2 years ago)

General practice 2016 photo challenge

Health Education England (HEE) is responsible for planning and supporting the development of the future workforce. We would like you to help us illustrate general practice - who works in the team, the patients that visit your surgery and the role in the community.

We are running a photo challenge open to anyone who works in primary care. We would like to create a book of photographs – an otherwise unseen snapshot of life in 2016 about your working life, capturing the realities, rewards and emotions of a typical day.

Please get involved with the challenge and for more information please visit the website

 

 

Posted January 25th 2016 (2 years ago)

Calling Trainees: Survey for GP trainees

We are a team of general practice and public health doctors who are conducting a study on perceptions around waterpipe tobacco smoking amongst general practitioners and general practice trainees in the United Kingdom (UK). Waterpipe tobacco smoking is also known as: shisha, hookah, narghile and hubble-bubble. This work is an initial scoping survey where in the future we would like to further expand on the topic with clinician interviews.

We would be very grateful if you would spare a few minutes to complete this short and anonymous questionnaire.

The questionnaire link can be viewed by clicking here

Thank you for your time

Posted January 18th 2016 (2 years ago)

Free Event: GP Appraisers and Trainers

Improving Cancer Outcomes using Significant Event Analysis & QI: Free Train-the-Trainer Learning Event.

GP Trainers are invited to this RCGP Macmillan Cancer Support event in Gloucestershire on 28th January 6.30-9.30pm, held in Gloucestershire CCG offices.

The free event will train appraisers, trainers and cancer leads in the effective use of Cancer SEAs to improve cancer outcomes (focusing on early diagnosis).

The focus will be on improving outcomes for Patients through: 

  • Free essential training and support on SEAs and Quality Improvement and to support your work locally. 
  • New Insight into Local Early Diagnosis barriers
  • Targeted Training and Quality Improvements. 

 

Each participant will receive a certificate for attending this RCGP event. 

For more information please contact  or visit the website 

 

Posted January 11th 2016 (2 years ago)

ES and CS Conferences organised for 2016

For the attention of all ESs and CSc 

Two ES and CS conferences have been organised to take place during 2016.

The conferences will both be held at Eastwood Park Conference Centre.
Address: Falfield, Wotton Under Edge GL12 8DA

Should you wish to attend, please click on the links below to register your attendance.

Spring 2016 Conference – 9th March 2016 FULLY BOOKED 
Autumn 2016 Conference – 2nd November 2016

 

Posted January 11th 2016 (2 years ago)

ST2+ GP trainees help required: Over The Wall camps for children with health challenges

More than two decades ago, Paul Newman had a vision: imagine if children living with serious illnesses had the chance to simply be children. To just have fun. So he started a camp where kids could, in his words, “raise a little hell.” Today, Paul’s legacy lives on in SeriousFun Children’s Network.

Over The Wall is part of this network; a UK charity who provides residential camps for children with serious illnesses, and their siblings in Scotland, the Midlands and Dorset. We give children one glorious week of experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun and empowering, in a safe environment.

To do this, we rely on doctors (ST2 and above in Paediatrics, GP or A&E with paediatric experience) like you to give up a week of your time, skills and experience and join our 'Beach Patrol' (medical team). In return, we can give you a week of fun, friendship and achievement, memories that will stay with you forever and people who will inspire you.

Visit our website to find out more and apply

Posted January 11th 2016 (2 years ago)

Editor, RCGP InnovAiT Journal. Closing Date: 22 February 2016

The RCGP wishes to appoint a GP to the post of Executive Editor of InnovAiT, the RCGP's monthly journal for GPs in training. The Editor will lead the journal, undertake editorial responsibility for the content of each issue, manage the editorial development and critical success of the publication, oversee the work of the editorial board and ensure that the editorial integrity of the publication is maintained and consistent with College standards.

The ideal candidate will have clinical experience as a GP, previous editing and writing experience, be knowledgeable of developments in GP training, general practice and medical education for primary care, and have the capacity to lead a journal and work with different stakeholders.

This role will likely take up 2–3 days per week and will be remunerated accordingly. Candidates who are able to commit to this amount of time are encouraged to apply. Expressions of interest and applications (covering letter and CV) should be sent to: helen.farrelly@rcgp.org.uk by the closing date.

Posted January 5th 2016 (2 years ago)

King's Fund GP Trainee Survey

Background to project:

There are numerous reports of a crisis in general practice but there’s no national data to explain what’s actually going on: How many more consultations are being done each week? Have the patients got more complicated?

The truth is, there's really no way of knowing at the moment. Despite the seemingly vast amounts of data that individual GP practices collect, there hasn’t been a systematic national data collection that can tell us about the number of consultations, who undertakes them or the nature of those consultations since 2008.

At The King’s Fund we’re running a project that will collect up-to-date and detailed evidence about the changes in activity in general practice in the past five years. We’re doing a combination of quantitative and qualitative research, including large-scale data analysis, fieldwork in four practices around the country and surveys.

We’re particularly keen to hear the views of GP trainees. Not only are you the next generation of GPs, but your experience of working across a number of practices will give you lots of insight into the issues we’re looking at.

For more information please contact the lead researcher Beccy Baird, Fellow in Health Policy, The King’s Fund or visit the Related blog 

 GPs we need YOUR help

GP's we would appreciate if you could complete the survey by clicking here

 

Thanks all,

Researchers on behalf of The Kings Fund 

Posted January 5th 2016 (2 years ago)

LAST CHANCE TO APPLY: Applications are now invited for the National Medical Director's Clinical Fellow Scheme 2016/2017

The National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow Scheme provides doctors in training with the opportunity to spend one year working with senior leaders in national healthcare organisations including NHS England, Health Education England, Care Quality Commission and BUPA. The aim of the scheme is to help develop their skills in leadership, management, strategy, project management and health policy.

Please see below of someones experience: 

"I am a GP ST3 seconded from the end of my training and am three months into this valuable year. The way things are going in our NHS I really believe that GPs - of all the specialties - need all the exposure to leadership and management experience they can get. No matter what you end up doing after the year, you will take a huge amount from this immersive experience, and meet some extraordinary people. The scheme provides doctors in training with the unique opportunity to spend one year working with the most senior executives in leading national healthcare-affiliated organisations to develop their skills in:

- Leadership
- Management
- Strategy
- Project Management
- Health Policy

Fellows are immersed at the centre of organisations such as NHS England, Health Education England, CQC, Bupa and medical royal colleges. I am seconded to the CQC which has been fascinating, as you can imagine! I am doing collaborative work on a national scale such
as with The King's Fund and NICE, in addition to writing for journals,and doing interesting internal work. Posts are based in London and the North of England. The scheme is sponsored by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England's National Medical Director and managed by the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM)."

Applications are open until 5pm on Wednesday 20th January 2016.

For more information please click here 

 

Posted December 21st 2015 (2 years ago)

New Hot Topics course for Trainees

CALLING ALL GP TRAINEES: SAVE THE DATE!

Details: 

  • 16th March 2016
  • Venue: London, TBC
  • A 1 day course designed especially for trainees and delivered by NB Medical Hot Topics. In addition to clinical Hot Topics for GPs the course will include Keep it Simple guidance on statistics, examination techniques and other topics relevant to GP Training.

Full details to follow.


For more information please contact 

 

Posted December 18th 2015 (3 years ago)

EVENT INVITATION: Professor Steve Peters - Optimising, Morale, Psychology, Wellbeing and Performance - 22nd January 2016

Professor Steve Peters will be talking about the work his organisation in West Cheshire are doing.

The event is free to NHS colleagues as we want to share the outcomes as part of our work as an NHS England Vanguard area.

They're targeting senior leaders, HR Directors and those involved in education and training.

The event will include an introductory talk from Professor Peters, workshops from his team of specialist mentors and a presentation from NHS West Cheshire on our results so far.

Aim is to help clinicians and managers to build morale and confidence, become more resilient and achieve better psychological well-being. Unless we focus on the well-being of our staff I don’t believe our vision of creating a better NHS is deliverable.

 

Details of the event:

Daresbury Park Hotel

Daresbury Park,

Warrington

WA44BB

Date: Friday 22nd January 2016

Time: 9:30-1pm

Cost: Free 

 

For more information and to book tickets please click here. 

Posted December 18th 2015 (3 years ago)

Opportunity to become a GP Careers Champion in Severn

Recruiting enthusiastic GPs

We are seeking to recruit enthusiastic GPs and senior GPSTs to be “GP Careers Champions” within the South West Deanery.

The scheme is part of a national drive to boost GP recruitment and showcase what a fantastic career General Practice is.

Champions will:
• Be matched to a medical student or junior doctor who has expressed an interest in General Practice as a career and who would like to know more.
• Offer mentorship in a method convenient to both parties – this could be in the form of a taster day, or discussion via email, phone, skype or face-to-face.

Time commitment to the scheme can be flexible and be easily manageable around other work commitments.

As a Champion you will receive a certificate from the deanery acknowledging your participation and role in the scheme. The scheme fulfils the GMC good medical practice guidance on mentoring and provides an opportunity to take on an educational role.

If you are enthusiastic about your career, friendly, approachable and would like to get involved please complete the survey to register your interest.

 

If you would like further information or a copy of our FAQs, please contact  or click here.

Posted December 18th 2015 (3 years ago)

National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow Scheme 2016/17: applications open

The National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow Scheme provides doctors in training with the opportunity to spend one year working with senior leaders in national healthcare organisations including NHS England, Health Education England, Care Quality Commission and BUPA. The aim of the scheme is to help develop their skills in leadership, management, strategy, project management and health policy. The scheme is sponsored by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, and managed by the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM). The deadline for applications is Wednesday 20 January 2016.

Posted December 14th 2015 (3 years ago)

National Medical Director's Clinical Fellow Scheme 2016/17

Applications are now invited for the National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow Scheme 2016/17. Now in its fifth year, the scheme provides junior doctors with a unique opportunity to gain experience and insight into healthcare leadership, policy and strategy by working with senior healthcare leaders in national organisations such as NHS England, Health Education England, General Medical Council, BUPA and medical royal colleges.

Fellows spend one year involved in, and often independently leading, projects under the guidance of host organisations’ senior leadership teams. As well as the knowledge gained from their particular project, fellows gain skills in project management, collaboration, effective communication, presentation and team management. Fellows are seconded from their current trusts or employer for one year. Appointments are made in February 2016 with posts commencing from 1 September 2016.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 20 January 2016 . Please do not hesitate to contact the scheme coordinator Donna Hickford or call 020 3075 1471 for further information.

More Information

Full details on the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management site.

What is it?

The scheme provides doctors in training with the unique opportunity to spend one year working with the most senior executives in leading national healthcare-affiliated organisations to develop their skills in:

  • leadership
  • management
  • strategy
  • project management
  • health policy

Fellows are immersed at the centre of organisations such as NHS England, Health Education England, General Medical Council, BUPA and medical royal colleges. The scheme is sponsored by Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England’s National Medical Director, and managed by the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.

Am I eligible?

The scheme is open to doctors in training who have full GMC registration and have completed both years of foundation training by the start of the fellowship (commencing annually from 1 September). Doctors from all specialties are welcome.

General Practice ST3 trainees with CCT before or around 1 September of the year they are applying are eligible to apply, in recognition of the shorter training programme. 

How do I apply?

Candidates submit an application online and, if shortlisted, will attend a panel interview.

How does this work with my training?

Successful candidates take up the fellowship role as an out-of-programme experience.

They are seconded from their employing trust to the host organisations and will retain their existing trust terms and conditions, pension arrangements etc.

 

Posted December 7th 2015 (3 years ago)

RCGP Bright Ideas

The Clinical Innovation and Research Centre at RCGP has recently launched the Bright Ideas Portal, where we can highlight examples of innovative work that is going on in GP practices. We want this work to be recognised, celebrated and shared, in the hope that GPs will both be inspired to take up practices which have been successful elsewhere and encouraged to come up with their own innovations.

Each month three Bright Ideas will be highlighted on our web page and also promoted in our Clinical News bulletin, which goes out monthly to RCGP members. In addition to this a Bright Idea will feature in our new member magazine, GP Frontline, to promote the innovation to our members and to hopefully inspire more GPs out there. The Bright Idea which was featured in the most recent edition of GP Frontline, Shared medical appointments, has already led to reports of increasing interest both from RCGP members and 13 CCGs.

We are asking that GPs or other members of the practice team send us a short piece of writing (up to 1000 words) setting out the practice’s experiences in adopting your Bright Idea and the benefits and learning that were the result. Images and links to webpages and journal articles which provide more background information are also encouraged. We also ask that you promote this as much as possible to your networks in order to raise awareness of the innovations on the page.

If you have any examples of innovations or queries regarding the programme then please email.

 

Posted December 3rd 2015 (3 years ago)

Ebola survivorship and advice for clinicians

Please see the attached letter from the Chief Medical Officer, NHS England, regarding what is currently known around Ebola survivorship, and what measures clinicians should take.

 

Posted November 30th 2015 (3 years ago)

Opportunity to become a PLAB Part 2 Panel member

Do you know someone who might be interested?

GMC currently recruiting PLAB Part 1 and Part 2 panel members.
The PLAB test, which is in two parts, is the main route by which international medical graduates demonstrate they have the necessary skills and knowledge to practise medicine in the UK. There is a panel responsible for each part.

If you are interested, or know of someone who may be interested in becoming a PLAB Part 1 or Part 2 panel member, please click here for a full job specification and online application form.
GMC are looking for members in the following specialties for the Part 1 Panel.

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • We are looking for members in the following specialties for the Part 2 Panel.
  • General Practice
  • Surgery
  • General Internal Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Paediatrics

Completed applications will need to be submitted by 14 December 2015. Interviews will be held on 4, 11, 12 and 18 February 2016.

Posted November 20th 2015 (3 years ago)

The Future of Primary Care: General Practice – 17th March 2016 – University of Salford

This one day conference provides delegates with the opportunity to discuss and debate the current challenges and issues the NHS is currently facing.

You’ll benefit from and hear different perspectives from the NHS and end users on the care challenges GPs and patients face, and the solutions offered by senior government and industry representatives.
Key points addressed on the day will include:

  • Implementing ‘A New Deal for GPs’
  • The success of government initiatives to retain current GPs and return retired ones to work
  • What the reorganisation of primary care structure means for GPs and patients
  • How to improve patient satisfaction
  • The impact of CCGs taking on responsibility for commissioning the majority of GP services will mean
  • Whether a 7 Day NHS for GPs is practical
  • How technology can be used to make surgeries more efficient, allowing more time for care. The financial implications of a shift from acute care to primary care
  • The impact of Proactive Care Programmes on patients
  • How to prevent GP surgeries being overwhelmed by demographic changes

More information

Contact s.testoni@salford.ac.uk or call 0161 295 4466.

Posted November 18th 2015 (3 years ago)

Vacancy - Associate Postgraduate Dean - Performance

Applications for the post of Associate Postgraduate Dean - Performance is now open.  Please view details in our Vacancies section.

Posted November 10th 2015 (3 years ago)

EC and CS Conferences organised for 2016

For the attention of all ECs and CSc 

Two ES and CS conferences have been organised to take place during 2016.

The conferences will both be held at Eastwood Park Conference Centre.
Address: Falfield, Wotton Under Edge GL12 8DA

Should you wish to attend, please click on the links below to register your attendance.

Spring 2016 Conference – 9th March 2016
Autumn 2016 Conference – 2nd November 2016

 

 

Posted November 10th 2015 (3 years ago)

UK Medical Education Database

The Medical Schools Council, the General Medical Council and other key interest groups are piloting a UK Medical Education Database (UKMED) which, for the first time, brings together undergraduate and postgraduate medical education data. It provides a platform for collating data on the performance of UK medical students and trainee doctors across their education and future career. These data have not been linked before and no single organisation can currently link all data on their own.

The project allows researchers to submit proposals and, subject to meeting acceptance criteria, gain access to specific data for analysis. By linking data such as assessment results, UKMED aims to highlight the paths of doctors through school, university and their career. This creates a unique environment in which new research can be undertaken in a broad range of areas to inform the development of medical education and assessment, and the future medical workforce with the ultimate aim of improving patient care. The scope of the research that can be undertaken through UKMED is potentially broad ranging from analyses of selection tests in predicting future performance, to studying how socioeconomic background might affect an applicant’s progression through their career.

Applications for access to UKMED data for research purposes are welcome, with the deadline for submission on 11 January 2016 12:00 noon GMT. The project is a pilot which will be evaluated in mid-2016.

Please share this message within your organisation and research networks. For more information, please visit the UKMED website

Kind regards

The UKMED Team

Posted November 5th 2015 (3 years ago)

Advertisements for ST1 National General Practice

Advertisements for ST1 National General Practice, Clinical Academic Fellow and Global Health posts go live from 5th November.

Applications open from 11th November and close on 3rd December.

For further information please visit the National General Practice Recruitment Office website.

ST1 General Practice Recruitment 2016

Information regarding posts in Health Education South West - Severn can be found;

Severn Primary Care ST1 Recruitment

All applications are to me made through the Oriel recruitment system;

https://www.oriel.nhs.uk/Web/

 

Posted October 26th 2015 (3 years ago)

GPVTS Survey

Clinical Teaching Fellows in Medicine based in Russell’s Hall Hospital Dudley and part of the West Midlands Deanery, are currently conducting a survey amongst GP VTS trainees looking into the amount of Dermatology exposure in their training years.

"We hope to use the results to establish whether GP trainees feel confident in managing patients with dermatological conditions and whether they feel their undergraduate and current training is sufficient in meeting the RCGP dermatology learning outcomes.

Any GPST1, GPST2 and GP Registrar trainees please complete the questionnaire which will be very appreciated."

 

 

Posted October 26th 2015 (3 years ago)

Call for applications for Clinical Primer Scheme 2016

Are you considering a career as a clinical academic but want to experience life as a researcher before you decide?

Applications from suitably qualified Medical & Veterinary clinical graduates are invited for six month biomedical research “primer” projects to be undertaken at the University of Bristol. These are supported by a Wellcome Trust ‘Institutional Strategic Support Fund’ award to the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute and the University of Bristol. The projects will commence in 2016 and the funding will cover clinical salary and associated project costs.

This opportunity is aimed at exceptionally motivated clinically qualified medical and veterinary trainees who are at an early stage of their career, but who can demonstrate a capability and a drive to undertake a period of research with a view to developing a career in academic medicine. Successful candidates will undertake a biomedical "primer" project at the University of Bristol, with a view to preparing them for a PhD fellowship application.

Applicants must either be fully-qualified medical doctors and will have started, or be ready to start, their specialist training (in which case the project will be undertaken as an out of programme module)

OR

have completed a degree in veterinary medicine or veterinary science; an intercalated degree or other research experience (e.g. undergraduate vacation project) is also desirable.

All applicants should be entitled to work within the European Economic Area (EEA).

Primers will be available in various areas and specialities. Some examples are listed below. Please contact us to discuss your speciality if it is not listed:

 • Bioengineering
 • Cancer
 • Cardiovascular disease
 • Infection and immunity
 • Musculoskeletal diseases
 • Neurosciences and psychiatric disease
 • Population health and epidemiology
 • Regenerative medicine
 • Renal disease
 • Zoonotic disease


Projects will be interdisciplinary in nature and so will be co-supervised by clinical and non-clinical members of staff.

The training period is negotiable (range 3-6 months) and will allow time for one clinical session per week, if applicable.

Further information and an application form are available from the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute website 

The completed form and your CV should be emailed.

The closing date for applications is 09:00 GMT, Friday 11 December 2015.

Your application will be reviewed and if successful, you will be invited to an interview in Bristol in February 2016.

If you have any queries, please email.

Posted October 19th 2015 (3 years ago)

University of Bristol Admissions Interviews

The University of Bristol's Medical Admissions Interviews (MMIs) will be taking place on the following dates: 

Tues 8th, Weds 9th & Thurs 10th December 2015
Tues 26th, Weds 27th & Thurs 28th January 2016
Tues 15th, Weds 16th & Thurs 17th February 2016
Tues 1st, Weds 2nd & Thurs 3rd March 2016

The University interviews 80 candidates per day, beginning at 09:00 and ending at 15:40 with a lunch break from 12:10-12:40.


There is no payment as such for your time, but both the University, and the GMC, recognise the important role that medical student selection plays in shaping the future health service therefore, all selectors receive a certificate of contribution, evidence which may be useful in appraisal, revalidation and job planning.

Parking is available on request and lunch is provided along with refreshments throughout the day.

If you are interested in joining the University of Bristols Medical Admissions Group as an interviewer please contact fohs-admissions@bristol.ac.uk.

Posted October 6th 2015 (3 years ago)

MRCGP AKT preparation resources

The RCGP exams team is pleased to announce the launch of two new and freely available resources for GP trainees planning to sit the MRCGP Applied Knowledge Test.
Both resources have been prepared by the AKT core group in conjunction with AITs and reflect a practical approach to taking the exam.
‘Preparing to take the AKT’ is a concise guide designed to help with exam preparation and will be helpful to trainees, trainers and educationalists involved with GP training.
The ‘AKT Podcast’ follows on from the success of the CSA podcast and has been created with the help of the InnovAiT podcast team. Trainees, a Programme Director and AKT group member are all interviewed and the discussions cover a broad range of frequently asked questions.
Both of these are now available on the RCGP AKT exam webpage in the section entitled ‘How to prepare for the AKT’, alongside a wide range of downloadable resources.
We have included a pdf copy of the concise guide as well as direct links within this email and ask that this is cascaded to all interested parties, including GP Trainees, GP Trainers and GP Educationalists/Training Programme Directors.
We welcome any feedback via exams@rcgp.org.uk
The exams team would particularly like to thank Drs Simon Glew and Toby Holland for their invaluable contributions.

Posted October 6th 2015 (3 years ago)

Essential Knowledge Update 16

The RCGP has now released Essential Knowledge Update (EKU) 16, designed to improve patient care and to help you realise your CPD needs. EKU16 provides a summary of important new and changing knowledge on a wide variety of primary care topics encountered by general practitioners including:

Overweight & Obesity in Children, Young People & Adults
Somatoform Disorders & Medically Unexplained Symptoms in Adults
Community & Hospital Acquired Pneumonia in Adults
Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease in Children & Young People
Classification, Assessment, Prevalence, Effect & Treatment of Personality Disorder
Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Adults in Primary Care
Multiple Sclerosis in Primary & Secondary Care
Osteoporosis & the Prevention of Fragility Fractures


Produced by GPs for GPs, the EKU modules not only provide an overview and critical appraisal of the source documents in which they are based but also offer practical tips for you and your practice, suggestions for audit, learning and service needs and resources for further reading.

The EKU Hot Topics offer a concise synopsis of an article or guideline that has been recently published and has an immediate impact on general practice! Released on a monthly basis, the they are available for FREE to all users and cover a variety of important primary care topics including the effectiveness of diclofenac versus paracetamol in knee osteoarthritis and a trial of a brief intervention targeting predominantly mon-verbal communication in GP consultations. Access them today
To learn more about the EKU Programme please visit the

RCGP Online Learning Environment: elearning@rcgp.org.uk

Posted October 6th 2015 (3 years ago)

Opportunity for an Educational Supervisor

The National GP Recruitment Office needs a case writer to develop questions for the Situational Judgment Test and the Clinical Problem Solving aspects of the GP recruitment process.

John Scanlon the current Severn case writer is stepping down. He writes:

'I joined this group when Bill Irish sent an ad looking for writers.

The commitment is 3 days a year ( 2+1) for meetings in a nice hotel and the time spent writing. The days pay £400 each + travel (additional supplement for the 2 day residential). There is a kitty of £2000 to pay for the individual time spent writing, again £400 a day which is reasonable.The group are really a great bunch.

The cases are written to a specific formula for the NRO and include SJTs and CPS items.

Helen Rochester is rep for Devon/Cornwall and I did discuss this with Phil Grimmer because I think it is too nice a niche to leave unfilled.'

I would be happy to speak/email anyone interested’

Please contact the GP School if you are interested.

Posted September 29th 2015 (3 years ago)

Green Impact for Health: ‘Think global, Act local’

In Bristol’s year as European Green Capital, a brand-new partnership driving for sustainability in GP surgeries was launched by GPs, trainees, medical students, and the National Union of Students supported by the Severn Faculty RCGP, NHS Health Education South West Severn Deanery and the University of Bristol.  The Partnership customised the NUS’ popular sustainability accreditation scheme, Green Impact, to be run in GP surgeries and trialled as Green Impact for Health in 6 ‘Pathfinder Practices’ in and around the city.

Green Impact empowers staff on the ground in general practice to improve their environmental, ethical and economic sustainability, as well as efficiency, team morale and wellbeing. Green Impact for Health was specifically tailored to the needs of a modern general practice, helping the sector become more streamlined and creating a sustainable future in a rapidly changing NHS.

Over the 8 week pilot in April-May 2015, 200 members of staff and 60,000 patients were reached by 80 members of Green Impact teams in the Pathfinder Practices completing 244 sustainability actions. Dr Terry Kemple, GP in one of the Pathfinder Practices and President Elect of RCGP, said, “The scheme is very easy to use and directs us towards sensible and achievable green targets.”

We will be running an updated version of the scheme for 20-30 practices across Bristol and the Severn Faculty launching in Healthy City Week in October 2015.

To find out more and get your practice involved, please visit www.greenimpact.org.uk/giforhealth and follow the links to register your interest.

 

 

 

Posted September 29th 2015 (3 years ago)

There's nothing general about general practice

Health Education England has launched the ‘There’s nothing general about general practice’ campaign. This campaign is designed to encourage foundation doctors, specifically those in year 2, to consider GP specialty training and is being run in partnership with NHS England, the Royal College of General Practitioners and the British Medical Association.

You can find out more on:

The campaign page on the GPNRO website
The campaign Facebook page
The first campaign video on YouTube 
The press release announcing the launch of the campaign 

If you have any questions about this campaign, please email hee.GPrecruitment@nhs.net 

Posted September 8th 2015 (3 years ago)

GP Recruitment Campaign

At Health Education England (HEE), we are seeking to recruit qualified GPs to become our GP ambassadors who can help support our exciting new marketing campaign ‘There’s nothing general about general practice’.

Our campaign will promote the benefit of choosing to train in general practice as a specialty and is designed to increase the number of doctors applying to GP specialty training programmes and being part of the changing and modern primary care workforce.The campaign run by our communications agency Grayling, is due launch in September 2015. It will be aimed at encouraging current foundation programme doctors to think more seriously about the role of general practitioner as a key player in the modern primary care team and to consider selecting general practice as their specialty and future career.

What is an Ambassador?

We would like our ambassadors to be enthusiastic, hands-on individuals who have completed their GP specialty training. We would like you to be the voice and face of the campaign. Key attributes include how you:

  • Find working in general practice a challenging, rewarding and fulfilling profession
  • Are a confident spokesperson who is comfortable speaking to national or regional journalists (training wil be given!)
  • Are an active user of social media, including Twitter and Facebook

As an ambassador for our national campaign you would be expected to:

  • Provide time to speak to an individual or group
  • Help us promote the campaign through your peers, colleagues and friends by word of mouth and social media
  • Write short articles and blogs highlighting what you enjoy and gives you a buzz about general practice
  • Particiapte in media activity including short interviews

What we need from you is energy and passion to tell other people what it’s like.  Even if you’ve never done anything like this before we’d really like to hear from you.

What you get from us is a chance to tell your story.  Our expert team will provide you with training and support throughout the campaign until applications close in November 2015.

Contact us now

If you think you’re up to the challenge, would enjoy the experience and want to register your interest, please get in touch by emailing the team at HEE@Grayling.com

We’re always happy to hear your thoughts and ideas and answer your questions about the campaign or role. 

Posted September 7th 2015 (3 years ago)

ILM LEVEL 5 QUALIFICATION IN COACHING AND MENTORING

Would you like to develop Coaching Skills and gain an accredited qualification?  

Coaching enables individuals to acquire the knowledge, skills and techniques needed to perform effectively in the workplace by motivating, challenging and guiding them. Therefore it is increasing important that managers and others have the skills to act as coaches and help people reach their potential.

The ILM 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring is a qualification which aims to provide managers with the skills and confidence to perform effectively as workplace coaches as part of their normal work role in the healthcare environment. This concise and innovative qualification offers individuals to gain a strong set of coaching skills.

The ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring is a very versatile qualification and is the choice for learners who are looking to develop their leadership skills through the use of a coaching approach.    

What are the benefits?

Through participating in this programme, learners will:

  • know what it takes to be and effective coach in the workplace
  • understand good practice in coaching
  • recognise the difference between coaching and other development methods
  • understand how to use appropriate tools and techniques to stimulate, challenge and motivate others to achieve required outcomes
  • provide constructive and supportive feedback to support learning and performance improvement
  • put their new skills into practice by carrying out supervised coaching sessions
  • reflect on their personal coaching abilities and generate a personal development plan.

How is the course structure?

The Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring is a concise qualification made up of three mandatory units which introduce the key aspects of coaching in the workplace:

'Understanding  the skills, principles and practice of effective management coaching and mentoring', the role of the coaching, basic coaching processes, and the abilities/qualities individuals need to be a good coach are explored

“Undertaking management coaching or mentoring in the workplace” requires participants to plan and carry out at least 12 hours coaching with supervision and support

'Reviewing your own ability as a management coach or mentor” provides participants with the tools to analyse and improve their own performance as a coach

Two assignments will be completed by participants to demonstrate that they understand the principles discussed in the three mandatory units.

What do you get?

  • A highly interactive course with 5 days of in-depth workshops, delivered on a modular basis, with both tutor and peer support
  • 12 hours of supervised coaching sessions from our highly experienced coaching trainers
  • Handbooks, workbooks and refreshments
  • Up to 18 months of free student member ship to the ILM and their member resources
  • On successful achievement, an ILM Level 5 Certificate as well as 13 credits on the international qualifications framework

 For further Information

If you are interesting in developing skills in coaching on individual or organisational basis, please contact Lynn Hodgson, Support and Development Manager or via: 01454 252651. 

Funding

The cost of the course is £995 per individual. Discounts will be considered for multiple bookings.

  

 

 

 

Posted September 7th 2015 (3 years ago)

Integrative Medicine Event on new approaches to a healthy heart

Organised by the Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine in collaboration with the College of Medicine 

This half-day seminar is aimed at healthcare professionals interested in finding out more about cardiovascular health from an Integrative Medicine (IM) perspective. IM is a holistic, evidence-based approach which makes intelligent use of all available therapeutic choices to achieve optimal health and resilience for our patients. This includes conventional medical therapies as well as other modalities centred around lifestyle and mind-body techniques like mindfulness and Tai Chi. 

Speakers at the seminar include Dr Ali Khavandi and Dr Diane Bruce (consultant cardiologists), Dr Andrew Morrice (GP), Helen Cooke (nutritionist), along with patients who have benefited from an integrative approach, holistic practitioners and CEO of the Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine (PCIM), Dr Elizabeth Thompson. 

There will be an emphasis on practical tips/strategies to use with patients and self-care initiatives which will mean clinicians leave the session with a better understanding of what IM can offer and better able to manage the patients they see every day. 

This event has 3.5 hrs CPD
Date: 16th October 2015 
Time: 2pm to 6pm with drinks reception to follow 
Venue: Open Space, West One, St Georges Road, Bristol, North Somerset BS1 5BE

Cost: £50.00 with discounts available 

What to do next

  • Contact administrator@portlandcentre.healthcare for more information
  • To book please click here 

  • Watch this space: in October 2015 PCIM, in collaboration with the College of Medicine, will be launching a new two-year diploma in IM for healthcare professionals with a mixture of face-to-face and online learning. If you are interested please contact Jessica Cornes or Tel 0755 501 4464

 

Posted August 11th 2015 (3 years ago)

Have your say and improve the quality and safety of healthcare

The Commission on Education and Training for Patient Safety has been established to improve the quality of patient care and safety by making recommendations to Health Education England (HEE), which will be published in a report during November 2015, on how best to educate and train the healthcare workforce in order to deliver safe, person-centred outcomes now and in the future. The Commission is chaired by Professor Sir Norman Williams, with Sir Keith Pearson as Vice-Chair, and includes experts, patients, learners and partner organisations.

Have your say! We would like to hear from healthcare staff, students, educators, patients, families and anyone else with an interest in improving the quality and safety of healthcare through education and training. Please share your experiences with us. What do you think of current education and training for patient safety? Do you have any examples of best practice that you would like to share? What lessons have you learnt from any initiatives that you have instituted or been involved in? Where do you think improvement is needed?

Please submit responses to here and share the HEE Learning to be Safer website link across your network. We will be collecting evidence until 31 August 2015. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and will help shape the Commission’s report.

For any further questions, please email 

Posted August 11th 2015 (3 years ago)

Executive Editor, RCGP InnovAiT journal


The RCGP wishes to appoint a primary care clinician to the post of Executive Editor of InnovAiT. This monthly journal first published in 2008 is aimed at doctors undergoing specialty training for general practice. InnovAiT covers the whole of the GP training curriculum and has grown to become the most valued source of information for Associates-in-Training.
The Editor will lead the development of InnovAiT, make editorial decisions on content, assess submitted manuscripts, carry out editorial improvements, oversee and work with the editorial board on the peer review of manuscripts, contribute content, suggest areas for improvement, ensure that the journal’s editorial policies are up to date, network and promote the journal more widely.
The ideal candidate will have a background in medical education for primary care, be knowledgeable of, and interested in, specialty GP training, have previous publishing, editing and writing experience, and have the capacity to lead the editorial development of InnovAiT. The post is remunerated.

For further details please contact the RCGP Publications Manager by email Helen Farrelly  
Closing date: 30 September 2015

Helen Farrelly
Publications Manager | Publishing
Tel: 020 3188 7577

Posted August 11th 2015 (3 years ago)

MDU GP Trainee Excellence Awards

The School of Primary Care and the Severn Faculty RCGP were delighted to host the MDU GP Trainee Excellence Awards and Michael Lennard Reception on Wednesday 22nd July 2015 to celebrate the achievements of all GP trainees who have completed their training this year.

See photos and full details here

Posted August 11th 2015 (3 years ago)

Dates announced for £15m clinical pharmacy pilot webinars

GPs and pharmacists have been invited to register for webinars to learn more about the £15m ‘clinical pharmacists in general practice’ pilot, which was launched last month.  Read full details here.

Posted July 27th 2015 (3 years ago)

Crash Course in Acute Paediatrics

Are you a GP Trainee?

Would you like to be more confident with Paediatric emergencies?

Would you like to do this in a fun and interactive way?

If the answer to the above questions is YES then CCAP is the course for you!

CCAP is a course run by experienced Paediatric Registrars and nurses over 2 days to teach you everything you need to know about acute Paediatrics!

The course is highly interactive and combines tutorials, workshops, skills stations and simulation to help increase your confidence and knowledge.

The course is specifically focused on community management of acute presentations.

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th August
at Southampton General Hospital

Only £180!
(includes both days, comprehensive course handbook, food and parking)
Early Bird Discount £150 if you book before 30th June!
For more information, or to book a place, please contact:

Posted July 27th 2015 (3 years ago)

Project to improve blended learning throughout Health Education South West.

Dear Trainer, Trainee, TPD

I would be really grateful if you could fill in this very short questionnaire.

I am working on a project to improve Health Education Southwest online resources and hope to use the information you provide to do this. It should take no longer than a few minutes.

Many thanks
Johanna Parker

ST3 Scholar (Glos patch) 

Posted July 27th 2015 (3 years ago)

Barbara Starfield Annual Lecture "General Practice: An Independent Discipline?

Barbara Starfield Lecture
Speaker: Sir Denis Pereira Gray OBE HonDSc FRCP FRCGP FMedSci
Tuesday 29 September 2015
St Luke's Campus
Exeter University

Dear Colleague,

We invite you to the Inaugural Barbara Starfield Annual Lecture "General Practice: An Independent Discipline?", to be given by Sir Denis Pereira Gray on Tuesday 29 September 2015.

This will be held on St Luke's Campus, Magdalen Road, Exeter EX1 2LU from 19.00.


For directions to St Luke's, please visit the University web page, where you can also find a map of St Luke's. Parking is available until 23.00 on site.


Please RSVP by 1 September as numbers are limited, to Joy Choules.

If you do have any questions or access queries please do not hesitate to contact Joy. Further details will be circulated to those who have expressed an interest in due course.

Kind regards
Professor Jose M Valderas

 

Posted July 27th 2015 (3 years ago)

MRCGP PREPARATION COURSES FOR SEVERN GP TRAINEES

 

Please click here to access the Severn Faculty RCGP website page. The booking forms can be downloaded via the links on the site.  Just scroll down the page and click on the date.

Bookings are now being taken for the following MRCGP Preparation Courses:

AKT & CSA Preparation Course dates have now been released for 2015/16 and these are listed below. 


AKT

8 Sept 2015
10 Nov 2015
1 Dec 2015
1 Mar 2016

CSA (2 day course)

23/24 Sept 2015
25/26 Nov 2015
6/7 Jan 2016

Contact us
RCGP Severn Faculty, Deanery House, Unit D - Vantage Office Park, Old Gloucester Road, Hambrook, Bristol BS16 1GW
Telephone: 01454 252725 or Email

Faculty Administrator: Jane Lohmann

Events Administrator: Sophie Martin

Posted July 20th 2015 (3 years ago)

Educational Supervisors (Trainers) and Clinical Supervisors - One Day Conference

Date: September 30th 2015 9:00am until 5:00pm

Location: Eastwood Park GL12 8DA

Full details

Posted July 20th 2015 (3 years ago)

"CONKERS - Confidence with Kinds - Emergency Real life Scenarios"

We at the Bristol Medical Simulation Centre are pleased to invite you to the:

CONKERS - Confidence with Kids - Emergency Real life Scenarios course.

It will take place on Friday 28th August 2015 at Bristol Medical Simulation Centre. The course is design for non-paediatric trainees - ACCS/GP/Foundation Doctors. The day will consist of expert-led workshops, discussions and simulation.

This course is a PILOT scheme so it is free to attend. Lunch & refreshments available on site free of charge. Limited to 12 places.

To book or for more information please email or 0117 3420108.

Posted July 20th 2015 (3 years ago)

LAUNCH OF INNOVATIVE £15 MILLION PHARMACY PILOTS IN GENERAL PRACTICES

For the attention of:
GP practices
NHS England stakeholders

Dear colleague,

In January this year we published the GP Workforce 10 Point Plan (“Building the Workforce – the New Deal for General Practice”), which signalled our intention to work with a number of partners to take immediate action to ensure we have a skilled, trained and motivated workforce in general practice.

In that document we highlighted the opportunities to support general practice by piloting innovative workforce initiatives and I am pleased to announce the first of these today.

This pilot aims to test the role of clinical pharmacists in General Practice. Supported by The Royal College of General Practitioners, British Medical Association’s GP Committee and Royal Pharmaceutical Society, it builds on the experiences of general practices, which already have clinical pharmacists in patient facing roles, and in some cases this extends to positions as partners. The pilot will be evaluated so that successes and learning are identified and reported.  Our intention is to invest at least £15 million over the next three years to test out this new patient-facing role in which clinical pharmacists have extended responsibility over and above many current ways of working. Practices have already suggested that this extended role could include the management of care for people with self-limiting illnesses and those with long term conditions and have asked that the new team members have the ability to independently prescribe.

The pilot will be funded for three years with an expectation that practices will continue with the role into year four and beyond. It is anticipated that in the region of 250 clinical pharmacists will be involved over this period with the ambition of supporting over 1 million patients. From today, practices and groups of practices will be able to bid to participate in the pilot, with practices strongly encouraged to work together to assemble joint bids involving pharmacists across a number of sites. Applications to participate in the pilot will need to demonstrate a case of need in relation to workforce challenges and clinical demands. It is anticipated that clinical pharmacists will be in post early in 2016.

Information about the pilot, including an application pack, is available on the NHS England website . 

You will find advice about how to submit your application by the deadline of 5pm Thursday 17 September 2015. If you have questions which you would like to raise and are not answered by the FAQs please send an email.

Yours sincerely,
Dame Barbara Hakin
National Director of Commissioning Operations

Posted July 9th 2015 (3 years ago)

2015/16 PGCE Funding Scheme now closed for applications

The scheme is now closed for any further applications for 2015/16.

Posted July 9th 2015 (3 years ago)

2015/16 Bursary Scheme now closed for applications

The 2015/16 Bursary Scheme is now closed for any further applications.

Posted July 8th 2015 (3 years ago)

Planned Road Closure near Severn PGME, Bristol

If you are planning on visiting Severn Postgraduate Medical Education please note that Beacon Lane will be closed for approximately 6 weeks with effect from Monday 20th July. This is the link between Vantage Park and Winterbourne.  There is a diversion in place, but this may make surrounding roads quite busy so please ensure plenty of travel time for appointments.

For further information please see Highways England information on the Bradley Stoke website.

 

Posted July 6th 2015 (3 years ago)

Geriatrics for Juniors 2015

Geriatrics for Juniors 2015
November 7th 2015, Park Plaza Hotel, Leeds

G4J is a one-day conference, designed for Foundation Doctors, Core Medical and GP Trainees. It aims to deliver relevant and useful clinical updates in all the main sub-specialties of Geriatric Medicine, in order to improve the standard of care for older patients.

What’s in it for you?

  • A full day of relevant and interesting educational sessions related to Geriatric Medicine
  • Practical and useful updates for your day-to-day practice
  • Sessions on career choices, CV building, applying to specialty and the truth about life as a registrar
  • A certificate of attendance for your e-portfolio

Presentations include Front Door Geriatrics, Frailty, Dizziness, Continence, Community Geriatrics, Compassionate Care, Parkinson’s Disease, Life as a Med Reg and Geriatrics Reg, the role of a Geriatrician in a modern NHS, End of Life Care, Confusion and Perioperative care! Full programme here  

Poster Competition
At this year’s Geriatrics for Juniors Conference we are running a poster competition for Audits and Quality Improvement Projects, done by junior doctors, that have improved the care of elderly people.  Successful submissions will have their poster displayed at the conference and the top projects awarded as ‘CotE Champions’. Click here for more info.

Registration is only £40, for an incredible day of talks from some fantastic speakers, with lunch and tea/coffee included. Register here 

Sent on behalf of

Dr Amy Crees - ST4 in Medicine for the Elderly and GIM

Posted July 6th 2015 (3 years ago)

Webinar to boost GP understanding

A webinar aimed at educating primary care professionals about ME/CFS and sponsored by Action for M.E. will be held by Dr Hazel O’Dowd, clinical lead at the Bristol CFS/ME Clinic on Thursday 9 July 2015 at 8pm BST.

Dr O’Dowd’s presentation will look at current understanding of CFS/M.E., making the diagnosis, the challenges patients and GPs face, and what options are available for treatment and management.

Healthcare professionals who want to attend the online-only event can register at the Webinars for GPs website.

Posted July 6th 2015 (3 years ago)

GP Trainee Awards Event and Michael Lennard Reception

Book your place - GP Trainee Awards Event and Michael Lennard Reception
Weds 22nd July 2015
Holiday Inn, Filton Rd, Bristol, BS16 1QX

Join this annual celebration and graduation ceremony for all ST3/4s completing GP training in Severn!

As well as formally welcoming all trainees completing the MRCGP as new Members of the Severn Faculty RCGP, there will be an opportunity to hear all the shortlisted candidates for the Excellence Awards presenting their varied and impressive activities. The Excellence and Davinder Sandhu Award winners will be announced. Finally, our guest speakers are Professor Bill Irish and Dr Henry Nwume (GPST3 in Bath), who will be talking about their time working in Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis earlier in the year. The afternoon closes with an early evening barbecue.

It's free to attend. All trainees, ESs, CSs, TPDs, ADs, Fellows and Deanery colleagues are warmly invited. GPST1s and GPST3s are expected to attend as part of the GP teaching/VTS timetable. To book, you need to complete the short online booking link

Any queries, please contact Pauline Harper  

We look forward to seeing you on July 22nd.

Posted June 22nd 2015 (3 years ago)

Bill Irish - GP Dean

We are please to announce that Bill has been appointed as the new Postgraduate Medical and Dental Dean in Health Education East of England, based in Cambridge. Whilst excited by the considerable new challenge that this offers, he will hugely miss the camaraderie and excitement of leading such a great team of GP educationalists across the South West. His departure date hasn’t been formally agreed as yet, but is likely to be over the summer holiday period.

HESW is hoping to appoint a successor for Bill soon, and we will of course keep you appraised of any developments around this. In the meantime Simon Newton as Head of the GP School at Severn and our admin team will be available if you have any issues or queries.

Posted June 22nd 2015 (3 years ago)

GP Trainees Subcommittee regional elections 2015 – 2017

The GP Trainees subcommittee are holding elections for 10 regional constituencies this summer: 

  • Eastern
  • London, North West
  • London, North Central & East
  • Mersey (Mersey Deanery region of North West LETB)
  • North East
  • Northern Ireland
  • Peninsula (Peninsula Deanery region of South West LETB)
  • Scotland, North
  • Wessex
  • West Midlands 

If you would like to get involved in the work of the subcommittee, and really make a difference to the lives of your fellow GP trainees, please consider standing for election. Candidates do not have to be BMA members. 

Anyone can stand who is either:

a) on a GP training programme that will not finish before 23 September 2015; or

b) starting a training programme between 26 June 2015 and 1 July 2016.

Successful candidates will be elected to serve for two full sessions; 2015/16 and 2016/17 unless the representative is set to qualify as a GP during the first session, in which case they will only serve for one session

 

Full details of the election and nomination forms can be found on the BMA website:  

Nominations close at 5pm, Friday17 July 2015. 

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact Holly Higgs in the GPC office.

Holly Higgs 
Executive Officer
NHS Primary Care Division, Policy Directorate 

 
    

Posted June 22nd 2015 (3 years ago)

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Medical) undertaken at Bristol University

Sent on behalf of Alice Archer 

Dear All

For the first year Severn is able to offer its medical trainees an opportunity to apply for a bursary to pursue a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Medical) undertaken at Bristol University. This is separate to the Bursary fund application for general courses, leading to a chosen postgraduate qualification.

Severn Postgraduate Medical Education office has commissioned 10 places for which trainees can apply, with up to 50% funding provided via the Bursary PGCE route. It has been offered in the Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education for the past 3 years and has proved to be very popular with trainees.   

The Bursary PG Cert Ed (Medical) is based primarily on a proven need through application.  Severn Postgraduate Medical Education will fund up to a maximum of 50% of the cost of the course and the trainee will fund the remaining balance of the course fee.   (Residential components and travel expenses are not included as part of the Bursary PG Cert Ed (Medical) allocation).

If you are interested in applying for a Bursary towards the PG Cert Education (Medical) course at Bristol University please click on this link to access the Bursary Fund (PGCE) Guidance and Process which has a link to the application form. 

Please note: 

  • Trainees must secure a place on the course through application to Bristol University prior to applying for the Bursary PG Cert Ed (Medical).
  • Only one application per person will be considered.

We look forward to receiving your applications.  

The timetable for the Bursary PG Cert Ed (Medical) – Bristol University Fund is as follows: 

Trainee Bursary (PGCE) Timetable

Wednesday, 3rd June 2015

Bursary application window opens

Wednesday, 8th July 2015

Bursary application window closes

Friday, 14th August 2015

Bursary outcomes provided

Friday, 27th November 2015

Deadline for invoices to be submitted for payment

 

Alice Archer, Business Support & Facilities Manager, Health Education South West, Raleigh Building, 22A Davy Road, Plymouth Science Park, Plymouth, PL6 8BY 

Posted June 19th 2015 (3 years ago)

Taster Workshops on Learning to be Safer through Human Factors & Ergonomics

Human Factors & Ergonomics (HFE) examines the interactions of people and other elements of a system to understand physical and cognitive abilities (and limitations) and social and organisational behaviour to optimise human wellbeing and overall system performance.

Two taster workshops are being held on Monday 13th July 2015 at Deanery House, Vantage Office Park, Bristol, BS16 1GW. They offer a learning opportunity as part of Health Education England’s ‘Learning to be Safer’ programme

Full details 

Posted June 19th 2015 (3 years ago)

Written reflection… Is it valuable or is it a game?

Dear Colleague,

Written reflection… Is it valuable or is it a game?

Have your opinion heard!

You may have already completed the questionnaire, in which case many thanks. If not, a gentle reminder - would you please help by completing this brief online survey? There has been a lot of interest in it, so we have extended the closing date to 30th June.

I am a newly qualified GP and, alongside my clinical work, I am a GP Research Fellow at the University of Bath, in association with Health Education South West. Our research is looking at the pros and cons of written reflection.

The survey explores whether a GP's approach to studying makes them more or less likely to feel they benefit from written reflection. We’d like to know your views on written reflection, and whether you think that any of the alternatives are preferable to the written reflection system used in NHS appraisal. Participants that did the pilot version said it took them around 10 minutes.

Some quotable comments from responses so far: “I think the level of reflection we have to do is bonkers…”, “I resent having to do them but when I have done them I feel it has been worthwhile”
Do you agree or disagree? Have your say!

For further information, please see the participant information sheet, available here  
Your answers will be completely anonymous, so please be forthcoming with your views!

The link to the survey is here

Many thanks in advance,

Dr Pamela Curtis
MBBCh, MRCGP, GP Research Fellow, University of Bath.

Posted June 19th 2015 (3 years ago)

Medical Educators’ Group Conference - Saturday 3 October 2015, Glasgow

If you’re planning on attending both the RCGP Annual Conference and Medical Educators’ Group conference (1-3 October 2015), don’t forget to register your place before 22 June to benefit from the earlybird rates.  NB this would need to be self funded (or from the annual £750 CPD payment)

Both conferences provide a fantastic professional development and networking opportunity for GP and primary care educators of all roles and backgrounds. The programmes certainly have a strong education stream with a dedicated programme for medical educators on Saturday 3 October.

RCGP Annual Conference details

Posted June 19th 2015 (3 years ago)

Postgraduate Certificate in Organisational Leadership is an Organisational Development

Dear Colleagues,

Due to such high demand the South West Leadership Academy have commissioned The Postgraduate Certificate in Organisational Leadership is an Organisational Development (OD).

The Post Graduate Certificate consists of three, 20 credit Masters Level modules:

  • Developing self and others (LDR503) (20 M Level Credits)
  • Leadership in action (LDR501) (20 M Level Credits)
  • Decision Making and Project Management (LDR502) (20 M Level Credits).

Progression may be available to the Post Graduate Diploma and MSc stages of the Organisational Leadership Programme on a self-funded basis, subject to there being sufficient demand.

For full details and an application form please click here

The closing date for applications is 31 July 2015

Posted June 19th 2015 (3 years ago)

New Site Lauched for Postgraduate Dental Education.

Welcome to the new Postgraduate Dental Education website

We provide high quality Postgraduate Dental Education for the South West. Including Dental Foundation Training, Hospital Training including Dental Core Training and Specialty Training, and Continuing Professional Development for all Dentists and Dental Care Professionals.

Posted June 19th 2015 (3 years ago)

Examiners Wanted

Dear Colleague, 

We need practising clinicians to act as examiners for Part 2 of the PLAB test, which is an OSCE, taken at the GMC Clinical Assessment Centre in Manchester. 

You must be able to demonstrate that you have the experience, knowledge and skills at the level of senior doctor within your specialty. This is either as an independent practitioner such as a Consultant or qualified GP, or as a senior doctor in your specialty and you must meet all other eligibility criteria, which includes having successfully completed membership examinations at the relevant medical college. 

In particular, you must have knowledge and understanding of the duties and responsibilities of a doctor successfully completing F1. Applicants must be fully registered with a licence to practise and have a reasonable expectation of being in this position for at least five years. Applicants must be in good standing with the GMC and the relevant Royal College or faculty. 

As part of our commitment to diversity, we seek members from a wide range of backgrounds and actively encourage applications from BME doctors, female doctors and doctors with a disability. We offer a daily rate of £310 with reasonable expenses and the flexibility necessary for you to fulfil your other commitments.

 If you are interested in becoming a PLAB Examiner or know of someone who may be interested, please click here for a full job specification and online application form. 

Completed applications will need to be submitted by midnight on 6 July 2015.

Many thanks. 

Neil Grant, Associate Services Advisor, General Medical Council

Tel: 020 7189 5336

Regents Place, 350 Euston Road, London, NW1 3JN

Posted June 19th 2015 (3 years ago)

Didn't we do well!

Dear all,

Firstly, a big thank you to all our trainees who voted our training programme 1st nationally for overall satisfaction in the recent GMC 2015 Training Survey!

And secondly, a huge round of appreciation to our educators together with their administration and support teams.  It's your hard work, energy and effort that helped achieve this exceptional performance.  

Congratulations!

Posted June 19th 2015 (3 years ago)

CEPS - have your say!

Dear GP Educator

The new integrated assessment of Clinical Examination and Procedural Skills (CEPS) in the ePortfolio was introduced in December 2015. The GMC has asked the college to evaluate the utility and effectiveness of the new assessment tools before the Skills Log can be replaced by CEPS as part of the ARCP.

As part of this evaluation we would like to ask all GP Educational Supervisors to complete a questionnaire. This will allow us to obtain your opinions about how easy it is to use CEPS in the Portfolio and whether the new format leads to a true reflection of trainee’s clinical skills. In particular we want to ask about how well CEPS reflects progress in conducting intimate examinations in general practice.

The survey for educational supervisors can be found here  

We have also developed a survey for trainees which we will highlight to trainees through the ePortfolio, but we would appreciate your help in drawing this to the attention of your trainees.

Both surveys will be open to respondents until the 6th July.

Thanks for you help.

Chris Mirner
Quality Assurance and Curriculum Manager

On behalf of the WPBA group

Posted June 8th 2015 (3 years ago)

Taster Workshops on Learning to be Safer through Human Factors & Ergonomics

These workshops are at Deanery House on 13th July.  Full details here

Posted June 8th 2015 (3 years ago)

Perinatal Mental Health 9th July 2015

This training day is being held in Peninsula on 9th July and is open to Primary Care trainees.  Full details here

Posted June 8th 2015 (3 years ago)

Clinical Evidence Fellow application window extended

The School of General Practice – Health Education South West And West of England Academic Health Science Network are now recruiting for GP Clinical Evidence Fellowships (3 posts), each one or two sessions per week.

The deadline for applications is now extended to 23rd June, 2015.   Please click here for full details.

 

Posted June 8th 2015 (3 years ago)

Three enthusiastic GP educators wanted for RCGP!

Dear all,

The RCGP’s curriculum team is recruiting up to three enthusiastic GP educators to help lead the development of the RCGP curriculum, as an important part of the national strategy to ensure the curriculum remains relevant to the needs of the next generation of generalist family doctors, their trainers and patients.

The Managing Editors lead on the creation, editing and updating of the RCGP curriculum modules, co-ordinating feedback and advice from our curriculum advisory network. Strong writing and team-working skills are essential for this role. Appointments are for one year in the first instance, although may be extended pending a successful review. The work will be reimbursed within an agreed budget (see the role description for further details). Relevant experience of GP education will be required, but experience of curriculum development is not essential – we would welcome applications from people with a wide range of backgrounds.

The full advert and role description is available here

I would be very grateful if you would make your colleagues and networks aware of this opportunity. This is an exciting time for GP training and a chance for enthusiastic educators to make a real difference!

Many thanks.

Kindest regards
Ben

Dr Ben Riley FRCGP
Medical Director of Curriculum
Royal College of General Practitioners
Email: ben.riley@rcgp.org.uk

Posted June 3rd 2015 (3 years ago)

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Medical) Bursary Funding

Now open for applications. Guidance and policy are now available on the website.

Posted June 3rd 2015 (3 years ago)

Bursary Funding

Now open for applications. Guidance and policy are now available on the website.

Posted May 27th 2015 (3 years ago)

Public Health Teaching

Dear Trainees,

I am the current public health scholar and as part of this I am looking at whether it would be useful to have formalised public health teaching as part of GPVTS. I would be really grateful if you could complete this survey. It should only take a couple of minutes.

Many thanks,

Rhiannon Lloyd-Hughes

Posted May 27th 2015 (3 years ago)

Severn Faculty RCGP Gala Dinner - LAST CHANCE TO BOOK A TICKET

Join us at the Clifton Pavilion within Bristol Zoo Gardens for our Annual Gala Dinner on Friday 12 June 2015. Your ticket includes a free viewing of Bristol Zoo outdoor enclosures and gardens from 18:00-19:30. The evening will continue with a Welcome drink and a Three Course Dinner with drinks and coffee from 19:30. All for just £35 for GP trainees.

We are delighted that Dr Sarah Wollaston is joining us as our guest speaker to give the Gale lecture. Sarah completed her GP training in Bristol, is currently the MP for Totnes and chairs the Health Select Committee. 'Politics and health: A GP in Westminster' promises to be a topical and stimulating talk, exploring her role as a GP and politician in tackling the challenges the NHS and General Practice face. It promises to be a delightful evening.
Tickets: RCGP Members £40, Non-Members & Guests £45, AiTs & Foundation Doctors £35

Dress code: Smart

To book your place click here  or go to Upcoming events - BOOKINGS CLOSE 29 MAY 15.

Posted May 18th 2015 (3 years ago)

Innovation Funding

Innovation Funding Scheme 2017/2018

Applications for the 2017/2018 Bursary Funding are now CLOSED.

Posted May 18th 2015 (3 years ago)

GP courses at Imperial College London

Dear Trainees, 

There are courses organised by The Symposium Office, Imperial College London which may interest you

  • Essential Obstetric Medicine for Primary Care - 9th June, 2015
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People - 23rd June, 2015
  • Child Health Promotion in Primary Care - 16-18th September, 2015

Click here for full details and an application form.

 

Posted May 18th 2015 (3 years ago)

Interactive website for GPs with extended roles

Dear Trainees,

I have interest from the GPC about funding an interactive website for GPs looking for or established in an extended role. It will have coaching and project development components. To aid my bid for funding I am building a facebook network at  this link below.

If you are interested would you please 'like' on facebook and share to expand the community.

Many thanks

Cathryn Dillon ST3 trainee

 

Posted May 18th 2015 (3 years ago)

Request for help with AKT Standard Setting on Friday 13/11/15

Dear all

Judges are needed for the next AKT Standard setting on 13/11/15 at RCGP, Euston Square.

They are looking for 2 or more Trainers, TPDs & First 5s, ideally grassroots GPs. If you would like to be involved please contact Pauline Foreman or Caroline Clerk

Posted May 5th 2015 (3 years ago)

Severn ARCP update 2015

Dear Trainees and Supervisors,

As the Summer ARCP Panels are just around the corner, and thoughts are turning to preparing ESRs, here are a few reminders and tips. (A very similar version of this update has already been sent to Peninsular Trainees and Supervisors). Although the below is separated into trainer and trainee themes, I recommend everyone looks at both!

Trainer/supervisor Themes

1. Checking trainee evidence is appropriate to competency: This has been made much easier than in previous years with the option to indicate your agreement with the trainee’s evidence, but it is important to check that the evidence they have submitted is supportive of the competency. Also don’t overlook the opportunity of referencing to additional supportive evidence which might be important but not have been cited. Narrative in your report is very helpful, but to be useful to the panel, it does need to be referenced to specific evidence. If you wish to make personal observations (from your dual role as CS), this is best made in the Educators notes, or in a separate CSR, both of which can then be referenced.

2. Use of competency ‘word pictures’ as reference: Referring to the ‘word pictures’ can be helpful as a guide when writing the report and also can inform the ‘actions’. I would very much encourage trainees to refer to these when preparing their self-rating.

3. Importance of entering ‘action’ comments: The ‘Actions’ comments provide a valuable opportunity for Educational Supervisors to share their thoughts on how their Trainee’s future development might be progressed. These comments are also relevant in the final ESR, prior to the completion of training. I acknowledge that the wording ‘actions before next review’ gets in the way of this and generates responses such as ‘none needed’ or ‘final review’. Consider the ‘next review’ to be the trainees first NHS Appraisal.

4. PDP judgments: Given the role of PDPs in Appraisal, it is important to comment on the quality of the Trainee’s PDP and try to encourage them to agree one new SMART item at the review meeting- mirroring what takes place in NHS Appraisals. Changes are to be introduced in future to support this.

Supervisor and Trainee Themes

1. DOPS: Still relevant with completion and sign off required for ST3/4s progressing to CCT before August 5th 2015 (including Scholars finishing one month later). For trainees completing their training after this date evidence of examination /procedural skills will form part of the ESR under the CEPS competency rating, which might draw on the evidence documented in previous DOPs. If you are supervising an ST1/2 and they have completed some DOPs, you might refer to these when completing your Educational Supervisor Report under competency CEPS in this review. For ST1/2s, you will also need to look at the new CEPs forms when completing this rating.

2. Child safeguarding Level 3: there has always been an implicit expectation that trainees will have undertaken training in child safeguarding, what’s changed is that from 5th August 2015 trainees exiting training and applying for CCT need to provide explicit evidence of training to level 3 which includes offering as a minimum of one reflective log entry concerning child protection in their final year of training plus evidence of having undergone training. Given that it is necessary to have training to level 3 to be on the performers list, we ask all GPST3s to provide this evidence for the forthcoming panels. Training may be accessed free on-line at: http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/safeguarding-children. It would be helpful if all supervisors could add a sentence in the final page of the ES report to say that they have seen this evidence (ideally referencing where to find it) - there are plans to have a "tick box" in the future.

Trainee themes

Overall quality has been good, with some outstanding submissions. Failure to provide the required evidence by the submission date will generate an outcome 5 (insufficient evidence). A future date for submission will be generated and the outstanding required evidence detailed. Failure to re-submit by this second date will lead to invitation to ARCP Panel and an unsatisfactory outcome. For ST3s this might lead to a delay in awarding of CCT, which may impact on their availability for locum work. Most of the point beloved are covered on the trainee ESR checklist which has been sent out by Alison.

1. Self-rating- referencing to evidence, supporting narrative: it is important to offer a broad range of relevant evidence, supported by meaningful commentary. Use the ‘word pictures’ for each competency as guide.

2. Final Self-rating ST3/4s- inappropriate selection of Needs Further Development NFD: a number of competent (some excellent) ST3s and ST4s self-rate against the competencies as NFD- meets expectations on their final review. This is often a recognition that more learning/expertise is needed (which is appropriate) and sometimes it can reflect a lack of confidence in a trainee. When self-rating it is important to refer to the word pictures; it is against these that you are self-rating,, rating as ‘competent for licencing’ doesn’t mean you are an expert, nor that additional learning is not needed. It is an expectation that Trainees who have made satisfactory progress in their training will be competent at their final review. If in doubt discuss with your trainer.

3. Submission of CSRs: These are required as evidence. A report covering every placement is required; lack of a CSR might result in the post not being recognised towards your training. This is especially important for short posts, which have become more common with trainees returning to training following maternity leave. It is also crucial that the CSR is completed by your named, trained Clinical Supervisor.

4. Significant Events, Audit, Reflection on complaints - Quality improvement an annual requirement: the linkage of ARCP to revalidation highlights the need for, at a minimum, evidence of engagement in quality improvement activities every academic year. This may usefully be provided through SEAs, Audit, and reflection on complaints.

5. Quality of log entries - focus on learning: the purpose of the log is to generate self-awareness, critical thinking and learning. Too often the majority of the text is descriptive. Keep this to the minimum necessary and focus on the learning that has been generated and/or is planned.

6. OOHs: a session is five-six hours; enter each session as a single log entry. If the required number (36 hours in ST1/2, 72 hours in ST3) is not completed by the ARCP submission date, we require you and your trainer to state that the outstanding sessions are booked. These will be checked prior to progressing. Please complete the OOH record sheet and attach to the OOH section of the log, as well as including the number of hours and cumulative hours on the title of your OOH entry.

7. CPR certificates: it is a requirement that you have evidence of up to date certified training in CPR at the time of completing training as an ST3/4- your Educational Supervisor ‘ticks’ this as ‘met’ on the ‘Progress to Certification’ page. We do require you to attach the certificate to a clearly titled ‘CPR’ log entry (under certificates).

8. SMARTEN up the PDP: The PDP is for you, but to have any educational meaning, to make it likely you will achieve the outcomes, keep it short and simple. The college is aware that the current system where actions are populating the PDP isn’t helpful and changes are afoot.

As always, if you have any questions about the forthcoming ESRs or ARCP Panels, please contact Alison Needler. I am also happy for you to contact me directly,

Best wishes

Dr John Edwards FRCGP
Associate Post Graduate Dean for Assessment Health Education South West - Severn Postgraduate Medical Education  

Posted May 5th 2015 (3 years ago)

Voting is open!

Voting in the RCGP Presidential and National Council Member elections is now open – you may cast your vote from this page

Only 15% of GPs vote.  This year there are 2 local GP education candidates - Dr Terry Kemple for RCGP President and Dr Holly Hardy for the College Council.

For full details including candidates' statements and biographical details, please click here

Posted April 28th 2015 (3 years ago)

ST2 Scholarships and ST3 LETEs

For all ST2s

Just a reminder that the deadline to apply for the GP Scholar Posts is approaching. If you’re interested, please email your application. For more information on available scholarships and how to apply please click here  

For all ST3s

We are currently inviting applications for Leadership and Excellence Training Extensions posts starting August 2015. This is an exciting opportunity to develop your skills both as a doctor and as a clinical leader.

We are planning to run an introductory meeting on Wednesday 29th April between 2pm and 3pm at Deanery House, Bristol. If you would like to attend this meeting, please do come along; Dr Tom Pelly will be pleased to tell you all about LETE. For more information on these posts and how to apply please click here  

Posted April 28th 2015 (3 years ago)

9 Hot Topics in Neurology for GPs

This neurology course consists of nine focused 40-minute talks on topics of great relevance to primary care, including 10 minutes for Q&A per talk. Our speakers are leading experts in their fields, including consultant neurologists and professors from National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Queen Square. With emphasis on up-to-date evidence and practical guidance, topics range from stroke, headaches and brain tumours to indications for neurology MRI and CT scans.  This course will be of interest to your postgraduate trainees in general practice and also GP principles.

A full description of the event and a booking form can be found here

Best wishes and hope to see you there.

Alastair G Sutcliffe MB, ChB, MD, PhD, FRCP, FRCPCH, PG Dip CT

Professor of General Paediatrics, Institute of Child Health, UCL, Hon Consultant Paediatrician UCLH (and GOSH)

www.alastairsutcliffe.co.uk 

Posted April 20th 2015 (3 years ago)

Written reflection… Is it valuable or is it a game?

Dear GP trainees and qualified GPs,

Written reflection… Is it valuable or is it a game?  Have your opinion heard! 

I am a newly qualified GP and, alongside my clinical work, I am a GP Research Fellow at the University of Bath, in association with Health Education South West. Our research is looking at the pros and cons of written reflection - would you help by completing a brief online survey?

The survey explores whether a GP's approach to studying makes them more or less likely to feel they benefit from written reflection. We’d like to know your views on written reflection, and whether you think that any of the alternatives are preferable to the written reflection system used in NHS appraisal. Participants that did the pilot version said it took them around 10 minutes.

For further information, please see the participant information sheet, available here 

Your answers will be completely anonymous, so please be forthcoming with your views!

The link to the survey is here

Many thanks in advance,

Dr Pamela Curtis, MBBCh, MRCGP, GP Research Fellow, University of Bath.

Posted April 20th 2015 (3 years ago)

RCGP Essential Knowledge Update (EKU) 15

Dear All

The Essential Knowledge Update (EKU) 15, has now been released.

Best regards, 

Mona Lindsay

Co-ordinator| Development & Enterprises - (Enterprises)
Tel: 020 3188 7610

Posted April 13th 2015 (3 years ago)

ARCP timetable

Dear All,

The timetable for this year's ARCPs is here .  Please note that for the June and July ARCPs, there is a 2 stage process scheduled by patch and ST year. 

I will email you 6 weeks before the day, but contact me if you have any quearies in the meantime.

Best regards,

Alison Needler, Support Manager

 

Posted April 13th 2015 (3 years ago)

GMC Guidance for students with disabilities

Sent on behalf of Selena Gray, Deputy Postgraduate Dean

Dear Colleagues,

You may be interested to see this updated guidance from the GMC.

The guidance gives advice to medical schools and deaneries/LETBs on making it easier for students with disabilities to progress through medical school and training, and provides practical suggestions to help ensure that that disabled students do not face unnecessary barriers to successful medical careers. As well as the updated web version, there is also a new-look Gateways pdf which is currently in electronic form only.

Best wishes
Selena Gray

Posted April 13th 2015 (3 years ago)

The Collaborative Doctor - GMC event in Bristol

dear all,

I am writing to let you know about some upcoming events which the GMC is hosting and COPMeD is supporting.

The events are focused on the topic of medical professionalism and they are aimed at frontline doctors, medical education and training representatives, and other healthcare professionals. The events are taking place in Bristol, Newcastle, Birmingham and Cardiff throughout the year and they are free to attend.

The first event, ‘the collaborative doctor’, is happening in Bristol on 12 May from 6pm-9pm. It will include a keynote speech by Peter Lees (Chief Executive, FMLM), a panel discussion featuring Maureen Baker (Chair, RCGP), Niall Dickson (Chief Executive, GMC) and other local senior clinicians, plus a light dinner and the chance to network. The topics for debate will include:

  • partnerships with patients and shared decision making
  • integrated care and multidisciplinary working and learning
  • doctors as leaders and the role of the accountable clinician
  • what doctors can learn from other professions.

To find out more and book your free place click here  If you have any queries, please contact the organising team by email or telephone - 0117 906 4537.

Kind regards,

Samuel Taylor
Events Officer
General Medical Council
Regent's Place, 350 Euston Road, London NW1 3JN

Posted March 23rd 2015 (3 years ago)

2015 Trainee Excellence Awards - applications now open

Severn Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) has many accomplished trainees involved in a variety of activities including research, education, leadership and pursuits outside medicine. Severn PGME School of Primary Care supports the introduction of annual awards to both encourage and reward outstanding achievement.

For full details and application forms please click here.

Posted March 23rd 2015 (3 years ago)

2015 Scholarships - applications now open for all GPST2s

The 2015 GP Scholar Posts are now open to applications. These are a great opportunity to challenge and acquire skills over and above those obtained during your GP training. The addition of new exciting posts, such as the social media and dementia scholars, means there are a broad variety of roles to fit you and your interests.

New Scholar Opportunities:

GP ST3 Social Media Scholarship Programme

  • Includes using social media to promote GP training in Severn and enhance learning opportunities for GPSTs.
  • Opportunity to develop ways for effective online learning, such as podcasts.
  • GP ST3 Dementia Scholarship Programme
  • Working as part of the CCG dementia team to develop a community based project.
  • Opportunity to gain experience in memory clinics, interface services and dementia research.

What some existing trainees have to say…

'I have used the scholarship to do some great things, though highlight to date was a day in London with Dr Maureen Baker, the RCGP Chair, it was really inspiring.'

'It's been an inspiring year with great opportunities - being involved in an exciting project, examining at the GPST Stage 3 interviews, additional courses and being involved in medical student SSC to name but a few.'


For more information on available scholarships and how to apply please click here

Posted March 23rd 2015 (3 years ago)

Fellows roles applications now closed

We recruit to five one year fellowship programmes during the spring and invite our current GP ST3s and qualified GPs to apply. Applications are invited for the following posts based in Bristol, Bath, Swindon, Gloucestershire and Somerset. We are looking to appoint 5 GP Educator Fellowships for a fixed period of one year. Each will work closely with one of our local educational teams. There will be local and school-wide educational support, educational events and mentoring for each post holder in order for them to develop expertise in this area as part of their ongoing career development. The application form and further details are available on the NHS Jobs website, reference number 984-BT135-SW. 

We are committed to Equal Opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of gender, race, disability, sexuality or age. All applicants who have a health problem or disability and meet the minimum criteria for the position will be guaranteed an interview.

 

Posted March 17th 2015 (3 years ago)

SSPC Academic Fellowships 2015-16

The Scottish School of Primary Care (SSPC) is advertising GP Academic Fellowship posts 2015-16.

Four fellowships are available that offer unique opportunities for training in academic aspects of general practice, and are ideal for GPs at an early stage of career development contemplating an academic career. Applicants will ideally have some experience in research (although this is not required), and longer term career development will be a central aim of each post. The posts are available for one year and are suitable for applicants who have or are due to complete their CCT training in 2015. During the one year post successful applicants will gain new skill and develop their research ideas into a formal research proposal. They will also be expected to retain at least a minimal clinical commitment of 2 sessions.

The closing date is Friday 27 March, details can be found here.

Many thanks for your help,
Regards, 

Dr Alison Hinds, Manager, Scottish Primary Care Research Network, University of Dundee, Mackenzie Building, Kirsty Semple Way, Dundee DD2 4BF

Tel: 01382 383707
Mob: 07896 804760
Fax: 01382 383802

Posted March 17th 2015 (3 years ago)

Call for papers - deadline looming

As always, we're looking to RCGP members, students and other primary care professionals to contribute to the RCGP Annual Conference programme by submitting an abstract to present a 10 minute short paper at Conference.

The deadline for paper submissions is Monday 23 March, so if you're thinking about submitting a paper, you need to act quickly.

In addition to research and scientific abstracts, we welcome submissions that demonstrate good practice, education and any new or innovative projects in primary care.

The RCGP Annual Conference takes place in Glasgow, 1-3 October 2015.

Full details on the submission guidance can be found here.

Submission deadlines
Oral - Monday 23 March 2015
Posters - Monday 27 July 2015

SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT

Posted March 12th 2015 (3 years ago)

Ebola and Sierra Leone by Dominic Waddington

Motivation

In 2012 my wife, Sarah, and I spent a year doing voluntary work in Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone. I’d also worked in Sierra Leone in 2007. We had developed a great love of the country and its people. Despite being one of the poorest countries in the world (183rd out of 187 nations on the UN Human Development Index) the people in Sierra Leone are the warmest, most hopeful and most joyful people I can imagine.
Despite having been devastated by a brutal civil war which ended in 2002 Sierra Leone had made great progress over the last decade. It had transitioned into a safe and stable multi-party democracy. Although healthcare systems were still very poor there was real progress with infant mortality and maternal mortality rates falling, ever increasing rates of childhood vaccinating and improving life expectancy.
When the Ebola epidemic spread in to Sierra Leone from Guinea Kenema was one of the first districts to be affected. Because it was affected so early in the epidemic there was very little infrastructure in place to care for Ebola patients. Healthcare workers did not have adequate protective equipment and a great many were infected and died. Thankfully none of our close friends died, however hearing reports of how serious the situation was Sarah and I felt incredibly frustrated not to be able to help.

 

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At Kenema Government Hospital they have put a poster on the wall in memory of each member of staff who has died of Ebola

 

Eventually we found out about an organisation UK-MED. They were working closely with NHS England and the Department for International Development to try to make it possible for NHS staff who wanted to work on the Ebola response to take time out of their NHS work. The British government were building a number of purpose built Ebola Treatment Centres and the plan was to use NHS staff as part of the clinical workforce. We applied and after a screening interview we were selected and asked if we could make ourselves available to depart within 10days! Initially we weren’t sure that we would be able to take time away from out training programs at such short notice. However the support we received from PGME, our GP training program and our clinical placements was absolutely fantastic. An application which is supposed to be submitted at least 6 months in advance was approved within hours.


Pre-departure

Before we could be deployed to Sierra Leone we had to attend a 9-day intensive residential training course. This was hosted by the British military at an Army medical base just outside York. We were in a group of around 35 NHS staff (mostly doctors, nurses and paramedics) along with around 30 Norwegian healthcare workers. As well as bringing us up to date with the clinical management of Ebola patients this provided lots of time to practice using protective equipment similar to what we would use in Sierra Leone. They had even constructed a mock-up Healthcare Centre so that we could go through a 3 day simulation of running a Treatment Centre. By the end of the course we felt really well prepared and were raring to go.

 

Arrival

We arrived in Sierra Leone towards the end of November. 16 Of us were all working together in the new treatment centre in a town called Port Loko – the only problem was that the rainy season had gone on little longer than usual so construction at the site had fallen behind and it wasn’t yet ready to open. The plan was that once it was ready to open then the site would be handed over the Irish charity GOAL who would run it on a day to day basis. As we couldn’t yet treat Ebola patient we spent the next couple of weeks doing whatever as necessary to speed along the process. Some of the time was spent on training with the local and other international staff to ensure that we would all together effectively, but we also worked on finalising treatment protocols, constructing hospital beds, putting up fencing and anything else that was needed to get the site ready to open… We knew that within the district there were hundreds of people with suspected Ebola. A few were at another treatment centre that had opened, but most were being held in Community Care Centres. In these community care centres the supply of protective equipment was variable, and the staffing levels were poor which meant that patients could not receive the level of care that they needed.

 

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Port Loko Treatment Centre when we arrived - A building site

Ebola Care

Once we were finally able to open we started to receive Ebola patients. Initially we only took a couple in order to make sure that our procedures and systems worked, but over the weeks we increased the numbers up towards 30. The centre was divided into 3 zones: The white zone was purely administrative; The green zone was a clinical area where we kept patient records, made decisions about care and where the pharmacy was; The red zone was the wards – this was the danger area where we always had to wearer protective equipment to ensure that we did not become infected ourselves. In the first instance we were sent the very sickest of the patients as they were the hardest to treat in the Community Care Centres. Emotionally this was very hard as many of them died shortly after being admitted to our treatment centres – and at times it did seem that the task was hopeless and we had to shift our expectations to recognise that even with our best efforts nearly half of the patients would die. Patients were of all ages and all socioeconomic background – Ebola is not a discriminating disease. Gradually in the second week though we started to see some patient improve and by Christmas Eve we had our first patient who had fully recovered and was able to be discharged home. Over the following few days more and more patients who had tested positive for Ebola improved and as their repeat test came back negative we could discharge them.
The biggest challenge by far was how to provide effective medical care whilst protecting ourselves from infection. It was essential that every single person in the treatment centre adhered strictly to the same procedures. Should one member of staff not do this then there was the risk that they could bring Ebola out of the Red Zone, putting everybody at the ETC at risk. The protective equipment that we wore was hot. We would wear normal hospital scrubs with Wellington boots whenever we were in the green zone. Before we could enter the red zone then on top of this we were completely covered head to ankle in non-breathable, waterproof protective clothing. We had 2 pairs of surgical gloves and a full head hood. Inside the hood we had a mask covering mouth and nose, and on the outside goggles protecting our eyes. Finally there was a heavy waterproof apron on top. In 35̊C heat it was only possible to spend a maximum of 35 minutes in the red zone. By this time there would be sweat pooled in the gloves and wellington boots, the scrubs underneath would be completely soaked through, the goggles steamed up and I’d be feeling quite dehydrated. Staying in any longer would have been dangerous as fainting in the red zone would carry a very high risk of being exposed to Ebola.
Even for those 45min it was hard to achieve much. Everything takes at least 3 times as long when the patient has Ebola. Siting an IV line is a 2 person job, made all the more challenging when vision is impaired by the fogged goggles, all the while aware that slightest drip of blood could be enough to infect yourself or a co-worker. Helping to change an incontinent patient is a slow laborious process. We had to be so careful not to become contaminated with faeces and take care not to move too suddenly or vigorously for fear of dislodging the mask or goggles. Talking to colleagues was difficult due to the protective equipment, but trying to communicate with patients who do not speak English was virtually impossible. At times we had young children separated from their parents and the only human contact that they had was with us in our full protective equipment – they were absolutely terrified.
Even after all that there was the challenge of removing the protective clothing carefully – this is the most high risk process and has to be done with painstaking care. It takes about 20min to get fully undressed: After being sprayed top to bottom with chlorine each item is individually removed with repeated hand washing between each step. Only the apron and goggles are reusable – the rest is added to the clinical waste and burned. The apron and goggles are soaked in strong chlorine to ensure that they are fully disinfected before being left to dry in the sun.

 

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Sunset behind the incinerator

 

For all the challenges there were also wonderful experiences. As patients began to improve they were able to come outside of the wards and then we could talk to them as real humans (although we did have to stay 2 metres apart separated by 2 layers of chain link fencing at least we could chat wearing only scrubs). Many patients did recover fully – even some who had been really critically ill. The day that we were able to discharge a grandmother with 2 grandchildren all having recovered was a very special moment.

Going forward

At last the numbers of cases seems to be falling – although the epidemic is sure to run for many more months there is a real feeling that things are heading in the right direction. Already many people are looking forwards to the next challenges. How to rebuild a health system which has been destroyed by the loss of so many healthcare workers, and by a loss of trust between the population and the hospitals? How to catch up on preventive healthcare such as childhood vaccination which has halted completely for the last year? How to catch up on lost education as school have been closed (and many have been used as makeshift Ebola care centres)? How rebuild a fractured society in which some people have been so scared that they have even abandoned sick relatives, and where many children have been left orphaned? Many people have died of Ebola, but many more have died because they could not get treatment for common diseases like malaria or pneumonia – with no clinics open no treatment has been available. Because of Ebola people have not had access to even basic healthcare. Women have died in childbirth because there is no way to safely perform a lifesaving caesarean section.


After a few weeks rest at home I will head back out to Sierra Leone for a couple more months to work on a project to strengthen the Community Care Centres and maybe support the reopening of primary health clinics.
My experience in Sierra Leone has taught me a lot. Obviously some practical skills around infection prevention and control, but more importantly it has forced me to learn greater adaptability. I had to work across cultural boundaries (we had team members from Denmark, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ireland, Kenya, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, USA, Spain as well as the UK and Sierra Leone….). I had to develop a new level of emotional resilience and in doing so made new friendships that I truly believe will be lifelong. Most importantly seeing Sierra Leone in this time of crisis reinforced my great respect for the spirit, determination and hospitality of Sierra Leoneans.

 

Dominic Waddington

GPST2 North Devon

Posted March 9th 2015 (3 years ago)

Ebola and Sierra Leone by Sarah Williams

Ebola and Sierra Leone

In 2012 my husband, Dom, also a VTS trainee, and I worked for a year in Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone with Voluntary Service Overseas. When the first cases of Ebola reached Sierra Leone in March 2014 Kenema district was badly affected. Over 30 doctors, nurses and laboratory staff from Kenema hospital contracted and died of the disease. We watched on with great sadness as Ebola started to take a grip on the country we had come to know and love.

Sierra Leone Pic 3

 

Hence choosing to return to Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak was an easy decision to make. In many ways the country appeared much as it had done – it remained as beautiful as I remembered it and the people were as warm and open as they always had been. Yet in other ways the impact of Ebola was starkly apparent: quarantined houses were scattered through most towns and villages; previously bustling markets were closed due to a ban on public gatherings; checkpoints punctuated the roads every few miles to restrict the movement of people; even Christmas was ‘cancelled’ by the government.  

We were based in Port Loko, a small town several hours outside of Freetown, the capital, working for the Irish NGO GOAL. The Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC) in Port Loko had been built by the British army, but due to the gruelling temperatures, plus the rainy season going on for almost a month longer than normal, the completion date was delayed. Not being able to get straight to work was disappointing for us, particularly as the scale of the problem within the district at that time was so immediately apparent. However there were lots of other things to be getting on with - protocol writing, training of local staff, bed building etc. - and retrospectively we feel really pleased to have been part of those formative weeks for the treatment centre.

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When we did open I found working in an ETC is nothing like as scary as I had thought it might be. The biggest challenge was getting used to spending most of my time literally dripping with sweat! Ebola is a cruel illness causing severe diarrhoea, vomiting, weakness, and often dreadful pain.  I would be lying if I said we did not see a lot of unpleasant things. However we also experienced the joy of seeing survivors leave the centre and witnessed the incredible humanity of patients who, even once cured, remained inside to care for others. I feel honoured to have worked with an enthusiastic and hard working group of Sierra Leonean nurses and community health officers for whom this is not just a short break away from normal life but their life for the foreseeable future.

Recent figures suggest that the numbers of new Ebola cases in Sierra Leone are starting to diminish. Although no one can be sure whether or not the outbreak is finally coming under control there is certainly reason to be optimistic. Sadly for Sierra Leone they have a long uphill struggle ahead of them even once the Ebola outbreak is over. 7500 children have been orphaned to date – and the eventual numbers are likely to be much higher. Food shortages are anticipated due restrictions on the movement of people meaning farmers were unable to grow crops this year. And there will of course be the psychological scars that people will carry with them.

 

Sierra Leone Pic 2

 

However, for now we must focus on the positives, and hopefully, with the support of the international community, we are finally seeing the Ebola crisis starting to come under control. Let us hope that this progress continues….

I am incredibly grateful for the amazing support I have received from the deanery and colleagues in making it possible for me to return to Sierra Leone and play a small part in the international response to the Ebola crisis.

 

Sarah Williams
GPST2 North Devon

Posted March 3rd 2015 (3 years ago)

SEM trainees working in Sport - GMC interim advice Feb 2014

Trainees in sport and exercise medicine (SEM)

Amended 9th February 2014

Dr Justin Hughes, SAC Chair for Sport and exercise medicine
Dr Sheona Macleod, Director of Education and Quality and Postgraduate Dean, HE East Midlands, Lead dean for Sport and exercise medicine
Tara Willmott, GMC Head of Approvals
Nicola Ellis, GMC Education Quality Analyst

Background
The SAC Chair for Sport and exercise medicine, Dr Justin Hughes, expressed a need for clarification from the GMC around whether it is considered appropriate for doctors in training to do paid work outside of their training programme. In particular, it is common for SEM trainees to take up work as a team doctor or provide crowd cover/pitchside support but it is not clear whether this is allowed. They would usually be paid a nominal fee for this work.

Part of the SEM Curriculum includes experience in team sports and in providing medical care at sporting events. Therefore, weekend work with teams or a regular attachment to a club is considered useful experience. To prohibit SEM trainees from taking up these roles would leave a large area to be covered by volunteers, which has safety implications, and may affect attraction and retention to the specialty.

The SAC is unsure what it should be telling Training Programme Directors to advise doctors in training, and so urgently requests guidance before the next recruitment round starts.

GMC current position
Current GMC guidelines state that in order to be awarded a CCT doctors in training must be working wholly within a training programme. This is usually interpreted to mean that doctors in training cannot, for example, work part time outside the specialty or run a business. This has been written into EU legislation.

As there is no position statement on this specific area at present, doctors who have taken up ad hoc positions with the best intentions will not be penalised and can continue doing so until guidance is published.

Advice for SAC
The GMC need to determine what reasoning would be allowed for doctors to work outside of training and formulate a position statement. This is likely to take at least six months, but the following advice can be given in the interim.

  • It is likely that work outside of training will need to be allowed for shortage specialties (like, for example, GP working part time whilst training in Public health medicine).
  • With regards to SEM, the GMC acknowledges that there may be a need to allow for work outside of the curriculum but it must be recognised that these doctors are not fully trained and they must not be put in the position of undertaking work for which they are not competent.  
  • It is noted that some SEM trainees come to the specialty as qualified GPs and will want to continue surgery work whilst training. They fulfil a service need, which is essential in the current climate. The GMC feel this is reasonable and anticipate this will be included in the position paper.
  • Weekend work should be agreed locally with the Training Programme Director and must be appropriate to experience. Therefore, it is essential that the competencies required of these roles are clearly defined. A trainee with a GP background will be more experienced than an MRCP route ST3, for example. It is likely that pitchside cover will be considered a reasonable role for an early stage trainee but that being a team doctor will not. The TPD should discuss matters with the Training Committee if at all unsure about the appropriateness of a role. It has been suggested that the impact of the doctor in training’s additional work could be considered with the ARCP process and a judgement made as to if it had a detrimental impact on the progression.
  • The GMC is comfortable at this stage with encouraging doctors in training to take up club positions while training if this is on an ad hoc basis, but not if they are choosing to train less than full time to do this. The issue of payment is not considered relevant. Doctors who are intending to train part time in order to take up a position with a club should be advised to wait for the GMC’s position paper.
  • The GMC needs to ensure that any concessions it makes in relation to work outside of training for SEM trainees is justifiable and not considered unfair to those in other specialties who are effectively not permitted to earn additional money. It is noted that trainees in Emergency medicine and Trauma and orthopaedics are comparably skilled and often do similar work.
  • It is also important that not only is the doctor in training working within their scope of practice but that those that are employing them are aware of their skill levels given that they would not be under supervision in these roles.

 

Posted March 3rd 2015 (3 years ago)

Paediatric Dermatology meeting

Dear all,

We would like to welcome you to the next Dermsoc meeting.

Dr Cameron Kennedy is running a session on Paediatric Dermatology 

Date and time:  Thursday 5th March at 18.30pm - 20.00pm

Venue- Tutorial Room 1, UH Bristol Education Centre

Refreshments will be provided .

Dr Kennedy will talk for an hour followed by refreshments. There will then be a short interesting case presentation (Dr E Vardanega).

Please email dermsoc if you want to come along so we have an idea about numbers for catering. Everyone is welcome and feel free to bring interested housemates etc!

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Dermsoc Commitee

P.S. There are going to be monthly sessions for the rest of the year, there are opportunities for short case presentations. If you are interested in presenting a case please email dermsoc or Jo Fawcett 

Posted February 23rd 2015 (3 years ago)

Join a Balint Group

There is an opportunity for GPs who are qualifying, just qualified and GPs with up to around 10 years experience in practice to join a Balint group.

The next meeting will be on March 03 2015 at 8 pm and will take place at 27 Kings Drive, Bishopston BS7 8JW.  Further groups will continue on the first Tuesday of the month.

The group will be run by Dr Judy Malone who is an experienced psychotherapist and Balint leader 

If you are interested please call Judy on 07906 479564.

 

Posted February 23rd 2015 (3 years ago)

AKT and CSA prep courses 2015/16

The dates for the next RCGP Faculty AKT and CSA Preparation Courses are now confirmed.  Further details will be on their website shortly (scroll down to Faculty Events section).

AKT Prep Course

8 Sept 2015 – 50 delegates
10 Nov 2015 - 50 delegates
1 Dec 2015 - 50 delegates
1 Mar 2016 - 50 delegates

CSA Prep Course

23/24 Sept 2015 – 40 delegates
25/26 Nov 2015 – 60 delegates
6/7 Jan 2016 – 60 delegates

Posted February 19th 2015 (3 years ago)

ST3 entry Academic Clinical Fellowships in Primary Care

Applications are invited from second-year general practice specialty trainees in English deaneries (current ST2s) that wish to undertake clinical academic training starting August 2015. Funding is now available to enable trainees to extend their training by a year, allowing part-time attachment to a University department during the ST3 and ST4 years.  Fellowships are offered at all nine Universities within the NIHR School for Primary Care Research: Bristol, Cambridge, Keele, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford Southampton and University College London. In most cases we anticipate applicants will wish to continue to train in their existing Deanery although cross-Deanery transfer may be possible in specific cases.

Further details of these awards including the specific training opportunities available at each University can be found here  

To make an application, please click on the following link

Closing date for applications is at midnight 11th March 2015  

There is also information about the posts on the website of Health Education West Midlands - West Midlands Deanery is hosting the recruitment application process. 

The Centre for Academic Primary Care at Bristol...

is one of the leading centres for research and teaching in relation to primary health care in the UK. We conduct high quality research, addressing questions relating to primary care of high priority to the NHS: important clinical areas such as infection, mental health, domestic violence, and cardiovascular disease, or wider questions of great importance for health policy, for example into the organisation of care and evaluation of new models of service delivery. In 2006 we became a founder member of the NIHR School for Primary Care Research, recognising the excellence of our research. This status was renewed following the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise where 70% of our research submission was rated either 3* or 4* and again after the 2104 REF when 80% of our research was rated either 3* or 4*.

This ST3 entry ACF programme will provide two years of integrated academic general practice, with time divided equally between academic work and training as a GP registrar in a local practice which is recognised for undergraduate teaching, accredited for vocational training and is highly research-active.

The objectives are to provide:(i) an excellent basic training in research methods (ii) experience of conducting a specific research project (iii) support for a trainee with outstanding potential in making an application for an externally funded doctoral training fellowship eg MRC, Wellcome, NIHR to follow on from this post (iv) a limited exposure to and experience of undergraduate teaching (v) high quality and comprehensive vocational training for general practice, leading to successful achievement of the MRCGP qualification, as well as formal accreditation on completion of training (vi) a stimulating intellectual environment and inspiring role models, to introduce GPRs to the opportunities, challenges and excitement of an academic career.

For further information please click here or contact Professor Debbie Sharp 

Posted February 9th 2015 (3 years ago)

RCN and RCGP Joint Study Day: 'talking the talk on obesity and malnutrition' - Tuesday 17th March 2015 – RCN HQ, London

RCN and RCGP would like to draw your attention to a new training facility, which focuses on obesity and malnutrition to support the rapidly expanding multimorbidity agenda and its relationship to lifestyle issues.

They have set up this training day with RCGP and RCN which forms part of the new RCGP Introductory Certificate in Obesity, Malnutrition and Health. 

In order to promote uptake of local training in obesity, this course has been designed to ‘train the trainers’, to enable local cascade training of some of its content, by making available the interactive workbook and slide sets. For this reason we are suggesting that CCGs or local authorities consider funding or part funding local staff to attend and are offering a group discount when booking three or more places at the same time. Alternatively, the workshop sections of the course could be commissioned for local delivery.

It is suitable for all non-specialist clinical staff in community and integrated care, as well as primary care, including GPs, GP trainees, nurses, health visitors, dieticians, health trainers, physiotherapists and dentists. It takes a strong focus on supporting behaviour change and will also touch on the health of health workers themselves.

The course is SCOPE accredited, includes an interactive workbook and is complemented by six e-Learning sessions on the RCGP e-Learning platform, which are currently free to access. 

Please find the programme and flyer (with booking form) attached and please do circulate to the relevant members in your team who may be interested. Call 0292 0546 460 to book on to the event.

For further details, please contact Rebecca Hoole, Conference & Events Organiser, RCN.

 

Posted February 9th 2015 (3 years ago)

MRCGP panel of examiners

Sent on behalf of the Chief Examiner

Dear Colleague

I am writing to let you know that we are in the process of reviewing our arrangements for recruitment to the panel of examiners for MRCGP examinations in line with new recommendations from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and the General Medical Council. We will be consulting with stakeholders, including COGPED about our new process to ensure that it remains fair and fit for purpose, and complies with our public sector equality duty. We anticipate that the review will be completed by August 2015 and will let you know the details of the new process as soon as we can. In the interim we have closed our waiting list to new applicants and have written to all those currently on the waiting list to inform them of the review.

As many of our applications come from GP Trainers and TPDs I think it would be helpful if the training community were informed about our plans and would be most grateful for your help in disseminating this information.

Kind regards

Dr Pauline Foreman
Chief Examiner

Posted February 9th 2015 (3 years ago)

RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference

Attention all GPs, but especially AiTs, First5 GPs, Foundation Trainees and Medical Students!!

Severn Faculty RCGP are pleased to announce that, in collaboration with Severn Postgraduate Medical Education, we are able to fund several bursaries to attend the RCGP annual conference

RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference at SECC, Glasgow, 1-3 October 2015

RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference is the must attend event of the year for GPs and practice team colleagues, showcasing the latest clinical and policy developments across the UK and brings together an impressive range of national and international speakers. This year’s theme is 'Expanding horizons of care' and the programme is packed with seminars and workshops relevant to all GPs, several of which are specifically for AiTs and First5 GPs, and will be extremely informative to Foundation Trainees and Medical Students. The conference is also an invaluable opportunity to meet GPs from across the UK, and good fun!

Conference details 

Register for the conference as early as possible to secure your place at the discounted earlybird rates.  Bursary recipients will be prioritised to those submitting a poster or presentation, and the quality of the written submission. Applications should be received before midnight on Saturday, 28 February 2015. The bursary will support Conference fees, travel and accommodation (but not incidental expenses) up to a maximum of £500 per individual. One additional bursary is open to post-First5 GPs who have never previously attended the RCGP Annual Conference. 

There will be an expectation that successful applicants will feed back their experiences to the Severn Faculty Board and to Severn Postgraduate Medical Education by way of a brief report and give a short talk at the Severn Faculty AGM which will be held at Deanery House, Hambrook, Bristol on 4 Nov 2015. The Faculty will notify applicants if their application was successful by 31 March 2015.

Applications should include a written submission entitled “How can the profession ensure careers in General Practice are sustainable and attractive to new applicants, and how can the Severn Faculty RCGP help?” (max 500 word summary), what grade of doctor/student/trainee you are (please include a brief CV- no longer than 1 page) and whether you intend to submit a poster or presentation at conference. Written submissions will be judged on fluency, realism, practicality, innovation and conceptual thinking.

Please submit your application (or any queries) via email 

Posted February 9th 2015 (3 years ago)

The Mullany Fund

I am a GP and a member of the college but also I work for a charity called The Mullany Fund. We were set up after the tragic death of Dr Catherine Mullany, a GP and her husband, who was training to be a physiotherapist who were killed on their honeymoon in 2008.

The Mullany Fund is an educational charity that works to address the lack of social mobility within the healthcare professions. Our objective is to inspire and support young people into careers in medicine and other related healthcare professions.

Our vision is of a nation where talented, motivated individuals are not excluded from a career in medicine or healthcare because of poverty or any other disadvantage. We feel that access to knowledge is key to widening access to education.

After running a pilot ementoring project which was very successful we won a Lottery Funding grant for £150,000 to carry on the project and expand it.

We are at the moment trying to recruit mentors from the medical field to volunteer their time to e-mentor the children who are being recruited to the programme.

In the pilot many of my GP colleagues were involved and gained a lot from the experience.

I wondered if you could support this project in any way.

With many thanks

Camilla

Dr Camilla L Ducker MBBS MSc MRCGP DRCOG DCH

Trustee
The Mullany Fund
Address: P.O. Box 29, Swansea, SA9 5AB, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)7830315216

Posted February 2nd 2015 (3 years ago)

GPSTs on working and training in areas of Deprivation

FAO all GP ST trainees

I'm one of the health inequalities scholars. As part of my work I'm keen to get some background attitudes from the severn GPSTs on working and training in areas of Deprivation.

I have designed a quick survey - 2-3 minutes I reckon; and I'd be most grateful if you could complete this.

Here is the weblink:

Many thanks to those of you able to give your time.

Sent on behalf of Meleri Jones, ST3 trainee

Posted February 2nd 2015 (3 years ago)

Want more information about life as a GP and not yet applied for GP Training?

A series of 16 events organised by the Royal College of General Practitioners and Health Education England are being held across the UK in January – March 2015 which will provide you with an opportunity to really understand life as a GP and the many exciting opportunities that general practice offers as a career. They will provide you with the chance to hear about the unique and varied role that GPs have in the NHS, to ask questions and to meet with fellow medical students and professionals considering general practice as a career.

At Severn we are holding the the event on Wednesday 25th February 2015, from 6.30-8.00pm in Seminar Room 5 at Southmead Hospital. Dr Alison Hutchings is giving our headline presentation at the event. Alison is a Newly Qualified GP, having qualified in 2014; she has been an Education Scholar and is currently an Educator Fellow on the Bath Scheme. She will talk about her recent experiences of GP being a Newly Qualified GP and her GP Training at Severn. There will also be opportunity to meet with and question current practising GPs and current GP Trainees.  To book please click here


For more information, or to book an event elsewhere in the UK, please visit the RCGP site for further information

Posted February 2nd 2015 (3 years ago)

GP Trainee Awards Event and Michael Lennard Reception

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
Join the celebration!

Severn Postgraduate Medical Education and Severn Faculty RCGP - GP Trainee Awards Event and Michael Lennard Reception

Wednesday 22nd July 2015
(afternoon followed by BBQ early evening)

Please note the new venue is 

Holiday Inn Bristol – Filton
Filton Road, Bristol BS16 1QX

All are warmly invited, and it is expected that all ST1 and ST3 Trainees attend. Full information about nominating ST3s for awards, the event and booking your place will follow shortly.

Posted February 2nd 2015 (3 years ago)

Community and Primary Care Workforce Development Contract

Dear Colleagues,

As you may be aware we have now awarded the tender for the Community and Primary Care Workforce Development Contract and we had a launch event last Thursday which was well attended. I am pleased to announce that following the event Health Education South West now has a web page specifically for this education.

As you will see from the webpages, we are currently advertising the future development and consultation events on Tuesday 10th February 2015 and Tuesday 3rd March 2015 where we will be consulting with employers regarding the content and nature of this education. We will ensure that as the consultation proceeds we will update these pages with more detail and provide links to the provision from our two university providers.

Please could you alert colleagues to these pages and to the future consultation events

Thank you once again for your help

With best wishes

Ian

________________________________
Ian Bramley
Innovation and Development Manager
Health Education South West

07867 348745
ian.bramley@southwest.hee.nhs.uk

Posted February 2nd 2015 (3 years ago)

Essential Knowledge Challenge (EKC) 14

The EKC Team are delighted to announce the release of the new Essential Knowledge Challenge 14. EKC14 is a fifty item online self-assessment applied knowledge test, with questions sourced from the major updates, briefings and reference material found within Essential Knowledge Update 14, covering such topics as Prostate Cancer, Myocardial Infarction, Peripheral Arterial Disease, Chronic Pain in Adults, Acute Rhinosinusitis, Osteoarthritis in Adults, Polypharmacy & Medicines Optimisation, and Vitamin D.

A score is given for each attempt you make within the Challenge and you are entitled to an unlimited num-ber of attempts. Once you have completed the Challenge you will receive a certificate (for each attempt) which can be printed off/uploaded to your RCGP ePortfolio for CPD and revalidation purposes.

Did you know… By taking part within an Update, Challenge and providing evidence of how your new knowledge has changed your practice you could receive up to 20 CPD credits!

Coming Soon: EKU14 Answers and Benchmarking Graphs

The answers to this new Challenge will be released in April 2015 for users to access. You will also be able compare your scores with other participating users with the EKU14 Benchmarking Graphs. The anonymised scores of all users who have taken part in Challenge 14 will be collated and produced as a graph, displaying the highest scores achieved by users based on all first attempts and 2-5 attempts.

To learn more about the EKU Programme or to take part in the latest Updates and Challenges
please visit the RCGP Online Learning Environment

Access to the Essential Knowledge Update Programme
The Essential Knowledge Updates and Challenges are FREE to all RCGP members, Associates and AiTs as part of the Col-lege membership benefit package. Non RCGP members can purchase an annual Essential Knowledge Update Programme subscription for £149 alternatively you can purchase an individual Update for £75 or Challenge for £55. To subscribe to the EKU Programme or purchase an Update or Challenge, please follow register with the College here.

Posted January 26th 2015 (3 years ago)

Training Programme Directors/APDs/Fellows/Patch Scholars/Honorary Tutors - One day Conferences

Training Programme Directors/APDs/Fellows/Patch Scholars/Honorary Tutors - One day Conferences to be held at Eastwood Park Conference Centre (both conferences)

We have now booked the above conferences for 2015. It is really important that you attend both of these conferences and to date we only have 35 educationalists registered to attend the Spring Conference and 26 Educationalists registered to attend the Autumn conference!

Can I ask you to click on the links below to register your attendance (these links are definitely working)! 

Spring Conference – 15th April 2015 (Bristol Prog4ramme will be facilitating) booking form 

Autumn Conference – 21st October 2015 (Bath Programme will be facilitating) Booking Form

It is important that we know the numbers attending and therefore please ensure that you all register your attendance at both conferences by clicking on the above links


Pauline Harper, PA to Professor Bill Irish, Director of General Practice Education and Dr Simon Newton, Deputy Director of General Practice Education

Posted January 26th 2015 (3 years ago)

Head Torch Run on the 28th March 2015 for Age Uk Bristol

Severn Deanery Representing at the Head Torch Run on the 28th March 2015 for Age Uk Bristol

The is a 5km or 10km run......IN THE DARK! Our path will be illuminated with lights and along with some high vis and a head torch, we will navigate our way around the muddy tracks of Avon Valley!

Good way to get a group together, get fit and have some fun

Cost only £13! 
See website to book:

I will still be keeping a charitable theme and collect donations for Age UK Bristol! There will be donation buckets at the event. It would also be great if you could get colleagues to sponsor you for the event too. More details to follow.

Following this exciting run were can relax at one of two near by pubs.....

- The Lock Keeper 
- The Brassmill 

Any queries please contact Hazel Walkin (Social Secretary)

Posted January 26th 2015 (3 years ago)

Dermsoc meeting - short notice!

FAO All GP Trainees

We would like to welcome you to the next Dermsoc meeting.

Dr David De Berker is running a session on Teledermatology

Venue: Seminar Room, Dermatology Department, Bristol Royal Infirmary

Date and Time: Tuesday 27th January 1830 - 2000

The session is sponsored by Dermol who will be supplying pizza and drinks.

Dr De Berker will talk for an hour followed by refreshments. There will then be a short interesting case presentation.

Please RSVP to Dermsoc so we have an idea about numbers for catering.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Dermsoc Commitee

P.S. There are going to be monthly sessions for the rest of the year, there are opportunities for short case presentations. If you are interested in presenting a case please email dermsoc or jofawcett@msn.com.

Posted January 19th 2015 (3 years ago)

Two Day Joint Severn & Tamar Faculties Minor Surgery Course

15 & 16 April 2015 - Taunton Racecourse

This course will enable you to develop the skills required to run a successful minor surgery service in primary care.

Topics covered include:

  • minor skin procedures
  • joint injections
  • non-surgical techniques
  • advice about how to set up a service
  • medico-legal and contractual obligations required of those practising minor surgery

Our course is taught by a very experienced team of clinicians drawn from plastic surgery, orthopaedics, general practice and physiotherapy who have extensive experience of running minor surgery courses. If you have little prior experience of minor surgery there is an opportunity to learn the basics, if you are already experienced then there is the opportunity to fine tune your skills with the support of our experienced tutors.


Click here for full details and to book your place

Posted January 19th 2015 (3 years ago)

RCGP Conference 2015 Bursaries

Severn Faculty RCGP are pleased to announce that, in collaboration with Severn Postgraduate Medical Education, we are able to fund several bursaries to attend the RCGP annual conference.

RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference is the most attend event of the year for GPs and practice team colleagues, showcasing the latest clinical and policy developments across the UK and brings together an impressive range of national and international speakers. This year’s theme is 'Expanding horizons of care' and the programme is packed with seminars and workshops relevant to all GPs, several of which are specifically for AiTs and First5 GPs, and will be extremely informative to Foundation Trainees and Medical Students. The conference is also an invaluable opportunity to meet GPs from across the UK, and good fun!

For further information including how to apply click here

Posted January 19th 2015 (3 years ago)

Funding Opportunity to attend 20th WONCA Europe Conference 2015

The Vasco da Gama Movement (VdGM) forms part of the WONCA organisation and is the European International Committee for GP trainees and GPs within 5 years of completing training. The WONCA World Conference this year is themed on "New routes for general practice and family medicine" and will be held in Lisbon, Portugal.

Sponsorship is available for ST2, ST3 GP trainees and/or newly qualified GPs (first 5 years) to attend the conference in 2015. Entry is by competition, open to Severn Faculty GP trainees and Severn Faculty “First 5” GPs.

For further information including how to apply click here

Posted January 19th 2015 (3 years ago)

GP training throughout Europe

Dear Colleague,


Would you like to know more about GP training throughout Europe and connect with a network of GP Educators in 40 European countries? Membership of EURACT (The European Academy of Clinical Teachers in General Practice / Family medicine) will enable you to do just that.

EURACT is a network organization of WONCA, which was launched in March 1992. The overall aim of the Academy is "to foster and maintain high standards of care in European general practice by promoting general practice as a discipline by learning and teaching”. Since the launch of the Academy it has grown and now has over 800 members in 40 countries. Membership tends to be higher in those countries with less well-established systems of primary healthcare or those that are small, as these factors are often associated with fewer training opportunities and internal support systems for educators.

It was the instigator of, and provided the principal authors of, the European Definition of Family Medicine published in 2002 and has produced other documents to support training in GP / FM. It runs courses for new teachers in primary care through the Leonardo programme and the annual course in Slovenia that provides teaching for established teachers. Next year’s course is on the theme of ‘Managing Multi-morbidity in an Aging Population’.

EURACT sponsors attendance at the courses and the Council meeting for some doctors from low-income countries. The council meetings offer support for the teachers and leaders of FM / GP; this is of particular importance in those countries which are small and/or have poorly developed systems of primary care. Council also develops guidance documents, which are particularly useful for those countries. The RCGP International Committee currently pays expenses for the UK Council Member to attend the twice-yearly council meetings.

EURACT is clearly offering practical help and moral support to colleagues in countries across Europe that appears to have supported the development of family medicine. Through its training programmes it plays its part in improving the quality of GP/FM.

The UK membership base is small but we are keen to expand this. By joining you will be connecting with GP Educators across Europe and supporting the activities of EURACT.

If you would like to join please complete this membership form and return to Jo Buchanan 
Membership fees of £43.00 can be paid by cheque [payee: EURACT] or by BACs.
Bank Acct No: 71219609 Sort Code 54-21-50 Acct Name: EURACT

Cheques should be sent to: Jo Buchanan 462 Redmires Road, Sheffield S10 4LG.

With very best wishes

Jo Buchanan Justin Allen
UK EURACT Council Member Founder member EURACT

Roger Price
Previous Council Member

Posted January 19th 2015 (3 years ago)

Severn Faculty & Severn Postgraduate Medical Education GPST Conference & Careers Fair

Dear Trainees,

Bookings are now being taken for this year’s Severn Faculty & Severn Postgraduate Medical Education GPST Conference & Careers Fair which is being held on Wednesday 18th March at Engineers House, Clifton, Bristol. We are delighted that Professor Amanda Howe - Vice Chair (Professional Development) for the Royal College of General Practitioners, Dr Jill Wilson (Chair Severn Faculty RCGP) and Professor Bill Irish will be speaking at this year’s event.

Please click here on the link below for full details of speakers and workshops and to book your place. Places are limited and attendance is strictly by advance booking.

Once you have booked online we will send you a confirmation email and link inviting you to choose your workshop choices for the day.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to receiving your booking and welcoming you on 18th March.

Kind regards

Sophie Martin
Severn Events Administrator | Severn Faculty
Royal College of General Practitioners
Tel: 01454 252725 

Posted January 19th 2015 (3 years ago)

Central Study Days with Trevor Thompson

GPR Colleagues

Dr Trevor Thompson here again from the medical school. Those of you who hail from Bristol may recall the Year 3 "Central Study Days". This year the CSDs have had a complete overhaul in terms of teaching buzz. We are looking for interested GPRs to act as tutors on our CSDs. Here are the basic deets:

  • When: one of AM or PM Monday 16th February, or AM Tuesday 17th February.
  • Where: the Great Hall of the Wills Memorial Bldg (atop Park Street)
  • What to do: Facilitate small group learning with a group of 10-12 year 3 BRL medical students.
  • Timings: AM: 9am to 12.30pm and PM: 1.30pm to 5pm.
  • Topics:
    • Monday AM: "Understanding the NHS"
    • Monday PM: "Harm Reduction in Substance Misuse" (this includes a lecture by the famous "Professor Nutt"
    • Tuesday AM: "Compassion in Healthcare".

Full deets of these sessions can be found in Central Study Days Handbook that will be sent to you by return if you email Dr Trevor Thompson

  • Why: excellent opp to hone your small group teaching skills. Challenging group exercises and interesting/useful plenary material. Good for your CV!
  • What next: Please email me, Trevor Thompson, and I will connect you to the relevant CSD lead (I am the lead for Compassion).
  • What preparation: you will be given guidance notes and also need to do the same preparatory work as the students - fairly light touch.

Thanks for your attention!

Trevor Thompson
07935 900990

 

 

Posted January 19th 2015 (3 years ago)

Pulse on the lookout!

Pulse is on the look-out for the next Copperfield or Peverley. We’re looking for students who can blog ~500 words once or twice a month, discussing what it’s like to be a trainee during the NHS’s worst GP recruitment crisis. Whether rants or raves, bloggers can cover whatever they like, as long as it covers their life as a GP trainee.

Previous GPs to be bloggers have said working for Pulse was a great platform, whether the blogger wants to keep writing for us or branch out into other magazines, or GP politics.

If you're interested, please email Ellie Broughton, Features Editor, Pulse

T: +44 (0)20 7214 0539
Follow me on Twitter @___ellie

Posted January 12th 2015 (3 years ago)

GMC National Training Survey launch

The GMC National Training Survey for junior doctors will be launched on 24 March 2015. The survey live period will continue until 6 May 2015. We look forward to working with all trainees to get feedback on the quality of their placements.

Data from this survey is used at: Contract visits by Postgraduate Medical Education to Trusts, Quality Panels run by Schools and programmes and also to inform local quality improvement processes. Survey reports will be made available from June 2015.

The Quality Department at Severn looks forward to working with you to continue to get high response rates to the survey to ensure that the data is both reliable and valid to improve the quality of training for all.

Posted January 6th 2015 (3 years ago)

A message about Trainers observing the CSA from the RCGP chief examiner

Our recent initiative offering GP trainers the opportunity to observe the MRCGP CSA has been a great success to the extent that we are now somewhat overwhelmed by applications.

Whilst we are extremely pleased by this positive response, there is a limit to the numbers of trainers that we can accommodate on a daily basis without overburdening the candidates. All places for this current academic year have now been filled but we would hope to re-start the process again towards the end of 2015, with those currently on our waiting list receiving priority.

With best wishes for 2015.

 

Dr Pauline Foreman, Chief Examiner, RCGP 

Posted January 6th 2015 (3 years ago)

Whole Person Care Element, Human Basis of Medicine

We have an opportunity for GP Registrars to become a tutor for the "Whole Person Care" Element of a Year One teaching Unit. They would be tutor or co-tutor for a group of x12 students meeting on four occasions as below. The topics include the arts in medicine, the placebo effect, mind-body medicine, systems theory, and complementary medicine. Interest but not expertise in some of these topic areas would be necessary. The general feedback is that tutors get a lot out of this tutoring and junior doctors have proved very able tutors. 

The dates for WPC 2015 are as follows:

Tue 10 Feb (pm) L & T

Tue 17 Feb 12-1 pm LECTURE ONLY

Tue 24 Feb (pm) L & T (Drama week so goes on slightly later)

Tue 3 Mar (am) L & T

Tue 10 Mar (pm) L & T 

Some things to note re: these dates:

  • there is no tutorial on Tuesday 17th as this is half term week
  • the lecture and tutorial on Tuesday 3rd March is in the morning. This is beyond our powers to influence and is due to a cunning plan to get the students out to GP placements in alternate weeks. 

Here are the seven themes or “Big Ideas” of the WPC Element

1. Levels of Health and Illness. Health and illness exist in many levels in a system.
2. Creating Resilient Systems. The best interventions promote systemic health.
3. Self-healing in the human system. People have intrinsic abilities to regain health.
4. The Art of Medicine. Stories and therapeutic relationships shape good medical care.
5. Mind-Body Medicine. Emotional health connects to bodily health.
6. Self care and self-development. The things that breed resilient doctors.
7. Integrative Medicine. Holism in practice - learning from different philosophies of health.

Please note - Trainees can take professional leave to teach medical students as per our working week and study leave guidance.  2 days maximum for teaching out of a total of 5 days per annum so this would use the teaching part of their allowance.

For further information, please email Trevor Thompson at Bristol University.

 

Posted January 6th 2015 (3 years ago)

Managing Anaemia - everybody's problem! 25 March 2015

A study day for general practice and hospital based medical staff.
One day study day on Wednesday 25th March 2015

Venue: Oake Manor, Taunton, TA4 1BA
Registration fee: £25 / free to foundation Drs
Refreshments and lunch included

Topics include:
Lab. tests & results
Haematological diseases
Non-haematological causes
Patient information & consent
Indications for transfusion
Hazards of transfusion
Pre-surgical optimisation
Medical management
GP referral pathways
Certificate of Attendance will be provided.

Please complete and return the registration form below as soon as possible

For any enquiries please contact: Alister Jones, Patient Blood Management Practitioner, NHS Blood & Transplant, Tel: 0117 9217498 ; Mob: 07590 353120
or
Katy Hurrell, Patient Blood Management Practitioner, NHS Blood & Transplant, Tel: 01392 2310135 ; Mob: 07808 906473
or
Jackie McMahon, South West RTC administrator

Managing Anaemia
- everybody s problem!
A study day for general practice and hospital based medical staff.
REGISTRATION FORM
Please complete using BLOCK CAPITALS
Name:
......................................................................................................................................... .....
Job Title:
............................................................................................................... ...................... ..
Hospital / Practice / Deanery:
.
E-mail address:
.....................................................................................................................................................
(please supply a valid e-mail as this will be the means of communication with you)
Contact telephone no.:
........................................................................... ..........................................
Date:
..............................................................
Registration fee: £25 not applicable to foundation Drs
Payable only by cheque, made out to NHSBT
Return registration form and registration fee by no later than
11th March 2015 to:
Jackie McMahon, South West RTC Administrator
NHS Blood and Transplant, North Bristol Park, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7QH
E-mail: jackie.mcmahon@nhsbt.nhs.uk
Tel: 0117 9217454 ; Fax: 0117 9125797

Posted January 6th 2015 (3 years ago)

Gynaecological Oncology Course 26-30 Jan

Dear All,

26th—30th January 2015

Aves Kilsby Meeting Room
Level 4 . Bristol Haematology
and Oncology Centre

This is the third Gynaecological Oncology Course here at University Hospitals Bristol.  This is a RCGP accredited course.

The course covers a number of topics including:

• Surgical and non-surgical management of Gynaecological cancers
• Introduction to Brachytherapy
• Diagnostic surgery in Gynaecological Cancers
• Gynaecological Investigations
• Chemo Radiotherapy
• Chemotherapy and Radiobiology
• Palliative Care
• Lymphedema Management
• Patient Support and Follow up Clinics

The course is suitable for Gynae Oncology specialist registrars, GP’s Radiographers, specialist nurses and Junior Doctors.  Book online at our website 

Our website allows you to view the course programme and meet the team.

Dr Hoda Booz
www.bristolgoc.co.uk

Posted December 19th 2014 (3 years ago)

RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference, SECC, Glasgow, 1-3 October 2015

Attention all GPs, but especially AiTs, First5 GPs, Foundation Trainees and Medical Students!!

Severn Faculty RCGP are pleased to announce that, in collaboration with Severn Postgraduate Medical Education, we are able to fund several bursaries to attend the RCGP annual conference 

RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference, SECC, Glasgow, 1-3 October 2015

RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference is the must attend event of the year for GPs and practice team colleagues, showcasing the latest clinical and policy developments across the UK and brings together an impressive range of national and international speakers.

This year’s theme is 'Expanding horizons of care' and the programme is packed with seminars and workshops relevant to all GPs, several of which are specifically for AiTs and First5 GPs, and will be extremely informative to Foundation Trainees and Medical Students. The conference is also an invaluable opportunity to meet GPs from across the UK, and good fun!

Conference details will be made available in January 2015

Register for the conference as early as possible to secure your place at the discounted earlybird rates 

Bursary recipients will be prioritised to those submitting a poster or presentation, and the quality of the written submission. Applications should be received beforemidnight on Saturday, 28 February 2015. The bursary will support Conference fees, travel and accommodation (but not incidental expenses) up to a maximum of £500 per individual. One additional bursary is open to post-First5 GPs who have never previously attended the RCGP Annual Conference.

There will be an expectation that successful applicants will feed back their experiences to the Severn Faculty Board and to Severn Postgraduate Medical Education by way of a brief report and give a short talk at the Severn Faculty AGM which will be held at Deanery House, Hambrook, Bristol on in Oct/Nov 2015 (date to be confirmed).

The Faculty will notify applicants if their application was successful by 31 March 2015.

Applications should include a written submission entitled “How can the profession ensure careers in General Practice are sustainable and attractive to new applicants, and how can the Severn Faculty RCGP help?” (max 500 word summary), what grade of
doctor/student/trainee you are (please include a brief CV- no longer than 1 page) and whether you intend to submit a poster or presentation at conference.  Written submissions will be judged on fluency, realism, practicality, innovation and conceptual thinking.

Please submit your application (or any queries) via email 

Posted December 17th 2014 (4 years ago)

An opportunity for GP Trainees to teach medical students

We have an opportunity for GP Registrars to become a tutor for the "Whole Person Care" Element of a Year One teaching Unit. They would be tutor or co-tutor for a group of x 12 students meeting on four occasions as below. The topics include the arts in medicine, the placebo effect, mind-body medicine, systems theory, and complementary medicine. Interest but not expertise in some of these topic areas would be necessary. The general feedback is that tutors get a lot out of this tutoring and junior doctors have proved very able tutors.  This opportunity provides both teaching and clinically-relevant experience.

The dates for WPC 2015 are as follows:

Tue 10 Feb (pm) L & T
Tue 17 Feb 12-1 pm LECTURE ONLY
Tue 24 Feb (pm) L & T (Drama week so goes on slightly later)
Tue 3 Mar (am) L & T
Tue 10 Mar (pm) L & T

Some things to note re: these dates:

  • there is no tutorial on Tuesday 17th as this is half term week
  • the lecture and tutorial on Tuesday 3rd March is in the morning. This is beyond our powers to influence and is due to a cunning plan to get the students out to GP placements in alternate weeks.

Please contact Trevor ThompsonReader in Healthcare Education,at University of Bristol for further information.

Posted December 17th 2014 (4 years ago)

WPBA updates

FAO all supervisors and trainees

Here is an update about some important current issues in WPBA

1) OOH

  • It has proven quite difficult for supervisors, ARCP panels, and sometimes trainees to work out whether enough out of hours (OOH) shifts have been done, and to what level.
  • We have therefore produced a simple spreadsheet that we will require all trainees to complete and upload to the learning log under OOH before each ARCP panel showing the cumulative total of OOH done.
  • We suggest that trainees start to fill this in straight away (including all OOH done since the beginning of training), ready to show your supervisors at the next ESR meeting.
  • Here is the link to obtain the spreadsheet.  It is also here - scroll to the foot of the page.

2) ESR Checklist

  • To make it easier for trainees and supervisors to know what is necessary for an ESR before the ARCP, we have now produced a simple checklist for trainees to tick off - which will make sure that your ESR is "ARCP ready".
  • Here is the link to the spreadsheet.  It is also here - scroll to Item 4. 
  • Some common examples of missing inadequate evidence at the Summer panels were:
    • MSFs and PSQs not commented on and/or not released to the trainee
    • The CPR/AED certificate has not been uploaded
    • Missing Form Rs (or Form Rs "not shared")
    • No reference to a dated learning log SEA when a complaint/investigation is referred to in the revalidation questions

We welcome any comments and feedback as to how this checklist can be improved

3) Supervision of ST1/2s in GP Practice placements
A reminder about the guidance (not rules) about the learning log when a trainee is GP Placements:

  • The GP CS should read and comment on the learning log. The reason is that this is considered to be part of the day-to-day clinical supervision of the trainee.
  • It is also useful to have read through the learning log entries in order to complete the CSR - specifically the section re "keeping up to date" as well as the questions re Professionalism/ethics etc.
  • It is true, that strictly it is not the CSs role to link the log against competency areas, although pragmatically it is not much extra work to do this.
  • The ES (and GPST) also need to look at the learning logs when completing the ESR - just like they look at any other linked evidence that they wish to refer to. However, they do not need to write supervision comments (unless they wish to) or add any more competency linkages.

4) DOPs to CEPS
The ePortfolio is being updated today 15/12/14 to introduce the new competency "Clinical Examination and Procedural Skills". This eventually will replace the existing DOPs, although will run in parallel until August 2015. The key points are that:

  • CEPS will need to be assessed as part of all ESRs completed as from 16/12/14
  • All current ST3s completing in August 2015 will still be required to complete the existing 8 mandatory DOPs (which can also be used as suitable evidence for the CEPS competency)
  • Evidence for CEPS is supposed to be less onerous than DOPs, as it will be incorporated into existing assessments, (COTs and CSRs) which will have slightly adjusted wording. There will also be a new learning log category
  • There will be new questions for the ES to answer on the last page of the ESR about evidence of progress in genital and intimate examinations.
  • For further information please see: <http://www.rcgp.org.uk/training-exams/mrcgp-workplace-based-assessment-wpba/dops-tool-for-mrcgp-workplace-based-assessment.aspx>

If you have any further questions about WPBA it is worth visiting the WPBA page of the website: http://www.primarycare.severndeanery.nhs.uk/training/gp-curriculum-and-mrcgp/wpba/ and http://www.rcgp.org.uk/gp-training-and-exams/mrcgp-workplace-based-assessment-wpba.aspx

I would like to thank all trainees and supervisors for your excellent work and support over the last year and wish you a Happy Xmas and success in the New Year,

John Edwards
Associate Post Graduate Dean for Assessment Health Education South West - Severn Postgraduate Medical Education

 

Posted December 17th 2014 (4 years ago)

Bristol Patient Safety Conference

Now in it's second year this conference provides an accessible approach to patient safety with a range of plenary talks and practical workshops.

Click here for full details.

 

 

Posted December 17th 2014 (4 years ago)

20th WONCA Europe Conference 2015 Sponsorship

Sponsorship for GP Speciality Trainees and those within 5 years of completing training

Severn Faculty RCGP would like to offer sponsorship to attend the 20th WONCA Europe Conference in Istanbul, Turkey 22-55 October 2015 (VdGM preconference 21-22 October 2015)

Sponsorship is supporting the Vasco da Gama movemen

The Vasco da Gama Movement (VdGM) forms part of the WONCA organisation and is the European International Committee for GP trainees and GPs within 5 years of completing training.
The WONCA World Conference this year is themed on “New routes for general practice and family medicine and will be held in Lisbon, Portugal.
The benefit of attending this conference is for young doctors to share experiences and forge links worldwide.
Sponsorship is available for ST2, ST3 trainees and/or newly qualified GPs (first 5 years) to attend the conference in 2015. Entry is by competition, open to Severn Faculty trainees and Severn Faculty “First 5” GPs.
Severn Faculty RCGP are able to fund up to a maximum of £750 to attend the Conference for up to two successful candidates (terms available on request).

Application is by competitive essay, no longer than one side of A4 entitled:

“Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a European Primary Care curriculum/Should
GPs across Europe be trained according to the same standardised curriculum?”


Along with your application, contact details, current status (either Speciality Trainee or within 5 years of completing GP training, please include details of where you are working within the Severn Faculty region,

Application deadline 30 April 2015

There will be an expectation that successful applicants will feed back their experiences to the Severn Faculty Board and to Severn Postgraduate Medical Education by way of a brief report and give a short talk at the Severn Faculty AGM which will be held at Deanery House, Hambrook, Bristol in November 2015 (date to be confirmed).

Applications can be sent either by email or by post to:

Jane Lohmann, Severn Faculty RCGP, Deanery House, Unit D - Vantage Office Park, Old Gloucester Road, Hambrook, Bristol, BS16 1GW Tel: 01454 252725

Posted December 2nd 2014 (4 years ago)

Doctors’ use of social media

Please be aware of this GMC guidance on the use of social media.  

Posted December 2nd 2014 (4 years ago)

NIHR Award for GP Trainee

Congratulations to Sam Creavin, GP Academic Clinical Fellow for winning first prize in the National Institute of Health Research New Media Competition.  

Click here for full details and to view Sam's video.

Posted December 2nd 2014 (4 years ago)

Prospective Clinical Supervisors’ Courses (PCSCs) and Prospective Educational Supervisors’ Courses (PESCs) 2015

Dear Doctor

Places are still available our 2015 Prospective Clinical Supervisors’ Courses (PCSCs) and Prospective Educational Supervisors’ Courses (PESCs) scheduled for next year. No Faculty course details for 2015 will be posted on our website until later this year due to our website currently being upgraded. It is mandatory that all dates of the course you may select are attended.

In order to attend one of our 2-day PCSCs, a GP must have been on the GMC GP Register for three years or more, with at least 12 months in their current practice where he/she wishes to supervise.

In order to attend one of our 5-day PESCs, the criteria above is the same, however, GPs should be a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP) by examination or Assessment of performance (iMAP).

Whilst writing I wish to advise that approved clinical supervisors are responsible for F2 doctors, retainer doctors and, in most local GP Training Programmes, GP ST1 and ST2 trainees too but not GP ST3 registrars. Approved GP educational supervisors are eligible to supervise all of the aforementioned doctors. Attending a PCSC/PESC is the first step towards being granted clinical or educational supervisor approval.

You may find the following website links useful:

Clinical Supervisors

Educational Supervisors

The host training practice criteria can be found here 

Payments and funding information can be found here 

The information on our website is very comprehensive but I am happy to assist with any related queries.

I look forward to receiving your course application form if you meet the necessary criteria and wish to attend one of our courses.

Many thanks.

With best wishes

Jackie

JACKIE PULLIN
GP Co-Ordinator, School of Primary Care
Tel: 01454 252682

 

Posted December 2nd 2014 (4 years ago)

CSA Preparation Course on 6th and 7th January, 2015

Dear GP Trainee,

If you are intending to book a place on the CSA Preparation Course on 6 & 7 January 2015, you need to complete and return your booking form and deposit cheque to reach us by Friday 5th December 2015 as we need to confirm numbers to enable us to facilitate the day. We are requesting this earlier than usual due to the Christmas break.

Please be advised this is the last CSA Preparation Course being run by Severn Faculty RCGP this academic year.

Please click here for the booking form for the course. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to email

If you have already booked a place on the course please disregard this email.

Kind regards

Sophie Martin
Severn Events Administrator | Severn Faculty
Royal College of General Practitioners
Tel: 01454 252725 

Posted December 1st 2014 (4 years ago)

Executive Editor, RCGP InnovAiT journal

The RCGP wishes to appoint a primary care clinician to the post of Executive Editor of InnovAiT. This monthly journal first published in 2008 is aimed at doctors undergoing specialty training for general practice. InnovAiT covers the whole of the GP training curriculum and has grown to become the most valued source of information for trainee GPs.


The Editor will lead the development of InnovAiT, make editorial decisions on content, assess submitted manuscripts, oversee and work with the editorial board on the peer review of manuscripts, contribute content, suggest areas for improvement, ensure that the journal’s editorial policies are up to date, network and promote the journal more widely.
The ideal candidate will have a background in medical education for primary care, be knowledgeable of, and interested in, specialty GP training, have previous publishing and writing experience, and have the capacity to lead the editorial development of InnovAiT. The post attracts an honorarium. Further details are available from, Helen Farrelly, the RCGP Publications Manager.

Applicants are invited to submit their CV and a covering letter to the RCGP Publications Manager, Helen Farrelly

Closing date: 31 December 2014.

Regards
Helen
Helen Farrelly
Publications Manager | Publishing
Tel: 020 3188 7577

Posted October 27th 2014 (4 years ago)

2015 Educational Supervisors and Clinical Supervisors Conferences

The 2015 Educational Supervisors and Clinical Supervisors conferences are scheduled to take place on the following dates:

18th March 2015 - Eastwood Park Conference Centre

Please click here to book your place at the Spring conference

 

30th September 2015 - Eastwood Park Conference Centre

Please click here to book your place at the Autumn Conference

Best wishes

Pauline Harper, PA to Professor Bill Irish, Director of General Practice Education and Dr Simon Newton, Deputy Director of General Practice Education

 

Posted October 27th 2014 (4 years ago)

NHS Leadership Academy launches 'Ready Now' programme!

Dear colleagues,

Please see the information below regarding the ‘Ready Now’ programme aimed at senior BME leaders.

The year-long Ready Now programme looks to take senior leaders from a BME background on a transformational learning journey, helping them to realise their potential and to take that next step up to a more senior role, to the boardroom and beyond.

Following a thorough selection process, one hundred applicants will be selected to take part in Ready Now, which will run across the course of 2015. The programme will combine face-to-face residential development modules with self-directed and workplace-based learning. Participants will benefit from some coaching input and will also be asked to coach at least one other BME NHS colleague to help them develop their leadership potential.

The Ready Now programme is building on the huge success of similar programmes which the Leadership Academy has overseen, including the Breaking Through programme which saw 75% of its alumni go on to secure more senior roles in the NHS.

Nearly 20% of the 1.3 million people that work in the NHS are from BME backgrounds - without this section of the workforce, many of whom are doctors, nurses and midwives, the NHS could not function. The Ready Now programme fits in to the NHS Leadership Academy’s wider programme of work to promote diversity and inclusion throughout the health service, including its work to develop more inclusive NHS boards.

More information can be found on our website under ‘National Offers’ 

Applications are now open for the Ready Now programme, the innovative and inspirational positive action programme from the NHS Leadership Academy. Building on the success the Academy has already had working with leaders from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds, the programme has been officially launched at the NHS Leadership Academy’s Black History Month seminar.

Applications to the Ready Now programme can be made through the NHS Leadership Academy website

For further information please contact Daniel Stewart  or telephone 07920 502 453.

Kindest regards,

Tasmin Ackland,  Leadership Development Support Officer - Telephone: 01823 361132  

Posted October 20th 2014 (4 years ago)

The Severn Winter Ball - 28th November, 2014

Dear All, 

Many thanks to those who have already bought a ticket to The Severn Winter Ball! Tickets are selling fast and there is a limit of 150 places.

I am very pleased to announce that we will be raising money for AGE UK BRISTOL during the WINTER BALL in the form of a raffle!  It is often not known that Age UK relies on local funding from its respective catchment areas and given our own patient population relies heavily on help from this charity, I think it would be wonderful to raise money for them.

Please could you let me know if YOU could help with potential raffle prizes for the event! Think about local businesses; hampers, meal for two etc

Info to include in the RSVP:

  • names of guest
  • menu choices 
  • whether they have paid
  • any preference in sitting next to friends for the meal

Look forward to seeing many of you at this amazing event

contact: Severn Winter Ball  for RSVP , menu and raffle information

Hazel Walklin 

Posted October 20th 2014 (4 years ago)

Leadership Development amongst trainees

Dear Trainees, 

We in Postgraduate Medical Education are taking Leadership Development amongst trainees very seriously. With a view of this, we'd like to take a snapshot of your current experience, plus where you feel any discrepancies may be. 

I have encoded a short Survey Monkey Questionnaire, and would be very grateful if you'd take a few minutes to fill this in. I will furnish you all with the results in due course, and will be presenting the 'big picture' at the Joint Educational Conference in November. 

The survey can be found here  If you could complete this before Friday, the 24th of October, 2014 it would be very helpful.

Thank you and best wishes to all.

Steve Eastaugh-Waring

Head of the Severn School of Surgery

 

Posted October 20th 2014 (4 years ago)

Liver Disease in Primary Care Thursday 20th - Friday 21st November 2014

Dear All,

The Department of Primary Care Clinical Sciences, University of Birmingham, are once again running their mini-conference entitled ‘Liver disease in primary care’ which will be held on Thursday 20th – Friday 21st November 2014.

This two day CPD accredited mini conference is being run in association with Professor Phil Newsome, Professor of Hepatology at University of Birmingham. It is aimed at GP’s, practice nurses and other health care professionals with an interest in the liver.

Further details can also be found here

Louise Bagley, Primary Care CPD Administrator, Room 105, Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TT

National Centre for Anticoagulation Training (NCAT)

Posted October 20th 2014 (4 years ago)

Recruiting - National Medical Advisor for Urgent Care-CQC

Dear Colleagues, 

We have been asked to share details of this role with you.

An opportunity has arisen for a credible and innovative primary or secondary care clinician with detailed knowledge or experience in urgent and/or emergency care (either in primary, community or secondary care setting) to support our work on urgent care across the health and care system in England.  2 days per week – secondment/fixed term for up to 2 years. Salary to be agreed.

Full details can be found here if it is of interest to any of you.

Best wishes,

Dr Maureen Baker, Chair of Council

 

Posted October 20th 2014 (4 years ago)

New RCGP publication: Being a doctor

Being a doctor is much more than simply providing medical care. This book aims to increase the resilience and wellness of doctors, helping the profession to provide better care for patients, through a deep and thoughtful approach to clinical work.

It explores areas that can challenge clinicians in all stages of their career: the doctor–patient relationship, adverse outcomes, the ‘heartsink’ experience, and functional illness. The authors also introduce self-care of the doctor and patient safety, two important issues for modern medicine.

This book is a ‘must-have’ teaching and learning resource for any medical professional and will enable readers to:

  • provide better clinical care by understanding the basis of clinical practice
  • become more resilient to the challenges of modern medical work
  • understand the importance of the doctor-patient relationship
  • reconnect to original reasons for choosing medicine as a career.

This is a unique text that draws links between the philosophy of modern medicine and clinical tasks such as consulting skills, the doctor patient relationship, patient safety, reflective practice and doctors' self care.

It is written in an accessible style and is firmly grounded in real-life clinical and teaching experience.

Posted October 20th 2014 (4 years ago)

New guidance relating to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

Dear Colleague

Decisions relating to cardiopulmonary resuscitation: Guidance from the British Medical Association, the Resuscitation Council (UK) and the Royal College of Nursing

We are writing to draw to your attention the publication of new guidance relating to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), which replaces the 2007 Joint Statement produced by the British Medical Association, the Resuscitation Council (UK) and the Royal College of Nursing. There is an increased emphasis and guidance on advance care planning, additional guidance on communicating and recording decisions and communicating decisions to other healthcare providers, and on reviewing CPR decisions.

This guidance takes into account the Court of Appeal judgement in the recent Tracey vs Cambridge case, which concluded that there should be a presumption in favour of patient involvement. A key message of the guidance is that “every decision about cardiopulmonary resuscitation must be made on the basis of a careful assessment of each individual’s situation”. We would be grateful if you would draw this guidance to the attention of medical and nursing directors in your respective regions and ask them to review their local policies and practices with reference to this guidance. The guidance is available on the Resuscitation Council website 

Yours sincerely

Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director, England

Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer, England

14 October 2014

Posted October 20th 2014 (4 years ago)

New method to assess competency in procedural skills for GPSTs.

Dear trainees and supervisors, 

Following extensive consultation, the RCGP has decided to pilot a proposed new method to assess competency in procedural skills for GPSTs.

There is a detailed training manual and powerpoint presentation produced by the RCGP describing the changes here - scroll down to DOPS

Key points are that 

- Current ST3s completing training in August 2015 will still need to complete all mandatory DOPs under the existing system.

- There will be a new "13th" competency for procedural skills for all trainees to self rate and ESs to assess at each 6 months review (with effect from the January ESR)

- Assessment of procedural skills will be integrated into some of the existing assessment tools - see training manual for full details

- An update of the ePortfolio to incorporate these changes will take place in November

The RCGP intends to produce further FAQs to address issues regarding these changes. I am happy to receive and compile concerns and questions that are likely to arise and either answer them directly in due course or forward them directly to the College.

Best wishes 

Dr John Edwards,  Associate Post Graduate Dean for Assessment Health Education South West - Severn Postgraduate Medical Education

 

Posted October 20th 2014 (4 years ago)

Letter to all Faculty and GPSTRs about Bath MSc.

Dear Colleague, 

MSc in Primary Care - Bath University

It is with some regret, that I write to inform you of Bath University’s decision to close applications to its MSc in Primary care. 

The reasons for this, we are informed, are complex but probably reflect the low uptake of the MSc amongst recent trainees, and the emphasis that the university now wishes to place on Sports’ Science, rather than medicine. 

The 15 trainees currently enrolled on the programme have each been contacted by the University, and provided with advice on how to complete their Masters. There are a variety of options for this, including the possibility of recognition of credits from other university courses in postgraduate medicine and medical education. 

We are currently exploring the potential of offering a similar programme, with a wider range of primary care related topics, with a local medical school. Discussions however remain at an early stage. 

I would very much like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Tim Bilham, who has managed the programme so enthusiastically over the years. He has now retired, and we wish him all the best in the future. 

With all good wishes,

Prof Bill Irish, Director of GP Education, Health Education South West

Chair, COGPED

Posted October 13th 2014 (4 years ago)

Education for Primary Care – online access for SW staff and students

Dear supervisors

By now we hope you will be enjoying your education for primary care one year journal subscription. For those of you who prefer to access the journal electronically please see the instructions below provided.

Education for Primary Care

GP Non-Principals Supplement February 2002  Appraisal for General Practitioners November 2003

This is an essential publication for ALL primary care medical educators and academics, including: GP trainers, GP tutors and lecturers, CPD tutors, clinical and educational supervisors, course organisers, training programme directors, associate Directors and advisers of postgraduate GP education, directors and deputy directors of postgraduate GP education.  

  • To access the full-text of this journal you will need an NHS OpenAthens (Athens) login. If you don’t already have one click here and complete the registration details. 
  • To access the journal click here , Click the Athens login button and enter your Athens credentials.

It is also possible to access this and many other full-text journals via the NICE Evidence service

Posted October 13th 2014 (4 years ago)

Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) - Fitness to Practise Medical Panellists

Dear Colleague, 

We are currently recruiting for this GMC associate role.

The GMC is the independent regulator for doctors in the UK. Our purpose is to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine.

When a doctor's fitness to practise is called into question, we call upon firm but fair procedures to resolve the situation. These can include an adjudication stage where hearings take place before a fitness to practise panel and sometimes an interim orders panel. These are made up of medical and lay (i.e. non-medical) panellists.

In 2012, we established the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) to take on the responsibility of the adjudication stage and we are currently looking for medical panellists who will work in the MPTS Hearing centre in Manchester.

We are looking for people with demonstrable integrity and objectivity, along with the ability to reach considered, unbiased decisions affecting other people. We are also interested in appointing candidates with chairing experience in order to act as future panel chairs.

As part of our commitment to diversity we seek candidates from a wide range of backgrounds and actively encourage applicants from a BME background, women and those with a disability.

We offer a daily fee of £310 with reasonable expenses. Full training will be given.

For further information please click here 

Closing date for receipt of applications: 22 October 2014

Kind regards,

Neil Grant | Associate Services Advisor | General Medical Council | Tel: 020 7189 5336

Posted October 13th 2014 (4 years ago)

Severn Faculty Course Update

AKT/CSA Preparation Courses 2014/2015

Places still available on the following courses:

CSA Preparation course – 26/27 November 2014 – only a few places left

CSA Preparation course – 6/7 January 2015

AKT Preparation course – 2nd March 2015

Please go to Severn Faculty website to download booking forms (scroll down to Faculty Events section)

Bridging The Gap Course – 22 October 2015

Engineers House, Clifton, Bristol

Interested in developing your knowledge of Medically Unexplained Symptoms?

Keen to learn skills to use with this patient group in everyday practice?

A course to meet the following objectives:

  • Understand Medically Unexplained Symptoms
  • Be introduced to Motivational Interviewing techniques and how these may be utilised to facilitate better communication with challenging patients
  • Improve understanding of the physical/mental health interface and identify how to use collaborative working to improve holistic care for psychiatric patients
  • Improve collaborative working relationships between primary and secondary care providers keeping patients’ needs at the centre
  • Develop stronger communication between specialties

Psychiatrists and General Practitioners both frequently see patients with MUS. This group of patients is notoriously difficult to manage well with mutual hostility and incomprehension between doctor and patient a common outcome. This innovative course is a joint training initiative for Advanced Psychiatry Trainees (ST3-6), SAS and New Consultants, GP First5 and established GPs and is supported by the Severn School of Psychiatry and Severn Faculty RCGP and aims to share best practice for the management of this challenging group of patients. 

To book this course click here

Minor Surgery Course - 5-6 November 2014

Engineers House, Clifton, Bristol

This course will enable you to develop the skills required to run a successful minor surgery service in primary care. Topics covered include:

  • joint injections
  • minor skin procedures
  • non-surgical techniques
  • advice about how to set up a service
  • medico-legal and contractual obligations required of those practising minor surgery

Our course is taught by a very experienced team of clinicians drawn from plastic surgery, orthopaedics, general practice and physiotherapy who have extensive experience of running minor surgery courses. If you have little prior experience of minor surgery there is an opportunity to learn the basics, if you are already experienced then there is the opportunity to fine tune your skills with the support of our experienced tutors.

To book this course click here

Promoting Effective Behaviour Change - 20 November 2014

Deanery House, Hambrook, Bristol

The health agenda is moving more and more towards prevention of ill health and maintenance of health. Clinicians in primary & secondary care, occupational health & private care all increasingly discuss behaviour change in their consultations. So, whether it is in the management of a chronic condition (e.g. diabetes, hypertension) or the targeting of specific behaviours (e.g. smoking, drinking, alcohol, substance misuse and losing weight) consultations are increasingly likely to address patient behaviour.

These sorts of conversations are frequently cited (by doctors, nurses and allied professionals) as being amongst the most frustrating that they have with their patients. Participants will leave this course with enhanced skills for these conversations with patients through a balance of brief presentation, focused discussion, group work and skills focus.

To book this course click here

Posted October 6th 2014 (4 years ago)

Demand collection for Return to Practice - Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting

Dear Colleague,

Following the successful launch of the new Return to Practice (RtP) provision, over the summer, Health Education South West (HESW) is now planning for the second and third cohorts due to commence in January 2015 and May 2015.

If your organisation would like to engage with this process please could you arrange for the attached spreadsheet to be completed with the number of places your organisation requires for the Return to Practice – Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting programmes due to commence in January 2015 and May 2015.

There is currently a list of employer’s names on the HESW website that are supporting RtP during 2014/15. If you would like your organisation to be added to this list please could you provide me with your organisation’s lead name and contact details for Return to Practice.

Financial support for employers

• In addition to the placement support of £450.00 per returnee, HESW will also contribute £100.00 per returnee for employers to undertake their own employment checks (DBS and occupational health assessment/treatment arising from the assessment).

• HESW will pay the returnee bursary to the employer to distribute to the returnee. HESW will pay 50% at the start of the programme and 50% at the midpoint of the programme. The midpoint of the programme will be agreed by the organisation and Plymouth University on an individual basis. The amounts per returnee are:

• RtP Nurse - £1000.00 bursary;

• RtP Midwife - £500.00 bursary;

• RtP Health Visitor - £500.00 bursary.

• HESW will pay £250.00 for preceptorship support per RtP returnee who is appointed to a permanent position upon successful completion of their RtP programme. The employer will need to confirm a position has been offered and accepted resulting in permanent employment.

For more information please follow the link to the Frequently Asked Questions 

Please submit your completed returns and RtP lead contact details to Rachel Roberts  by close of business Friday 10 October 2014.

You will be informed of your organisations allocation of places for both the January 2015 and May 2015 cohorts by Friday 17 October 2014. For organisations within Devon and Cornwall places will be allocated to Plymouth University and for all other organisations within the South West places will be allocated to the University of the West of England (UWE). Please note, you will be given an opportunity to review your allocation for the May 2015 cohort following the commencement of the January 2015 cohort.

If you have any queries regarding this process please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards

Rachel Roberts | Educational Development Support Officer | DDI: 01752 676169 Mobile: 07584 150905

 

 

 

Posted October 6th 2014 (4 years ago)

RCGP Essential Knowledge Update 14

Here is the latest information regarding the launch of the new Essential Knowledge Update 14

Posted October 3rd 2014 (4 years ago)

Opportunities for short term (2 weeks plus) voluntary work in Nepal for experienced GPs

FAO all qualified GPs

PHASE (Practical Help for Achieving Self Empowerment) is a charity which works in remote villages in Nepal, supporting work in health, education and improving livelihoods. See their website here

There is a well organised programme of training and support for the health workers in the villages, which includes short visits from British GPs who provide clinical teaching and mentoring - for more details click here  

Experienced GPs with teaching skills and/or previous experience in developing countries particularly welcome.

For further information please contact Sarah Galvin 

Lucy Loveday, a recently qualitifed GP from Severn, volunteered for this organisation this year for 3 months. Here's her blog

 

Posted October 3rd 2014 (4 years ago)

Trainee ePortfolio Helpdesk Update

Message from the RCGP Trainee ePortfolio Helpdesk

 

The Trainee ePortfolio helpdesk will be closed on Wednesday 5th November 2014, while the helpdesk team undergo off site training. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you. The Trainee ePortfolio helpdesk will reopen on Thursday 6th November at 9am.

Posted August 26th 2014 (4 years ago)

Faculty Payments

Supervisor continuing professional development and educational supervision payments will be made to practices over the next few weeks.  For more information on what to expect please see:

http://www.primarycare.severndeanery.nhs.uk/training/faculty/faculty-payments/ 

Alternatively I am on leave until the 1st September but am happy to answer any questions you have on my return. 

Kind regards 

Shara Paulo

Severn GP Education Manager

Posted August 26th 2014 (4 years ago)

RCGP Eportfolio Downtime

Please be advised that the Trainee ePortfolio site will be unavailable on Saturday 13 September between 0900 and 1200 whilst we complete some essential maintenance on the servers. 

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this outage may cause. 

Regards 

Chris Mirner
Quality and Curriculum Manager | Postgraduate Training and Standards

Royal College of General Practitioners

Tel: 020 3188 7644 | Email: Chris Mirner

Posted August 8th 2014 (4 years ago)

Become an ALS Facilitator

Building on the successful recruitment for last year’s Action Learning Set (ALS) facilitator faculty for the Graduate Management Training Scheme, we are delighted to be able to offer this exciting, challenging and rewarding opportunity once again and are now recruiting on to the Action Learning Set Facilitators Development programme.

We would like to invite you or suitable colleagues in your networks to consider submitting an application. Please do share this information with others who you think may be suitable.

Why become an ALS facilitator?

You will benefit from a comprehensive programme of support and development, leading to an Academy Certificate in ALS Facilitation.

Our aim is to develop a team of facilitators from the NHS – to grow skills from within rather than source them from external consultants. Our ALS Faculty will be drawn from those who can demonstrate not only group facilitation and non-directive learning skills, but also bring useful perspectives from experience and day jobs.

Here's what one of our current ALS facilitators says about their experience:

“I think the biggest change for me has been the skills I have learned for the ALS have been transferred to my everyday practice. The enabling related to my communication skills has been significant and colleagues have commented there is a definite change in my behaviour.” Lorraine Major, paediatric advanced nurse practitioner.

How do I apply?

Full information on this opportunity, including what other  ALS facilitators say about their experiences and the full role specification document, is available on our website. 

Apply online. Applications are NOW OPEN with a closing date of midnight on 26th August 2014.

Should you wish to discuss any aspect of this further, or have any questions, please contact the Academy team.

Best wishes,
Alice Kostrzewa
Programme Coordinator
NHS Leadership Academy
Phone:0113 322 5680
Email: alice.kostrzewa@leadershipacademy.nhs.uk
Web: www.leadershipacademy.nhs.uk
Twitter: @NHSLeadership

The NHS Leadership Academy's purpose is to develop outstanding leadership in health, to improve people's health and their experience of the NHS

Posted August 8th 2014 (4 years ago)

Vacancy - MRCGP Lay Advisers

The College is looking to recruit two or three Lay Advisers for the Membership of the RCGP (MRCGP) Examination. 

These appointments will be for three years in the first instance (subject to annual review), with the possibility of renewal at the end of the contract. Lay Advisers will commit to being available for 12 days p.a. plus one day’s attendance at the annual examiners’ training conference, which in 2014 takes place on 18 and 19 September. 

Lay Advisers will receive a payment for services at £200.50 per day, £100.25 per half day  (subject to regular review) and travel/subsistence costs in compliance with RCGP policy. 

Role purpose  

The MRCGP is the licensing examination for independent practice as a GP in the UK. The licensing standard has a direct impact on the quality of care delivered to patients and their carers by GPs. The delivery and development of the MRCGP is therefore a matter of public interest and is a principal function of the RCGP. 

The MRCGP Lay Advisers will bring a patient’s and carer’s perspective to the development and delivery of the MRCGP. They will offer strategic advice from a non-institutional perspective, contribute to creative debates and enhance governance of MRCGP committees and working groups by scrutinising decisions/policy from an external lay perspective, acting as a ‘critical friend’ and challenging committees/working groups where necessary. 

Lay advisers will contribute to the MRCGP quality assurance and standard setting processes. They will participate in complaints and appeal processes and may be asked to mentor new lay advisers. 

Application process 

If you are interested in the above vacancies, please apply by email to Birgitta Bowman. Applicants should submit a CV and covering letter explaining their interest in and suitability for the role and providing evidence of their skills and experience in relation to the responsibilities outlined in the role description. 

Closing date: 20 August 2014                       Interview date: 12 September 2014

Roles to commence: 18 September 2014

 

MRCGP Lay Adviser 

Accountable to:                    Chief Examiner

Reports operationally to:     Head of Examinations

Tenure:                                  Three year fixed term (subject to annual review) – renewable at end of term annually up to a maximum three further years

Commitment:                        Availability for a minimum of 12 days p.a. plus 2 days attendance at the examiners conference

Remuneration:                      £200.50 per day,  £100.25 per half-day (subject to regular review) and travel/subsistence costs in compliance with RCGP policy 

Role summary: 

The MRCGP is the licensing examination for independent practice as a GP in the UK. The licensing standard has a direct impact on the quality of care delivered to patients and their carers by GPs. The delivery and development of the MRCGP is therefore a matter of public interest and is a principal function of the RCGP. 

Lay advisers will bring a patient’s and carer’s perspective to the development and delivery of the MRCGP. They will offer strategic advice from a non-institutional perspective, contribute to creative debates and enhance governance of MRCGP committees and working groups by scrutinising decisions/policy from an external lay perspective, acting as a ‘critical friend’  and challenging committees/working groups where necessary.  

Lay advisers will contribute to the MRCGP quality assurance and standard setting processes.  They will participate in complaints and appeal processes and may also be asked to mentor new lay advisers. The inclusion of a lay adviser on MRCGP committees and working groups will also demonstrate the importance of patient safety to the RCGP. 

Lay advisers may be assigned to a range of activities including: 

  • Attending Assessment Development Committee (3 p.a., 0.5 days) or Adjudication Committees (4 p.a. in person, 4 p.a. virtually, lasting only about 1-1.5 hours)
  • Attending the CSA core group (4 days p.a.) or WBPA core group (3 days p.a.)
  • Quality assurance activities (variable)
  • Selection and training of new examiners or role players (2 days p.a.)
  • Case management activities such as the development of new cases (4 days p.a.)
  • Participation in MRCGP complaints and appeals (approx. 2 days p.a.)
  • MRCGP development activities (approx. 2 days pa)

Lay advisers will be required to: 

  • Successfully complete initial training,  which will include Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) and equality and diversity training, and ensure that they perform their duties in a manner that supports the RCGP’s PSED responsibilities.
  • Adhere to RCGP’s requirements for information governance and ensure that attention is given to appropriate security for all paper and/or electronic confidential information that is stored
  • Adhere to strict confidentiality with regard to all sensitive and/or personal information that is acquired in the course of their MRCGP activities
  • Complete tasks including submission of reports and claims in a timely manner
  • Attend an annual performance review meeting
  • Represent the RCGP in a professional manner at all times according to the RCGP Code of Conduct
  • Declare any potential conflict of interest. Lay advisers must not accept any conflicting roles such as representation of specific groups of patients
  • Ensure that any personal agenda does not interfere with the MRCGP lay role  

Other information: 

Lay advisers will be required to attend activities across various locations in the UK.  Most activities will be scheduled on weekdays but some will take place at weekends; There may be early starts/late finishes outside normal office hours. Lay advisers are expected to accommodate these conditions as far as possible, giving advance notice to the RCGP where circumstances will not allow attendance or early starts/late finishes. 

This role description is not exhaustive and is intended to be a guide to the principal duties and responsibilities of a lay adviser.  It may be amended at any time to meet the changing needs of the organisation and to reflect the developing skills of the individual. 

Essential attributes: 

Knowledge

  • General knowledge of the NHS services in relation to primary and integrated care and issues from a patient/carer perspective (not as a healthcare professional)
  • Awareness of Data Protection requirements when handling confidential or sensitive data (guidance will be provided once recruited)
  • Awareness of equal opportunities legislation (guidance and training will be provided once recruited) 

Skills and experience

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Practical general IT skills
  • Ability to use appropriate initiative and judgement to resolve problems and issues and see them through to conclusion
  • Effective negotiating and influencing skills
  • Ability to use tact and diplomacy
  • Skilled and experienced at interviewing and giving feedback
  • Skilled and experienced at evaluating decisions
  • Good listening skills
  • Ability to rapidly assimilate information related to specific issues
  • Ability to make robust and defensible decisions
  • Ability to objectively identify problems
  • Ability to argue a coherent position and arrive at shared judgements on contentious issues
  • Ability to respond appropriately to feedback on performance 

Personal qualities

  • Ability to engage confidently with people at all levels
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Conscientious, responsible and discreet
  • Flexible and co-operative approach to work and working with colleagues
  • Can remain positive when working to tight deadlines
  • Able to attend regional and national meetings as required when available
  • Adaptable/flexible outlook – able to handle people of all capabilities and attitudes
  • Ability to deal with people in a courteous, professional and helpful manner 

Desirable attributes: 

  • Knowledge of the principles of adult education
  • Knowledge of assessment principles

Posted August 8th 2014 (4 years ago)

Vacancy - RCGP Medical Director for Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

It’s an exciting time to be involved in the RCGP’s CPD programme. We are already meeting the ongoing learning needs of thousands of Members each month. We are now looking to increase engagement with our Members even further, expand and enhance our provision, and find new customers beyond our Membership.

We need a clinician to steer us to our next stage of success. 

The role holder will be the College’s main clinical lead who will take responsibility for developing and driving forward College CPD strategy and profile, and developing service and products. 

You will be collaborating with other College medical directors and clinical leads, and an ambitious management team.  

The role is offered two sessions per week, 46 weeks per annum, on a three-year fixed-term appointment (subject to annual review) on a contract for services basis, with the possibility of renewal at the end of the three-year contract. 

Payment for services will be at the RCGP daily backfill rate plus 5% (currently £206.30 per session, £412.60 per day). 

Application process

If you are interested in the above vacancy, please email dmilosevic@rcgp.org.uk  to request a role description or to arrange to discuss the role in advance of applying. 

Applicants should submit a CV and covering letter explaining their interest in and suitability for the role and providing evidence of their skills and experience in relation to the responsibilities outlined in the role description. 

Closing date: 22 August 2014. Interview dates: to be held on 17 September 2014.   

The role will commence immediately upon appointment. 

 

Medical Director for CPD 

Accountable to:     

Staff lead:  Assistant Director of Enterprises 

Term of office:  Three year fixed term (subject to annual review)

Overall purpose:  To be responsible for operational leadership of the ongoing development and delivery of the RCGP GP CPD programme within agreed timescales and resource constraints   

Remuneration:  RCGP daily rate plus 5% (currently £206.30 per session, £412.60 per day) - 2 sessions per week, 46 weeks per annum                                            

Principal Responsibilities: 

  • Provide GP leadership for a coherent and realistic clinical CPD strategy 
  • Assist in needs analysis and revision of the CPD strategy, based on membership feedback, information gathered from key stakeholders, and through liaison with other College leads for example e-learning, revalidation, CIRC, curriculum, AiT and First5 chairs, Officers. 
  • Ensure that modern educational approaches to adult learning (interactive, workbased applications, evidence based, and reflective) are embedded in the RCGP’s CPD offer to members 
  • Provide clinical oversight and governance to the delivery of that strategy – maintain links with key individuals (internal and external) and organisations, ensuring new developments and ideas are fed in to the College’s CPD work and that different strands of College work are aligned from a clinical perspective. 
  • Work with RCGP employees to ensure RCGP CPD programme is of an appropriate standard, is delivered to timescale and is fit for purpose.
  • Identify and develop applications for potential external funding opportunities for new and existing work once prioritised as above
  • Advise on and contribute to communications about CPD and promote the College’s provision at every opportunity
  • Oversee and collaborate with any other clinical leads working on RCGP CPD programmes.
  • Work collaboratively with all key clinical leads, specifically the Medical Directors for Professional Development  and eLearning, and staff leads across the RCGP to ensure the effective delivery of the College’s CPD strategy.
  • Identify new developments (national and international) that are relevant to the College CPD programme.
  • Working with line managers and officers, liaise and collaborate when needed with the GMC, AoMRC, DH, GPC, COGPED, other Medical Royal Colleges and other interested organisations in relation to CPD matters.
  • Ensure that College CPD activities are aligned to College strategy and contribute to College finances.
  • To act as a mentor for RCGP Clinical Leads and Fellows (in conjunction with other Medical Directors). 

Essential attributes: 

  • Demonstrable skills in leadership, strategic thinking, negotiating, problem solving, stakeholder engagement and communications
  • Collaborative approach. Works with stakeholders and College employees to achieve success. 
  • Good links with external bodies, including regulation bodies, GP educational bodies (deaneries, COGPED, UKCEA) other Colleges/professional bodies in UK (and ideally also internationally). 
  • Excellent educational credentials – probably an appraiser, involved in shaping CPD policy. 
  • Experience of writing/editing/reviewing and the delivery of educational content (online and face to face). 
  • A comprehensive understanding of the primary care CPD environment – including familiarity with other providers and their products, how they are viewed by GPs.  
  • Good understanding of educational technology. 
  • Good understanding of the financial realities of delivering CPD. 
  • Experience of writing successful funding applications for service development, clinical audit and research projects.
  • Excellent links to government, public health, charity sector, commercial sponsors.
  • Member or Fellow of the RCGP in good standing. (This includes international membership. It is possible for someone who is not eligible for RCGP membership but who is selected for this role to be awarded honorary membership. Currently in NHS clinical practice).
  • A GP in current medical practice (or within two years of active practice).
  • Experience of chairing committees and working groups.
  • High level of IT literacy.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including experience of high profile public presentations.
  • Flexible and innovative approach to working.
  • Political sensitivity, tact and diplomacy. 

Desirable attributes:

  • An appropriate post-graduate qualification in medical education.
  • Previous experience of work on behalf of RCGP, including knowledge of College structure and governance processes.
  • Published work in peer reviewed journals.

Posted August 8th 2014 (4 years ago)

Dear ST3

Just a final note from us at the deanery to both congratulate you on your CCT and to wish you every success for the future. It was lovely for our faculty to see so many of you at the excellence awards and to be able to celebrate your achievements.

A couple of final points.

  • Firstly, Severn (like Mercedes) offer a full aftercare service and warranty for all of our graduates. You will find useful links to our post-CCT work on the deanery website. In particular could I draw your attention to our recently published (free) guide “surviving as a new GP” written by Knut, Holly, Steve, Lucy and Clare. It is downloadable from: http://www.primarycare.severndeanery.nhs.uk/training/qualified-gps/ 
  • Finally, Severn faculty of the RCGP is desperately keen to stay in contact with you. In particular their mentoring scheme for newly qualified GPs is utterly brilliant. If you are living in Bath, Swindon or Wiltshire the college tends to default your membership to their faculty based in Andover, Hants. However a quick e-mail to Jane Lohmann in the Severn faculty office will sort this easily and painlessly.

Good luck to you all.

Dr Simon Newton
Deputy GP Director

Posted August 8th 2014 (4 years ago)

Dear ST1 trainee

Welcome to the Severn School of Primary Care. Well done on being appointed to an area which is one of the most competitive in the country and has some of the highest pass rates at MRCGP. We hope and expect that you will have a great time during your three years with us.

Here are a few ‘hot tips’ 

  • Get to know your local training programme directors (TPDs) – they run your GP educational sessions (HDRC). They are an enthusiastic and skillful bunch and will work hard to help you through your training. More details at: http://www.primarycare.severndeanery.nhs.uk/about-us/the-deanery-geographic-areas
  • Your educational supervisor (ES) is a key part of your training and you’ll work with them throughout your three years. We spend a lot of time helping them develop the skills they need to take on this role. Get to know them early in your training.
  • Don’t forget the eportfolio – register now with the RCGP (http://www.rcgp.org.uk/membership/join-rcgp-trainee-gps.aspx) and start using it as soon as you start training. Get feedback on your entries from your ES and your TPDs. Discuss them with your colleagues as well.
  • Read the weekly email we send out from the School – this has useful reminders about deadlines and training requirements. It’s also where we advertise new initiatives.
  • If you’re struggling at any time in your training ask for help. Your ES and TPDs will listen. We have a range of support systems available in Severn which some of our trainees need each year
  • Look to extend your skills beyond the basic GP clinical competencies. We have a reputation for excellence in Severn; each year our Scholars and Fellows develop new projects. We run an annual Awards evening to celebrate the achievements of our trainees.
  • Most of all have fun!
Dr Simon Newton
Deputy GP Director

Posted August 4th 2014 (4 years ago)

Funded development opportunity - become an Action Learning Set facilitator

Building on the successful recruitment for last year’s Action Learning Set (ALS) facilitator faculty for the Graduate Management Training Scheme, we are delighted to be able to offer this exciting, challenging and rewarding opportunity once again and are now recruiting on to the Action Learning Set Facilitators Development programme.

We would like to invite you or suitable colleagues in your networks to consider submitting an application. Please do share this information with others who you think may be suitable. 

Why become an ALS facilitator?

You will benefit from a comprehensive programme of support and development, leading to an Academy Certificate in ALS Facilitation.

Our aim is to develop a team of facilitators from the NHS – to grow skills from within rather than source them from external consultants. Our ALS Faculty will be drawn from those who can demonstrate not only group facilitation and non-directive learning skills, but also bring useful perspectives from experience and day jobs.

Here's what one of our current ALS facilitators says about their experience:

“I think the biggest change for me has been the skills I have learned for the ALS have been transferred to my everyday practice. The enabling related to my communication skills has been significant and colleagues have commented there is a definite change in my behaviour.” Lorraine Major, paediatric advanced nurse practitioner.

How do I apply?

Full information on this opportunity, including what other  ALS facilitators say about their experiences and the full role specification document, is available on our website.  

Apply online. Applications are NOW OPEN with a closing date of midnight on 26th August 2014.

Should you wish to discuss any aspect of this further, or have any questions, please contact the Academy team. 

Best wishes

Alice Kostrzewa
Programme Coordinator
NHS Leadership Academy

Phone: 0113 322 5680
Email: Alice Kostrzewa
Web: www.leadershipacademy.nhs.uk
Twitter: @NHSLeadership

The NHS Leadership Academy's purpose is to develop outstanding leadership in health, to improve people's health and their experience of the NHS

Posted July 28th 2014 (4 years ago)

ePortfolio (Trainee and Revalidation), planned maintenance - Monday 28 July, 8am - 1pm

Please be aware that both the Trainee and Revalidation ePortfolios are due to be taken offline in order to complete minor updates to the website Monday 28 July between 8am and 1pm. If there are any changes to this timetable, they will be advertised on this page. We apologise for any inconvenience this downtime may cause.

Jamie Meecham
ePortfolio Product Manager | Development And Enterprises
Tel: 020 3188 7642

Posted July 28th 2014 (4 years ago)

End of Post Surveys

I realise that filling in the End of Post survey can sometimes seem a chore for trainees. It does however provide vital information to our local Quality Panels and helps us improve the quality of our posts and training programmes. We take your feedback very seriously. 

So a very big thank you to our trainees who have achieved a 100% completion rate for the survey between August 2013 and April 2014. Please keep it up and let's hope for 100% in this current round too.

Dr Simon Newton
Deputy GP Director

Posted July 28th 2014 (4 years ago)

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Sustainability short film for Severn PGME

Dear All 

This is a Big “Thank you” to everyone who has contributed to the Sustainability short film for Severn PGME. 

Please find the link below to it and feel free to pass on and ‘like’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8onK-zcKeF8 

Particular thanks to all of you who cycled for this – I couldn’t keep all of the footage so apologies if you didn’t “make the cut” – your time and energy is much appreciated. 

The link will be communicated more widely to HEE nationally and by Twitter shortly. 

We hope that it encourages sustainable work practices in the region and further afield. 

Any comments or feedback much appreciated and thanks once again 

Best wishes

Allegra Etheridge

Quality Manager

Posted July 28th 2014 (4 years ago)

RCGP Update - Change to delivery of the MRCGP Applied Knowledge Test

Dear Colleague 

I am writing to let you know about a forthcoming change to delivery of the MRCGP Applied Knowledge Test which will come into effect for the next examination scheduled for 29 October 2014, and hope that you will be able to disseminate this communication widely within your deanery. 

The following statement, which will be available on the RCGP website shortly, explains the rationale for the change in the duration of the AKT from 3 hours to 3 hours and 10 minutes. We have undertaken an equality impact assessment and this has been accepted by the GMC who are happy for this change to be implemented with immediate effect.  You will also see that we will also be making an on-screen calculator available for all candidates. 

As part of our ongoing strategy to address the differential pass rates between UK graduates and International Medical Graduates in the MRCGP, we commissioned an independent review of the AKT and CSA components by the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER). Professor John Norcini, who conducted the review, suggested that we should consider increasing the amount of time candidates have available to complete the AKT. Although there is no evidence that time constraints in the AKT contribute in any way to the differential pass rates, they might pose more of a challenge for those candidates who are less proficient in the English language. 

The GMC has given us permission to increase the duration of the AKT by 10 minutes on these grounds and we intend to implement this change from the next sitting of the AKT in October 2014.   

In addition to the extra time, an on-screen calculator will be made available. This is being provided at the request of candidates, but any calculation within the AKT will require only simple basic arithmetic, and most candidates will not need to use the calculator. 

The additional time provided for the AKT will not change the standard required to achieve a pass in the AKT. Candidates who require additional time as a result of a declared disability will have this calculated on the basis of the new AKT duration.   

Could I also take this opportunity to issue an invitation to trainers in your deanery who you think might benefit from observing the CSA examination at first hand?  As you will know we’ll be holding examinations on a monthly basis with effect from October 2014 until May 2015 so there should be sufficient capacity to accommodate those who might be interested.  All enquiries in this regard should be addressed to James Clark in the Examinations Department: James Clark

With many thanks and best wishes 

Dr Pauline Foreman

Chief Examiner

 

Posted July 28th 2014 (4 years ago)

Vacancy - Clinical Leader – Primary Care and Community Services - West of England Patient Safety Collaborative

Dear colleagues 

Please find details of this vacancy closing on 1 September 2014.   

NHS England has decided to establish a nationwide network of Patient Safety Collaboratives led by Academic Health Science Networks and based on their geographical footprints.

The West of England Patient Safety Collaborative had its first Board meeting on 19 June, bringing together all our main providers of NHS services with the seven Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Over the past few months of engagement, Clinical Commissioning Groups and community service providers have emphasised the importance of developing and strengthening approaches to patient safety for primary and community services, as well as along patient pathways. Dr Martin Jones, Chair, Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group, and Paul Jennings, Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Care Services, have volunteered to be the sponsors for this workstream and we are now looking for two Clinical Leaders; one a GP and another a clinician from community services who can offer a day a week to lead the development of this workstream. The Academic Health Science Network will provide administrative, project management and communication support.

If you are interested in one of these roles, please contact Deborah Evans, Managing Director, West of England Academic Health Science Network, on 0117 900 3430, or Martin Jones, on 0117 9841518 for an informal discussion. A role description is attached and we hope to interview on 10 September 2014 for GP applicants. We will pay backfill for your current role.

If you would like to apply for this role, please send your CV with a short covering letter to Natasha Swinscoe, Director of Development, West of England Academic Health Science Network, telling us why you are interested and what you would bring to this role. The closing date for applications is midday on 1 September 2014.

SECONDMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Job Title: Clinical Leaders – Developing patient safety in primary care and community services

Time commitment: 1 day a week /2 sessions

Accountable to: Patient Safety Programme Director

Duration: 1 year initially, review and possible extension

Remuneration: We will pay backfill for your current role

Summary

We are looking for two senior clinicians, one a GP and another from a member organisation which provides community services in the West of England who can lead and help us to develop our primary care and community services patient safety work stream. This workstream is part of the new West of England Patient Safety Collaborative.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Review existing primary care / community services patient safety initiatives in the West of England and wider (working with Safer Care South West) and develop the most appropriate proposals for implementation.
  • Work with colleagues at the interface between healthcare settings in existing patient safety work (i.e. with acute hospitals, mental health etc ) to maximise effectiveness and develop a patient safety perspective which is patient centred and along pathways
  • Contribute to the Health Education South West sponsored project on developing team work, communications and leadership skills to support patient safety in primary care and community services during 2014/15
  • Work with the other Directorates in the Academic Health Science Network to achieve synergies across patient safety, evidence into practice, enterprise and translation and informatics.
  • Identify opportunities for partnership working with partner organisations which have a local presence (i.e. NHS England, Health Education South West).
  • Be an ambassador for the Patient Safety Collaborative with clinical colleagues, raising awareness and encouraging involvement in patient safety work.
  • Take part in national events and collaborations with other Academic Health Science Networks working on similar themes.

Deborah Evans, Managing Director, West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN), South Plaza, Marlborough Street, Bristol BS1 3NX

Tel: 0117 9003430 (Ext:3430), Email: Deborah Evans

Website: www.weahsn.net

Ideas Spotlight: https://westofenglandahsn.wazoku.com

Posted July 21st 2014 (4 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 (4 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 July 15th 2014 (4 years ago)

RCGP Eportfolio Update 14 July 2014

Following on from recent issues experienced with the Trainee ePortfolio the College is initiating a ‘review and fix’ project to analyse all the supporting functions, both internal and external, as well as the business processes currently employed. This includes reviewing the stakeholder involvement and how we promote communications and feedback with all invested parties. 

As a necessary part of this work, the development of the site has been put temporarily on hold with only the most business critical items to be addressed in order to maintain the stability of the site (the only impending update for July is improving the save/timeout behaviour). This will allow for the identification and implementation of any service improvements deemed appropriate and realistic. I understand that a number of improvements are still needed in relation to several administrative functions, including fixing post imports and the site behaviour for editing posts. Both items remain in our product backlog to be addressed in line with the recommendations put forward by the project. I apologise that we are unable to introduce these items at this time and understand this will have an impact on administrators inputting new trainees’ details. 

As you may imagine, this project will be a fairly involved and extensive piece of work to complete that needs to be appropriately resourced. A timeframe for this work should be available soon, and when it is available I hope to share this and more details on the intended outputs. 

If you have any questions or comments at this stage, please feed them back to me and I can pass them on to the project. 

Please note that the next update of the Trainee ePortfolio will be released on Monday 28 April 2014. Pre-release notes providing more details regarding the timeout fix will be published online in due course along with a notification and link from the login page. 

This release requires downtime from 8am to 1pm Monday 28 July. If there are any changes either way to the timings we will do our best to let you know in advance. This is a minor release with reduced content. 

Regards 
Jamie Meecham
ePortfolio Product Manager | Development And Enterprises
Tel: 020 3188 7642

Posted July 14th 2014 (4 years ago)

#NHSCitizen is coming to Bristol on 24 & 25 July - We want your involvement in the development of the NHS Citizen Programme

NHS England is committed to putting patient and public voice at the heart of the way we work. Over the past year, the NHS England Patient and Public Voice Team have worked with and democracy experts - the Tavistock Institute, Involve, Public-i and the Democratic Society to develop the NHS Citizen Programme.

The aim of NHS Citizen is to:  

  • To give citizens and organisations a direct, transparent route for their voices to reach the heart of the NHS England decision making process, in a way that cannot be ignored. 
  • To give the NHS England Board and others a new source of evidence and opinion on the NHS, now and in the future.
  • To give the public an open and robust way to hold the Board of NHS England to account, and opportunities to participate in every aspect of the organisation's work.
  • To establish a mechanism/system that leads to action, quickly

You can see the current version of the NHS Citizen here and for further information please visit the NHS Citizen website

NHS Citizen is a fundamentally important piece of work, it is important that public health colleagues as well as individuals are able to contribute to what it looks like and how it will function. Over the next 12 months, we will continue to develop the programme; there are a number of design days and regional events planned. It would be wonderful if you can spread the word and join in. 

So far NHS Citizen events have been focusing on the big elements of the design and dynamics of the whole system.  Now that we are moving closer to the whole system test in September we need to focus on some of the more practical issues. 

What we want to do in Bristol is to try and immerse people in how NHS Citizen will actually work, as well as taking the opportunity to test some of the tech that we will be working with.  

NHS Citizen will be in Bristol on 24 + 25 July  - this is an exciting opportunity to get involved

Sign up for the Bristol Event here

If you have any questions or if you would like to be added to our mailing list for regular updates please email hello@nhscitizen.org.uk. If you are on Twitter please follow @NHSCitizen and #NHSCITIZEN or like us on Facebook.

Posted June 26th 2014 (4 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 May 27th 2014 (4 years ago)

BALINT for GPSTs

As we GP Trainees edge closer to qualifying, a number of us will be thinking about what tools and structures we can draw on to support us in our future work. The days are long and draining, the impact on us can be huge. Over the years, many GPs have found it helpful to attend regular get-togethers with other GPs to share difficult cases and to explore the impact that their work is having on them in a supportive environment. This speaks very much to the renewed interest in 'self-care' as an important area in everyday GP work. The most common and 'tried-and-tested' format for this kind of supervision is the Balint group - see below for more detail of what a Balint Group entails and what group members have got out of being in one. 

We are setting up a Balint Group especially for GP Trainees and possibly one for newly qualified GPs.

The first session is free as a taster session.  Further sessions will cost £20 per person per session.  

Depending on group numbers session will be between 60 and 90 minutes and groups will be able to discuss 2 or 3 cases per session.  Maximum numbers in groups would be 6. 

If you would like to know more, feel free to get in touch.

Email Duncan Still 

GP ST3

More informantion on Balint Groups:

Supervision for GPs can be organised individually or within a group (with GPs from the same or different practices) and is aimed at GPs at all stages in their career.  Balint groups, pioneered at the Tavistock Clinic 50 years ago, have been the most enduring model for GP supervision.  Balint groups used to mostly focus on the doctor patient relationship and 'psychotherapeutic' interventions and treatment by the GP.   With the huge changes in the role and work of the general practitioner Balint groups are evolving and have changed.  

I feel that Balint groups  are a place where GPs can share their experience of their work and  role as a GP and feel supported in their work and role by their peers and a regular supervisory setting in which they can think about all aspects of clinical work, the doctor patient relationship and the impact of  clinical work and where they can consider and discuss issues around technique, stance and interventions and develop consultation skills.  

Posted May 23rd 2014 (4 years ago)

The GMC is currently recruiting for Enhanced Monitoring Associates and Medical Student Visitors

Enhanced Monitoring Associates (EMAs) 

Serious concerns about medical education and training are often reported to the GMC, and it is our role to advise on and respond to these issues in a targeted and proportionate way. EMAs will represent the GMC at LETB and deanery visits in order to consider processes and verify actions taken locally where issues have arisen. 

Medical Student Associates 

The GMC Education Quality Team is looking to recruit medical students to join our team of associates, whose role will be to analyse information and identify objectives for the quality assurance process; verify information received through visits; and make judgements about whether standards in Tomorrow's Doctors 2009<http://www.gmc-uk.org/education/undergraduate/tomorrows_doctors_2009.asp> are being met. 

If you are interested, or know of someone who may be interested in becoming an enhanced monitoring or medical student associate, please here<https://jobs.gmc-uk.org/wd/plsql/wd_portal.list?p_web_site_id=2965&p_function=map&p_class_type=Location&p_class_value=London&p_title=Jobs> for a full job specification and online application form. 

Completed applications will need to be submitted by Tuesday 3 June 2014. 

Interviews for the medical student associates will be held between 23 and 27 June 2014. 

Interviews for the EMAs will be held between 21 and 25 July 2014.

Posted May 23rd 2014 (4 years ago)

RCGP publishes ultimate guide for GP training and beyond

The RCGP is about to publish The Good GP Training Guide, the ultimate guide to GP training and beyond. It's a must-read for all GP trainees and newly qualified GPs, offering an accessible Lonely Planet-style guide to the GP training process and what to expect once qualified.

It provides pragmatic advice and tips on all stages of training, covering hospital rotations, general practice training in the community, the transition to becoming an independent practitioner, and the various methods of assessment employed by the RCGP.

The guide will be available from late May but pre-orders are being accepted. Full details can be found online.

Posted May 23rd 2014 (4 years ago)

WONCA Working Party: Rural Practice

The WONCA working party consists of up to 20 members with at least two representatives from each of the world's regions: Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Australasia/Pacific. These members are identified through WONCA member associations in each region with a requirement that each member be a rural practitioner or has a close association with rural practice.

Our vision is health for all rural people around the world.

The Working Party is committed to transformation of our Membership. We aim for representivity through:

  • Developing countries 50%
  • Women 50%
  • Young doctors: students/residents/registrars/young physicians (<8 years in practice or in training) 20%
  • Indigenous representation
  • All regions represented

Rural doctors with a passion for rural health will be considered for membership of the working party. It is expected that they will have support of a local organizations, and will attend some meetings as observers (who are always welcome) before becoming members. A balance of representativity from around the world, including gender and ethnicity, are also important considerations in membership.

NEW!! Rural Medical Education Guidebook

Posted May 23rd 2014 (4 years ago)

Message from Richard Weaver: What is your future?

Dear GP trainees 

We need your help 

You are the future GP workforce and we need to know what your plans are. The NHS is facing unprecedented demands and the workforce is key but no-one knows what trainees’ plans actually are. Please help us fill in this knowledge gap to inform discussions at a local and national level around the future of General Practice. Tell us what you think of General Practice. 

Please fill in this short survey that will take just a few minutes of your time. 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/whatisyourfuture 

We want to hear from you 

Thank you for your help

Posted May 23rd 2014 (4 years ago)

GMC National Training Survey 2014

To All Trainees

Thank you all so much for your contribution to the GMC training survey this year. The Severn Deanery has a 99.9% response rate, which places us second nationally. We guarantee that the results from this year’s survey will be closely monitored by the Deanery, Trusts and Schools with the aim of improving postgraduate medical education.

We appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey in 2014.

Prof Bill Irish
Director of GP Education and Head of School

Posted May 23rd 2014 (4 years ago)

MindEd

This portal contains a wealth of information for anybody working with children and young people’s mental health issues.

You can find the latest news on the About MindEd page.

MindEd is the place to find content from the following curricula:

Counselling MindEd logo CYP IAPT logo

Posted April 22nd 2014 (4 years ago)

BMA Newsletter for GP Trainees

Dear all

Please find attached for your information the latest GP Trainees newsletter from the BMA, which can also be accessed via the link below.

BMA Newsletter for GP Trainees

Posted April 7th 2014 (4 years ago)

BMJ Quality Improvement Programme - Access codes available to Foundation doctors and GPSTs

The Severn Foundation School has purchased a block of access codes to the BMJ quality improvement programme. This is an online resource that takes you through the QI process in a step-by-step way and that ultimately leads to publication on their site - even getting you a PUBMED reference.  

It seems like a great opportunity and the Educational / Clinical supervisors who support them will also be included in the final publication. Incentives all round! 

Until August, there are some extra licenses available and the Foundation School has generously offered to release these to interested GPSTs - please contact Clare Moorcroft to register your interest and request the access code.  

For Foundation Trainees, this initiative is running next year too - F2s often have more time in GP than when in hospital. It seems like an ideal time for them to do some relevant QI work that can bring benefits to trainees, their practices and supervisors.  

Further information can be found on the BMJ quality site:  http://quality.bmj.com/

The site is relatively user friendly but if you have problems or have feedback then e-mail Rob Bethune 

Dr Tom Pelly
07815 775707

Associate Postgraduate Dean for Foundation and Excellence 
GP School, Severn Postgraduate Education

Email: Tom Pelly
www.primarycare.severndeanery.nhs.uk

Posted April 2nd 2014 (4 years ago)

2014 GMC Trainee Survey

The 2014 GMC Trainee survey is now live until the 8th May.

It can be accessed through the GMC website

Please log in and complete the survey.

Thank you!

Posted March 31st 2014 (4 years ago)

Communication Skills Tutoring Opportunity for GP Trainees

We are currently looking for GP trainees to assess candidates' communication skills at a national surgical interview course in Clifton, Bristol on 7th April. 

Assessors would be required to critique candidates and offer feedback on their interaction with actors in prescribed scenarios. 

Previous communication skills accreditation is desired but not required and assessors would be required to stay for the morning only (830am-2pm). 

All assessors will receive certification as teaching faculty. 

If you are interested in becoming involved please reply with your name and stage to the address below. 

st3orthointerview@gmail.com

Posted March 31st 2014 (4 years ago)

RCGP Fraser Rose Medal

Following on from last week’s outstanding Severn CSA results here’s a link to some information about the Fraser Rose medal which rewards excellence in the MRCGP examination. Perhaps it will go to a Severn trainee this year…

Information about the RCGP's annual award for outstanding performance in the MRCGP - the Fraser Rose Medal - is available from the RCGP website:  http://www.rcgp.org.uk/gp-training-and-exams/mrcgp-exam-overview/fraser-rose-medal.aspx

Posted March 31st 2014 (4 years ago)

Senior Trainee Representation for Stage 2 ARCP Appeals

Severn Postgraduate School of Medicine & Pathology are currently in the process of arranging Stage 2 ARCP appeals.  They are looking for senior trainees representation to sit on these panels.  If therefore you would be willing and available on either of the two dates below then please contact Matthew Hill.

  • Cardiology ARCP appeal – 23rd April 2014 (timing TBC)
  • Histopathology ARCP appeal – 24th April (between 11am -3pm) 

 

Posted March 20th 2014 (4 years ago)

NHS sustainability day - 27th March 2014

It is NHS sustainability day on the 27th March 2014.  This is something all NHS organisations can participate in.  For case studies, toolkits and examples of best practice from across the NHS please see: http://www.nhssustainabilityday.co.uk/

Posted March 20th 2014 (4 years ago)

Congratulations on passing your CSA Examination

Congratulations to those Severn GP trainees who passed their CSA examination last week. Severn's pass rate was 95.7% compared to the national average of 79.9%. 16% of our trainees scored over 100 marks against a national average of 6.5% achieving this very high score. Severn has a national reputation for excellence and these marks further reinforce it. Well done.

Posted March 18th 2014 (4 years ago)

Applications for the 2014 - 2015 scholarships are now open

Closing date for applications is 11 May 2014

Please go to our Scholarships and Fellowships page for further information. 

Posted March 14th 2014 (4 years ago)

Texting

Dear trainees and supervisors 

The School of Primary Care now has the ability to text you important and relevant information.  Although we are pleased that this will provide an alternative method of communicating with you we will be sure to use the facility sparingly.  If however you would prefer not to receive any text messages from us simply email one of the team stating this request.

Posted March 7th 2014 (4 years ago)

Severn Deanery Sustainability Project Prize

Calling all Severn Deanery Healthcare Professionals - £500 Competition Prize

All you have to do is submit a Sustainable Healthcare Project by 1st November 2014.

For more information including possible project titles please join the Facebook Group – Creating Sustainable Healthcare Systems.

Please submit entries to: Amy Alsop

Prize donated by Wattifi.

All submitted work will be uploaded to the Sustainable Healthcare Education Website.

Good Luck!

From the Severn Deanery Sustainability Fellows (Amy Alsop and Ciara Drummond)

Posted March 3rd 2014 (4 years ago)

Vacancy: Teaching Fellow/Senior Teaching Fellow in Primary Care

University of Bristol -School of Social and Community Medicine

Closing date: 07/03/2014

Job number: ACAD100738

Salary: £81,807 - £85,216 pro rata

Contract Type: Open ended contract staff

Work Hours 8.0 Hours per Week

Expected Start Date: 07/04/2014

Job Type: Clinical Academic

The School of Social & Community Medicine is looking for a GP to work for 8 hours a week as a teaching fellow or senior teaching fellow (depending upon experience). The post holder will be part of an enthusiastic and dedicated team of GP educationalists who co-ordinate the components of the undergraduate medical course (MB ChB) that are taught in primary care. The main role of the post holder will be to lead the teaching of primary care to first year medical students. The post holder will also be expected to assist with the teaching and examinations given to students in year 4

To apply please click here

Posted February 14th 2014 (4 years ago)

RCGP - Annual National Council Members Ballot

Dear College Colleagues,

As you will know, there are 18 nationally-elected Council member places on College Council, and each year we hold a ballot of the entire membership to elect six new Council members to replace those who will retire by thirds off the Council at the AGM in November.

The opportunity therefore exists, for those prepared to take it, to be elected to serve on the College Council. Some of the criticisms made by College members of the Council in the past is that it is not truly representative of the membership or their interests; that it does not understand and/or is remote from current GP's thinking and needs; and that it is an “old boys/girls” clique.

Well, each year you have the opportunity to challenge and change that perception. Applications from those who feel they are not represented, or who are currently under-represented on Council, e.g. First5, rural, sessional, portfolio, locum, etc, would be more than welcome.

Just remember however, that to serve on the Council is a privilege and carries with it responsibilities over and above those of an ordinary College member. As a nationally-elected member, you would be responsible for representing not just the interests of your sectional group or constituency, but also the interests of the entire College membership when determining decision-making, the policies and strategic direction of the College. What could be more fulfilling?

Please look out for the national Council member ballot notification and voting details from the Electoral Reform Society (ERS), our election agents, in your email during April/May. The voting website is open for your convenience 24/7, and remember, its your personal opportunity to change things. It’s your College – use your vote!

Looking forward to hearing from many of you soon.

Professor Mike Pringle
President

Further information

Posted February 14th 2014 (4 years ago)

NB Medical Education - Hot Topics Job Opportunity

Dear Colleague

We are looking for a bright, enthusiastic part-time GP who knows our course to join our team. You must have experience as a medical educator, excellent presentation skills, be working in the NHS as a GP and have a real passion for General Practice and teaching. 

If you are interested please email alaybourne@nbmedical.com for further information.

Kind regards 

Simon Curtis

Medical Director, NB Medical Education

NB Medical Education | Email: hottopics@nbmedical.com |Phone: 0191 5197294
The Quadrus Centre, Woodstock Way, Boldon Business Park, Boldon, Tyne & Wear, NE35 9PF

Posted February 3rd 2014 (4 years ago)

Topical Tips for Trainers - February

Tip: Spend some time getting to know and understand your Registrar as a person.

Reason this may be useful: Sometimes we can spend many months working with a Registrar and only discuss formal work related matters. By spending some time discussing the Registrar as a person we can get to know what they enjoy doing when they are away from work. This helps us to understand their personality, attitudes and values, which may explain some of their behaviours at work. If we start early to understand our Registrar as an individual person, we can modify how we relate to them at work, and provide them with a learning environment more suited to them as an individual.

Posted January 27th 2014 (4 years ago)

New RCGP Publication - Involving and supporting carers and families

The RCGP has released a new publication "Involving and supporting carers and families". This new educational resource will help GPs, GP trainees, primary care nurses and other team members improve their skills in providing support for the wide range of people who care for others. It contains an educational framework that will help programme directors, trainers and other educators to develop their own carer-related training; such as tutorials, workshops, courses and other learning resources about carers. It contains recommended key messages and themes, together with case illustrations and other practical information.

The document was developed with funding from the Department of Health and forms part of a wider programme of RCGP work 'Supporting carers in general practice'. It is based on the five educational themes being piloted for the RCGP’s enhanced GP curriculum. Separate resources for GPs, primary care practitioners and commissioners have also been developed as part of the supporting carers programme. For further information, please visit www.rcgp.org.uk/carers.

Posted January 27th 2014 (4 years ago)

Clinical Fellows Programme 2014-15

Applications for The National Medical Director's Clinical Fellow Scheme 2014-15 are now open.

The application process closes on 14 February 2014.

Full details about the scheme including an overview of the scheme, FAQs, eligibility and selection criteria and a timeline of the process are available in our information pack. Please download and read the information pack carefully before starting your application.  

Further information is available from our webinar 'what's it all about' which details the experiences of past and present fellows as well as answering questions from potential applicants.

You can also visit the FMLM website.

Posted January 27th 2014 (4 years ago)

RCGP Careers talk at RCGP 30 Euston Square - 1 February 2014, 2-5pm

The RCGP will be holding a student event on the 1st February and it would be great if you could please disseminate this to medical students and foundation doctors interested in general practice. 

Join us at the RCGP headquarters, 30 Euston Square on Saturday 1 February 2014, 2-5pm for an inspiring talk on general practice as a career from some of our most successful GP members.

The day is designed to provide information that can help you make those important decisions and then thrive in your chosen area.   

Attendance is free! 

Follow the link and book your place today!

http://www.rcgp.org.uk/courses-and-events/membership/student-talk-and-tour.aspx

We look forward to seeing you there 

Student LinkedIn group – join today!

We've just set up a new LinkedIn group to allow student members, foundation doctors and GP’s to network, find out more about general practice as a career, start discussions, find out about trainee life or life as a fully qualified GP and much more. You must be a registered RCGP student member to join the LinkedIn group.

Join the group today

Posted January 16th 2014 (4 years ago)

Topical Tips for Trainers - January

Tip: Ask the Registrar what aspects of their work they would like feedback about.

Reason this may be useful: Feedback is most effective when it is requested by the learner. If we give feedback when it is not wanted, it is unlikely to be helpful, and can sometimes lead to defensiveness. If we ask the Registrar what he would like us to comment about, he is receptive to our comments, and we can help him to learn the specific points he is interested in developing at that time. We must ensure the feedback is done in a supportive helpful way, and then it is likely that the Registrar will ask for further feedback in future.

Posted January 14th 2014 (4 years ago)

More Academic Mentors Needed

This term the medical Undergraduate Academic Mentor programme at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Bristol, are seeking new Academic Mentors to complete the MENTOR POOL. 

Please let us know if:

1.       you would be prepared to take on 2 (or more) more students

2.       you know of any colleagues who would be interested in joining the scheme

You will see that recognition is given: 

·         Mentors given the title of Honorary Senior Lecturer / Honorary Lecturers. 

·         UoB identity to give access to UoB library sources, search facilities etc

·         Our training days earn CPD points

Please apply to Chris Cooper

Posted January 14th 2014 (4 years ago)

New Release: Essential Knowledge Challenge 12

The EKC Team are delighted to announce the release of the new Essential Knowledge Challenge (EKC) 12. EKC12 is a fifty item online self‐assessment applied knowledge test, with questions sourced from the major updates, briefings and reference material found within Essential Knowledge Update 12. 

A score is given for each attempt you make within the Challenge and you are entitled to an unlimited number of attempts. Once you have completed the Challenge you will receive a certificate (for each attempt) which can be printed off/uploaded to your RCGP ePortfolio for CPD and revalidation purposes. 

Take the Challenge today and test your knowledge! 
Coming Soon: EKU11 Answers and Benchmarking Graphs 

Have you taken part in Essential Knowledge Challenge 11? The answers to this Challenge will be released in late January 2014 for users to access. 

You will also be able compare your scores with other participating users with the EKU11 Benchmarking Graphs. The anonymised scores of all users who have taken part in Challenge 11 will be collated and produced as a graph, displaying the highest scores achieved by users based on all first attempts, 2‐5 attempts and 6+ attempts. 

To learn more about the EKU Programme or to take part in the latest Updates and Challenges please visit the RCGP Online Learning Environment

Access to the Essential Knowledge Update Programme

The Essential Knowledge Updates and Challenges are FREE to all RCGP members, Associates and AiTs as part of the College membership benefit package. Non RCGP members can purchase an annual Essential Knowledge Update Programme subscription for £99 alternatively you can purchase an individual Update or Challenge for £50. To subscribe to the EKU Programme or purchase an Update or Challenge, please follow register with the College here.

Posted January 14th 2014 (4 years ago)

GP Trainee opportunity - RCGP Annual Conference 2014 - Bursaries

Severn Faculty RCGP are pleased to announce that, in collaboration with Severn Postgraduate Medical Education we are able to fund several bursaries to attend the RCGP annual conference 

Application deadline 28 February 2014

RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference

ACC, Liverpool, 2-4 October 2014 

The RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference is the must attend event of the year for GPs and practice team colleagues, showcasing the latest clinical and policy developments across the UK and brings together an impressive range of national and international speakers. This year’s theme is 'Futureproof: resilience in practice' and the programme is packed with seminars and workshops relevant to all GPs, several of which are specifically for AiTs and First5 GPs, and will be extremely informative to Foundation Trainees and Medical Students. The conference is also an invaluable opportunity to meet GPs from across the UK, and good fun! 

Conference details are available at http://www.rcgp.org.uk/annualconference

Register for the conference before 23 June 2014 to secure your place at the discounted earlybird Rates 

Bursary recipients will be prioritised to those submitting a poster or presentation, and the quality of the written submission. Applications should be received before midnight on Friday, 28 February 2014. The bursary will support Conference fees, travel and accommodation (but not incidental expenses) up to a maximum of £500 per individual.  New for this year, one bursary is open to post-First5 GPs who have never previously attended the RCGP Annual Conference. 

There will be an expectation that successful applicants will feed back their experiences to the Severn Faculty Board and to Severn Postgraduate Medical Education by way of a brief report and give a short talk at the Severn Faculty AGM which will be held at Deanery House, Hambrook, Bristol on 22 October 2014. The Faculty will notify applicants if their application was successful by 31 March 2014. 

Applications should include a written submission entitled “How do you think the RCGP – both central college and Severn Faculty – could help maintain your compassion in dealing with patients throughout your career?” (max 500 word summary), what grade of doctor/student/trainee you are (please include a brief CV- no longer than 1 page) and whether you intend to submit a poster or presentation at conference. Written submissions will be judged on fluency, realism, practicality, innovation and conceptual thinking. 

Please submit your application (or any queries) via email to severn@rcgp.org.uk

Posted January 14th 2014 (4 years ago)

GP Trainee opportunities - 19th WONCA Europe Conference Sponsorship

Sponsorship for GP Speciality Trainees and those within 5 years of completing training 

Application deadline 28 February 2014

Severn Faculty RCGP would like to offer sponsorship to attend the 19th WONCA Europe Conference in Lisbon, Portugal 2-5 July 2014 (VdGM preconference 1-2 July 2014) 

Sponsorship is supporting the Vasco da Gama movement (www.vdgm.eu) The Vasco da Gama Movement (VdGM) forms part of the WONCA organisation and is the European International Committee for GP trainees and GPs within 5 years of completing training.  The WONCA World Conference this year is themed on “New routes for general practice and family medicine and will be held in Lisbon, Portugal. 

http://www.woncaeurope2014.org/en 

The benefit of attending this conference is for young doctors to share experiences and forge links worldwide. 

Sponsorship is available for ST2, ST3 trainees and/or newly qualified GPs (first 5 years) to attend the conference in 2013. Entry is by competition, open to Severn Faculty trainees and Severn Faculty “First 5” GPs. 

Severn Faculty RCGP are able to fund up to a maximum of £750 to attend the Conference for up to two successful candidates (terms available on request). 

Application is by competitive essay, no longer than one side of A4 entitled:

“How Might a European perspective of UK General Practice post April 2014 be relevant to a Severn GP or Trainee?” 

Along with your application, contact details, current status (either Speciality Trainee or within 5 years of completing GP training, please include details of where you are working within the Severn Faculty region

Application deadline 28 February 2014 

Applications can be sent either by email to: severn@rcgp.or.uk or by post to:

Jane Lohmann Severn Faculty RCGP, Deanery House, Unit D- Vantage Business Park, Old Gloucester Road, Hambrook, Bristol, BS16 1G

Posted December 23rd 2013 (4 years ago)

National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow Scheme

Applications are now open for the National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow Scheme, sponsored by Sir Bruce Keogh and managed by the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.

The scheme offers doctors in training an outstanding and unique opportunity to develop leadership and management skills in a range of national healthcare organisations which have previously included NHS England, Health Education England, GMC, NICE, Public Health England, Royal Colleges, St Andrews Healthcare, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Association of British Healthcare Industries, BMJ and BUPA.  Host organisations for 2014-15 have yet to be finalised. This work is complemented by the peer support offered by being in a cohort of trainees.

Clinical Fellows have the chance to work alongside influential leaders and meet key players in healthcare from the NHS and beyond. The scheme has complemented clinical practice with careers in medical management, clinical leadership, public health and policy. The posts are paid a clinical salary with banding as some work activities may occur outside normal working hours.

This year there will continue to be placements across England, including a number of opportunities in the North of England. For more information please visit: www.fmlm.ac.uk/clinical-fellow-scheme

Applications close on 14 February 2014 and will be followed by a shortlisting process. Interviews are expected to take place in London on 10 and 11 March 2014.

Posted December 17th 2013 (5 years ago)

GP Trainees Subcommittee Newsletter

Please read the latest newsletter from the BMA/GPC GP Trainees' Subcommittee. 

GP Trainees Newsletter Winter 2013

For further information please contact Nick Jestico
GP ST3, Somerset

Posted December 16th 2013 (5 years ago)

RCGP Recruitment of GP Educators

The RCGP’s curriculum team is recruiting up to six enthusiastic GP educators to help lead the development of the RCGP curriculum, as an important part of the national strategy to ensure the curriculum remains relevant to the needs of the next generation of generalist family doctors, their trainers and patients.  

The new ‘Managing Editors’ will lead the creation, editing and updating of the RCGP curriculum modules (currently known as statements), co-ordinating feedback and advice from our curriculum advisory network (e.g. Guardians, Champions and other experts). Strong writing and team-working skills will be essential for this role. Appointments are for one year in the first instance, although may be extended pending a successful review. The work will be reimbursed within an agreed budget (see the role description for further details). Relevant experience of GP education will be required, but experience of curriculum development is not essential – we would welcome applications from people with a wide range of backgrounds. 

The full advert and role description is available here:

http://www.rcgp.org.uk/work-at-rcgp/rcgp-vacancies/curriculum-development-managing-editors.aspx 

I would be very grateful if you would make your colleagues and networks aware of this opportunity. This is an exciting time for GP training and a chance for enthusiastic educators to make a real difference! 

Many thanks – and have a good Christmas and New Year break! 

Dr Ben Riley FRCGP

Medical Director of Curriculum

Royal College of General Practitioners

Email: ben.riley@rcgp.org.uk

 

Posted December 13th 2013 (5 years ago)

Michael Harris - Retirement from Deanery

Michael will be retiring from his work at the deanery at the end of December in order to focus more on his flourishing career as an author (of medical textbooks), researcher and an internationally sought resource on GP education.   

He has contributed massively over the preceding 20 years or so, having recovered well from the shock of finding Bill Irish a member of the first small group he facilitated as a course organiser back in 1991.  His invaluable work on QA and supporting GP foundation placements will be taken on by Simon Newton and Tom Pelly; both of whom start work with us in Severn next month. 

We wish Michael all the very best for the future and hope that we can continue to work with him on many other exciting projects in the future.

Posted December 12th 2013 (5 years ago)

RCGP Trainee ePortfolio Issues 12.12.2013

Please be advised that some users are encountering errors accessing the site this morning. The site has been reported as slow in general but this has been compounded by potential server issues today. 

This is currently under investigation as a priority and I am awaiting further feedback from our IT support about potential next steps. I hope for a resolution to be identified shortly and will advise regarding any progress. 

A message has also been added to the login page advising of this issue. 

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Regards

Jamie Meecham
ePortfolio Manager | Quality Assurance
Tel: 020 3188 7642

Posted December 12th 2013 (5 years ago)

Paul Main - Retirement

It is with great sadness that we mark the retirement of Paul Main (Deputy Director & Associate Dean) from the deanery at the end of this year.  Many of you will have worked with Paul during his various educational incarnations as course organiser,  Associate Director and Deputy Director over many years.  At the same time he has stayed solidly clinically grounded through his GP work in a very deprived corner of Bristol. 

He will be hugely missed as an exceptional doctor, educator and friend.  We all wish him and his wife Joy a long, happy and stimulating retirement.

Prof Bill Irish
Director of GP Education and Head of School

Posted December 11th 2013 (5 years ago)

Survey - Identifying current provision and future oral health training needs of general practice trainees

I am undertaking a study entitled ‘Identifying current provision and future oral health training needs of general practice trainees’. I would greatly appreciate if you could complete the online survey. 

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DDXCQ9V   

This national survey, consisting of 10 short questions will help us to gain a better understanding of the educational needs of GP trainees and the resource needs of GP Training Programme organisers. 

Many thanks for your participation.  

Best wishes 

Dr Tim Crossman 
Academic Clinical Fellow, Honorary Research Fellow
Division of Public Health and Primary Care, Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Room 321, Mayfield House University of Brighton, Falmer, BN1 9PH
Tel: 01273 644143
Email

Posted December 11th 2013 (5 years ago)

Topical Tips for Trainers - December

When doing joint consultations, focus on a ‘skill of the day’.

Reason this may be useful:

Sometimes it is difficult to improve all aspects of consulting at the same time. If we focus on one specific skill then it is often easier to develop the skill quickly, and then choose another skill to develop. During a joint surgery, the ES and Registrar could jointly decide which skill to focus on that day, for example, the opening minute, explaining, verbal echo, etc. Firstly, we can discuss details of the skill; the ES can demonstrate the particular skill whilst the Registrar watches; if needed the Registrar can practise the skill with the ES; and then while consulting with patients while the ES watches. The Registrar can continue practising this skill in her own surgeries until she feels fluent, and then choose another skill.

Posted December 2nd 2013 (5 years ago)

RCGP Trainee ePortfolio - ESR step by step guide

The RCGP Trainee ePortfolio ESR "step by step guide" has been updated including a "new for August 2013" section covering recent changes in the Trainee ePortfolio. 

This guide contains handy hints and helpful tips on how to use and navigate through the Educational Supervisor's Review. 

A direct link to the file here: 

ESR step by step Guide Nov 2013

The link can be found on the following webpage which contains additional resources for supervisors: 

MRCGP: information for deaneries, supervisors and trainers

Jamie Meecham

ePortfolio Product Manager | Development And Enterprises

Tel: 020 3188 7642

Posted December 2nd 2013 (5 years ago)

RCGP Trainee ePortfolio Planned downtime for essential maintenance - Tuesday 3 December 2013, 8am - 1pm

In order to update the website the Trainee ePortfolio will be taken offline Tuesday 3 December between 8am and 1pm. Details of the fixes and improvements to be included in this update will be made available online in due course. We apologise for any inconvenience this downtime may cause. 

For a list of fixes to date as well as know issues in the site that we will be working to resolve - click here.

Posted November 26th 2013 (5 years ago)

RCGP Trainee ePortfolio Development Update - November 2013

Please see below development items that are coming 3 December 2013. The focus this time is on improving layouts starting with the learning log section, educators' notes and the competence ratings in the ESR - the rest of the site will be updated incrementally although the whole site template has been changed to make use of the entire width of the screen.

Below this is an overview of some 'highlights' from the 100+ tweaks and fixes that are currently in our backlog to do. 

As usual, pre-release notes can be found online here: http://www.rcgp.org.uk/gp-training-and-exams/mrcgp-trainee-eportfolio/rcgp-trainee-eportfolio-pre-release-notes.aspx  

This link is on the login page of the ePortfolio also. 

RCGP Trainee ePortfolio – pre-release notes Tuesday 3 December 2013 

Developers are working on various fixes, please see below list for those areas we aim to address with this release (this may be subject to change): 

  • Layout – restore up front/at a glance overview of various sections of the ePortfolio including ESR, Learning Logs and Educators’ Notes.  
  • Print Friendly option – access a print-friendly version of contents.  
  • Messaging – fix an issue where Supervisors are unable to message Trainees. 
  • Learning Log – Fix the layout/display for Significant Event Analysis logs.  
  • PDP – stop the date of PDP entry changing every time it is updated.  
  • Evidence Table – MSF count to return to number of submissions instead of number of surveys.  
  • Upload file – address speed issue when uploading files to the personal library.  
  • Notifications – notifications not being generated for new messages received.  
  • IE7 – fix an error when trying to download files from ePortfolio.  
  • MSF – fix an issue where additional requests cannot be sent after the first results have been received and summarised (current work around is to copy and paste the code/instructions manually to an email for assessors).  
  • CSR – If an assessor has not filled in their GMC number in the ‘Personal Details’ section, the site prevents them from submitting the form.  
  • Progress to Certification – remove the ‘no’ next to ARCP (this currently displays until a Trainee receives their final satisfactory ARCP is ST3/4).  
  • ARCP – fix an issue selecting individual panel members in the ARCP form.  
  • New Account Creation – generate an email when creating a new Supervisor/Administrator account. 

We are also restoring some of the Admin reporting function, starting with 5 reports (requested as a priority from feedback by deanery admins) and slowly building up the library once more. The first five reports to be restored are: 

  1. Report on Sabbatical/Maternity/Sick
  2. AKT/CSA Exam results
  3. Trainees in specific ST years
  4. Trainee with no review in last 6 months
  5. Trainee with Unsatisfactory ARCP result

This still leaves many issues to address such as continuing to improve the layout, speed of the site and improved usability. Please see below for a list for highlights of outstanding issues to be addressed in due course: 

  • Improving assessment form performance/usability - some assessors get intermittent errors submitting forms, still under investigation. 
  • Improved cross-browser compatibility. 
  • Restore display of Supervisors' email addresses in Posts. 
  • Count of evidence in Competence Areas summary table - currently 'Totals' and 'ST Year' display the same. 
  • Function to allow admins to add the same supervisor to multiple posts 
  • Declarations - consistency of display of the signed declaration to match the Trainee's selection and display any added comments. 

Lastly it is worth mentioning that on an ongoing basis there are the suggestions that are received that will be reviewed and considered for development, such as electronically tracking receipt of assessments. 

Jamie Meecham

ePortfolio Product Manager | Development And Enterprises

Tel: 020 3188 7642

Posted November 22nd 2013 (5 years ago)

SST Pilot

Developing people for health and healthcare

Specialty Selection Test (SST) pilot for CT1/ST1 Applicants

Health Education England (HEE) and the devolved nations are piloting a Specialty Selection Test (SST) as part of a wider programme (MDRS) to improve medical and dental recruitment and selection across the UK. We’re working with the Work Psychology Group, academics in the University College of London Medical

School and specialty leads to pilot the SST.

Participate and be in with a chance to win some fantastic prizes, including an iPad or Kindle!

The pilot will take place across a number of different medical specialties in the UK and includes a Clinical Problem Solving Test (CPS) and a Situational Judgement Test (SJT).

Participating is simple and will only require a few hours of your time.

What is the purpose of the pilot?

The purpose of this pilot is to evaluate whether these tests enhance the current methods of selection used for ST1/CT1 level recruitment. We will also continue to follow applicant progression for a number of years, to ensure a long-term robust evaluation.

Test results will not form part of the selection process, they will be anonymised and will not impact on your fitness to practise.

Ultimately, we are assessing whether the SST is a good predictor of a doctor’s performance throughout their training and aiming to ensure the selection process is reliable, valid, fair and cost-effective.

Why should I participate?

By participating in the SST pilot you will receive feedback on how well you performed in the national cohort and you will also be eligible to win one of five prizes. First prize is a 32GB iPad, second prize is a 32GB kindle fire HD, third prize is a kindle plus paperwhite, fourth prize is a kindle paperwhite and fifth prize is a kindle.

This pilot aims to improve the way doctors are selected in the future and this is your chance to give your views on this selection process and make your voice heard! Tell us your views on this method of selection and how valuable you found the test. Our main aim is to further improve the selection process by ensuring that it is fair, valid, just

and reliable.

How can I participate?

If you are eligible, you’ll receive an email invitation in December 2013 to take part in the Specialty Selection Test. The test will be delivered online between 13-25 January 2014 through Pearson VUE test centres. You will be asked to choose a time-slot and a venue from one of many Pearson VUE test centres across the UK and will need to book your

slot no later than 21 December 2013. The test centres are located within close proximity to hospitals across the UK and are available on Saturdays and after hours.

How will the test work?

The test itself will consist of a two hour and fifteen minute online test. It will be completely computer based and the questions will be developed by leading specialists according to specialty person specifications and foundation programme curriculum. If you are already doing the GP test or if you have applied to Broad Based Training, you will not be asked to do the additional test. If you are

applying to a number of different specialities you will only be required to sit the test once.

Why is a selection test being piloted across multiple specialties?

The pilot of the SST is designed to be broad-based due to the nature of the overlap of person specifications required by all specialties. A good example of this is the fact that all specialties require trained doctors not just to be clinically competent, but also empathic and sensitive with patients and colleagues, to behave with professional integrity, and to have the ability to prioritise and cope well under pressure and work effectively in a team. All doctors who have undertaken Foundation will be familiar with the Foundation Curriculum by which these skills, values and behaviours are embedded.

The SST does not seek to replace individual specialty specifications. Each speciality will still have its own speciality specific elements within the selection process.

Where can I go to find more information?

More information, including an applicant guide, is available on the Specialty Training website: www.specialtytraining.nhs.uk or you can email us at hee.mdrs@nhs.net if you have any questions about the SST pilot.

Pilot Timeline

Apply to ST1/CT1 Training (12 November-5 December 2013)

Receive an email invitation to sit the test (11 December 2013)

Book your slot and preferred Pearson VUE test centre (11-21 December 2013)

Participate in the SST pilot (13-25 January 2014)

www.specialtytraining.nhs.uk

Posted November 19th 2013 (5 years ago)

Would you like to interview candidates applying to Bristol Medical School?

From this year the Medical school will be running MMI's (Multiple Mini Interviews) rather than the more traditional interviews that we have held up until now. We will be interviewing 60 candidates per day with two sessions of 20 in the morning and one session of 20 in the afternoon. There will be two parallel streams being interviewed synchronously, with 10 stations in each stream, at 6mins per station (5mins for the task/question and 1 min change over). There will be one interviewer at each station asking a question or acting out a scenario and each will have a score sheet and guidance on scoring. As Medical interviews have not been run this way before there will be a short training session when you arrive on the day, it is then that we will go through all of the details in full and answer any questions that you may have regarding the process, questions or scoring. 

Bristol Medical School still have five MMI dates that are short of assessors for and, due to the nature off MMI's, without the full number of assessors these interviews cannot be run. Below is a list of dates and timings.  If anyone is available to come down and interview on any of these sessions then please contact Jo Lippiatt. 

 

  • Thursday 20th March
  • Friday 21st March
  • Wednesday 2nd April
  • Thursday 10th April
  • Wednesday 16th April 

The full day runs from 09:00-16:45, Morning - 09:00-12:30, Afternoon - 13:30-16:45 

Tea, coffee and biscuits are being provided on arrival along with lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Posted November 18th 2013 (5 years ago)

GP Recruitment 2014

Level: ST1

Vacancies: 154

Duration: 3 Years

Apply from: 12 November 2013

Closing date: 5 December 2013

Applications are invited for August 2014 GP Recruitment for Severn Postgraduate Medical Education and opens at 10.00am on Tuesday 12th November 2013. Applications must be submitted by 17.00 on Thursday 5th December 2013.

The GP National Recruitment Office (NRO) are co-ordinating this national recruitment process and applications will be via the NRO website

Please refer to the person specification to check that you meet the essential eligibility criteria prior to submitting an application. This can be found on the GP NRO website

Please note, the vacancy details are indicative and may change during the course of the recruitment process.

Please click here for further information.

Posted November 11th 2013 (5 years ago)

Opportunities for junior trainees in Palliative Care

In April 2013 the Association of Palliative Medicine established its Junior Members Working Group to explore how we can integrate pre-ST3 doctors with a passion for the specialty in the future of palliative medicine. The group has been set up to support juniors in getting experience and mentorship in the field, and to provide educational and networking opportunities.

We'd like to ensure that trainees across the country have the chance to get involved and are recruiting regional representatives at all levels within each deanery, ahead of the APM Juniors inaugural conference on 8 March 2014in Cambridge. 

To get involved, whether as a national / regional representative or just to keep up to date with developments in palliative care for trainees, get in touch via the APM Juniors registration form at bit.ly/17cCRl4.

Posted November 5th 2013 (5 years ago)

Topical Tips for Trainers - October

Use the word "you" as part of most questions when having a Case Based Discussion (CBD).

Reason this may be useful:

Case based discussions are an opportunity to explore the thinking processes of the Registrar. By asking questions containing the word "you" or "your", the question will inevitably explore how the Registrar is thinking, rather than focusing on the patient. For example, "what management options did you consider?” focuses on the Registrar’s thinking in this particular case. If we ask questions such as "what are the treatment options for X?” we are asking about background theoretical knowledge rather than focusing on how the Registrar dealt with this particular patient. By including the word "you" (or equivalent) we encourage the Registrar to reflect on how they were thinking and feeling at the time of the consultation.

Posted November 5th 2013 (5 years ago)

Topical Tips for Trainers - November

When doing joint consultations, arrange the seating so that the observing doctor has a clear view of the consulting doctor.

Reason this may be useful:

The purpose of a joint consultation is for the observing doctor to observe specific behaviours of the consulting doctor. If we arrange the seating in a suitable way, this enhances the ability of the observer to notice details about the consulting doctor. Because we are usually focused on observing the patient, it is common for the observing doctor to watch the patient, and not notice details of the consulting doctor's behaviour. Although the observing doctor may be behind the patient, and therefore not able to see details of the patient's body language etc, if the observer has a clear view of the consulting doctor then they are more able to focus on the doctor, and notice the details of the doctor’s eye contact, body language, gestures, etc.

Posted November 5th 2013 (5 years ago)

Message for all Educational Supervisors

The School of Primary Care has extended a warm invitation to all Educational Supervisors to help with the assessment of candidates for the 2014 GP National Recruitment Assessment Centre 4th – 7th February 2014.  Just to remind you that the deadline for response is 29th November 2013.  Please remember to register your availability.  If you have not received an invitation, please email Julie Edwards.

Posted October 30th 2013 (5 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 October 21st 2013 (5 years ago)

RCGP Trainee ePortfolio Update 21.10.2013

Thank you very much for the various feedback regarding the previous proposed downtime(s) for the Trainee ePortfolio. Because of various conflicts and wanting to reduce the impact of any outages, a new release schedule has been designed. 

The new release date will be Tuesday 3 December. The site will be offline on this day between 8am and 1pm. 

Whilst this does mean that there will now be a longer wait before the site receives its next update, the new release schedule reduces the overall downtime in the site to a single half a day and will also contain more improvements and fixes. The downtime on the day will need to be slightly extended (8am-1pm) in order for our team to be able to complete testing. 

Please see pre-release notes drafted for this development. Based upon feedback we have received since going live, the focus for this update will be on adjusting layouts in the site including the learning logs and ESR in order to restore the 'up front/at a glance' overview of information in the ePortfolio. This will be complemented with additional tweaks and bug fixing.

Pre-release notes for Tuesday 3 December 2013

Developers are working on various fixes, please see below list for those areas we aim to address with this release (this may be subject to change): 

  • Layout – restore up front/at a glance overview of various sections of the ePortfolio including ESR, Learning Logs and Educators’ Notes. 
  • Print Friendly option – access a print-friendly version of contents. 
  • Messaging – fix an issue where Supervisors are unable to message Trainees. 
  • Learning Log – Fix the layout/display for Significant Event Analysis logs. 
  • PDP – stop the date of PDP entry changing every time it is updated. 
  • Evidence Table – MSF count to return to number of submissions instead of number of surveys. 
  • Upload file – address speed issue when uploading files to the personal library. 
  • Notifications – notifications not being generated for new messages received. 
  • IE7 – fix an error when trying to download files from ePortfolio. 
  • MSF – fix an issue where additional requests cannot be sent after the first results have been received and summarised (current work around is to copy and paste the code/instructions manually to an email for assessors). 
  • CSR – If an assessor has not filled in their GMC number in the ‘Personal Details’ section, the site prevents them from submitting the form. 
  • Progress to Certification – remove the ‘no’ next to ARCP (this currently displays until a Trainee receives their final satisfactory ARCP is ST3/4). 
  • ARCP – fix an issue selecting individual panel members in the ARCP form. 
  • New Account Creation – generate an email when creating a new Supervisor/Administrator account. 
  • Additional miscellaneous bug fixes.

Jamie Meecham

ePortfolio Product Manager | Development And Enterprises

Tel: 020 3188 7642

Posted October 15th 2013 (5 years ago)

2014 Educational and Clinical Supervisors Conferences

The dates for the Educational and Clinical Supervisors Conferences for 2014 have been booked (Conference room in the main house + 4 breakout rooms in the main house)

Should you wish to attend, please click on the links below for the booking form.  These conferences are extremely popular so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Spring ES and CS Conference – 05th March 2014 (Facilitated by Bristol) - booking form

http://www.primarycare.severndeanery.nhs.uk/events/show/One-Day-Conference-for-Educational-Supervisors-and-Clinical-Supervisors-Spring-2014/ 

Autumn ES and CS conference –  3rd September 2014 (Facilitated by Bath) - booking form

http://www.primarycare.severndeanery.nhs.uk/events/show/One-Day-Conference-for-Educational-Supervisors-and-Clinical-Supervisors-Autumn-2/ 

Posted October 15th 2013 (5 years ago)

ePortfolio FAQs

I have a GP trainee at my practice but I can’t see them on eportfolio

  1. Ensure you are in the clinical supervisor or trainer role
  2. If you still can’t see your trainee, please contact Melanie van Tonder who can link you to the trainee 

I am an educational supervisor but I can’t see my GP trainee on eportfolio

  1. Ensure you are in the educational supervisor role
  2. If you still can’t see your trainee, please contact Melanie van Tonder who can link you to the trainee 

I need a new role added to my profile

  1. Ensure your user name has been updated to an email address.  Please see the FAQ on user names for the process.
  2. Contact Melanie van Tonder  to have your new role added 

I can’t map learning log entries to the curriculum statements.

Have you tried scrolling your screen to the right?  On the new version of eportfolio, the window is wider.  This means some buttons may not appear on the screen if your monitor is narrower than the eportfolio display. 

I don’t have access to complete an ESR.

Check which role you are in, only educational supervisors can create and complete ESRs. 

The ARCP panel can’t see the ESR – what do I do?

If the ESR isn’t completed by the educational supervisor, AND agreed by the GP trainee, the panel can’t see it.  This means the GP trainee may receive an adverse outcome as the evidence is not complete.  Make sure the supervisor has completed it and the trainee has agreed it before the due date of the ARCP. 

How do I change my user name to my email address?

  1. Log in to eportfolio and go to “personal details” on the left hand side.
  2. Change the entry for “email” to your preferred email address
  3. Select “save at the bottom right hand side of the screen
  4. Eportfolio will then remove your access as you will continue to appear logged in under your old user name. you will need to log out by selecting the log out option in the blue ribbon on the top right hand side of the screen
  5. It will take 10 minutes for eportfolio to update your details.
  6. After this time, log in using your email address as your user name and the same password as before
  7. The screen will look different and may include access to your revalidation information if you use the RCGP appraisal toolkit.  This is normal.

My Form R won’t upload

There is a size limit for any uploads onto eportfolio.  Make sure your electronic form R is no bigger than 5MB.  If you complete it as a word document, it shouldn’t exceed this limit.  If for some reason you need to scan it, you may need to reduce the file size before uploading it. 

Eportfolio looks different and I don’t know how to use it – what do I do?

We expect updated RCGP user guides will be published in the near future, however you are always welcome to contact us and we can talk you through any specific areas.  Please call or email Melanie van Tonder 01454 252 661. 

With all the changes I am worried my ARCP outcome will be affected.

To the best of our knowledge eportfolio is now fully functioning.  Please do not put off making entries or completing reviews.   If you have been unable to make entries during August or September, you will need to spend some time getting your eportfolio up to date now so that your record is complete for your next ARCP.  If you have any problems using the system, please contact Melanie van Tonder

 

Posted October 15th 2013 (5 years ago)

RCGP Trainee ePortfolio Update 14.10.2013

Development work is ongoing regarding updating and improving the usability of the new Trainee ePortfolio. Thank you for your patience and the flexibility you have allowed to date regarding the downtime to the website.

To this end, further updates are currently being scheduled for release the mornings of Tuesday 5 November and Tuesday 10 December to apply additional fixes and improvements. Releases would follow the usual timetable with the site being unavailable between 8am and 12pm on these days. I hope to be able to advertise these on the website towards the end of next week.

If for any reason these dates are unsuitable please email Jamie Meecham and it may be possible to reschedule.

Jamie Meecham

ePortfolio Product Manager | Development And Enterprises

Tel: 020 3188 7642

 

Posted October 11th 2013 (5 years ago)

Academic Clinical Fellowships

Applications are invited from second-year general practice specialty trainees (in ST2 year) who wish to undertake clinical academic training.

Funding is now available to enable trainees to extend their training by a year, allowing part-time attachment to a university department during the ST3 and ST4 years. Further information can be found here.

Posted October 9th 2013 (5 years ago)

Academic Clinical Fellowships

Applications are invited from second-year general practice specialty trainees (in ST2 year) who wish to undertake clinical academic training.

Funding is now available to enable trainees to extend their training by a year, allowing part-time attachment to a university department during the ST3 and ST4 years. Further information can be found here.

Posted October 9th 2013 (5 years ago)

Educational Scholars Programme - Poster Presentation at AMEE Conference in Prague

 

An evaluation of our Educational Scholars Programme has been presented as a poster at the recent AMEE Conference at the Prague Congress Centre, Czech Republic on the 24-28 August 2013.  

 

The poster was presented by Mr Anthony Curtis and Dr Paul Main

 

For further details please follow this link to the AMEE Conference Page

 

For further information on scholarships please see our Scholarships and Fellowships Page

 

 

Posted October 1st 2013 (5 years ago)

Essential Knowledge - Updates Challenges

From the RCGPs Essential Knowledge Update Programme

The RCGP has now released the latest editions of the Essential Knowledge Update Programme; Essential Knowledge Update (EKU) 12 and Essential Knowledge Challenge (EKC) 11 to improve patient care and to help you realise your CPD and Revalidation needs.

Update 12 provides a summary of important new and changing knowledge on a wide variety of primary care topics encountered by general practitioners (details below).  Challenge 11, an applied online knowledge test, enables GPs to test their learning on the 11th edition of the Essential Knowledge Updates.

 

The Profession’s Guide to Parkinson’s Disease

In the UK, Parkinson’s affects 120,000 people (1 in 500), mainly those over 50 years old.

Quality Standards for the Epilepsies in Adults, Children & Young People

There are more than 40 different types of epilepsy, with 40 different associated seizure types.

Good Practice in Prescribing & Managing Devices

Around 70% of UK care homes within one study had medication errors.

Psychosis & Schizophrenia in Children & Young People

Prevalence of psychosis in children is 0.4% (compared to 0.7% across all ages in the UK).

Assessment & Treatment for People with Fertility Problems

It is estimated that infertility affects one in seven heterosexual couples in the UK.

Assessment & Management of Psoriasis

Patients with severe psoriasis are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease and venous thromboembolism.

Management of Adults with Coeliac Disease in Primary Care

It is estimated that less than 15% of people affected by Coeliac Disease are being diagnosed.

Long Term Follow Up of Survivors of Childhood Cancer

Each year 1600 children and 1500 teenagers are diagnosed with cancer in the UK.

 

Podcasts for Essential Knowledge Updates are released monthly and provide discussions with the topic Authors on the most important educational messages of a module. To access the EKU podcasts please visit the  Podcast Library.

To learn more about the EKU Programme please visit the  RCGP Online Learning Environment

Access to the Essential Knowledge Update Programme

The Essential Knowledge Updates are FREE to all RCGP members, Associates and AiTs as part of the College membership benefit package.

Non RCGP members can purchase an annual Essential Knowledge Update Programme subscription for £99 alternatively you can purchase an individual Update or Challenge for £50. To subscribe to the EKU Programme or purchase an Update or Challenge, please follow the steps below:

 

  • Please register with the College here
  • Please subscribe to the programme/purchase an Update or Challenge  here

 

* Please note that by accessing and using the RCGP Online Learning Websites you will be agreeing to the RCGP Online Learning Terms and Conditions.

Copyright RCGP 2009. Use of RCGP online learning resources and websites is subject to acceptance of the terms and conditions and privacy policy.

Posted October 1st 2013 (5 years ago)

DermSoc meeting - Monday 21st October

Dear GP trainees

We have recently set up ‘DermSoc7’ within the Severn deanery. This is a society for doctors who are interested in furthering their knowledge in dermatology for exams, clinical practice or for those who may be interested in pursuing a specialist interest in dermatology in general practice or as a hospital career.

We aim to provide a number of evening sessions over the year to include interesting case based discussions, subject talks, journal presentations, updates on advances in dermatology and practical sessions. The evenings will be supported by local dermatology consultants and registrars.

We have proposed our first meeting on Monday 21st October at the BRI education centre to start at 6.45.

If you are interested in attending please could you reply to dermsoc7@gmail.com.

If you are unable to attend this session but are interested in future events then please reply and we can add you to our mailing list.

We hope to see you soon.    

Georgina, Emma, Emily and Sophia

CT2 doctors BRI 

Posted October 1st 2013 (5 years ago)

RCGP Essential Knowledge Updates and Challenges

The RCGP are pleased to inform you of the release of the latest edition of the Essential Knowledge Update Programme.   Essential Knowledge Update 12 and Essential Knowledge Challenge 11 are now available within the RCGP Online Learning Environment for users to access.

For further information please click here

Posted October 1st 2013 (5 years ago)

Health Education South West / RSM / BRL Conference

‘‘Simulation, Robotics and Telemedicine: Innovation Driving Patient Care”.

Date: 12th November 2013
UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre, Bristol, BS34 8QZ

 

About the event 

This one-day conference has been organised by Health Education South West, the Royal Society of Medicine, and Bristol Robotics Laboratory. It brings together leading clinicians, academics and researchers from the UK and Europe to discuss latest advances in Medical Robotics, Simulation and Telemedicine. The Conference will appeal to surgeons and practitioners wishing to refresh their knowledge, and to junior clinicians and trainees embarking on clinical careers. It will also appeal to researchers involved in medical technology, to medical device manufacturers looking for new opportunities, and to academia, public and charitable institutions. 

Conference Speakers 

Confirmed speakers include: 

  • Sir Ian Carruthers (Ex CEO, NHS South of England) and author of Innovation, Health and Wealth: accelerating adoption and diffusion in the NHS (provisional)
  • Prof David Gillatt (Consultant Urological Surgeon, Director, Bristol Urological Institute)
  • Dr Nicholas Robinson (President Elect, Royal Society of Medicine Telemed Council)
  • Dr Magnus Annerstedt (Head of Robotic Surgery, Department of Urology, Herlev University Hospital, Denmark)
  • Dr David Grant (Associate Dean, Simulation, Health Education South West; President,  International Pediatric Simulation Society)
  • Prof Mark Emberton (Director, Division of Surgery and Interventional Science, UCL; Clinical Director, Clinical Effectiveness Unit, Royal College of Surgeons of England)
  • Dr Mark Callaway (Consultant Radiologist, United Bristol Healthcare Trust)
  • Sasha Karakusevic (Chief Operating Officer, North Bristol NHS Trust; Director, Health Innovation Education Cluster (SW) Torbay Care Trust) 
  • Mr John McGrath (Consultant Urological Surgeon, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Mr John Ferris (Head of School of Ophthalmology, Health Education South West)  
  • Mr Robert Longman (Consultant Colorectal Cancer Surgeon, United Bristol Healthcare Trust) 
Aims of conference 
  • Provide a forum for debate on medical innovation and issues relating to robotics, simulation, and telemedicine.
  • Provide delegates with a deeper understanding of current issues and technologies for delivering better patient care.
  • Stimulate innovation and showcase research and best practice.
  • Provide a forum to meet new people, discover/exchange new ideas, and form links for future research and collaboration.
Who should attend? 
  • Surgeons involved in laparoscopy and minimal access surgery
  • Surgeons involved in image guided surgery and navigation
  • Academic researchers in medical robotics and image guided surgery
  • Healthcare practitioners and educators involved in telemedicine and medical simulation
  • Medical students and trainees
  • Robotics and engineering students
  • NHS representatives and private companies dealing in healthcare, robotics and ICT.
  • Representatives from medical charitable organisations
  • Medical device industry design engineers / business development managers
Registration 
  • Full Registration - £100 (includes all refreshments and lunch).
  • This conference is open to students and trainees at a special rate of £25 (includes all refreshments and lunch). 
Bookings

Please contact James Whitaker, Academic Department, Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE, Tel 0207 290 2980l: Fax: 0207 290 2989 email: regions@rsm.ac.uk

or Book online

Poster presentations 

The conference invites early career medics and researchers to display posters, describing evidence based practice and innovation, and work in progress/new ideas. 

The winning posters will be decided by a conference judging panel, which includes:  

  • Prof Davinder Sandhu (Postgraduate Dean/Head of Education, Health Education South West)
  • Prof Bob Woodward (Professor of Simulation, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh)
  • Dr Parag Singhal (Clinical Director, Weston Hospital)

The wining posters will receive prizes from Professor Steve West, Vice Chancellor, UWE 

The deadline for poster abstracts is Thursday 31st October 2013. 

For further information please email rsm.regions@rsm.ac.uk or visit this link.

Exhibitors and Sponsors from industry or research centres are welcomed. 

Venue

The conference will be held at the University of the West of England’s Exhibition and Conference Centre. It has excellent transport links for the M4, M5 and M32 motorways and onsite parking for 580 cars. Bristol Parkway train station is just a 5 minute taxi ride or 15 minute walk away.

Directions to Exhibition and Conference Centre 

Posted October 1st 2013 (5 years ago)

Topical Tips for Trainers - October

Help the Registrar to organise their PSQ and MSF early.

Reason this may be useful:

Organising the PSQ and MSF usually takes much longer than we imagine, as people are on holiday, or other events seem to take priority. By starting to plan early, we can help the Registrar ensure they get sufficient replies in good time, and they will avoid feeling the pressure of a last minute rush.

Posted October 1st 2013 (5 years ago)

Topical Tips for Trainers - September

Start reviewing the Registrar’s e-portfolio early in their attachment.

Reason this may be useful:

Some Registrars do not write entries in their learning log at the beginning of their attachment, as they are busy settling in and learning many new things. However, these early experiences can provide many areas for discussion and reflection and can be a rich source of learning. Writing them in the e-portfolio can help to maximise this learning, and also maintain the required number of log entries as they go along, rather than leaving them until later when they can become a chore and less useful for learning. By reviewing and commenting on log entries early during the attachment, Educational Supervisors can encourage this learning, and make writing the entries a useful learning process. 

Posted September 30th 2013 (5 years ago)

MDT project University of Bath

Multidisciplinary teams in primary care

This study is looking at multidisciplinary working in primary care, focusing on GPs, practice nurses and community pharmacists. We are particularly interested in the barriers and facilitators for individuals' integration in the primary care team.

We are looking for GPs, practice nurses and community pharmacists in the South West to complete a short survey (about 20 minutes) and this can be done online or we can post out paper versions.

We have a study website that gives more information:

http://blogs.bath.ac.uk/mdt/

 

Posted September 30th 2013 (5 years ago)

The RCGP Severn Faculty half-day workshops - Tuesday 19 November 2013

Morning Workshop - 09:00-12:30 

Enhance your telephone consultations 

The use of telephone consultations in primary care is growing rapidly and yet few clinicians have had any formal training. This workshop will allow you to: 

  • Develop a framework for safe and effective telephone consultations
  • Explore relevant evidence and draw from participants’ experience
  • Rehearse specific skill areas including the ‘opening 75 seconds’, making a plan and effective safety netting

To book this half day course follow this link

 

Afternoon Workshop - 13:00-16:30

Respond effectively to medically unexplained symptoms

A significant proportion of patients who present to doctors will turn out to have symptoms that are medically unexplained.

Most doctors and nurses have regular patients who leave them feeling “overwhelmed”. The expression “heartsink” has been applied to them.

  • Can lower your medico-legal risk
  • Can improve your outcomes for your patients
  • Can improve your efficiency and use of time
  • Can improve consultation satisfaction for you and your patients
  • Uses techniques recommended in “What’s a good doctor and how do you make one” - BMJ themed edition
  • Meets the RCGP guidance on revalidation evidence for GPs (half day seminar)

To book this half day course follow this link

 

Cost

Members - Half Day £100 / Full Day £165

Non-Members - Half Day £120 / Full Day £185

AiTs/Nurses - Half Day £90 / Full Day £150

 

Location

Deanery House, Unit D, Vantage Business Park, Old Gloucester Road Hambrook, Bristol, BS16 1GW

Posted September 18th 2013 (5 years ago)

Enhancing Your Career

Are you interested in enhancing your career with an overseas placement?

The Australian Medical Association (WA) and the Severn Deanery UK are working together to provide newly graduated UK General Practitioners with an opportunity to undertake a six month placement in Western Australia.

Health Education South West NHS Severn Deanery School of Primary Care

The placement is expected to commence in early 2014 and would offer a range of professional development opportunities to enhance your skills including:

  • Clinical experience in Indigenous health, emergency medicine, advanced procedural skills, obstetrics, anaesthetics and tropical medicine
  • Educational and professional support and mentorship
  • Involvement in the training of GP Registrars
  • Involvement in guided project work and/or research in primary care with publication of results

To be eligible to apply you will need to demonstrate a commitment to the following values:

  • Learning and excellence in general practice
  • Teaching of medical students
  • Care of patients

Successful applicants would be expected to be ambassadors for the medical profession and to promote and embrace this professional development opportunity.

Minimum guaranteed salary of $3,000 per week with the opportunity to earn significantly more based on a percentage of private billings.

Accommodation and vehicle may be provided for successful rural placements at a subsidised cost dependant on the placement.

Assistance will be given to applicant spouses/partners seeking employment during the term of the placement.

Enhancing your Career

Applications are invited from newly qualified General Practitioners to participate in the

professional development opportunity in 2014 being jointly supported by AMA (WA) and Severn Deanery.

In order to assess applications from interested GPs the following information should be

provided by email to NHS South West severn.GPSchool@southwest.hee.nhs.uk

 

Name:_____________________________________________________________________

 

Address:___________________________________________________________________

 

Telephone:_ ________________________________________________________________

 

Email:___________________________________________ Date available:_____________

 

Do you have a spouse who will be travelling with you?:_____________________________

 

Does your spouse require work in Australia?:_____________________________________

 

Please attach:

 

  • Covering letter addressing how you will demonstrate your commitment to the stated values
  • Current CV
  • Certificates & relevant registration documents
  • Spouse CV if applicable

For specific information on registration or immigration matters relating to this initiative please email noelle.jones@amawa.com.au

Return this application by email to: severn.GPSchool@southwest.hee.nhs.uk with a copy to noelle.jones@amawa.com.au

You will be contacted for further information and/or interview once applications have been assessed by AMA (WA) and Severn Deanery.

Health Education South West NHS Severn Deanery School of Primary Care

Closing date of the 30th September 2013.

 

Posted September 10th 2013 (5 years ago)

InnovAiT Podcast Series

Dear All

I am the Publishing Editor at SAGE Publications responsible for the journal InnovAiT. I am writing to inform you that in June 2013 InnovAiT launched a monthly podcast series. Hosted by Dr Simon Glew, Academic Clinical Fellow GP Trainee based at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, this free podcast series is designed to bring a new dimension to the paper and online journal.

The series consists of a few familiar InnovAiT territories, including the popular ‘News and Views’ feature brought to you by Dr Clare Etherington and Dr Nazia Hussain. In addition, Simon and other AiTs will also be interviewing InnovAiT authors, to provide you with supplementary information surrounding their articles.

The podcasts will also include original content, not available in the printed journal. Beth Chapman a psychiatry trainee is producing a series of mental health shorts: conversations amongst professionals on important primary care topics including the national audit of schizophrenia, the mental capacity act and antipsychotic use in older people. Mahomed Saleh, a GP trainee, has produced a guide to social media use based on the recent RCGP guidance. Throughout the series, Simon will also be interviewing inspirational practitioners, as well as developing educational sessions, to supply this relevant information in an accessible medium, to aid with your success in the VTS programme.

InnovAiT Podcast Number 1 (Volume 6, Issue 6): This month’s podcast contains interviews with Dr Chantal Simon, the Executive Editor of InnovAiT about the development of the journal, Dr Tom Bailey (a GP in Birmingham) regarding his article 'Resuscitation of children' (InnovAiT: Volume 6, Issue 6), along with a summary of this month’s News and Views, which focuses on the life of Professor Helen Lester and the updated GMC guidance on good medical practice. http://bit.ly/INOJune2013Podcast

InnovAiT Podcast Number 2 (Volume 6, Issue 7): This edition of the InnovAiT podcast series features an interview with Nazia Hussain about her article on skin cancer including prevention, identification and when to refer suspicious lesions. It also contains an interview with Professor Mike Pringle, President of the Royal College of General Practitioners, discussing his role, what he believes the future has in store for young General Practitioners and how to get involved with the College. Nazia Hussain also brings us this month’s news and views covering social support, changes in QOF criteria and drug updates. http://bit.ly/INOJuly2013podcast

InnovAiT Podcast Number 3 (Volume 6, Issue 8): In this month's podcast we hear from Professor Tony Avery, Dr Richard Knox and Dr Rachel Spencer from the University of Nottingham as they discuss this month's special edition of InnovAiT which is about "Good Prescribing". The full, in depth, discussion of the articles is available as a separate podcast. We also hear from Dr Chantal Simon, editor of InnovAiT, on what she enjoys most about the journal and on the process of submitting an article for publication in the journal. Finally, we hear from Dr Clare Etherington with a round up of this month's news and views. http://bit.ly/INOAug2013Podcast1

InnovAiT Podcast Number 4 Good Prescribing Special (Volume 6, Issue 8): In this special edition of InnovAiT podcasts we hear directly from the authors about their six articles on good prescribing. Learn about the importance of selecting the right drug, avoiding hazardous prescribing, selecting the right dose, providing the right dose instructions, how to provide the right medication monitoring and about undertaking effective medication reviews. http://bit.ly/INOAug2013Podcast2

This series is available for download on the InnovAiT homepage (http://ino.sagepub.com), at the individual issue level on the InnovAiT website and on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/sage-podcast/id281473116).

We are looking for volunteers who would like to interview prominent GPs, authors of InnovAiT articles or experts in their field for these podcasts. No experience is required. If you are interested and would like further details, please contact Dr Simon Glew at podcasts@innovaitjournal.co.uk.
Charlotte Jardine
Publishing Editor, Medicine and Life Sciences
SAGE Publications Ltd
1 Oliver’s Yard, 55 City Road
London, EC1Y 1SP
UK
T: +44 (0)20 7336 1244
W: www.sagepub.co.uk

Sign up for InnovAiT Table of Contents alerts here: http://bit.ly/InnovAiTalerts

Posted September 10th 2013 (5 years ago)

GMC Trainee Survey - Patient Safety Comments

Dear Trainee 

May I thank you all collectively on behalf of Health Education South West (Severn Postgraduate Medical Education formerly known as the Severn Deanery). We had the second highest response from all the Deaneries within the UK for participation in the 2013 GMC Trainee Survey. Once again Severn Postgraduate Medical Education is particularly grateful for all of your help. The Deanery takes the survey seriously and the results are disseminated to Directors of Medical Education in our 8 Acute Trusts and 3 Mental Health Trusts. Similarly the information is disseminated to Training Programme Directors and Heads of School.

We received 31 immediate patient safety comments which were free texts and a further 125 non-immediate patient safety comments from the survey. Each of the immediate patient safety comments is returned to us by the GMC within 2 days of receipt and we are required to provide the GMC with a response within 2 weeks. The deadline for the non-immediate patient safety concerns is extended to around a month.

These concerns are taken extremely seriously by both the Deanery and all of the Trusts. The concerns are all investigated individually. Clearly there can be clustering around particular areas and this does and did happen. Action plans are generated and we as the Quality Team at Severn send responses to the GMC. The GMC then feedback to us if there are outstanding issues.

Patient safety is at the top of everyone’s agenda. We feel that it is important that you have some closure and realise what happens when free text comments are made. Patient safety is also an issue that occurs throughout the year and not just within the reporting period of the GMC Trainee Survey. It is important that if there are concerns regarding patient safety they are brought to the attention of your clinical leads within your working environment or your Clinical or Educational Supervisors.

Once again may I express my thanks to you for your participation in the 2013 GMC Trainee Survey.

Yours sincerely 

Mr Stuart Cook
Associate Postgraduate Dean (Quality)

Posted September 10th 2013 (5 years ago)

RCGP Trainee ePortfolio Update 10.09.2013

Further to our previous release, the developers are now busy working on issues to be addressed in the next release on Wednesday 18 September.  The following is a list of the higher priority known issues.  They are being worked on based upon the number of users affected, the functionality they relate to and the impact to usage of the site. 

  1. Curriculum Coverage – Some Trainees see ‘0’ in the summary table despite having linked learning logs.
  2. Evidence Table – the summary of evidence by ‘all years – all reviews’ is incorrect and the totals for WPBA tools completed appear to be different when accessed via different routes.
  3. File access issue – permissions need to be updated to allow download of all attached files.
  4. Browser Issues – Some browsers behave differently. We are working to improve consistency across platforms. 
  5. Speed – General site speed issues.
  6. ARCP – validation of mandatory fields update and improved pdf layout.
  7. NTN – Trainee’s missing NTN numbers. Some Trainees’ details are not being imported as expected from another database.
  8. Text not visible – html tags can render some text entries invisible, database clean up.
  9. Learning Log / PDP’s – a minority of Trainees may not be able to locate some records. All historical records have been backed up and these will be restored in due course.
  10. Layout – updating Educators’ Notes, Learning Log and Competence Feedback to display ‘up front’ and in a more easily readable summary format (column widths).

It may not be possible to address all of these issues within this release, so we would like your input on:

  1. what you think is the most important, and
  2. are you aware of any other major bugs that you think require an urgent fix but are not covered here? 

Please let me have your feedback as soon as possible (Jamie.meecham@rcgp.org.uk

For a list of current issues, updates and downtime please have a look at the RCGP Eportfolio Website.

Jamie Meecham
ePortfolio Manager | Quality Assurance
Tel: 020 3188 7642

Posted September 9th 2013 (5 years ago)

Postgraduate Dean receives award for surgical education and training

The Postgraduate Dean of Severn Postgraduate Medical Education, Professor Davinder Sandhu, has been awarded the Bruce Medal in recognition of the contribution he has made to the advancement of surgical education.

The Bruce Medal was established by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1966 in memory of a former President, the late Sir John Bruce. It is awarded from time to time to a Fellow of the College to recognise a major contribution to surgical knowledge or teaching.

 

Prof Davinder Sandhu receives Bruce Medal from RCSEd President Mr Ian Ritchie

Professor Davinder Sandhu (left) receives the Bruce Medal

 

Professor Sandhu received the award at a ceremony at the Edinburgh College on Friday 06 September 2013.

Commenting on receiving the honour, he said:

"I feel hugely honoured and humbled by this award. The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is a leading College with a particular focus on surgical education and training, and to receive the Bruce Medal is the pinnacle of my career and I am absolutely delighted to receive it."

Professor Robert Woodwards from the College’s Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Specialty Group said:

"Professor Sandhu has been Lead Dean for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for the last four years, as well as Lead Dean for the interface specialties. In these roles, he has been greatly involved in development of a new curriculum for the specialty, which has now had GMC approval, and has also guided the development and implementation of central recruitment to the specialty."

"He has also provided great support in the development of the interface specialties (cleft lip and palate; head and neck cancer care; cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and trauma) and has fought for funding and grants in these Fellowships to allow expanded training opportunities."

"He continues to contribute to postgraduate education nationally and internationally; has published over 40 original papers and is editor and reviewer of several journals."

"For many years Professor Sandhu has worked tirelessly to improve standards in medical education, and through that, patient care. I commend him as a worthy recipient of this honour.”

Notes to editors:

  • Professor Davinder Sandhu MD, FRCS (Ed.Urol), FRCS (Eng & Glas), Cert.Med.Ed., FRCPE has been Postgraduate Dean of Severn Postgraduate Medical Education (formerly Severn Deanery) for 8 years and was previously a Consultant Urological Surgeon in Leicester for 13 years.
    He represents the Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans (COPMeD) at the Joint Medical Consultative Council (JMCC) and is the South West Regional Surgical Advisor for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is Chair of the Association of Medical Education Europe Postgraduate Committee.
  • Severn Postgraduate Medical Education is part of Health Education South West which is a new organisation responsible for the planning, development, education and training of the healthcare and public health workforce in the region.
    More information at Health Education South West website
  • Established in 1505 and with a worldwide membership, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is one of the world’s oldest and largest surgical establishments dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and advancement in surgical and dental practice, through its activities in education, training and examinations. For more information go to The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh website 
  • For interviews with Professor Sandhu please contact Jonathan Cramp, Communications Manager, Health Education South West on 01823 361125.
  •  

Posted September 2nd 2013 (5 years ago)

RCGP Trainee ePortfolio Update 02.09.2013

Revalidation & Trainee ePortfolio - Site Errors - Monday 2 September

Both Revalidation and Trainee ePortfolio sites are experiencing issues with navigation and access. This has been raised to our technicians who are currently investigating and will aim to resolve as soon as possible. Until further notice, should you get an error please try again later. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

RCGP Trainee ePortfolio, Planned downtime, essential maintenance - Wednesday 4 September 2013, 8am - 11am

The next release currently planned for the morning of Wednesday 4 September - more details will be made available ahead of time. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

For a list of fixes to date as well as know issues in the site that we will be working to resolve in the coming months - click here.

Jamie Meecham
ePortfolio Manager | Quality Assurance
Tel: 020 3188 7642

Posted September 2nd 2013 (5 years ago)

RCGP Trainee ePortfolio development Group - Administrator Representative

Earlier this year we emailed the Administrators regarding interest in joining the ePortfolio Development group - since there were multiple applicants I need to ask again for submissions, this time with a supporting statement (not very long, max.250 words) as to why you think you would be an appropriate choice. 

The Development Group usually meets 2 or 3 times per year, with some work undertaken by email. The next meeting is scheduled for 29 October (afternoon). 

If you are interested, please could you let me know (Jamie Meecham) by Wednesday 25 September. 

This will be an ideal opportunity to represent your user group and input in to the development of the ePortfolio. 

I look forward to receiving your submissions, the successful candidate will be informed a week after the deadline.

Jamie Meecham
ePortfolio Manager | Quality Assurance
Tel: 020 3188 7642

Posted September 2nd 2013 (5 years ago)

Faculty staff can have fees paid for Musculoskeletal medicine course

All staff associated with teaching in the School, trainers, educational supervisors, clinical supervisors, course organisers, tutors, fellows etc are eligible for full-fee Deanery bursaries to take Primary Care modules from the University of Bath programme.

Bursaries are now available to undertake the new module Common Musculoskeletal Conditions in Primary Care which received excellent feedback from staff and trainees earlier this year. The course is mainly studied online with one clinical study day on a Saturday in November. The module includes clinical examination and joint injection techniques and provides online access to three key e-books in musculoskeletal medicine, sports injuries and joint injections, and to Anatomy.tv the online 3-D Anatomy resource.

‘Resources were excellent especially Warburton's. MCQs, Case studies and quizzes were excellent’

‘The clinical day away was super, I would encourage more of this’.

The course starts on 30 September.  

Full fee bursaries are limited in number so if you are interested please contact the Director of Studies, Tim Bilham, t.d.bilham@bath.ac.uk, as soon as possible.

 

Posted September 2nd 2013 (5 years ago)

Guide to CSA 2013 - DVD available from RCGP Wessex Faculty

Buy the latest CSA DVD Series 4 (2013) "An update on the recent changes"

CSA Series 4

Includes new cases and an update on the recent changes to the CSA.  Produced by Drs Mark Coombe, Jeremy Stupple and Chris Elfes, CSA Trainers and Examiners

Only £28, plus £2.50 p&p

This 4th DVD shows the new examination centre at 30 Euston square, the introduction of the iPad and the change in emphasis in some cases for example; the use of younger role players, a wider range of physical examination and the importance of safe prescribing.

Other DVDs in the series

  • CSA Series 4 – £28.00
  • CSA Series 3 - £22.50
  • CSA Series 2 – £22.50
  • CSA Series 1 - £22.50
  • COT - £22.50 
  • To order

    Tel: 020 3188 7710

    Email: wessex@rcgp.org.uk

    Website: http://www.rcgp.org.uk/shop/books/new-and-noteworthy/a-guide-to-the-csa-series-4.aspx

    Large discounts negotiable on orders over 100 DVDs

    Free Postage and Packing on orders of 3 or more different DVD’s

    Posted August 22nd 2013 (5 years ago)

    Broad Based Training (BBT) Programme – Equipping you for the future NHS

    BBT is a two-year structured core training programme providing six-month placements in Core Medical Training, General Practice, Paediatrics and Psychiatry followed by CT/ST2 level training in one of the four specialties, subject to satisfactory progression.

    The first trainees started in post on 7th August 2013, and we are now turning our attention to recruiting the next cohort to start in August 2014.

    If you are coming to the BMJ Careers Fair on 18th and 19th October 2013, please come and visit us at Stand 75 and do look out for our article on BBT, likely to be published in the 5th October edition of the BMJ.

    Further information on the GP aspects of BBT recruitment can be found via http://www.gprecruitment.org.uk/index.html. The GP website is likely to be updated for recruitment 2014 by the end of September 2013.

    We have a dedicated website, which will be kept updated with all the latest BBT news. Please see https://www.nwpgmd.nhs.uk/bbt.

    Please send any queries to: nwd.bbt@nw.hee.nhs.uk

    Follow us on Twitter @NHS_BBT

    Posted August 20th 2013 (5 years ago)

    For the Attention of all GP Registrars & Practice Based GP ST2 Trainees

    Dear Doctor

    As part of the development of the School of Primary Care at Severn PGME, we organise a number of regular educational courses and events for our Faculty members (Educational and Clinical Supervisors, GP Educators and Associate Postgraduate Deans).  The involvement of GP ST3 and ST2 trainees is absolutely critical and an extremely valuable resource to the success of each.  In addition to it being a contribution to the development of your teachers and supervisors, such sessions are hugely educational for specialist trainees and the feedback we receive is usually excellent.  Some of these areas where your assistance is required are as follows: 

     

    • Prospective and Experienced Educational Supervisors’ courses
    • Advanced Trainer courses
    • Practice Re-Approval visits to approved training and Foundation practices 

    We expect all GP ST registrars to become involved in a share of these and this policy has been approved by the Severn GP ST Committee.  It is unlikely that you will need to attend more than one course during each academic year and I am writing to request your attendance for one day at either each of the three remaining courses scheduled for this year or your attendance at one of the three courses which will be scheduled for early 2014.  We require GP ST2 trainees and ST3 registrars to assist on Day 4 of the Prospective Educational Supervisors’ courses (PESCs) or on Day 2 of the Experienced Educational Supervisors’ courses (EESCs).  Your attendance will be required from approximately 10.00 am until 3.30 pm.  This is counted as professional leave and is extra to study and annual leave.   

    May I add that we usually require you to bring a DVD of 2 - 4 of your consultations in general practice and three cases for CBD.  However, any preparatory requirements will be confirmed prior to each course.

    The venue for the 5-Day PESCs is Eastwood Park Conference Centre, near Falfield, South Gloucestershire and our 2-Day residential EESCs are held at Guyers House Conference Centre in Corsham near Bath.       

    You will appreciate the good quality teaching that you receive from your GP supervisor and I am sure you will know that supervisors are continually updating their skills.  Every three years they attend a refresher course when they learn about recent developments in training and practise new skills on ST2 trainees and ST3 registrars.  Many registrars have helped in this way in the past, and have found it a valuable insight into the process of training. They have learned some useful tips about consulting, received some helpful feedback, learned some principles of teaching and learning and have enjoyed a nice lunch.  Contributing to courses like this is an excellent way of developing the registrar’s own e-portfolio, particularly in the "teaching" section.  

    As the focus of the course is on the supervisor or prospective supervisor, rather than the trainee/registrar, even when a DVD of a consultation is shown, it is not appropriate to carry out a COT.  This is because the attention of the supervisors and the facilitators is on developing the supervisors’ skills and often only part of the consultation will be viewed so that the supervisor can try out new phrases and techniques.  However, registrars/trainees can gain ideas for development and useful personal feedback by being part of this process. 

    After consultation with your supervisor at your current practice, please confirm on which of the following courses you will be able to assist.  Further details will be confirmed nearer the time of each course.  I appreciate this leaves four weeks prior to the first course but I wished to allow you a couple of weeks to settle in to your new practices prior to requesting your assistance.  The course dates are as follows: 

    EESC:  Attendance required on Friday, 20 September 2013 
    EESC:  Attendance required on Friday, 11 October 2013 
    PESC:  Attendance required on Thursday,  21 November 2013 

    We hope you will take up this interesting and informative opportunity to develop the skills of our GP supervisors and that you enjoy spending time with them at a friendly, conducive venue.  The School will reimburse your travelling costs at a rate of 67 pence per mile.    

    For further details please email Jackie Pullin or ring on 01454 252682

    Posted August 19th 2013 (5 years ago)

    RCGP Trainee ePortfolio Update 19.08.2013

    The release was completed as planned to the Trainee ePortfolio on Friday 16 August. This included several fixes to remedy widespread user issues, details can be found below. This information will also be made available online via the login page in due course.

    Also included below are details for the next fixes we aim to make (subject to change). These are planned to be released to the site for the morning of Wednesday 28 August, the site will be unavailable between 8am and 11am. 

    Finally please familiarise yourself with the list of outstanding priority issues for us to resolve entered at the end of the page. I am continuing to collect and collate issues, please email Jamie Meecham if you identify any new ones. 

    RCGP Trainee ePortfolio – bug fixes Friday 16 August 2013

    Please see below release notes for bug fixes and updates that have now been applied to the website: 

    • Page timeout – Address an issue where entries are not saved to the database. An increase has been made to the timeout in line with expected behaviour and additional save signposts and buttons have been inserted in to the learning log. 
    • Add/Edit Posts – Slow pages, unable to update records. Improvement to this function in speed and stability. 
    • Educators’ Notes – Add Note button missing for Admins. Button restored. 
    • Advisor role – visibility/access to expected Trainees, and display in alphabetical order. Applied to this role and Panel roles for consistency. 
    • AKT/CSA – display of date in progress to certification where a ‘pass’ has been achieved. 
    • Educational Supervisor Review layout – save/cancel functions were being obscured by text boxes. 
    • CCT – Advisory message for completed Trainees corrected. 
    • ARCP Summary Table – Update to ordering of records by date for consistency. 
    • Database – Various bug fixes. 

    The next update is scheduled for the morning of Wednesday 28 August 2013

    Developers are already working on various fixes, please see below list for those areas we aim to address with this release (this may be subject to change): 

    • Add User – Administrators are unable to create new users e.g. Trainers, Supervisors where the password field is missing.
    • MSF – Assessments cannot be entered on a code that shows as valid for today’s date.
    • ARCP – Regional Admins are not able to view ARCPs signed by the Chair.
    • Evidence Table –the summary of evidence by ‘all years – all reviews’ is incorrect.
    • Evidence Table – correct the display of MSF and PSQ results by review period.
    • Skills Log – Visibility of comments in ESR.
    • Skills Log – linking to DOPS forms.
    • CSA – Results layout with in-page contextual guidelines regarding feedback.
    • Learning Logs – The ‘courses’ category may have been transposed to Reading or Out of Hours in the data migration for some Trainees.

    RCGP Trainee ePortfolio - Known issues

    Here is an up-to-date list of the higher priority known issues that have been raised for fixing to our developers. They are being worked on based upon number of users affected, the functionality they relate to and the impact to usage of the site. 

    • Browser Issues – Some browsers behave differently. We are working to improve consistency across platforms. 
    • Applied for CCT – adding a timestamp. 
    • ARCP – validation of mandatory fields update and pdf layout. 
    • Email notifications – emails being received multiple times. 
    • Layout – updating Educators’ Notes, Learning Log and Competence Feedback to display ‘up front’ and in an easily readable format (column widths). 
    • Text not visible – html tags can render some text entries invisible, database clean up. 
    • Import Posts – Improve Import posts error messaging. 
    • Curriculum Coverage – Some Trainees see ‘0’ despite having linked learning logs. 
    • Speed – General site speed issues.
    Jamie Meecham
    ePortfolio Manager | Quality Assurance
    Tel: 020 3188 7642

     

    Posted August 14th 2013 (5 years ago)

    RCGP Trainee ePortfolio Update 14.08.2013

    Regarding the planned hot fix for today (Wednesday) - unfortunately this fix could not successfully be applied as expected and will now be included with the update on Friday.

    Regards 

    Jamie Meecham
    ePortfolio Manager | Quality Assurance
    Tel: 020 3188 7642

    Posted August 13th 2013 (5 years ago)

    RCGP Trainee ePortfolio Update 13.08.2013

    Thank you for your feedback on the new site and for your patience whilst we address ongoing issues to establish a more stable application. 

    I am writing to confirm that an update will be made early tomorrow (Wednesday 14 August) to resolve the issue affecting the speed of the add/edit post function. 

    There will also be a release on Friday which will focus on resolving the timeout issues for Trainees in the learning log section. There are a number of bugs still to address, please see the attached for an overview of the higher priority areas. 

    If you become aware of any bugs or issues that are not on this list please email me Jamie Meecham with the specifics and I will add them in. 

    Regards 

    Jamie Meecham
    ePortfolio Manager | Quality Assurance
    Tel: 020 3188 7642

    Posted August 13th 2013 (5 years ago)

    RCGP Trainee ePortfolio - Planned downtime for essential maintenance - Friday 16 August 2013, 8am - 11am

    In order to address some bugs in the Trainee ePortfolio there will be a minor release to the site on Friday morning - in order to complete this work, the site will be taken offline between 8am and 11am. 

    Fixes address the following issues: 

    • Admins add/edit posts - users may experience issues trying to add/edit posts for Trainees.
    • Session timeout - users web sessions timeout resulting in work not being saved to the database (eg, learning log entries).
    • Additional fixes - further details will be circulated in due course. 

    There will be further releases after this to introduce fixes, this is currently planned for the morning of Wednesday 28 August and the morning of Wednesday 4 September, more details will be made available ahead of time. We apologise for any inconvenience this downtime may cause. 

    Regards
    Jamie Meecham
    ePortfolio Manager | Quality Assurance
    Tel: 020 3188 7642

    Posted August 12th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Updated AKT presentation for candidates and trainers

    On behalf of the AKT Clinical Lead, I am writing to let you know that the AKT presentation for candidates and trainers has been updated. The presentation can be downloaded as a PowerPoint file from the RCGP website via the link below: 

    AKT presentation for candidates and trainers

    Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries.

    Best regards

    Chris Chivers
    Knowledge Test Manager | Exams and Assessment
    Tel: 020 3188 7621

    For further information on CSA and AKT exams please click here

    Posted August 9th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Cycling on the job

    With the great British summer we are having, what better way to get around than by bike? It is sustainable, healthy and economical. Dr Annie Elkins, our ST3 sustainability scholar in 2011/12 would agree. 

    Did you know GP trainees employed by Gloucester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (the host employer) can claim 10p per mile for cycling to undertake GP home visits and other work-related activity?   As with usual expenses, claims need to be:

     

    • Fully itemised i.e. Including to and from details, total mileage, and dates of claim
    • Made within 3 months of the activity
    • For work-related activity only
    • Signed off by an authorised approver 

    Don’t have a bike?  You may be able to apply for one on the cycle to work scheme.  Gloucester Hospitals are members of the cycle to work scheme.  Now that GP trainees are employed by them you can sign up to get a bike! There is no waiting period to be able to apply; however you need to have a contract which has at least 12 months remaining to cover the contract term. 

    All staff of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust who have a permanent contract of employment with the Trust, or a fixed term/temporary contract which is due to last at least 12 months from the date of joining the scheme are eligible.  In addition, staff must be earning enough to ensure that the salary sacrifice does not take their hourly rate of pay below the National Minimum Wage (it may be possible to avoid this happening by extending the ‘hire period’ from 12 months to 18 or 24 months).  The Trust will check all this when you apply to join the scheme. 

    If you leave the employment of the Trust during the 12 month hire period, the outstanding repayment will not be through salary sacrifice, and you will not benefit from savings in tax, National Insurance etc. 

    Sound like something you want to consider?  Contact Richard Giles for more information.

    Posted August 9th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Welcome to all new ST1s

    Dear ST1 Trainee 

    Congratulations - you made it! 

    Welcome to the Severn Deanery, School of Primary Care.  We are genuinely delighted to have you working with us for the next three years and we are completely convinced that you will be both happy and thrive during your time here. 

    By now, I anticipate most of you will be in active contact with your programme team and new educational supervisor.  There are so many things to take on board during the next few weeks that it is easy to become overwhelmed.  Could I just ask you however to prioritise setting up your AiT arrangements with the RCGP - which will in turn allow you to access your e-portfolio?  This probably fits into the “boring but important category”, but is absolutely crucial. 

    If you are interested in engaging with the University of Bath MSc in Primary Care your local programme directors will be able to advise.  At the moment we are covering the costs of this higher degree - something unique within the UK deaneries. 

    Most information that you could possibly want is available on our website.  If it isn't, then the GP programme managers at your medical education centres will know the answer… or know someone who does. 

    Do enjoy yourselves.  And of course work hard…!

    Best wishes

    Prof Bill Irish
    Director of General Practice Education

    Posted August 9th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Good bye to all ST3s

    Dear ST3 

    Just a final note from us at the deanery to both congratulate you on your CCT and to wish you every success for the future.  It was lovely for our faculty to see so many of you at the excellence awards and to be able to celebrate your achievements. 

    The “class of 2010” will long stay in our memories as a truly vintage year! 

    A couple of final points.  

    • Firstly, Severn (like Mercedes) offer a full aftercare service and warranty for all of our graduates.  You will find useful links to our post-CCT work on the deanery website.  In particular could I draw your attention to our recently published (free) guide “surviving as a new GP” written by Knut, Holly, Steve, Lucy and Clare.  It is downloadable from: http://www.primarycare.severndeanery.nhs.uk/training/qualified-gps/  
    • Finally, Severn faculty of the RCGP is desperately keen to stay in contact with you.  In particular their mentoring scheme for newly qualified GPs is utterly brilliant.  If you are living in Bath, Swindon or Wiltshire the college tends to default your membership to their faculty based in Andover, Hants.  However a quick e-mail to Jane Lohmann in the Severn faculty office will sort this easily and painlessly. 

    Good luck to you all.

    Best wishes

    Prof Bill Irish
    Director of General Practice Education

    Posted August 9th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Pulse Blogs

    Pulse Blogs are looking to start a new 'GPs to Be' blog as well as re-launch their 'First 5' blog, which follows newly qualified GPs in their first five years after qualification.

    Any past of present trainees are very welcome to participate. 

    For further details, please contact Jessica Baron, Digital Content Manager, Pulse, Tel. 0207 332 2938

    www.pulsetoday.co.uk

    Follow us on twitter@pulsetoday

     

    Posted August 7th 2013 (5 years ago)

    The Bristol Medico-Chirurgical Society Meetings

    Venue:  Engineers' House, Clifton, Bristol

    “Not just another brick in the wall.”

    Educating medical students – past, present and future

    Mr Justin Morgan qualified in 1986 from the Welsh National School of Medicine. He was appointed in 1996 as a general and renal transplant surgeon at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital before moving to Southmead Hospital in 1998.

    His specialist interests include renal transplant, thyroid and parathyroid surgery as well as medical education.

    He is Dean of the North Bristol Academy for the University of Bristol having been the Sub-Dean since 1999.

    Reception 6.30 pm, Supper 7.15 pm, Lecture 8.15 pm

    (Attendance free for lecture. CPD, CME 1 hour)

    To attend Reception and meal:

    Members and non-members £20, Students – first 5 medical students to apply pay nothing and the next 15 only pay £5

    NB: This is a change of date for this talk from the date advertised in the programme

    Meal bookings: Please telephone Diana Day on 07931 313765 or email Diana Day by Monday 7th April (Please note, once booked, meals cancelled after Monday 7th April will still need to be paid for)

    www.bristolmedchi.co.uk

    Posted August 7th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Update on new Trainee ePortfolio website – Release delayed until 8 August 2013

    Phase 3 of the TeP implementation plan has been progressing fairly well since Monday 5 August and the team have already identified and fixed a large number of bugs in the live environment. 

    Unfortunately they have also identified a number of critical issues, which are currently being addressed and will need to be tested again. A 'critical' bug is something that we can't go live with, so in discussion with the development team it has been decided to delay the release until tomorrow morning 8 August, by which time they should all have been resolved and tested. 

    We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but I hope to reassure you that we are working flat out to resolve these issues as quickly as we can. I'll send a further update tomorrow morning once I have confirmation of the timing of the release.

    Posted August 7th 2013 (5 years ago)

    2013 Severn Faculty RCGP Awards Event and Michael Lennard Reception

    The School of Primary Care and the Severn Faculty RCGP were delighted to host the MDU GP Trainee Excellence Awards and Michael Lennard Reception on Wednesday 24th July to celebrate the achievements of all GP trainees who have completed their training this year.

    For further information please see our 2013 Awards Page

    Posted August 6th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Postgraduate bursaries available for faculty staff

    Musculoskeletal medicine course and MSc Primary Care 

     

    All staff associated with teaching in the School are eligible for full-fee Deanery bursaries to either take individual modules on the University of Bath Primary Care or to register for a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MSc in Primary Care. 

    The new module Common Musculoskeletal Conditions in Primary Care received excellent feedback from staff and trainees earlier this year and will run again starting on 30 September. The module includes clinical examination and joint injection techniques and provides online access to three key e-books in musculoskeletal medicine, sports injuries and joint injections, and to Anatomy.tv the online 3-D Anatomy resource. 

     

    ‘Resources were excellent especially Warburton's. MCQs, Case studies and quizzes were excellent’  
    ‘The clinical day away in Frome was super, I would encourage more of this’. 

     

    Fees are paid in full by the School and you can also claim credit for previous postgraduate study, such as medical education or professional clinical qualifications, thus fast-tracking to a Bath degree. 

     

    Other modules available this coming academic year include: 

    • Learning and Teaching in Primary Care
    • Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation
    • Evidence-based Practice in Primary Care
    • Exercise for Health
    • Practice Enquiry
    • Exercise physiology
    • Psychology of sport and exercise 

    If you are interested please contact the Director of Studies, Tim Bilham, as soon as possible.

    Posted August 6th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Reminder - Forthcoming RCGP Training Courses

    AKT Preparation Course - Engineers House, Bristol - 5th September 2013 
    CSA Preparation Course - Engineers House, Bristol - 12th September 2013 

    Please book on the Severn Faculty Page 

    For further information please contact Sophie Martin, Severn Events Administrator on Tel: 01454 252729, email: Sophie Martin, or alternatively email: RCGP Severn Faculty

    Website: www.rcgp.org.uk

    Posted August 6th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Update on new Trainee ePortfolio website – 6 August 2013

    The work to implement the new ePortfolio website is well underway and on schedule to be released on the afternoon of Wednesday 7 August.  

    Phases 1 and 2 have been completed successfully and Phase 3 is now underway.

     

    TeP Release Phase

    Date

    Phase 1

    Completion of functional & UAT Testing

    Now  – 5pm, Thursday 1 August

    Phase 2

    Final migration of data

    Friday 2 – Sunday 4 August

    Phase 3

    Testing in live environment

    Monday 5 – Tuesday 6 August

    Phase 4

    Load clean data

    Wednesday 7 August (AM)

    Phase 5

    Make site available to users - Launch

    Wednesday 7 August (PM)

    Phase 6

    *Contingency Error Fixing Period

    Thursday 8 – Monday 12 August 

    *Only to be invoked in case of the site not being ready to be made available on the 7 August 

    We have undertaken load testing on the site twice over the last week and are aware that some pages are loading slower than we would like, though none more than 10 seconds. The test involved 700 concurrent users, which is more than our average of 600 concurrent users at our busiest time of day, so we are hoping that in reality it will actually perform slightly better once live. However, we will continue to monitor it and will make improvements as necessary once the website has gone live. If you experience any slowness issues with pages do let Jamie know, please bear with us in the meantime. 

    We've advertised that the site will go live at 12pm on Wednesday but based on current estimated work to be completed, we think it will be nearer to 2pm. We'll send out further updates in due course. 

    Jamie is also preparing an update for all users on the major changes, we're sorry for the delay in getting this to you, but in the lead up to the release testing had to take priority I'm afraid. 

    For further information please contact Sarah Robinson - Quality & Curriculum Manager | Postgraduate Training, Tel: 020 3188 7644

    Posted July 29th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Congratulations to Dr Terry Kemple and Dr Tim Ballard

    On behalf of the School Board members, our congratulations are extended to Dr Terry Kemple, TPD Bristol GP Training Programme, with regard to his election to the Council of the RCCP and to Dr Tim Ballard, ES, Old School Surgery, Great Bedwyn near Marlborough with regard to his election as one of the two Vice Chairs of the RCGP.

    Posted July 29th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Update on new Trainee ePortfolio website – 23 July 2013

    The College has just issued a press release regarding the extended downtime for the ePortfolio in August.

    Press releases are, by their very nature, brief and we thought you might appreciate further details of the ongoing work on the new ePortfolio website.

    Final testing and bug fixing is currently underway and due to be completed by Thursday 1 August.

    We have decided to bring the start of the downtime forward by 24 hours, to start at 5pm on Thursday 1 August, and this has been publicised in the press release. The intention is to build more time into the implementation schedule. This will allow more time to resolve any issues that might arise. The Phases for the release of the new website are as follows:

    TeP Release Phase

    Date

    Phase 1

    Completion of functional & UAT Testing

    Now  – 5pm, Thursday 1 August

    Phase 2

    Final migration of data

    Friday 2 – Sunday 4 August

    Phase 3

    Testing in live environment

    Monday 5 – Tuesday 6 August

    Phase 4

    Load clean data

    Wednesday 7 August (AM)

    Phase 5

    Make site available to users - Launch

    Wednesday 7 August (PM)

    Phase 6

    *Contingency Error Fixing Period

    Thursday 8 – Monday 12 August 

     

     

     

     

    *Only to be invoked in case of the site not being ready to be made available on the 7 August

    At 5pm on 1 August, the old website will be removed from the servers and all the data backed up – it takes approx 9 hours to run the programme to do this. We cannot proceed without a successful data back-up so this is a critical stage.

    However, any problems with completing any of the Phases of the Implementation Plan will likely have a knock-on effect to later phases, so if issues arise it may take the rest of the week before the site goes live. We would therefore strongly advise you not to plan any Panels, Induction events or other educational sessions using the ePortfolio during that week.

    We have also agreed a contingency plan in the event that additional work may need to be completed. We have planned and tested as much as we can to mitigate any potential issues, but there is always the possibility that something cannot be resolved in the time allowed. The plan in this scenario is to ensure that (a version of) the website is up and running by Monday 12 August at the very latest.

    Depending on the nature of the problem arising, we will take a decision during the previous week whether to continue attempts to fix the problem with the new website or to reschedule the release and reinstall the old website. If this does happen, the problems will be thoroughly investigated and a new release date set and advertised in due course.

    If the release goes well and it is up and running by 12pm on Wednesday 7 August as planned, there will be a number of planned short periods of downtime as follows:

    • Thursday 8, Friday 9, Monday 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 16 August - TeP will be unavailable for short periods of time to be confirmed - This is to accommodate a post release maintenance schedule 
    • Monday 19, Wednesday 28 August and Wednesday 4 September - TeP will be unavailable for short periods of time to be confirmed - This is to accommodate a post release maintenance schedule

    During the course of the Implementation Phases we plan to communicate updates to users so that people will be aware early on if we are encountering issues and there are likely to be delays to the release. We will also continue to update all stakeholder groups as appropriate in the lead up to the release.

    If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Jamie Meecham

    Posted July 23rd 2013 (5 years ago)

    CPD and Educational Supervision Payments

    Dear Practice Managers and Supervisors,

    At this time of year we arrange payments to your practices for the following activity:

    Spend    

    Description        

    Frequency      

    £    

    Payment on / following      

    GP ES

    Educational Supervision  

    Annually at the start of each training year to fund GP ES for the year ahead

    £500

    1st August

    CPD

    Continuing Professional Development

    Annually at the start of each training year to fund GP ES for the year ahead

    £720

    1st August

    Due to the School of Primary Care changing from being employed by South West Strategic Health Authority to Health Education South West (HESW) there are additional steps we need to take to raise payments in this year.

    As such there will be a delay in sending these payments to you. We will aim to make payments as soon as possible, but some may only be completed by the end of August.

    I am sorry for the delay.

    For more information on faculty payments, please click here 

    Kind regards,

    Shara Paulo, Severn GP Education Manager

    Posted July 22nd 2013 (5 years ago)

    Surviving as a New GP - Out now!

    Written in association with the Severn School of Primary Care, the RCGP Severn Faculty, Concord Medical Centre and the RCGP First5 Programme this short guide helps newly qualified GPs make the most out of their first few years in practice. Download your free copy now and discover how to make life as a new GP more enjoyable, rewarding and fun.

    Posted July 22nd 2013 (5 years ago)

    Trainee Induction Handbook

    Dear all,

    I am pleased to report we have an updated trainee induction handbook (thanks to the GPST committee) and updated practice welcome pack (thanks to practice manager Janet Biard) available on the school website. To download a copy ahead of your next placement, please use the following links:

    Trainee Induction

    Practice Welcome Template

    Kind regards,

    Shara Paulo

    Severn GP Education Manager

    Posted July 22nd 2013 (5 years ago)

    BMA Newsletter

    Here is the July edition of the BMA newsletter for GP Trainees.

    BMA Newsletter

    Posted July 15th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Severn Faculty Careers Fair - new date

    The new date for the Careers Fair 2014 is now confirmed as 9th April 2014

    Posted July 15th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Leadership Development Programme – Foundation of Leadership

    We would like to draw your attention to a free online learning course ‘Edward Jenner- Foundation of Leadership’ which is currently being provided by the NHS Leadership Academy.

    Eligibility

    This course would be ideally suitable and highly beneficial for all first line leaders. The course is designed to be flexible and work to the pace of the individual using online resources.  Please consider whether this programme is relevant for you or members of your team and discuss with them appropriately.

    Registering

    Registering on the course is easy via this link

    Course Details

    The course is summarised below:

    • Inspired by Edward Jenner, the ‘father of immunology’, this accessible programme is a free online learning course which is designed to give first line leaders confidence and competency within their role.
    • The course is designed to help individuals use their own experiences as part of the learning process.
    • It’s a flexible, online course which can be learnt at the individuals own pace and compromises of 20 sessions (plus an introduction session). These sessions take approximately 30-40 minutes, and if all 21 sessions are completed the individual will receive an award in the ‘Foundations of Leadership’.
    • This course is ideal for all aspiring leaders, from any non-clinical or clinical backgrounds. The only requirements are experience working in healthcare and a desire to improve knowledge and skills.

    Further Information

    Further information can be found on this course and a number of other leadership courses offered by the NHS Leadership Academy can be found on their web site

    Posted July 8th 2013 (5 years ago)

    MDU GP Trainee Excellence Awards & Michael Lennard Reception

    Wednesday 24th July 2013, 2pm at Engineers' House, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3NB

    It promises to be an exciting, celebratory event incorporating trainee presentations, announcement of the Award winners, a formal welcome to all new Members to the Severn Faculty RCGP, inspiring guest speaker Jamie Andrew and evening BBQ.

    Everyone who is planning to attend (including trainees, Educators and Supervisors), must book a place as capacity is limited.

    Please book your place by completing the following very short Survey Monkey

    Everyone who is planning to attend (including trainees, Educators and Supervisors), must book a place as capacity is limited. You can attend part or all of the event. There is no charge.

    2.00 pm  Registration/coffee

    2.30 pm  Introductions and welcome; Severn Deanery, Severn Faculty RCGP and the MDU

    2.50 pm  Trainee award presentations

    4.30 pm  Drinks and exhibition time

    5.30 pm  Guest speak - Jamie Andrew

    6.30 pm  Severn Faculty RCGP Michael lennard reception: Presentation of certificates to signify completion of MRCGP to St3/4s

    7.15 pm BBQ supper and drinks

    Guest Speaker: Jamie Andrew

    At the height of his climbing career, he was caught in a storm after completing the North Face of Les Droites in the French Alps. He developed severe hypothermia and frostbite, requiring quadruple amputation. Jamie has subsequently gone on to climb several mountains and run the London marathon; his story is both moving and inspiring.

    Full information about all GP Trainee Awards

    Please contact Pauline Harper if you have any questions.

    Posted July 8th 2013 (5 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 July 8th 2013 (5 years ago)

    2013 update of the RCGP Curriculum

    The RCGP reviews the GP curriculum each year and makes changes where appropriate in response to user feedback and to ensure the content is kept up-to-date. These changes are submitted to the GMC Curriculum Advisory Group for approval.

    In January, the RCGP Curriculum Development Group submitted a small number of minor updates for approval by the GMC and the changes listed below have been approved, These will be implemented at the start of the new training year (7 August 2013) and all trainees should use the revised version from that date.

    Information about the changes and track-change copies of the statements have been posted on the RCGP website

    Amendments to the curriculum statements:

    Supporting Carers

    Statement 3.01 Healthy People - a new question for reflection has been added to the case illustration (‘What sources of support and advice could I offer to Tracy in her role as carer for other family members?’)

    Statement 3.04 Care of Children and Young People – a new key message has been added (‘GPs should be able to recognise the support needs of those children and young people who care for others’)

     

    Updating content and resources

    Minor amendments have been made to some statements to bring the content and signposted resources up-to-date. These include the following changes to learning outcomes (additions shown in italics):

    Statement 3.01 Healthy people, p6

    LO1.1 Understand the concepts of promoting health (salutogenesis), Health and Wellbeing, and quality of life as perceived by patients

    Statement 3.09 End-of-life care, page 6

    LO1.3 Summarise the principles of palliative care and end-of-life care and how these apply to cancer and non-cancer illnesses such as cardiovascular, neurological, respiratory and infectious diseases

    Other updates are in:

    1 Being a General Practitioner, p30 Web resources

    2.01 The GP Consultation in Practice, p17, 18, 19 Learning resources

    2.02 Patient Safety & Quality of Care, p3 Key messages, p18 Web resources

    2.03 The GP in the Wider Professional Environment, p7 Case illustration, p20-21 Web resources

    2.04 Enhancing Professional Knowledge, p16, 17 Learning resources

    3.01 Healthy People, p11 Learning strategies

    3.04 Care of Children and Young People, p17 Web resources

    3.09 End-of-Life Care, page 6 Introduction to the learning outcomes, p12 Web resources

    3.10 Care of People with Mental Health Problems, p16, 18 Learning resources

    3.11 Care of People with Intellectual Disability, p13-16 Learning resources

    3.12 Cardiovascular Health, p13 Web resources

    3.14 Care of People who Misuse Drugs and Alcohol, p12 Learning strategies, p15 Learning resources

    3.15 Care of People with ENT, Oral and Facial Problems, p13 Learning resources

    3.16 Care of People with Eye Problems, p10, 12 Learning resources

    3.17 Care of People with Metabolic Problems, p14 Learning resources

    3.18 Care of People with Neurological Problems, p12 Web resources

    3.20 Care of People with Musculoskeletal Problems, p3 Key messages

     

    Correcting textual errors

    We have identified and corrected some textual errors and clarifications in the following statements:

    1 Being a General Practitioner

    2.03 The GP in the Wider Professional Environment

    3.01 Healthy People

    3.06 Women’s health

    3.08 Sexual Health

    3.09 End-of-Life Care

    3.15 Care of People with ENT, Oral and Facial Problems

    3.17 Care of People with Metabolic Problems

     

    Updating of obsolete website links

    We have updated weblinks in the following statements:

    1 Being a General Practitioner

    2.02 Patient Safety & Quality of Care

    2.03 The GP in the Wider Professional Environment

    2.04 Enhancing Professional Knowledge

    3.01 Healthy People

    3.03 Care of Acutely Ill People

    3.04 Care of Children and Young People

    3.06 Women’s health

    3.10 Care of People with Mental Health Problems

    3.11 Care of People with Intellectual Disability

    3.12 Cardiovascular Health

    3.12 Digestive health

    3.15 Care of People with ENT, Oral and Facial Problems

    3.20 Care of People with Musculoskeletal Problems

    Posted July 3rd 2013 (5 years ago)

    Funding available for PhD related to General Practice medical training

    We welcome applications from people wishing to undertake a full-time or part-time PhD related to General Practice medical training in the West Midlands, UK. The research must have a practical as well as a theoretical focus, so that it could help to improve the training of GPs and hence benefit patients. For example, there is concern that spoken communication and reading/writing difficulties may be involved when some trainees fail the final knowledge test (Applied Knowledge Test) or the final Clinical Skills Assessment. The research could investigate the nature of one of these difficulties and potential strategies for overcoming it.

    Application details and further information on undertaking a PhD in the School of Education, University of Birmingham.

    For general information on studying for a PhD at the University of Birmingham, order your bespoke copy of the new Doctoral Research Prospectus

    Funding Notes: The Primary Care Research Trust is a West Midlands medical charity that wishes to fund one PhD student by paying the home/ EU fees (not subsistence) 

    Best Wishes

    Dr Martin Wilkinson, Director of General Practice Postgraduate Education, Health Education West Midlands  

     

     

    Posted July 1st 2013 (5 years ago)

    Topical Tip for July

    Tip: When planning induction for a new Registrar, consider doing a short quiz for the Registrar to complete, asking questions about some common practice procedures, staff roles and names, etc.

    Reason this may be useful: When a Registrar starts working in a GP surgery, it is helpful if they have some practice documentation to help them learn about their new working environment. For example, it is useful to have a list of staff names and roles, some basic practice procedures, some useful telephone numbers, etc. As well as providing information, a quiz encourages the Registrar to ask questions of receptionists, secretaries, and other colleagues, so that new colleagues get to know each other. A quiz can also be more fun and interesting than just reading lots of information.

    With thanks to Damian Kenny FRCGP FHEA Cert Med Ed GMC No. 2702256 Community Education Advisor in General Practice for Gloucestershire, Severn Deanery Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Posted July 1st 2013 (5 years ago)

    RCGP Severn Faculty News Bulletin

    Here is the News Bulletin for RCGP Severn Faculty - Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset and part of Wiltshire

    Posted July 1st 2013 (5 years ago)

    Best GP teacher in Year 3!

    Congratulations to Sarah Macrow, who is the registrar at Leckhampton Surgery.  She has just won the prize for best GP teacher in Year 3.  Her education supervisor is Martin Nicholas.

    Barbara Laue's scheme for training the registrars to teach students in Year 3 has been very successful and last year we launched a series of Best GP teacher prizes (one for each year of the MB ChB programme).  This is the first time that a registrar has won a prize.

    Sarah was presented with the prize by Dr Andrew Blythe at this year's Summer Education Day for the Primary Care School of Social & Community Medicine.

     

     

    Posted July 1st 2013 (5 years ago)

    Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine is Recruiting!

     We need doctors to join the team as new authors for the 10th edition of the bestselling Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine.

    We’re looking for people who are:

    • Interested in the philosophy of medicine and ready to challenge the status quo
    • Committed to excellence with a talent for writing
    • Excellent at time management
    • Level ST3 or above and registered with a Royal College

    Interested?

    Click here to find out more

    Posted July 1st 2013 (5 years ago)

    Sustainable Healthcare Vacancy

    Job opportunity: Sustainable Specialties Programme Manager

    The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare is seeking a dynamic and motivated individual with clinical experience, to assist in managing our expanding Sustainable Specialties programmes. Permanent position. £35,000 pa.

    Closing date for applications: 22 July 2013.

    Full details

    Posted June 24th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Certificate of Eligibility for General Practice Registration Panel

    The Royal College of General Practitioners provides recommendations to the General Medical Council on applications for a Certificate of Eligibility for General Practice Registration (CEGPR). The role of panel members is to evaluate the evidence presented by applicants and determine whether this demonstrates equivalence to the requirements for a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT).

    The RCGP is seeking to recruit new panel members. Applicants should:

    • Have experience of management of GP training at a senior level
    • Have experience of assessing evidence objectively against standards
    • Have an eye for detail whilst being able to synthesise evidence succinctly

    Applicants will be expected to review a number of applications per year (three panel members review each application) and attend two panel meetings / workshops each year. An induction day will be held in the autumn.

    Applicants should provide a CV and covering letter to Kate Farbey.   

    The closing date for applications is Friday 16th August 2013.

    Dr Kevin Hill, RCGP Certification Lead, would be happy to discuss the role with anyone attracted to this interesting and important role. He can be contacted on 07971 956 668 by email.

    Posted June 24th 2013 (5 years ago)

    RCGP Awards 2013 - Reminder of Deadlines

    SENT ON BEHALF OF GOVERNANCE AND KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT - RCGP

    Please note below deadlines for the following Awards.  Application details of all College Awards are also available on the RCGP website

    Adolescent healthcare award - Deadline 30 June 2013

    In memory of Dr Kathy Phipps. Award of £2,500 and a commemorative plaque for a GP or practice who has demonstrated a significant innovation or improvement in the standard of care provided for young people over the previous two years. The award presented at the RCGP’s AGM. Criteria

    GP speciality trainee awards - Deadline: 12 July 2013

    Awarded for original and innovative work undertaken during GP speciality training. Up to five winners will attend the RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference taking place this year in Harrogate, 3–5 October 2013. The theme is ‘Progressive Primary Care’. Criteria

    Great expectations bursaries - Deadline: 31 July 2013

    Several bursaries will be available to attend the RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference taking place in, Harrogate, 3–5 October 2013. The theme is ‘Progressive Primary Care’.  Criteria/Application form

    Caring about carers award 2013 - Closing date: 31 July 2013

    These awards are run by the RCGP in partnership with the Carers’ Trust and Carers UK. Patients and carers who feel that they have been helped and supported by their GP or GP practice are encouraged to nominate.  Individual awards are made to practices in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with an overall award for the GP or practice judged to have made the biggest difference or improvement to carers’ lives.  Application forms for patients to nominate their GP practice are available from Carers Trust and Carers UK  Download the Guidance to making a nomination

    Kind regards

    Mayuri Patel, Administrative Assistant (Awards and Committees) | Governance and Knowledge Management, Tel: 020 3188 7537

    Posted June 18th 2013 (5 years ago)

    AKT and CSA Preparation Courses now booking

    The following courses are available to book NOW. Please follow the links below to download the booking forms and post to Severn Faculty with your deposit cheque. Contact information is included on the form.

    AKT Preparation Course

    5th September 2013 at Engineers' House, Bristol BS8 3NB  

    http://www.rcgp.org.uk/rcgp-near-you/faculties/sw-england-and-wales-region/~/media/Files/RCGP-Faculties/SW-England-Wales/Severn/AKT%205th%20September%202013%20v1%201.ashx

     

    CSA Preparation Course

    12 September 2013 at Engineers' House, Bristol BS8 3NB 

    http://www.rcgp.org.uk/rcgp-near-you/faculties/sw-england-and-wales-region/~/media/Files/RCGP-Faculties/SW-England-Wales/Severn/CSA%2012%20Sept%202013%20v1.ashx

     

    The forms are also downloadable from the Severn Faculty RCGP home page

    Best wishes

    Jane Lohmann, Severn Faculty Administrator, Severn Faculty | Royal College of General Practitioners

    Tel: 01454 252728 | alternative email: severn@rcgp.org.uk | Website: www.rcgp.org.uk

    Posted June 18th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Severn Faculty & Severn Deanery Conference & Careers Fair

    SAVE THE DATE!! 

    This is due to be held on Wednesday 23 April 2014 at Engineers’ House, Bristol, BS8 3NB

    The event will include interesting Plenary speakers and you will have an opportunity to attend some very exciting workshops, for example Setting up as a locum, Expedition Medicine and learning about organising your finances. Final details will be at a later date. Lunch and refreshments are included. The event will have a relevant and high quality programme.

    The event will be organised by the Central Leadership Scholar, Severn Deanery and the Event Administrator from Severn Faculty RCGP.

    Best wishes

    Jane Lohmann, Severn Faculty Administrator, Severn Faculty | Royal College of General Practitioners

    Tel: 01454 252728 | alternative email: severn@rcgp.org.uk | Website: www.rcgp.org.uk

    Posted June 18th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Free Coaching Sessions for ST2 and ST3 Trainees in Bristol and Somerset

    Have you ever wanted to work with a supportive and non-judgmental colleague to help you think through topics like undertaking a new role, managing a team, dealing with challenging work relationships; introducing changes to working practices, developing your job in innovative ways or long term planning for your career.

    What holds you back? Do you find yourself saying:

    I don’t like to bother people. Everyone is so busy;

    I don’t like to ask for help;

    I feel I should ‘just know’ this – I don’t want people to find out that I don’t (known as the all-too-common ‘impostor syndrome’).

    The Professional Support and Development (PSD) Team, within the Severn Deanery, can offer GP Trainees the opportunity to do this in a safe and supportive environment by working with one of the PSD Support Coaches in a pilot scheme which is aimed at supporting trainee development needs and at the same time providing further training for the coaches.

    For further information, please contact  Lynn Hodgson, Support and Development Manager, on 01454 252651 or Kirsty Merrills, Operational Support Manager, on 01454 252669.

    Closing Date: Monday 31st July 2013.

    Posted June 10th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Current Re-approvals for Educational and Clinical Supervisors now on website

    For all educational and clinical supervisors

    The current re-approvals spreadsheet is now available to view.

    Posted June 10th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Extended Deadline - Substance Misuse and Technology Scholarships

    The Substance Misuse Scholarship and the Technology Scholarship now have a closing deadline of Friday 21st June, 2013.

    Substance Misuse Scholarship - full details

    Technology Scholarship - full details

    Posted June 7th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Appraisal and Revalidation - Everything you need to get through!

    All GPs, GP trainees and secondary care doctors are warmly invited. 

    Appraisal and Revalidation - Everything you need to get through!

    Tuesday 25th June 2013, 9.30am - 4pm, Engineers' House, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3NB

    Course Content and Learning Objectives - Please click here for full information.

    The course offers accurate information about the requirements of appraisal and revalidation, and practical advice and experience to help ensure that you get through. Whether you have your first appraisal coming up or are coming to the end of your career, have struggled with previous appraisals or simply want to know what you need to do to get through as efficiently as possible, this is the course for you.

    The mixed interactive and practical sessions will ensure that participants:

    • Become familiar with the requirements of appraisal in the context of revalidation, and to know options for collecting the required supporting information
    • Develop skills at making effective changes to your practice
    • Develop skills at writing reflective journal entries, and
    • Know the principles behind, and practise giving constructive feedback

    Speakers/ Facilitators

    • Dr Martyn Hewett, APD for Appraisal and Revalidation, Severn Deanery School of Primary Care and Severn Faculty RCGP
    • Dr Peter Saunders, Appraisal Lead for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire
    • Dr Liz Alden, Education Lead, Severn Faculty RCGP

    Delegate Fees

    • Avon GP Education members - Free of charge
    • RCGP Members - £75
    • Doctors who are not members of either the RCGP or Avon GP Education - £90

    Book your place now

    Use one of the following options to book your place on this course:

    Please do contact Mandy Williams (0117 970 2755) or Jane Lohmann (01454 252 728) if you have any queries about this course.

    Posted June 7th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Australia - Professional Development Placement Scholarship

    Dear GP Registrar

    Over the past two years or so, Severn Deanery School of Primary Care and the Australian Medical Association (WA) have been working together on an initiative that will provide newly graduated general practitioners with the opportunity to work for 6 – 12 months in Western Australia before settling into a GP practice in the UK. The intent is to provide a medical experience that will enhance your career for the future.

    It is hoped that the relationship between the two organisations will develop to become a regular feature for doctors graduating as GPs through the Severn Deanery.

    In the first instance a couple of placements are offered for 2014 for GP Registrars graduating in 2013. Depending on the number of applications a selection process maybe required. For more information on the initiative and to make application please click here.

    Applications for this initiative should be returned to Julie Edwards, GP Recruitment Manager with a cc to Noelle Jones at the AMA (WA) by 30 June 2013.

    Dr Paul Main, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer Universities of Bath and Bristol, Deputy Director & Associate Dean, School of Primary Care,

    Posted June 3rd 2013 (5 years ago)

    Topical Tip for June

    Tip: During the last few months of a Registrar’s training, encourage them to be ‘first in line’ for short periods, eg during a partner’s holiday.

    Reason this may be useful: Once the Registrar has completed their formal assessments, and is coming towards the end of their training period, it is helpful for them to increase their workload towards that of a fully qualified GP. When a partner is on holiday, it can be a good opportunity for the Registrar to deal with all their paperwork, and miscellaneous queries. This will expose them not only to increased workload, but also to some unusual or even novel problems which they may not have seen whilst working as a Registrar. They still have the opportunity to discuss unusual problems with their supporting GP colleagues, but by being first in line to deal with all problems, the Registrar has the opportunity of preparing for a real working role in a supportive environment.

    Posted June 3rd 2013 (5 years ago)

    Applications for the 2013 - 2014 scholarships - deadline now extended to 11th June

    The application deadline for the 2013 - 2014 School of Primary Care scholarship programme has now been extended to Tuesday, 11th June, 2013.

    Full details about all scholarships

    Posted June 3rd 2013 (5 years ago)

    Revalidation Update for Qualified GPs

    For all qualified GPs

    We now have an updated Revalidation update which gives comprehensive guidance on the process.

    Best wishes,

    Dr Martyn Hewett MBChB DCH FRCGP MSc, APD for Appraisal, Support & Development Severn Deanery School of Primary Care

    Posted May 29th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Trainee ePortfolio major update and improvement

    Trainees and supervisors will be interested to hear that the ePortfolio update this August is going to implement some significant changes to the look, feel and functionality of the system, which should address many of the concerns that users have had over recent years. This update will transfer all existing portfolios over to totally new software and requires a planned downtime between 5pm, Friday 2 August and 12pm, Wednesday 7 August 2013.

    Improvements include:

    • new modern look with familiar windows functions
    • more functional learning log
    • ability to hyperlink to evidence in reviews
    • ES enters ratings below trainee's and can explicitly agree or disagree with trainee's assessment
    • Clearer cumulative tables to show progression in competency evidence and curriculum coverage
    • PDP entries populated from ESR

    Click here for more information and click here for a preview of the updated layout.  More information on specific improvements and changes will be made available ahead of the release.

    Guidance on use of the new software will also appear on the WPBA pages of the deanery website by August.

    Dr John Edwards, Deanery Assessment Lead, Severn Deanery School of Primary Care

    Posted May 28th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Applications for the 2013 - 2014 scholarships - extended deadline

    The application deadline for the 2013 - 2014 School of Primary Care scholarship programme has been extended to Tuesday, 4th June, 2013.

    Full details about all scholarships

    Posted May 28th 2013 (5 years ago)

    New Education Resource Locator

    The Education Resource Locator is an exciting new deanery initiative.

    This single point of access for local education events has been developed in conjunction with local Education Provider Organisations and is an evolution of the Severn Appraisal toolkit.

    The education events page is freely open without password protection.  As well as listing local courses and study days, it will also gradually build with other useful education resources such as websites and podcasts.  You can search for events by locality, date or event type.  Additionally, the ERL browser “tree” allows you to search for events by learning need.

    Jim Morison FRCGP, Associate Postgraduate Dean, Severn Deanery School of Primary Care

    Posted May 28th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Information for Deanery

    Dear Trainee

    Please could the Deanery ask for some feedback about the local Education Provider Organisations (EPOs).  The survey should take 2 minutes to complete.

    Please click on this link

    Thank you

    Jim Morison FRCGP, Associate Postgraduate Dean, Severn Deanery School of Primary Care

    Posted May 28th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Foundation Programme for new Practice Nurses – September 2013

    This innovative, exciting programme will enable development of clinical skills, new knowledge & learning to prepare Practice Nurses for their role in general practice.

    The programme involves

    • 4 hour introduction to the 12 month online programme resources
    • Only 5 workshops(over 12 months)
    • Competency led (clinical skills achieved in the workplace)
    • Portfolio assessed
    • Provision of workplace support for practice nurse team
    • Opportunity for accreditation (15 credits L3 /LM)

    Dates

    • 18th September 2013 (Introduction ½ day)

    Following workshop dates can be attended individually:

    • 16th October 2013 - Clinical Skills e.g. ECG, Phlebotomy, STI screening
    • 11th December 2013 - Immunisations/ Vaccinations
    • 12th March 2014 - Wound Care Management
    • 14th May 2014 - Ear care
    • 9th July 2014 - Physical Assessment
    • 10th September 2014 (Submission date for module applicants)

    Cost

    • £80 per individual day
    • £553 full course without credits
    • Additional cost for accreditation

    Venue

    • Glenside Campus, Bristol

    To book places please contact the CPD team by E-mail HLS.studydays@uwe.ac.uk
    Telephone +44 (0)117 32 81161

    For further course information, please click here and here

    Posted May 20th 2013 (5 years ago)

    GPST Committee Elections - Your chance to get involved!

    For all current ST1 and ST2 trainees 

    Here in Severn, we are really lucky to have a friendly GPST committee that is actively involved in the deanery, as well as having representation at local LMC committees, the BMA and the RCGP AIT committee. Every year we elect a new committee who represent trainees from all over the Severn deanery patches. The committee meets 6 times a year to discuss issues affecting trainees.

    The following positions are available for election for the 2013/2014 session:

    • Chair: Chairs the meetings, attends regular school board and deanery meetings.
    • Vice-Chair: Supports the chair, attends meetings when chair is not available.
    • Secretary: Organises the agenda and minutes for meetings, manages the committee email account.
    • Treasurer: Manages the committee accounts and finances
    • Social secretary: Organises social events for GPST trainees in the deanery
    • Patch Lead(s):
      • Bristol, Bath, Swindon, Gloucester/Cheltenham, Somerset. Submit a patch report before each meeting detailing any concerns and feedback raised by trainees.
    • LMC rep:  Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Avon, Somerset. Attends local LMC meetings and reports back to the committee.

    Externally elected positions:

    • BMA rep - see BMA website for election details
    • RCGP AIT rep - see RCGP website for election details

    If you would like to be involved or get further information, please email us at severngpcommittee@gmail.com

    The elections will take place at our next meeting on June 13th at Deanery House at 2pm. If you would like to stand for a position, please come to this meeting to meet us all for the election. If you are unable to attend, please could you send us a written statement detailing why you would like to be on the committee, and your previous committee experience.

    The positions are open to all years of training so do come along and get involved.

    Best wishes, Diana Rodrigues, Vice-Chair GTST committee.

    Posted May 20th 2013 (5 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 20th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Nomination form 2013 - MDU GP Trainee Excellence Awards and Michael Lennard Reception - Wed 24th July 2013

    For the attention of: GP ST3/4 Trainees/ Educational Supervisors/Clinical Supervisors/Training Programme Directors/Programme Administrators (bc)

     Dear all

    Severn Deanery has many accomplished GP trainees involved in a wide range of activities. The annual GP Trainee Awards aim to encourage and reward outstanding achievement. This culminates in the celebratory MDU GP Trainee Excellence Awards and Michael Lennard Reception on the afternoon of Wednesday 24th July 2013, organised by the Severn Deanery and Severn Faculty RCGP. 

    We are delighted to have secured a significant sponsorship arrangement with the MDU to support both excellence and talent management.

    Call for nominations for the MDU GP Trainee Excellence Awards 2013

    GP Trainee Excellence Awards available in 2013:

    • Academic/ Research Excellence Award, £200, sponsored by Avon LMC
    • Clinical Excellence Award, £200, sponsored by Wesleyan
    • Learning & Development Excellence Award, £200, sponsored by the Medical Defence Union (replaces the Education Award)
    • Green Practice Excellence Award, £200, sponsored by Dr Tim Ballard
    • Leadership Excellence Award, £200, sponsored by Frome Medical Practice
    • Excellence Award for Medical Work outside the GP training programme, £200, sponsored by Severn Faculty RCGP
    • Excellence Award for Personal Achievement outside medicine, £200, sponsored by Swindon Trainers' Group

    Complete the nomination form to propose any ST3/4 trainee who will finish/ has finished GP training between August 2012 and August 2013 (September 2012 to September 2013 for Scholars). Nominations are warmly welcomed from trainees, Educational and Clinical Supervisors, TPDs, APDs, Deanery and Lay, Clinical and Academic colleagues. The closing date for nominations is Wednesday 19th June 2013.

    The GPST Programme (Patch) Awards 2013

    One GPST Programme (Patch) Award for £100 is available in each of the five GPST Programmes (Patches), and all are sponsored by BrisDoc. The winning ST3/4s are selected entirely by ballot of the trainees in each Patch.

    The Robin While Prize 2013

    The Robin While Prize will be award to the Severn Deanery GP Trainee of the Year. This may be awarded to a winner of an Excellence Award, or to a trainee attaining a single remarkable achievement or excellence across a breadth of activities.

    Full information about the nomination, shortlisting and final selection for all the Awards is now available here

    Severn Deanery and Severn Faculty RCGP
    MDU GP Trainee Excellence Awards and Michael Lennard Reception
    Wednesday 24th July 2013, 2pm - 7pm
    Engineers' House, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3NB

    Save the Date, and book your place now!

    This joint Severn Deanery and Severn Faculty RCGP event, sponsored by the MDU, celebrates all ST3/4s' completion of GP training. Full details of the programme and guest speaker will follow shortly, and the event promises to be both inspiring and celebratory. It will incorporate presentations from shortlisted Excellence Award candidates, final selection and announcement of Award winners, and the Michael Lennard Reception where all GPST 3/4s completing training this year are formally presented with a certificate to mark successful completion of MRCGP and welcome them as Members of the Severn Faculty RCGP. The evening barbecue will follow this. 

    All are warmly invited. It forms the last day of the GPST Programme so all ST3/4 GP trainees are expected to attend.

    If you are planning to attend (including ST3/4s) please complete this short Survey Monkey to book your place.

    Please contact Pauline Harper if you have any queries, or to submit your nominations.

    Posted May 15th 2013 (5 years ago)

    OOPE applications now open!

    We are offering up to five OOPE placements for trainees who are beginning their ST2 year in August, 2013.  Click here for full information and an application form.

    Applications are now open.  The closing deadline is 12th June, 2013.

    Posted May 14th 2013 (5 years ago)

    RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference - bursaries available

    Attention all AiTs, First5 GPs, Foundation Trainees and Medical Students!!

    Severn Faculty RCGP are pleased to announce that in collaboration with the Severn Deanery we are able to fund several bursaries to attend the

    RCGP Annual Conference in Harrogate, 3-5 October 2013

    The RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference is the must attend event of the year for GPs and practice team colleagues, showcasing the latest clinical and policy developments across the UK and brings together an impressive range of national and international speakers. This year’s theme is Progressive Primary Care, and the programme is packed with relevant seminars and workshops several of which are specifically for AiTs, First5 GPs and will be extremely informative to Foundation Trainees and Medical Students. The conference is also an invaluable opportunity to meet trainees and other GPs from across the UK, and good fun!  Conference details are available here 

    Register for the conference before 24 June to secure your place at the discounted earlybird rates.

    Bursary recipients will be prioritised to those submitting a poster or presentation, and the quality of the written submission.

    Applications should be received before 3 June 2013 (to take account of the earlybird discounts).

    The bursary will support Conference fees, travel and accommodation (but not incidental expenses) up to a maximum of £500 per individual.

    There will be an expectation that successful applicants will feed back their experiences to the Severn Faculty Board and to the Severn Deanery by way of a brief report and give a short talk at the Severn Faculty AGM on 6th November 2013 in Bristol

    The Faculty will notify applicants if their award was successful by 10 June 2013

    Applications should include a written submission entitled “What role would you like both central College and the Severn Faculty RCGP to fulfil for you and your career?” (max 500 word summary), what grade of doctor/student/trainee you are (please include a brief CV- no longer than 1 page) and whether you intend to submit a poster or presentation. Written submissions will be judged on fluency, realism, practicality and innovation and conceptual thinking

    Please submit your application (or any queries) via email to severn@rcgp.org.uk

    Posted May 14th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Topical Tip for May

    Tip: When preparing questions for a CBD, choose a few competency domains only.

    Reason this may be useful: During a Case Based Discussion, it is more effective to choose 2, 3 or 4 competency domains and explore these in detail, rather than trying to cover many domains during one discussion. We can use a planning template, and design questions to probe deeply into the chosen competency domains, using the word pictures from the e-portfolio. By reading the word pictures first, and considering the particular case, we can design questions to probe whether the registrar demonstrated particular word picture competencies. For each CBD, we can choose a different set of competencies, so that over time we probe deeply into all of the competencies, but only doing a few during each individual CBD.

    With thanks to Damian Kenny FRCGP FHEA Cert Med Ed GMC No. 2702256 Community Education Advisor in General Practice for Gloucestershire, Severn Deanery Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Posted May 14th 2013 (5 years ago)

    GP Educator Fellowships (5 posts) - Applications are invited for the following posts based in Bristol, Bath, Swindon, Gloucestershire and Somerset.

    Applications are invited for the following GP Educator Fellowships posts based in Bristol, Bath, Swindon, Gloucestershire and Somerset.

    We are looking to appoint 5 GP Educator Fellowships for a fixed period of one year. Each will work closely with one of our local educational teams. There will be local and school-wide educational support, educational events and mentoring for each post holder in order for them to develop expertise in this area as part of their ongoing career development.

    Please see the Job Description and selection criteria.

    For further information please go to the NHS Jobs website using the references 984-HEE251-SW to find the advertisement within the site. Late and incomplete applications and applications on incorrect forms will not be considered.

    The closing date for receipt of applications is at 23:59 hrs on the 28th May, 2013.

    We are committed to Equal Opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of gender, race, disability, sexuality or age. All applicants who have a health problem or disability and meet the minimum criteria for the position will be guaranteed an interview

    Posted May 14th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Briefing for Trainers re: CSA Candidates

    Dear Colleagues,

    The attached briefing has been produced as we had become increasingly aware that trainees were receiving mixed messages from some trainers about issues relating to the CSA examination. This briefing has been produced by me in my role as a CSA core group member who is still an active trainer and Associate GP Dean. My aim is to dispel any myths and to produce a document that all trainers have access to so that trainees know what to expect when they attend the CSA examination centre. 

    With kind regards,

    Richard Jones, CSA Core group Member, Associate GP Dean Oxford

    Posted May 14th 2013 (5 years ago)

    National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow Scheme NORTH– applications open to doctors in training from midday 2 May 2013

    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 click here

    Applications close on 24 May 2013 and will be followed by a shortlisting process, with interviews on 4 June 2013.

    A few more facts:

    • The scheme is open to all doctors in training who will have completed the Foundation Programme by the time they take up the scheme.
    • The Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management took on the management of the scheme (formerly the Chief Medical Officer’s Clinical Advisor Scheme) in 2011.
    • Participants spend a year full time in an extensive range of host organisations learning by doing, including NICE, NHS Commissioning Board, GMC, BUPA and Royal Colleges.
    • This year’s cohort have led some extraordinary pieces of work, such as organising ministerial seminars, implementing the national response strategy to viral outbreaks, opportunities for disinvestment, developing guidelines on service redesign and writing important policy documents. They also wrote a response to Francis which was widely commended, including by Robert Francis himself.

    The popularity of the scheme is reflected in the number of applications and positive feedback from participants, who see it as effective in providing them with the skills needed to become the healthcare leaders of the future.

    Posted May 14th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management

    The Clinical Fellows and FMLM invite you to

    NHS | Future Leaders “Creating the future we want” - Will competition improve the NHS?

    Wednesday 22nd May 2013, 18:15 – 21:00 at Harris Lecture Theatre, Hodgkin Building, Guy's Hospital Campus, King’s College London, SE1 1UL

    Speakers:

    Prof John Appleby, Chief Economist, The King’s Fund

    Prof Allyson Pollock, Professor of Public Health Research and Policy, Queen Mary University, London

    Dr David Bennett, Chair & Chief Executive, Monitor

    Followed by: Q&A and Networking

    Please register for your place at: http://fmlmcompetition.eventbrite.co.uk  Event enquiries: events@fmlm.ac.uk

    Kindly supported Student Medical Leadership Association

    Posted May 14th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Inspire Improvement Launch and Sustainability Forum

    Doctors in training event 7 June, London

    Health Education England’s (HEE) Better Training Better Care (BTBC) programme is holding a trainee doctor event to launch the winners of the Inspire Improvement project.

    There are two sections to the event:

    Morning: Presentations from HEE senior managers and launch of the winning trainee doctors’ ideas that have been funded part of £100,000. This is to implement projects that impact nationally on the role of trainees in medical education and training, and in turn patient care. These projects could be from apps or simulation programmes, to mentorship projects or training packages.

    Afternoon: Trainees participate in two out of three workshops:

    • Being trainee representatives on local and national programmes
    • Trainee mentorship - how to get involved or become a mentor
    • Developing and project managing projects, around quality improvement and other workplace projects.

    Attendance is free and works on a first come, first served basis. Please do not request a ticket unless you can guarantee your attendance. To book your place, please email hee.btbc@nhs.net  with your name, trust name and contact details.

    FREE to attend

    Posted May 14th 2013 (5 years ago)

    RCGP Awards 2013 - reminder of deadlines

    Sent on behalf of RCGP Governance and Knowledge Management (Awards & Committees)

     Dear All,

    Please note below deadlines for the following Awards.

    Application details of all College Awards are also available on the RCGP website:

     

    • Adolescent healthcare award Deadline 31 May 2013

    In memory of Dr Kathy Phipps. Award of £2,500 and a commemorative plaque for a GP or practice who has demonstrated a significant innovation or improvement in the standard of care provided for young people over the previous two years. The award presented at the RCGP’s AGM. Criteria

     

    • GP speciality trainee awards Deadline: 12 July 2013

    Awarded for original and innovative work undertaken during GP speciality training. Up to five winners will attend the RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference, taking place this year in Harrogate, 3–5 October 2013. The theme is ‘Progressive Primary Care’.Criteria:

     

    • Great expectations bursaries - Deadline: 31 July 2013

    Several bursaries will be available to attend the RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference, taking place in, Harrogate, 3–5 October 2013. The theme is ‘Progressive Primary Care’. Criteria/Application form

    Kind regards

    Mayuri Patel, Administrative Assistant (Awards and Committees) | Governance and Knowledge Management Tel: 020 3188 7537

    Posted May 13th 2013 (5 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:

    www.fmlm.ac.uk/clinical-fellow-scheme

    Applications close on 24 May 2013 and will be followed by a shortlisting process, with interviews on 4 June 2013.

    Posted May 3rd 2013 (5 years ago)

    Sustainable Healthcare Scholarship applications now open

    For all ST2 trainees

     Dear all,

     Applications for the Sustainable Healthcare Scholarship are now open.

     

     

    Posted April 26th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Invitation - GP Standard Setting Day 21st June 2013

    Dear Doctor, 

    I am writing to invite you to a Standard Setting event scheduled to take place on Friday 21st June 2013 (10am-4pm), University College London, Archway Campus, 2nd Floor Holborn Union Building, 2-10 Highgate Hill, London N19 5LW. 

    The day will be dedicated to setting a standard for the knowledge base which is equivalent to the AKT and appropriate for independent general practice. Training will be given on the day. 

    Honorarium is £350 plus travel expenses covered and lunch provided. 

    If you are interested in attending, please email me back with your GMC number and mobile number. 

    As there are only 10 attendees needed for the day, these slots will be offered on a first come, first served basis - so please respond as soon as you are able. 

    Please let me know if you would like to attend or have any further queries about the event. 

    Kind Regards 

    Lisa Doyle GMC Projects Events Administrator, GMC Development Unit, UCL Medical School, University College London, Archway Campus, 4th Floor Holborn Union Building, 2-10 Highgate Hill, London N19 5LW

    Posted April 26th 2013 (5 years ago)

    RCGP External Advisors wanted

    For all APDs, TPDs, Educational and Clinical Supervisors

    The Royal College of General Practitioners wishes to appoint additional External Advisors to join the RCGP Panel responsible for providing external scrutiny and feedback of Deanery ARCP Panel processes throughout the UK. The Panel also quality manage ARCP Panel outcomes, Educational Supervisors’ Reports (ESRs) and Clinical Supervisors’ Reports (CSRs) in the ePortfolio.

    External Advisors must be available to visit Deanery Panels at least once per year (usually June/July); attend RCGP External Advisor training/calibration sessions at least once per year; review in detail a sample of ePortfolios (either remotely or at a College forum); and must stay abreast of any changes or developments in GP specialty training. External Advisors should be able to commit to a minimum of 10 sessions per year.

    Applicants should be currently active in clinical general practice, be within two years of retirement, or have a general practice educational role. They should have experience of ARCP Panels, of the management of general practice training, and of using the ePortfolio. They should be familiar with the principles of education in general practice. They should have, or be able to quickly acquire, a sound knowledge of the regulatory framework governing postgraduate medical education, the certification process for doctors completing GP specialist training, and the MRCGP WPBA assessment processes.

    Remuneration: Loss of earnings payment/fee for services at the standard RCGP rate, which for the financial year 2013/14 is £401 (amount reviewed annually). Expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with the College Guidance.

    Applications are welcome from applicants from all Deaneries, but particularly from Defence, East Midlands, KSS, London, West Midlands and Wessex Deaneries as the Panel is currently under-represented in those areas.

    A role description is available from Sarah Atkinson, QA Coordinator, Royal College of General Practitioners, 30 Euston Square, London, NW1 2FB or sarah.atkinson@rcgp.org.uk.

    To apply, please provide a CV, personal statement, and a reference from a Director of Postgraduate General Practice Education or Head of GP School, who can testify to your commitment to education and continuing professional development.

    The closing date for applications is Friday 10 May 2013.

    Posted April 26th 2013 (5 years ago)

    The Education Resource Locator is an exciting new deanery initiative.

    The Education Resource Locator is an exciting new deanery initiative.

    This single point of access for local education events has been developed in conjunction with local Education Provider Organisations and is an evolution of the Severn Appraisal toolkit.

    The education events page is freely open without password protection.  As well as listing local courses and study days, it will also gradually build with other useful education resources such as websites and podcasts.  You can search for events by locality, date or event type.

    Additionally, the ERL browser “tree” allows you to search for events by learning need.  A detailed User Guide is available from the deanery website

    Over the next few months, the site will be continuously update and modified in the light of user feedback. We hope it will be used by all those working in clinical primary care

    Jim Morison FRCGP, Associate Postgraduate Dean, Severn Deanery School of Primary Care

    Posted April 22nd 2013 (5 years ago)

    Topical Tip for April

    Tip: When giving feedback, use verbs rather than adjectives.

    Reason this may be useful: Feedback is most effective when we describe what we have seen and heard, ie we describe the behaviours that we have witnessed. If we use adjectives (e.g. good, bad, fantastic, lazy, etc) then we are making value judgements and the person will interpret this as criticising them as a person. If we describe the behaviours we have seen and heard, and compare these to the expected behaviours, then we can have a conversation about whether the person should continue with the current behaviours or how they might wish to change their behaviour. They are much more likely to accept a discussion about behaviour, than a comment about character traits, personality, or their core identity.

    With thanks to Damian Kenny FRCGP FHEA Cert Med Ed GMC No. 2702256 Community Education Advisor in General Practice for Gloucestershire, Severn Deanery Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Posted April 22nd 2013 (5 years ago)

    Guidance for Educational Supervisors with International Medical Graduate Trainees

    Mary Valentine and I recently presented our work around international medical graduates and the CSA at the trainers conference. There were a number of requests to publish some guidance related to this on the Severn deanery website. Health Education Scotland have written some very helpful guidance and I have contacted the authors to ask permission to publish their work on our website, which they have agreed to.

    This is now included on our  Educational Supervisor Teaching Tools webpage.

    Best Wishes

    Louise Whyte, TPD and Fellow, Swindon

    Posted April 22nd 2013 (5 years ago)

    Questions, questions,…. and the 2013 GMC trainee survey.

    For all trainees

    Dear All,

    I know you all get fed up with filling out endless questionnaires. And accordingly the school tries to keep these to an absolute minimum.

    However this one is important. Those of you who come to the quality panels and school board will know that a low graded post used for GP specialty training is put firmly under our spot light. Each year a handful are given special measures, and one or two are quietly, or publicly axed. T&O at Gloucester being the latest casualty. So your comments and box ticks really do make a difference.

    If altruism doesn’t float your boat, then be assured that quickly completing the form will be far less hassle than dealing with the daily electronic abuse that will come from the deanery and GMC as the deadline approaches…. !

    There is a feeling that this is fair game - as completing the survey is a mandatory requirement for you as documented in the Gold Guide.

    Thanks for doing this - I really do appreciate it.

    Best wishes

    Prof Bill Irish, Director of GP Education and Head of School

    Posted April 22nd 2013 (5 years ago)

    First call for nominations for the MDU GP Trainee Excellence Awards 2013

    For all GP ST3/4 Trainees, Educational Supervisors, Clinical Supervisors, Training Programme Directors, and Programme Administrators

    Dear all 

    Severn Deanery has many accomplished GP trainees involved in a wide range of activities. The annual GP Trainee Awards aim to encourage and reward outstanding achievement. This culminates in the celebratory MDU GP Trainee Excellence Awards and Michael Lennard Reception on the afternoon of Wednesday 24th July 2013, organised by the Severn Deanery and Severn Faculty RCGP.

    We are delighted to have secured a significant sponsorship arrangement with the MDU to support both excellence and talent management. 

    GP Trainee Excellence Awards available in 2013:

    • Academic/ Research Excellence Award, £200, sponsored by Avon LMC
    • Clinical Excellence Award, £200, sponsored by Wesleyan
    • Learning & Development Excellence Award, £200, sponsored by the Medical Defence Union (replaces the Education Award)
    • Green Practice Excellence Award, £200, sponsored by Dr Tim Ballard
    • Leadership Excellence Award, £200, sponsored by Frome Medical Practice
    • Excellence Award for Medical Work outside the GP training programme, £200, sponsored by Severn Faculty RCGP
    • Excellence Award for Personal Achievement outside medicine, £200, sponsored by Swindon Trainers' Group

    Complete the  nomination form to propose any ST3/4 trainee who will finish/has finished GP training between August 2012 and August 2013 (September 2012 to September 2013 for Scholars). Nominations are warmly welcomed from trainees, Educational and Clinical Supervisors, TPDs, APDs, Deanery and Lay, Clinical and Academic colleagues. The closing date for nominations is Wednesday 19th June 2013.

    The GPST Programme (Patch) Awards 2013

    One GPST Programme (Patch) Award for £100 is available in each of the five GPST Programmes (Patches), and all are sponsored by BrisDoc. The winning ST3/4s are selected entirely by ballot of the trainees in each Patch.

    The Robin While Prize 2013

    The Robin While Prize will be award to the Severn Deanery GP Trainee of the Year. This may be awarded to a winner of an Excellence Award, or to a trainee attaining a single remarkable achievement or excellence across a breadth of activities.

    Full information about the nomination, shortlisting and final selection for all the Awards is now available here

    Severn Deanery and Severn Faculty RCGP, MDU GP Trainee Excellence Awards and Michael Lennard Reception - Wednesday 24th July 2013, 2pm - 7pm at Engineers' House, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3NB

    Save the Date, and book your place now!

    This joint Severn Deanery and Severn Faculty RCGP event, sponsored by the MDU, celebrates all ST3/4s' completion of GP training. Full details of the programme and guest speaker will follow shortly, and the event promises to be both inspiring and celebratory. It will incorporate presentations from shortlisted Excellence Award candidates, final selection and announcement of Award winners, and the Michael Lennard Reception where all GPST 3/4s completing training this year are formally presented with a certificate to mark successful completion of MRCGP and welcome them as Members of the Severn Faculty RCGP. The evening barbecue will follow this. 

    All are warmly invited. It forms the last day of the GPST Programme so all ST3/4 GP trainees are expected to attend.

    Could everyone planning to attend (including ST3/4s) please complete this short Survey Monkey to book your place. 

    Please contact Pauline Harper if you have any queries, or to submit your nominations.

    Posted April 22nd 2013 (5 years ago)

    RCGP Essential Knowledge Update Programme

    The RCGP has now released the latest editions of the Essential Knowledge Update Programme; Essential Knowledge Update (EKU) 11 and Essential Knowledge Challenge (EKC) 10 to improve patient care and to help you realise your CPD and Revalidation needs. 

    Update 11 provides a summary of important new and changing knowledge on a wide variety of primary care topics encountered by general practitioners. 

    Challenge 10, an applied online knowledge test, enables GPs to test their learning on the 10th edition of the Essential Knowledge

    Access to the Essential Knowledge Update Programme The Essential Knowledge Updates are FREE to all RCGP members, Associates and AiTs as part of the College membership benefit package. Non RCGP members can purchase an annual Essential Knowledge Update Programme  subscription for £99 alternatively you can purchase an individual Update or Challenge for £50. To subscribe to the EKU Programme or purchase an Update or Challenge, please follow the steps below:

     Please register with the College here

     Please subscribe to the programme/purchase an Update or Challenge here

    * Please note that by accessing and using the RCGP Online Learning Websites you will be agreeing to the RCGP Online Learning Terms and Conditions. 

    Posted April 22nd 2013 (5 years ago)

    Applications open for Out of Programme Experience (OOPE) opportunities

    For all Local Associate Postgraduate Deans, Training Programme Directors (GPEs), Educational Supervisors and ST1 Trainees:

    Applications are now invited from ST1 trainees who would like to take an OOPE from August 2014 between their ST2 and ST3 years.

    Click here for further information about the OOPE scheme and to see what past trainees have done during their OOPEs

    In particular please ensure that you read Taking Time Out of Programme which outlines the application process and further GP specific criteria.

    Application process:

    • Submission of the OOPE application form which is available from the Gold Guide in appendix 3
    • Written support from your educational supervisor, your training programme director (GPE) and your local Associate Postgraduate Dean
    • A clear statement as to how this proposed OOPE will:
      • benefit the candidate’s career progression in General Practice
      • benefit General Practice in the NHS
      • benefit the health of the country of the placement
      • need to be taken at this particular time – a window of opportunity
    • Current CV

    Note that successful OOPE candidates will be eligible after their OOPE year for nomination for the Excellence Award for Medical Work outside the GP training programme during their ST3 year.

    Please send your completed application by email to: Severn.gpschool@southwestwest.nhs.uk

    Closing date for applications is Monday 21st May 2013

    Posted April 22nd 2013 (5 years ago)

    RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference

    Attention all AiTs, First5 GPs, Foundation Trainees and Medical Students!!

    “Severn Faculty RCGP are pleased to announce that in collaboration with the Severn Deanery we are able to fund several bursaries to attend the RCGP annual conference”

    The RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference is the must attend event of the year for GPs and practice team colleagues, showcasing the latest clinical and policy developments across the UK and brings together an impressive range of national and international speakers. This year’s theme is Progressive Primary Care, and the programme is packed with relevant seminars and workshops several of which are specifically for AiTs, First5 GPs and will be extremely informative to Foundation Trainees and Medical Students. The conference is also an invaluable opportunity to meet trainees and other GPs from across the UK, and good fun!

    Full details   Conference details are available at the RCGP website

    Register for the conference before 24 June to secure your place at the discounted earlybird rates

    Bursary recipients will be prioritised to those submitting a poster or presentation, and the quality of the written submission. Applications should be received before 14 May 2013 (to take account of the earlybird discounts). The bursary will support Conference fees, travel and accommodation (but not incidental expenses) up to a maximum of £500 per individual

    Please submit your application (or any queries) via email

     

    Posted April 17th 2013 (5 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 April 10th 2013 (5 years ago)

    First call for nominations for the MDU GP Trainee Excellence Awards 2013

    For the attention of: GP ST3/4 Trainees/ Educational Supervisors/Clinical Supervisors/Training Programme Directors/Programme Administrators

    Dear all, 

    Severn Deanery has many accomplished GP trainees involved in a wide range of activities. The annual GP Trainee Awards aim to encourage and reward outstanding achievement. This culminates in the celebratory MDU GP Trainee Excellence Awards and Michael Lennard Reception on the afternoon of Wednesday 24th July 2013, organised by the Severn Deanery and Severn Faculty RCGP.  We are delighted to have secured a significant sponsorship arrangement with the MDU to support both excellence and talent management.

    GP Trainee Excellence Awards available in 2013:

    • Academic/ Research Excellence Award, £200, sponsored by Avon LMC
    • Clinical Excellence Award, £200, sponsored by Wesleyan
    • Learning & Development Excellence Award, £200, sponsored by the Medical Defence Union (replaces the Education Award)
    • Green Practice Excellence Award, £200, sponsored by Dr Tim Ballard
    • Leadership Excellence Award, £200, sponsored by Frome Medical Practice
    • Excellence Award for Medical Work outside the GP training programme, £200, sponsored by Severn Faculty RCGP
    • Excellence Award for Personal Achievement outside medicine, £200, sponsored by Swindon Trainers' Group
    • Full details and selection process

    The GPST Programme (Patch) Awards 2013

    One GPST Programme (Patch) Award for £100 is available in each of the five GPST Programmes (Patches), and all are sponsored by BrisDoc. The winning ST3/4s are selected entirely by ballot of the trainees in each Patch.  Full details and selection process

    The Robin While Prize 2013

    The Robin While Prize will be award to the Severn Deanery GP Trainee of the Year. This may be awarded to a winner of an Excellence Award, or to a trainee attaining a single remarkable achievement or excellence across a breadth of activities.  Full details and selection process

    Posted April 10th 2013 (5 years ago)

    The International Medical Graduate Conference - Confounding Expectations

    June 20th 2013 at Hilton Hotel East Midlands Airport

    Speakers will include

    • Professor David Greenaway, Vice Chancellor, University of Nottingham
    • Professor Davinder Sandhu, Postgraduate Dean/Head of Education, NHS Education South West - Severn Deanery
    • Mr Sunil Kapur, Head of Policy and Planning, General Medical Council

    Programme

    The International Medical Graduate’s Journey

    A programme of workshops for medical educators, international medical graduates and professionals supporting the training of international medical graduates, which will capture best practice for supporting international medical graduate training in primary and secondary care.  Workshops will include presentations and discussions on a broad range of subjects aimed at capturing issues appertaining to the successful completion of training by International Medical Graduates, including sessions on the evaluation of interventions in the East Midlands, a GMC perspective, experiences and assistance from the Training Support Service, and supporting International Medical Graduates through Royal College examinations.

    Posters Invited

    Poster Prize kindly sponsored by the Vale of Trent and Leicester Faculties of the Royal College of General Practitioners

    Posted April 10th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Consultation on the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Health, Public Health and Social Care System

    For all APDs, TPDs, Educational and Clinical Supervisors and Trainees:

    Dear Colleague, 

    For several years there has been a consensus that climate change, in its direct and indirect effects, is likely to pose the primary threat to human health in the 21st century. Climate change is already damaging the health of disadvantaged groups in the UK and abroad. 

    "Climate change is increasingly being recognised as a (social) determinant of health, and socially disadvantaged groups, who lack adequate environmental protection, resources and insurance, are more prone to its effects on health". 

    The NHS is called upon to lead the way in carbon reduction and transformation to a resilient, health-promoting health service. The NHS has a large environmental impact and carbon footprint and the government has stipulated an ambitious target of 80% carbon emissions reduction by 2050. In order to achieve this everyone in the NHS needs to play a part. Sustainable Healthcare is using resources to deliver healthcare today without compromising the health of current or future generations. Working within stringent financial constraints we must provide a fair, effective and carbon-neutral Health Service. 

    The NHS Sustainable Development Unit is conducting an important consultation process and they are keen should be as wide as possible.  

    I do urge you to participate in this piece of work

    Best wishes 

    Dr Paul GN Main

    Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Universities of Bath and Bristol, Deputy Director and Associate Dean, School of Primary Care, Severn Deanery, NHS Education South West.

    Posted April 10th 2013 (5 years ago)

    New contact details

    Dear all,

    The Severn Deanery is now a part of Health Education England (HEE). This means some of our contact information has changed. We would be grateful if you could please update your records as follows:

    Email addresses: if you have a “firstname.lastname@southwest.nhs.uk” email address for us, please now use “firstname.lastname@southwest.hee.nhs.uk

    Invoicing: if you have been asked to address an invoice to our shared business services in Wakefield, please use the following address:

    XXSPAULO
    Health Education England
    South West LETB
    T73 Payables F485
    Phoenix House
    Topcliffe Lane
    Wakefield
    WF3 1WE

    Cheques: If we require a payment from you, please make cheques payable to “Health Education England” and post it to us at the address we have provided (either your local postgraduate centre, or here at the central Deanery office).

    Our phone numbers, physical address, and web address all remain the same.

    Kind regards,

    Shara Paulo
    GP Education Manager

    Posted March 22nd 2013 (5 years ago)

    Revalidation update March 2013

    For all trainees:

    Revalidation is now with us and has been attached to the ARCP process. This is why you will be asked to complete a new Form R for your ARCP Panel.  

    You will find the Form R here  This page and the 2 subpages give you full details and instructions for completing the form.  You should then scan the Form R and attach it in your Learning Log under Course/Certificate.

    This new Form R is now required as part of your evidence and without it your ARCP outcome will not be awarded.

    Best regards,
    Alison Needler, SoPC Support Manager

    Posted March 21st 2013 (5 years ago)

    Junior International Committee (JIC) Annual Conference

    For all trainees

    Inspiring a Global Approach to General Practice

    Saturday 20 April 2013 at RCGP 30 Euston Square, NW1 2FB

    This conference for AiT® and First5® members is packed with opportunities for international activity, research and exchange.

    With interactive workshops and inspirational speakers:

    • Prof Scott Brown, Chair RCGP N. Ireland & Medical Director for Africa
    • Monica Burns, International Health Development Consultant
    • Dr Patrick Kiernan, OOPE Programme Director London Deanery
    • AiTs and First5s with first-hand experiences of overseas projects

    …this is the event for those interested in global healthcare!

    Find out how you too can go global  Booking information

    Posted March 20th 2013 (5 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 March 18th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Prime Minister's Dementia Challenge

    This is applicable for qualified GPs only

    Dementia Harrogate 2013: a national priority - 24th April 2013, Harrogate International Centre

    • Following the Prime Minister's challenge launched last year, there has never been a time of more public and political interest in dementia.
    • Aiming to deliver major improvements in dementia care and research by 2015, there has been excellent progress, but there is still much to do.
    • Would you like to learn how this momentum is being maintained and built upon?
    • How will policies around personalisation, integration and funding of care and support improve the lives of those living with dementia and their families?

    Register Your Place Today

    Confirmed Speakers Include

    • Hazel Blears, Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia
    • Trevor Jarvis, Ambassador, Alzheimer's Society
    • Kathryn Smith, Director of Operations, Alzheimers Society
    • Simon Ridley, Head of Research, Alzheimer's Research UK
    • Philly Hare, Programme Manager, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

    View Full Details of Programme and Speakers

    Public Service Events is pleased to present Dementia: a national crisis. A sell-out in Manchester, this conference now moves to Harrogate, featuring an array of expert speakers who will outline the challenges faced in combating this spiralling condition and how better outcomes can be achieved. This is an event for anyone involved with or affected by dementia who wishes to hear all the latest developments. Delegates will have the opportunity to listen, digest, debate and then reflect on the information that can make a difference to their professional or personal situations.

    Have You Also Seen ... Dementia Bristol May 2013 and Dementia London June 2013

    Posted March 18th 2013 (5 years ago)

    New free e-learning programme: Core Skills in Musculoskeletal Care

    Dear Colleague,

    Every day in England around 100,000 musculoskeletal consultations take place in primary care. As you know, they can be challenging to manage and GPs have a crucial role to play in improving outcomes for these patients. 

    Working with the Royal College of General Practitioners, Arthritis Research UK has funded and jointly developed a new training programme, starting with free e-learning modules, to improve GPs’ and GPSTs’ core skills in diagnosing and managing musculoskeletal conditions. It’s been developed by GPs for GPs and is based on the latest evidence in musculoskeletal care. You can learn more about the programme here. 

    Thank you.

    Dr Tom Margham, Lead for Primary Care, Arthritis Research UK

    PS We've put together a range of free resources to help you and your patients.

    Arthritis Research UK receives no government funding, relying entirely on the generosity and commitment of supporters to continue funding world-class research, information, and programmes such as Core Skills in Musculoskeletal Care. To find out more about ways you can Get involved and for the Latest news please visit the Arthritis Research UK website.  

    Posted March 12th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Severn Faculty RCGP 60th Anniversary Gala Dinner

    Severn Faculty requests the pleasure of your company at the Royal West of England Academy, Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1PX 

    • Drinks Reception  and Private Viewing of the Galleries from 7.30pm Friday 10th May 2013
    • Three Course Dinner by Papadeli at 8.00pm followed by the After Dinner Gale Lecture - Dr Margaret McCartney, GP, writer and broadcaster : “Screening – Politics & Evidence”

    Tickets: RCGP Members £50, Non-Members & Guests £55, AiTs £35

    Book your place at www.rcgp.org.uk/severn and click on ‘Events’. All enquiries to Jane Lohmann on 01454 252 728 or by email severn@rcgp.org.uk.

    Posted March 11th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Topical Tip for March

    Tip: When giving feedback, use verbs rather than adjectives.

    Reason this may be useful: Feedback is most effective when we describe what we have seen and heard, ie we describe the behaviours that we have witnessed.  If we use adjectives (e.g. good, bad, fantastic, lazy, etc) then we are making value judgements and the person will interpret this as criticising them as a person.  If we describe the behaviours we have seen and heard, and compare these to the expected behaviours, then we can have a conversation about whether the person should continue with the current behaviours or how they might wish to change their behaviour. They are much more likely to accept a discussion about behaviour, than a comment about character traits, personality, or their core identity.

    With thanks to Damian Kenny FRCGP FHEA Cert Med Ed GMC No. 2702256 Community Education Advisor in General Practice for Gloucestershire, Severn Deanery Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Posted March 11th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Excellent AKT Results!

    We had a 100% pass rate for the AKT exams taken in January.  Well done to all candidates and their education teams!

    Posted March 11th 2013 (5 years ago)

    GP Out of Hours Clinical Supervisors Course

    Applications are now open for this course. 

    Date: March 25th 2013 until May 15th 2013 
    Location: Postgraduate Centre, Royal United Hospital, Combe Park, Bath BA1 3NG

    Full details and application form

    Posted March 11th 2013 (5 years ago)

    RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference in Harrogate, 3-5 October 2013

    Attention all AiTs, First5 GPs, Foundation Trainees and Medical Students!!

    Severn Faculty RCGP are pleased to announce that in collaboration with the Severn Deanery we are able to fund several bursaries to attend the RCGP annual conference.  The RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference is the must attend event of the year for GPs and practice team colleagues, showcasing the latest clinical and policy developments across the UK and brings together an impressive range of national and international speakers. This year’s theme is Progressive Primary Care, and the programme is packed with relevant seminars and workshops several of which are specifically for AiTs, First5 GPs and will be extremely informative to Foundation Trainees and Medical Students. The conference is also an invaluable opportunity to meet trainees and other GPs from across the UK, and good fun!

    Conference details are available here.  Register for the conference before 24 June to secure your place at the discounted earlybird rates. 

    Bursary recipients will be prioritised to those submitting a poster or presentation, and the quality of the written submission. Applications should be received before 14 May 2013 (to take account of the earlybird discounts). The bursary will support Conference fees, travel and accommodation (but not incidental expenses) up to a maximum of £500 per individual.

    There will be an expectation that successful applicants will feed back their experiences to the Severn Faculty Board and to the Severn Deanery by way of a brief report and give a short talk at the Severn Faculty AGM which is held in the Autumn.  The Faculty will notify applicants if their award was successful by 24 May 2013. 

    Applications should include a written submission entitled “What role would you like both central College and the Severn Faculty RCGP to fulfil for you and your career?” (max 500 word summary), what grade of doctor/student/trainee you are (please include a brief CV- no longer than 1 page) and whether you intend to submit a poster or presentation. Written submissions will be judged on fluency, realism, practicality and innovation and conceptual thinking.

    Please submit your application (or any queries) via email to severn@rcgp.org.uk

    Posted March 5th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Special OOPE opportunity in Leadership

    Open to doctors in training - National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow Scheme

    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 here

    Applications close on 11th March 2013 and will be followed by a shortlisting process, with interviews on 15th and 16th April.

    Posted March 5th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Arthritis Research UK GP Trainee Prize

    The prize is open to any General Practice Specialty Trainee on a UK Training Scheme. To enter, applicants should submit a piece of original work (up to 3,000 words) in the field of musculoskeletal medicine.

    Deadline for submissions is Wednesday 19 June 2013.

    For further details click here and search for ‘GP trainee prize.’

    This looks like a great opportunity for any of you who are trainees and there is still plenty of time before the deadline. Do let us know if you choose to submit a piece of work.

     

    Posted March 5th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Severn Faculty & Severn Deanery Conference & Careers Fair

    Great news, you are now able to purchase your ticket for the Severn Faculty & Severn Deanery Conference & Careers Fair due to be held on Wednesday 10th April 2013.  This year’s event is to be held at Engineers’ House, Bristol, BS8 3NB

    We can announce that we have secured two fantastic speakers - Professor Mike Pringle (President of RCGP), Professor Willie Hamilton (Professor of Primary Care Diagnostics, Peninsula Medical School) and you will have an opportunity to attend some very exciting workshops ranging from Setting up as a locum, Expedition Medicine, Research and learning about organising your finances. Lunch and refreshments are included - Please see the attached flyer for further information.

    We believe we have arranged a relevant and high quality programme and we know that this event will book up fast.

    Be sure to book your place NOW by clicking here:

    We look forward to seeing you there.

    Best wishes

    Dr Emily Lake, Central Leadership Scholar Severn Deanery

    email: severn@rcgp.org.uk  Website: www.rcgp.org.uk

    Posted March 5th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Feedback on the January 2013 MRCGP Applied Knowledge Test (AKT)

     For all:

    After each sitting of the exam, the AKT core group provides feedback via the College website and direct to educationalists via Deaneries. We also highlight items of general interest related to the exam.  We hope that this feedback is helpful to all those involved in education and training, particularly GP trainees themselves, and we welcome comments on the feedback, to the email address at the end of this report.

    AKT 17 was held on 30 January 2013 and taken by 1248 candidates.

    Statistics

    Scores in AKT 17 ranged from 67 - 187 out of 200 questions with a mean overall score of 141.3 (70.7%).

    The mean scores by subject area were:

    •  'Clinical medicine’ 70.6% (160 questions)
    •  ‘Evidence interpretation’ 66.9% (20 questions)
    • ‘Organisational’  75.2% (20 questions)

    The pass mark for AKT 17 was set at 132 with pass rates as below:

    Candidates (numbers)

    Pass rate

    All candidates (1248)

    68.7%

    ST2 first-time takers (755)

    79.6%

    ST3 first-time takers (115)

    71.3%

    For the sake of transparency we also report the other key statistics from this test:

    • Reliability  (Cronbach a coefficient) = 0.92
    • Standard error of measurement = 5.73

    Learning resources including the new AKT Content Guide

    In the last feedback, we referred to the AKT Content Guide, which is a learning resource to be used alongside the curriculum and is intended as an aid to preparation for the AKT exam. This is available at http://www.rcgp.org.uk/gp-training-and-exams/mrcgp-exam-overview/mrcgp-applied-knowledge-test-akt.aspx#content.  The document is quite long and may appear a little daunting at first glance.  We recommend that candidates and trainers use the lists of symptoms and topics to assess educational needs and obtain an overview of those areas which may need more attention. We also recommend that trainees and trainers pay particular attention to the introduction to the Content Guide which provides information on topic importance and the level of detail required.

    The lists in Sections 2 (Research, statistics and epidemiology) & 3 (Administration, ethical and regulatory frameworks) are more detailed to help candidates know what topics may be tested.  However, candidates should remember that there are only 20 questions on each of these sections in the AKT.

    We welcome feedback on the AKT in general and we would be especially pleased to receive comments on the Content Guide and how it could be improved, as this is a new resource.

    In addition, candidates should consider looking at the Essential Knowledge Updates and Essential Knowledge Challenge sections of the RCGP website as part of their preparation for the AKT, as well as referring to the more familiar resources of NICE, SIGN and others.  In particular, we would highlight the use of the BNF for guidance on prescribing, including the more general information in the opening chapters. 

    Performance in key clinical areas - AKT 17

    Providing feedback which is educationally useful but which does not undermine the security of test items is never easy. However we have below highlighted general areas of good performance, as well as areas where there is room for improvement.  Both Curriculum and Content Guide references are given.

    Improvements

    We again noted improvement in items about contraception, but this did not extend to LARC (long-acting reversible contraception) (3.06 Women`s health, p.37 Content Guide, Sexual health which overlaps with Women’s health p. 39). Candidates also appeared more familiar with occupational health requirements (2.03 The GP in the wider professional environment, p. 48 Content Guide, Administration, ethical and regulatory frameworks).

    Paediatric items were generally answered better but there are still difficulties with recognition of “normal” which has been flagged up a number of times before in this feedback (3.04 Care of children and young people, p. 43  Content Guide, Children and young people).  More generally, candidates are reminded that in addition to item scenarios sometimes describing  a “normal” presentation, there will also be some items relating, for example, to clinical   management where “ no action required”  may be the correct answer.

    Areas causing difficulty for candidates

    Curriculum Statement 3.04 Care of children and young people (p. 43  Content Guide, Children and young people)

    We referred above to difficulties candidates appear to encounter in identification of what is normal in children.  We also noted a lack of familiarity with the management of childhood asthma, which is particularly concerning as this is such a common clinical problem. The British Thoracic Society Guideline on the Management of Asthma was last revised in January 2012  and sets out in detail the management of asthma in adults and children, which differs between the two in certain important areas.

    Curriculum statement 2.02 Patient safety and quality of care,  (p.33 Content Guide, Pharmaco-therapeutics, as well as most of the clinical areas in both content guide and curriculum)

    Candidates had some difficulty recognising adverse effects of common drugs. There were also problems in identifying the appropriate use of antibacterial agents. In addition, candidates were not familiar with requirements relating to use and administration of drugs by non-prescribers in the practice. Lack of knowledge in clinical areas can often be addressed in day-to-day practice but trainers may need to be more proactive in facilitating the learning of trainees around administrative topics.

    Once again, questions about drug doses and calculations were included and although candidates are becoming familiar with these questions, there is still room for improvement in performance.

    Curriculum statements 3.06 Women`s health, 3.13 Digestive health (p.39 Content Guide Women`s health and p.14 Digestive problems

    The difficulties identified here relate to screening and diagnosis of common cancers such as breast and colorectal. Candidates should bear in mind that items in the AKT relate to usual and evidence-based practice which they will be encountering in their clinical work.

    Curriculum statement 3.17 Care of people with metabolic problems  (p.27 Content Guide, Metabolic and endocrine problems)

    We reproduce below our feedback from AKT 16 which sadly continues to apply in AKT 17.  Please re-read!

    In the last feedback, we noted that diagnosis of diabetes appeared to have improved. However, in AKT 16 there were again difficulties in interpreting test results. It is very likely that similar items will appear in subsequent tests. We would suggest that candidates carefully review this aspect of diabetes care which will become even more significant in daily work as the prevalence of diabetes increases.  

    Misconduct

    Although misconduct in professional examinations is rare, we would warn candidates that it is taken very seriously and a full investigation of any allegation will be undertaken, including reviewing CCTV footage taken in the test centres.  The MRCGP examination regulations and the code of conduct for AKT and CSA assessments give detailed information about misconduct, including the possible penalties for misconduct, in the expectation that candidates will exercise an approach consistent with standards expected by the General Medical Council.

    http://www.rcgp.org.uk/gp-training-and-exams/mrcgp-exam-overview/mrcgp-regulations-reviews-appeals-and-complaints.aspx

    AKT Core group February 2013 - Comments or questions can be sent to: exams@rcgp.org.uk

    Posted March 5th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Pulse need your help!

    I'm writing to ask whether one of the GP training leaders at the deanery might be available to write 300 words of advice for GP partners on a specific GP 'dilemma'.

    The scenario is: You are the trainer for a GP trainee whose work is borderline passable. He is the first GP trainee you have been responsible for. You believe you should not pass him for the Workplace Based Assessment (WBPA) he has spent with you, but you have never had to fail a trainee before. You know this is a sensitive matter and anecdotally, you have heard that it can be very 'messy' for all parties. What should you do?

    Would someone be able to write a short paragraph on their advice by 6th March? If so, we'd need your response and your photo emailed over. Please note, it is critical the author sends a photo of themself, as we cannot publish the article without it.

    As part of the re-design we're launching a new online article, the Dilemma, to run once a week. One of the four weekly articles will be published in the monthly issue. Like the old Practice Dilemma, the new Dilemma will feature a tough scenario from a GP partner, but in the new format we will run three expert opinions on the scenario, rather than one. This gives each expert the chance to put his or her skills in context, and for the reader to enjoy a more rounded approach to the problem. Here's an example of one about palliative care and one about renting to a complementary therapist

    Best wishes

    Ellie, Assistant features editor, Pulse magazine. ellie.broughton@briefingmedia.com   t: 0207 33 22 912

    Posted March 5th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Centre for Workforce Intelligence national road shows

    Dear All,

    Here is an invitation to attend one of the CfWI national road shows. I imagine the event in Bristol on Monday 8th April will be of most local interest.

    • London Thursday 14 March 2013, 2pm – 5pm
    • Leicester Tuesday 19 March 2013 , 2pm – 5pm
    • Leeds Wednesday 20 March 2013, 2pm – 5pm
    • Bristol Monday 8 April 2013, 2pm – 5pm

    Details of the events and registration are available here  

    CfWI are currently tasked with forecasting the NHS’s future need for trained general practitioners across England. They are interested both in numbers and in the skills that future GPs will need.

    This is obviously a key chance for those involved in GP speciality training and those who will be shortly qualifying as GPs to have a say in the debate.

    In 10 years time I am rather hoping to have retired - however those of you in your 20s, 30s and 40s will have a strong interest in the NHS getting this “right”!

    As such I can confirm that the school is happy to consider attendance by GPSTRs for half a day as “professional leave” - subject of course to the agreement from your current clinical supervisor to be released.

    I hope to see lots of you there.

    Best Wishes,

    Bill Irish, Director of GP Education and Head of School

    Posted February 28th 2013 (5 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:

    www.hee.nhs.uk/work-programmes/btbc/role-of-trainee

    Applications close 12 noon Tuesday 2 April 2013.

    Good luck

    Dr. Howard Ryland

    Clinical Fellow

    Posted February 26th 2013 (5 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 22nd 2013 (5 years ago)

    Skills based training programme

    For all ST3+ Trainees

    We are now running a well-established “skills” based training programme for Educational Supervisors.  There are a small number of places available on the events listed below and therefore we would like to extend this opportunity to senior specialty trainees.   All enquiries and bookings for the events can be made by contacting: Tracy Baudains

    Event(s)

    Aims/Objectives

    Dates and venues

    Influence of Culture on Learning and Performance Workshop

    09.00-16.00 approximately

     

    Objectives:
    To raise awareness about the influence of culture on attitudes towards learning, performance, and continuing professional development.  To consider cultural dimensions in managing the educational and supervisory relationship 

    Outcomes:
    At the conclusion of the Workshop we anticipate participants will have more understanding of how culture can influence perceptions of learning and professional development and begin to consider how that understanding is translated into workshop practice where there are concerns about performance 

    Monday 18th March 2013 at Engineers House, Clifton, Bristol

    Tuesday 19th March 2013 at Engineers House, Clifton, Bristol

    Group Facilitation Skills Workshop

     09.30-17.00 approximately

    Aim:
    To enable participants to facilitate a small group

    Objectives:
    Know some theory of groups, including life stages of a group and understand some methods for promoting good working of a small group; understand some strategies for dealing with dysfunctional behaviours in a group; learn some exercises for small groups; practise small group facilitation skills, including starting and finishing a group session. 

    Wednesday 13th March 2013 at Bristol Watershed 

    Leadership

    09.30-17.00 approximately

    Aim:
    To help Educational Supervisors be more knowledgeable and skilled at assisting medical trainees in developing their leadership abilities.

    Objectives:
    Describe what effective educational and medical leadership is; Summarise their own leadership strengths and development needs ;Outline how leadership is positioned in specialist curricula and the Severn Deanery approach to developing their leadership abilities Describe the NHS medical leadership competencies and how to access them ;Outline how to evaluate a trainee’s leadership ability at the first educational appraisal or placement meeting; Summarise methods for assessing the leadership knowledge and skills of medical trainees

    Tuesday 5th March 2013 at Eastwood Park

    Posted February 22nd 2013 (5 years ago)

    £100,000 for doctors in training

    For all Trainees:

    Health Education England’s Better Training Better Care (BTBC) programme has £100,000 to fund innovative ideas and projects that impact nationally on the role of trainees in medical education and training, and in turn patient care.

    The projects must be trainee-led in England, have a positive impact on trainee’s learning and development and meet one or more of the following recommendations:

    • 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.

    From apps or training, to databases or mentoring, we’re interested in hearing about your idea. For more information, please visit www.hee.nhs.uk/work-programmes/btbc/role-of-trainee or contact the BTBC team for an application form on hee.btbc@nhs.net  or 020 8433 6862.

    Applications close 12 noon, Tues 2 April 2013.

    Posted February 19th 2013 (5 years ago)

    RCGP International Opportunities

    The RCGP has been working actively at an international level for over 60 years and is currently engaged in some exciting overseas projects. We are delighted to be offering the following international opportunities. 

    For more information about how to get involved in our international work, or if you are interested in becoming an international representative on your local faculty, please contact us.

    The current projects are:

    • Volunteer to help save lives in Sierra Leone
    • International Travel Scholarships
    • Call for nominations: 2013 WONCA Europe 5 Star Doctor Award
    • Medecins Sans Frontieres

    Click here for full details

     

    Posted February 19th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Blog for Pulse!

    Are there any ST1 or ST2 trainees who might be interested in blogging for Pulse? We are looking for around ~400 words fortnightly - not a big commitment but enough to be worth mentioning in end of year reviews, student politics and on CVs.

    Unfortunately we don't offer a stipend but good bloggers are asked to stay on once they qualify, and can be commissioned for paid opinion articles if they show promise.  Please get in touch with me (by phone/email) if you're interested.

    Best wishes

    Ellie,
    Assistant features editor, Pulse magazine | t: 0207 33 22 912 | Twitter: @___ellie   ellie.broughton@briefingmedia.com

    With regards to the post about being a Pulse Blogger- I have been one of three Pulse Bloggers since April 2012 and would be happy to chat to anyone if they are interested in it.  Cheers, Dr A Chakrabarti GPST3 Swindon drachakrabarti@gmail.com

    Posted February 11th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Topical Tip for February

    February 2013

    Tip: When assessing a consultation using the COT (Consultation Observation Tool), ask your Registrar to self-assess each area of consulting, and then compare with your own assessments.

    Reason this may be useful: Self-assessment is a good way of encouraging the Registrar to develop insight into their consulting style. If they have used a particular consulting technique which was effective, it can be useful for them to reflect on this, and say why and how it was effective. We can then point out additional areas where the Registrar demonstrated good consulting skills. If the Registrar notices areas that were not so effective, they can see why we might mark them as ‘needing further development’, and this may encourage them to discuss how they could develop their skills. By making independent assessments, then comparing and discussing, the Registrar is more involved in analysing their own consulting skills, and identifying areas they wish to develop.

    With thanks to Damian Kenny FRCGP FHEA Cert Med Ed GMC No. 2702256 Community Education Advisor in General Practice for Gloucestershire, Severn Deanery Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Posted February 11th 2013 (5 years ago)

    AKT Preparation Course 7th March 2013

    For all ST2 and ST3 Trainees:

    If you have not yet booked your place on the AKT Preparation Course on 7th March 2013 – at Engineers House, Bristol, please do so now. This is the last opportunity to do this course before the next AKT Preparation Course planned for September 2013.

    Please complete and return the booking form. with your deposit cheque (post dated 7th March 2013). Severn Deanery / Severn Faculty RCGP delegates have special arrangements regarding this course as detailed on the booking form. Other delegates should book this course via the online booking system on the RCGP Website.

    If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us via the contact details below.
    Best regards,

    Karen Cheriton, Event Administrator, Severn Faculty RCGP
    severn@rcgp.org.uk

    Posted February 11th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Leonardo EURACT course level 1 for trainers in Family Medicine

    Leonardo EURACT course level 1
    for trainers in Family Medicine

    NEW EDITION!

    21-23 March 2013, Krakow, Poland

    Dear Madame/Sir,

    On behalf of the European Academy of Teachers in General Practice and Family Medicine (EURACT) we have the pleasure of inviting you to participate in the new edition of the Leonardo EURACT course level 1 for trainers in Family Medicine.

    The course is aimed at entrants to practice based teaching with no or limited prior teaching skills training. Its main objectives are to improve the level of one-to-one teaching in European countries, to ensure dissemination of knowledge and skills by course participants in their own countries and to stimulate development of FM teaching in participating countries.

    The course will be held in beautiful city of Krakow (Poland) on 21-23 March 2013.

    THERE ARE STILL PLACES AVAILABLE!!!

    All organizational information are available at: www.zizce.edu.pl/leonardoeuract
    In case of any inquiries please feel free to contact at: Leonardo@zizce.edu.pl

    Kind regards,
    Leonardo EURACT course level 1 for trainers in Family Medicine

    Organizational Office: 

    ZiZ Educational Centre Ltd.

    Kołłątaja 16/4 Str. 31-502 Krakow, Poland Phone: +48 504 479 161

    Posted February 11th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Future masterclasses

    For all Faculty Members:

    We have now arranged the next few master classes, which are as follows:

    Master Class

    Speaker(s)

    Date

    Venue

    Communicating with Professionals

    Collette Dorward

    20th March 2013

    Deanery House

    Mindfulness

    Dr Julia Walland &Dr Alice Malpass

    16th May 2013

    Old School Rooms, Stoke Gifford, Bristol

    Ethics

    Dr Havi Carel

    4th July 2013

    Deanery House

    Motivation and Leadership

    Professor Adrian Furnham

    25th September 2013

    Deanery House

    For further details of each of the master classes please click here.  To book a place please email Tracy Baudains 

    Posted February 1st 2013 (5 years ago)

    2013 Teaching workshop for GPs in training

    Sent on behalf of the University of Bristol, Primary Health Care Teaching Office - for all Educational and Clinical Supervisors and ST2 Trainees

    We are pleased to offer GPs in training an opportunity to develop their teaching skills. 

    This workshop is intended for GPs in Training who would like to teach medical students in their GP practice for 4 sessions in the academic year 2013-14. Teaching medical students is great for developing your teaching skills and revising your clinical skills for your CSA exam. Something else to add to your CV?

    Further information and booking details

    Posted January 31st 2013 (5 years ago)

    Miss Polly had a dolly

    I’m a GP registrar currently on maternity leave. I’ve been trilling out nursery rhymes to my baby boy and, whilst I’ve enjoyed rediscovering the books I was read as a child, it’s also struck me that the image of the doctor in children’s writing is a far cry from the kind of doctor the NHS reforms risk creating. If the next generation are to have realistic patient expectations then we surely need to update our nursery rhymes. How about this for starters…

    Miss Polly had a dolly who was sick, sick, sick,
    So she called for the doctor to be quick, quick, quick,
    The doctor said, “I’m sorry Miss Polly but you see
    We’ve commissioned our home visits to a private company –
    They’ll be with you in a jiffy, they’ll help you in a tick,
    To access their service takes just one click
    On wwwvirtualcare.org
    They’ll turn your dolly’s room into a virtual ward.
    Spot diagnoses are their real forte
    (But only over Skype, else you’ll have to pay).

    Miss Polly said, “But doctor, she seems very ill,
    I’ve tried to give her Calpol but she won’t keep still.
    The internet’s for shopping not for primary care,
    Now please come out and visit or complaints I’ll prepare.”
    “Complaints? Oh, Miss Polly, don’t go down that route,
    Here, have the number of our conciliatory group;
    It’s just been set up by the new LMC
    To help maintain relations ‘tween the likes of you and me.”

    Miss Polly hung up. And with dolly on her knee,
    She joined the endless queues at her local A + E.

    Dr Lizzie Corbett submitted her poem to the Hippocrate Poetry Competition and has also had it accepted by the BJGP.

    Posted January 28th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Technology Scholar applications open

    For all ST3s

    The purpose of this Technology Scholar post is to offer a high performing GPST3 the opportunity to develop understanding and skills in information technology for the enhancement of education within the context of the NHS. Such skills will help equip the Scholar for future appointments within deaneries, universities and the NHS as a whole.

    Full information, person specification and applications details are here.

    Closing date is Monday, 18th February, 2013.

    Posted January 24th 2013 (5 years ago)

    BMA 2013 research grants are now available

    Sent on behalf of Nick Jestico, Severn Rep - GPC GP Trainees' Subcommittee

    The BMA was among the first of the professional bodies to award grants and prizes to encourage and further medical research. Today, around ten research grants are administered under the auspices of the Board of Science, all funded by legacies left to the BMA. Grants totalling approximately £500,000 are awarded annually. Applications are invited from medical practitioners and/or research scientists and are for either research in progress or prospective research.

    The 2013 research grants are now available to apply for online on the BMA website - www.bma.org.uk. The application deadline is 15 March 2013 at 5pm.

    Subject specifications for each grant vary. For example, in 2013, research areas range from rheumatism and arthritis, cardiovascular disease and cancer to neurological disorders and terminal care. For more information on the grants on offer in 2013 and details of how to apply, please see: www.bma.org.uk/researchgrants

    If you have any questions about the BMA research grants, or would like to receive alerts about them, please contact Hugh Garnett at info.sciencegrants@bma.org.uk  or telephone 020 7383 6755.

    And here's the GP Trainees Subcommittee Newsletter

    Posted January 24th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Over the Wall needs you!

    Sent on behalf of Natalie Marshall, Clinical Co-ordinator at Over the Wall Children's charity.

    More than two decades ago, Paul Newman had a vision: imagine if children living with serious illnesses had the chance to simply be children. To just have fun. So he started a camp where kids could, in his words, “raise a little hell.” Today, Paul’s legacy lives on in SeriousFun Children's Network.

    Over The Wall is part of this network; a UK charity who provides residential camps for children with serious illnesses, and their siblings. We give children one glorious week of experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun and empowering, in a safe environment.

    To do this, we rely on doctors like you giving up a week of your time, skills and experience. In return, we can give you a week of fun, friendship and achievement, memories that will stay with you forever and people who will inspire you.

    • Are you ST3 or above?
    • Are you practicing in paediatrics or general practice?
    • Are you registered with the GMC?
    • Do you have professional indemnity insurance?
    • Do you have current paediatric life support training?

    If the answer is YES, we would love to hear from you. Please apply here.  For more information please visit our website or contact Natalie@otw.org.uk

    2013 Camp dates

    • Sibling Camp, Dorset @ Bryanston School: Sunday 31st March - Thursday 4th April (New Med team arrive- 29th, returning med team- 30th)
    • Sibling Camp, Midlands @ Caythorpe Court: Sunday 26th - Thursday 30th May (New Med team arrive- 24th, returning med team- 25th) 
    • Sibling Camp, Scotland @ Glenalmond School: Monday 8th July – Friday 12th July (New Med team arrive- 6th, returning med team- 7th)
    • Serious Illness Camp, Scotland: Sunday 30th June - Friday 5th July (New Med team arrive- 28th, returning med team- 28th)
    • Serious Illness Camp, Dorset week 1 @ Bryanston School: Sunday 21st - Friday 26th July (New Med team arrive- 19th, returning med team- 20th)
    • Serious Illness Camp, Dorset week 2 @ Bryanston School: Monday 29th July - Saturday 3rd August (New Med team arrive- 27th, returning med team- 28th)
    • Serious Illness Camp, Midlands @ Whitemoor Lakes: Sunday 18th - Friday 23rd August (New Med team arrive- 16th, returning med team- 17th)
    • Family camps (weekend) in Scotland, North East, Midlands and South of England to be confirmed

    Posted January 17th 2013 (5 years ago)

    RCGP UK wide awards - applications now open!

    GP Enterprise Awards - Deadline 4 February 2013

    Organised by RCGP and GP Newspaper, these awards publicise ideas from general practice that can be easily replicated around the UK. 
    Details and entry form for GP Enterprise are available here.

    Paul Freeling Award Deadline: end of February each year

    Award or awards of up to £1,000 for innovative or meritorious work in the field of vocational training for general practice.
    Paul Freeling Award entry form

    RCGP-SAPC Annual Elective Prize - Deadline in two stages

    Deadline end of February each year - Stage One: Local Adjudication: applications to be sent to the appropriate University Department of General Practice or Primary Care.

    Deadline: end of March each year - Stage Two: National Adjudication: University Departments of General Practice or Primary Care to submit the best overall application by a medical student to the Royal College of General Practitioners’.

    An award of £500 towards an elective in general practice. Open to all undergraduate medical students in the UK. Each department of general practice or primary care can submit the name of one student. 
    Details and entry form

    Adolescent Healthcare Award Deadline 31 May 2013

    In memory of Dr Kathy Phipps. Award of £2,500 and a commemorative plaque for a GP or practice who has demonstrated a significant innovation or improvement in the standard of care provided for young people over the previous two years. The award presented at the RCGP’s AGM 
    Details and entry form  

    Application details of all College Awards are also available on the website

    Posted January 17th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Severn Faculty Winter 2012/13 Newsletter

    Welcome to the new and improved RCGP Severn Faculty bulletin (formerly known as newsletter). We really hope you like the new improved format.

    Posted January 16th 2013 (5 years ago)

    British Society for Sexual Medicine Conference at RSM 8th Feb 2013 - FREE Places

    Dear GP Trainees,

    8th February, 2013 at the Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London. W1G 0AE

    The British Society for Sexual Medicine (BSSM) has held day congresses on an annual basis for many years. This year we wanted to make an effort in attracting Doctors who are starting out on their career pathway. Sexual medicine is relevant to all Doctors whatever their specialism however some juniors have commented that they are not confident in coping with such patients when they present. To this end we have managed to acquire financial support so that we could offer a limited number of free places to GP trainees that are available on a first come first served basis. If you would like to apply for a place please contact Sally Hackett.

    Full details and an application form are here

    Yours sincerely,

    Dr David Edwards, President BSSM

    Posted January 15th 2013 (5 years ago)

    AKT presentation for supervisors and AKT content guide

    Dear Examiner, 

    Please be advised that the AKT presentation for trainers has been updated and can be found here under "Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) resources"

    Before Christmas we sent round the following link to the new AKT Content Guide.  If there is any feedback that you would like to give on the new guide, please do send this on to exams@rcgp.org.uk.

    Many thanks,

    Amanda West | Knowledge Test Manager | Exams and Assessment | Tel: 020 3188 7621

    Posted January 15th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) One-Day Preparation Course for the MRCGP Exam

    For all Trainees : Book your place now!

    Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) One-Day Preparation Course for the MRCGP Exam on 7th March 2013 at Engineers House, Bristol. BS8 3NB

    Please email the Severn Faculty Administrators at Severn@rcgp.org.uk  to obtain a registration form.

    Sent on behalf of the Severn Faculty

    Posted January 15th 2013 (5 years ago)

    The Eric Gambrill Awards 2013

    For all APDs,TPDs and Educational Supervisors

    Applications are invited for up to two Eric Gambrill Travelling Fellowships, to be awarded in Spring 2013. The value of each Award is £3,000.

    Those eligible for the Award will be fully trained and practising UK general medical practitioners.

    In recognition of Dr. Eric Gambrill’s interest in general practice, education and travel, the successful applicants will be expected to undertake a study or project as part of his/her professional career development.

    The closing date for the receipt of applications is 07 April 2013.

    Application forms and further information may be obtained on Eric Gambrill Memorial Fund website, or from:

    The Honorary Secretary to the Trustees, Eric Gambrill Memorial Fund, Altyre House, Church Lane, Grayshott, Hindhead, Surrey GU26 6LY

    Posted January 14th 2013 (5 years ago)

    The Clinical Teacher - Editor Vacancy

    Following the completion of Professor Stephen Trumble’s 4 year term as Editor, ASME and Wiley-Blackwell are seeking a new Editor for the journal The Clinical Teacher to take up the position in July 2013.

    The main role of the Editor is to develop the journal to make it ever more useful to clinicians and practitioners involved in the education of doctors and medical students. The potential readership is high and we wish to see the journal reach teaching practitioners not currently aware of the current trends in academic research in medical education.

    The Editor has full editorial freedom within ASME’s Constitution and as set out in the WAME guidelines on editorial independence. Wiley-Blackwell and ASME are co-owners of the journal.

    The closing date for applications is 5pm (GMT) Thursday 28th February 2013. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 20th March 2013 in London, UK. Successful applicants will be informed of their invitation to interview by Wednesday 6th March 2013.

    Applications should be emailed to ASME’s Chief Executive Officer by the deadline and should include:

    • a brief CV
    • a covering letter outlining what relevant experience and expertise you think you can bring to the role
    • presentational material in the form of PowerPoint slides, handouts or other media which you should use to highlight and add to your written application in conveying a vision for the journal and how you would like to see it develop over the next three years.

    Further details can be obtained by clicking here, or alternatively, contacting ASME’s Chief Executive Officer as follows:

    Miss Nicky Pender | Chief Executive Officer | ASME, 12 Queen Street | Edinburgh | EH2 1JE, UK

    Telephone: +44 (0)131 225 9133
    Mobile: 07968 862 755

    Posted January 11th 2013 (5 years ago)

    The Kuenssberg Award 2013 - Applications Invited

    The RCGP Kuenssberg Award is given for high quality full cycle audit projects which demonstrate a change in clinical practice or service improvement as a direct result of the audit.

    Applications are welcomed from Associates in Training (AiT) or RCGP members within their first five years of general practice. Five awards are given each year for outstanding audit projects completed by early stage general practitioners.

    Each award winner is encouraged to present their audit findings at conferences, to work with CIRC and/or shadow the CIRC Chair, Head or Medical Director and receives £1000 covering related travel costs and conference fees.

    Deadline for nomination: 12 April 2013

    For more information visit the RCGP website and scroll down to the relevant section.

    Posted January 7th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Topical Tip for January

    Tip: Open more than one view when doing the ESR (Educational Supervisor’s Review)

    Reason this may be useful: When writing the review, it is often helpful to look at several areas in order to collate evidence when assessing each competence. Although it is possible to click back and forth using the navigation arrows, this can become confusing and tedious. We can open up several views of the e-portfolio by right-clicking one of the sections in the list on the left hand side of the screen. For example, right-click on ‘Learning Log’ and then select ‘Open link in new tab’. Then it is easy to click on the tabs to move back and forth between the particular competence that we are reviewing and the learning log. Similarly, we could right click on ‘Evidence’ to have a third tab available. By opening up several views, each with their own tab, it is easy to move back and forth throughout the e-portfolio, whilst maintaining our focus on the one specific competence that we are writing about at the time.

    With thanks to Damian Kenny FRCGP FHEA Cert Med Ed GMC No. 2702256 Community Education Advisor in General Practice for Gloucestershire, Severn Deanery Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Posted January 7th 2013 (5 years ago)

    International Medical Graduates NHS Induction Programme 2013

    Sent on behalf of Deepak Gupta MS, DLO, FRCS (OTO), Consultant ENT Surgeon & Director of Medical Education, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

    Dear all

    I am writing to solicit your support for the ‘ International Medical Graduate Induction Programme’ being organised jointly by the Severn Deanery, General Medical Council and the Great Western Hospital, Swindon. As you know IMGs form a disproportionate number of Doctors in Difficulty. Part of the problem is lack of understanding of a new workplace and culture, and not infrequently language, accent etc. Ideally we feel that all IMGs should have an induction before starting their first job in UK; perhaps it should be mandatory for GMC Registration. This is something the GMC is looking into but to begin with we are starting this course which would emphasize not only on GMCs Good Medical Practice as the foundation, but also on cultural differences , specially at the workplace, towards colleagues and patients. Clearly such an induction at the outset would pay the NHS and individual Trusts massive dividends in terms of a well informed and inspired workforce, with less friction and complaints.

    We propose all IMGs who are within 2 years of practicing in UK should participate and would benefit from the course. There is no charge for the course but I would request you to facilitate the participation and travel of the IMGs.

    Thanks for your support in anticipation.

    Date:  27th February – 1st March 2013

    Venue:  Marsh Farm Hotel, Royal Wootton Bassett Swindon Wiltshire SN4 8ER

    This comprehensive 3-day programme includes:

    • Focus on GMC Good Medical Practice
    • Cultural integration of non-UK doctors into the NHS
    • Communications skills workshops
    • Helping IMGs adapt to UK working practices and way of life

    Price: £Free (lunch included)

    For further information and to book a place on the course please contact:  luke.newman@gwh.nhs.uk or phone01793 604432

    Posted January 7th 2013 (5 years ago)

    GP Trainee Prize in Musculoskeletal Medicine

    For all trainees doing/have recently done rheumatology and their clinical supervisors

    Dear colleagues,

    Once again we are pleased to announce the Arthritis Research UK GP Trainee Prize in Musculoskeletal Medicine.

    The purpose of this prize is to encourage study and interest in musculoskeletal medicine. The prize is open to any General Practice Specialty Trainee on a UK Training Programme. To enter, applicants should submit a piece of original work (up to 3,000 words) in the field of musculoskeletal medicine. This could be an:

    • Audit
    • Critical appraisal
    • Case-based discussion
    • Significant event analysis
    • Service development

    Each regional winner will receive a year’s membership of the Primary Care Rheumatology Society (PCRS) plus entry and up to £250 towards expenses to attend the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) annual conference. In addition, all regional winners will be entered into a national competition for a chance to win a prize of £500.

    The closing date for submissions is Wednesday 19 June 2013. To read more about the prize, including our suggestions for audits and case-based discussions, please visit our website or email d.lakin@arthritisresearchuk.org.

    You may also be interested in...

    Posted January 7th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Internship Opportunity at Centre for Sustainable Health

     For all trainees

    The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH) is looking for an intern to help us organise a major conference in sustainable healthcare next year.

    CSH and Health Care Without Harm Europe are holding the fourth European CleanMed Conference in Oxford, UK on September 17th, 18th & 19th 2013. CleanMed Europe is the leading conference focusing on sustainable health care, and is the only event where about 450 health care sustainability professionals come together from Europe and beyond to share problems and solutions, ideas and innovations.

    The intern will work closely with the CSH team, gaining experience in administration, as well as event management, and will be responsible for liaising directly with external contacts in the UK and internationally. They will gain knowledge in new developments within sustainable healthcare and are offered the chance to meet leading experts in the field.

    For more information please click here or contact Ingeborg Steinbach

    Posted January 7th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Postgraduate bursaries available for faculty staff

    For all Faculty members

    Start the New Year with a personal development resolution!!

    There are a few Deanery bursaries remaining for SoPC faculty to take the University of Bath programme towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MSc in Primary Care.

    Fees are paid in full by the School and you can also claim credit for previous postgraduate study, such as medical education or professional clinical qualifications, thus fast-tracking to a Bath degree.

    The new module Common Musculoskeletal Conditions in Primary Care, starts on 14 January and is also free to faculty staff. The module includes clinical examination and joint injection techniques and provides online access to three key e-books in musculoskeletal medicine, sports injuries and joint injections, and to Anatomy.tv the online 3-D Anatomy resource.

    If you are interested please contact the Director of Studies, Tim Bilham, as soon as possible.

    Posted January 2nd 2013 (5 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.

    http://www.gmc-uk.org/SGPC___CCT_flyer___DC3249.pdf_50700429.pdf

    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 13th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Medical Humanities and General Practice Research and Education Workshop

    Date: 14th March 2013

    Venue: Royal College of General Practitioners, Euston Road, London. NW1 2FB

    The aims of this Education and Research Workshop will be to:

    • Introduce participants to the idea of medical humanities
    • Outline ways in which ideas from this field can influence key issues for contemporary general practice
    • Discuss how best to integrate these ideas into current educational programmes for the benefit of current and future practitioners
    • Indicate ways in which practitioners may get involved in medical humanities research
    • Develop specific proposals by which medical humanities ideas would take forward research in general practice.

    Places are limited so please register soon!  Full details and booking instructions here

    Posted December 10th 2012 (6 years ago)

    ARCP Panel dates 2014

    2014 ARCP Dates for GP Trainees

    This is the confirmed list of dates for the 2014 GP ARCP Panels.

    The majority of ARCP Panels are held in June and July, however for LTFT trainees, and those who have become 'out of sync' because of maternity leave or OOPE, we hold mini panels throughout the year.

    You will receive an email approximately 6 weeks before your ARCP Panel outlining the training period to be reviewed and the date of submission for your evidence. This email will be copied to your educational supervisor.

    You are not required to attend the ARCP Panel.  

    However, if you are unfortunate enough to receive an unfavourable ARCP Outcome, you and your educational supervisor will be invited to attend a face to face interview at the Deanery on the second Wednesday following the ARCP Panel. 

    You'll find full information here

    Posted December 7th 2012 (6 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 (6 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 5th 2012 (6 years ago)

    New Severn Deanery Electronic Resource Locator

    For all qualified GPs.

     

    Severn Deanery is pleased to launch the Electronic Resource Locator.  This is a single web-based resource for all medical CPD activities in Severn.

    If you’re a member of a local Education Provider Organisation (EPO), reciprocal arrangements exist for you to attend any EPO meeting in Severn. Now, as the site is being populated, you can access events on a single site.

    Not only that, using the Electronic Resource Locator facility, you can search for appropriate educational events based on any learning needs identified, including those from your appraisal.

    The ERL has been developed as an offshoot of the Severn Appraisal Toolkit, but is freely accessible to everyone.

    A more detailed user guide is downloadable here. 

    Posted December 4th 2012 (6 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.

    Background

    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.

    Issues

    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.

    Position

    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.

    Equality

    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

    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

    Colleges/Deaneries

    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.

    Trainees

    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 (6 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.

    Background

    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);

    And

    (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.

    Issues

    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.

    Implementation

    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.

    Performance

    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.

    Guidance

    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 December 4th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Topical Tip

    December 2012

    Tip: Take your Registrar with you on a visit to a local place of interest, for example local museum, heritage centre, library, Art Centre, etc.

    Reason this may be useful: Registrars are often living and working in an area which is new to them; they are frequently working hard, and studying in their spare time. Visiting a local place of interest can give them an insight into the local area, its history and culture, and they can see some of the local factors which affect the lives of their patients. It can also help Registrars to maintain or develop an interest outside of medicine. As well as helping them to demonstrate their ‘Community Orientation’ competency, this can also help Registrars to maintain a healthy work-life balance by thinking about aspects of life away from their work.

    With thanks to Damian Kenny FRCGP FHEA Cert Med Ed GMC No. 2702256 Community Education Advisor in General Practice for Gloucestershire, Severn Deanery Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Posted December 4th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Olivia Mort has recently returned from Himachal Pradesh and Uttarkhand in northern India.

    I have just come back from leg one of my OOPE. I spent the last month in the provinces of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarkhand in northern India in remote villages in the Himalayas to the east of Shimla. I was part of a group of 24 healthcare professionals, including doctors, medical students, a dentist and a pharmacist, all volunteering with “Himalayan Health Exchange” (HHE), an American NGO set up by an Indian expat from Shimla.  Read the full story

    Posted December 4th 2012 (6 years ago)

    New Learning Resource for the AKT

    For all supervisors and trainees:

    The new Curriculum was introduced in August 2012. The RCGP has prepared a new learning resource to complement the curriculum which essentially lists the topics that could be tested in the AKT.

    It is not an exhaustive list and inevitably it will need to be updated, but hopefully it will be helpful in defining the topics that candidates should be aware of, particularly in the areas of Evidence Interpretation including research, statistics and epidemiology, and Organisational questions which include administrative, statutory, ethical and regulatory frameworks.

    It is designed to be used in conjunction with the curriculum and is not a substitute for it.

    It may look daunting and is best to read the Introduction to understand its use. There are examples to show how topics relate to the curriculum.

    As this is a new resource, we welcome feedback about its content and use to mailto:exams@rcgp.org.uk

    Kind Regards,

    Sarah Atkinson | Quality Assurance Coordinator | Quality Assurance | Tel: 02031887641

    Posted November 27th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Pride in Practice - General Practitioner, Foundation Doctor and Trainee GP Workshop

    The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, as part of its Pride in Practice project invites General Practitioners, Foundation Doctors and Trainee GPs to its FREE workshop on the health needs and inequalities of your lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) patients.

    Date: Wednesday, 6th February, 2.00pm - 4.30pm

    Venue: The Lesbian & Gay Foundation Community Resource Centre, Number 5, Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF.

    The workshop will cover:

    • LGB Patient Health Inequalities
    • Coming Out as LGB
    • Sexual Orientation Monitoring
    • LGB Mental Health & Wellbeing
    • Cervical Screening for Lesbian & Bisexual Women
    • Drugs and Alcohol Misuse
    • LGB Support Services.

    Places are limited, to guarantee you place on this workshop RSVP by emailing dennis.baldwin@lgf.org.uk  or call 0845 3 30 30 30.

    Refreshments will be provided. Please let us know if you have any special dietary or access requirements.

    Pride in Practice is a benchmarking tool that identifies GP surgeries that are fully committed to assuring that their lesbian, gay and bisexual patients are treated fairly and able to discuss their issues openly with their GP or healthcare provider.

    Click here for more information and to register

    Posted November 27th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Application periods for the AKT & CSA open in the next two weeks

    Dear Colleagues, 

    28 November - 6 December 2012   AKT (30 January exam)  information and application link:
    http://www.rcgp.org.uk/gp-training-and-exams/mrcgp-exam-overview/mrcgp-applied-knowledge-test-akt.aspx

    6 - 14 December 2012  CSA (30 Jan - 9 Mar 2013)  information and application link:
    http://www.rcgp.org.uk/gp-training-and-exams/mrcgp-exam-overview/mrcgp-clinical-skills-assessment-csa.aspx

    Online bookings are through the new RCGP website and please note the following change:

    Candidates will only be able to apply for the exam if eligibility parameters are met; We have imbedded an automated check to verify eligibility, otherwise they cannot continue. There will be instances where we have to issue an override code for candidates sitting outside these parameters, i.e. out of programme attempts and GP Returners. We have a process in place to handle these calls/email and deal with them accordingly.

    The MRCGP regulations for 2012-2013, along with updated cancellation and eligibility policies are available online:

    Regards,

    Cindy Junge, Candidate Admissions and Database Officer | Exams and Assessment   Tel: 020 3188 7620

    Posted November 26th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Increasing Training Capacity - November, 2012

    For all Practice Managers and Supervisors:

    Dear All,

    Financial grants to support the development of additional training capacity in Severn Deanery

    The Severn Deanery is inviting applications for small-scale grants of up to £10,000 per project in order to increase training capacity in the Severn footprint. This invite is extended to current training practices as well as non-training practices.

    Each bid must increase the number of training placements available by at least 0.6 of a full time placement (i.e. for a less than full time trainee), or to allow one or more additional full time trainees. Bids might be spent on:

    • Minor changes to rooms
    • Equipment
    • Contributions towards alterations that would result in additional training places.

    The following link takes you to information on the bid process including a link to the application form

    We ask for applications to be completed by midnight on 14th December 2012.

    We anticipate making grants in several waves – with the first arriving in practices in time for Christmas! These will be sent electronically.

    You may well have questions about how to proceed. As such, the following is the key contact in your local area, who will be pleased to advise you further:

    Area

    Associate Postgraduate Dean

    E-mail

    Bath and West Wiltshire

    Becca Duffy

    rebecca.duffy@southwest.nhs.uk

    Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset

    Holly Hardy

    holly.hardy@southwest.nhs.uk

    Swindon and East Wiltshire

    Jon Elliman

    jon.elliman@googlemail.com

    Gloucestershire

    Jim Morison

    jim.morison@southwest.nhs.uk

    Somerset

    Steve Holmes

    steve.holmes@btinternet.com

    We all look forward to hearing from you.

    With all good wishes,

    Yours sincerely,

    Professor Bill Irish,

    Chairman, GP National Recruitment Office - Director of GP Education, Severn Deanery

    Posted November 26th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Clare Gerada, Chair of the RCGP: The future of general practice and what ‘the new’ NHS means for medical students

    For all trainees:

    GPSOC presents Clare Gerada, Chair of the RCGP: 

    The future of general practice and what ‘the new’ NHS means for medical students. 

    Although their will be some focus on medical students, we believe the talk will be interesting to all GPs and trainees.  Free drinks reception to follow!

    Date: December 4th 2012 8:00pm

    Location: E29, Medical Sciences Building, Bristol University BS8 1TD

    For further information and to confirm you would like to come please contact please email Sarah Norris, GPSOC president.

    Posted November 26th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Extension to GP European Exchange Leonardo Bursary Deadline!

    For all Severn Faculty GP Speciality Trainees and members within 5 years of completing training

    Just a quick reminder that the deadline for the Leonardo Bursary is approaching soon.

    The Leonardo Bursary Scheme is a fantastic educational opportunity for a First5/AIT to take part in a european exchange during 2013/14 which will be fully funded.

    We are committed to making sure that colleagues representing every faculty from across the country have a chance to benefit from this. So far we have had a great show of interest concentrated in certain parts of the UK. We want wider coverage!

    Therefore we have extended the deadline. To keep it fair, this deadline is extended for everyone. If you are interested click on the link http://tiny.cc/ukleonardo  and go to the bottom of the webpage for an application form and FAQs.

    Full details and conditions of the Hippokrates Exchange Programme

    THE NEW DEADLINE IS 30TH NOVEMBER 2012 MIDNIGHT

    Completed application forms/Queries to be emailed to Kim Chase      

    Best Wishes & Good Luck!

    The RCGP Junior International Committee Team

    Posted November 23rd 2012 (6 years ago)

    Ways to Assess Insight Workshop 23 Jan 2013

    For APDs/TPDs/Scholars/Fellows

    Please see invite below. If you would like to attend this workshop, please contact Anne Elliott , Medical Education Development Manager, Severn Deanery

    Dear All

    “Ways to Assess Insight” with Dr Megan Joffe.

    Wednesday 23rd January 2013, 9.30-12.30, in Oasis Dental (next door to the Severn Deanery).

    Megan Joffe is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with occupational and organisational psychology experience. She has been working almost exclusively with doctors for the last 7 years.  Her particular interests include assessment, development, facilitation and mediation. Megan is an assessor for the National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS). She works with doctors individually, and with groups of clinicians and their teams to help them resolve difficulties (professional, interpersonal, organisational) that might interfere with patient safety and high performance.

    This short interactive workshop will focus on understanding the importance of the assessment of insight as a fundamental consideration in the maintenance and improvement of the performance of doctors. It will highlight a working definition of insight that draws on the importance not only of self-awareness but of self-monitoring, empathy and motivation to change. The workshop will show how different sources of information contribute to the assessment of insight. The issue of isolation and its contribution to concerns about a practitioner as well as its role in remediation will be highlighted. Preliminary research results correlating MSF and Personality data will be shared.

    Posted November 22nd 2012 (6 years ago)

    Severn Trainees excel in CSA and AKT scores

    The summary tables from the RCGP 2011 annual QA report have demonstrated that our trainees had the highest average marks in Britain for both the CSA and particularly the AKT. We are only beaten by the clever Northern Irish. 

    Well done to all trainers, supervisors, TPDs and, of course, trainees for all your hard work. 

    John Edwards | APD Assessment

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    Posted November 20th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Major Incident Medical Management & Support Course

    Continuing the success of the 2011/2012 course programme these international courses have been designed by the Advanced Life Support Group (ALSG.org) and run by Disaster Management Training to provide Ambulance Staff, Clinicians, Senior Nurses, volunteers and BASICS Doctors with the skills necessary to command positions within a declared Major incident.

    2013 Dates: 6 April (1-­‐day), 26-­‐28 April (3-­‐day), 25-­‐26 May (2-­‐day), 29-­‐30 June (2-­‐day), 19-­‐21 July (3-­‐day), 9-­‐11 August (3-­‐day), 12 October (1-­‐day)

    Full details and application form

    Posted November 19th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Only a few places remaining on our CSA and AKT Preparation Courses

    For all trainees:

    Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) - One-Day Preparation Course for the MRCGP Exam - AKT : 29 November 2012 AKT : 7 March 2013

    Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) - Two-Day Preparation Course for the MRCGP Exam - CSA : 5/6 December 2012 CSA : 9/10 January 2013 

    Full Details

    These preparation courses are free to Severn Faculty trainees. Please contact Severn@rcgp.org.uk  for an application form.

    Sent on behalf of Sarah Rowntree | Faculty Event Administrator | Severn Faculty | Royal College of General Practitioners | Deanery House, Unit D | Vantage Business Park | Old Gloucester Road | Hambrook | Bristol BS16 1GW

    Posted November 19th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Sponsorship to attend the WONCA World Conference in Prague 25th - 29th June 2013

    Sponsorship for Severn Faculty GP Speciality Trainees and members within 5 years of completing training

    Severn Faculty RCGP with support from the Severn Deanery would like to offer sponsorship to attend the WONCA World Conference in Prague 25th - 29th June 2013.  The benefit of attending this conference is for young doctors to share experiences and forge links worldwide.

    Sponsorship is available for ST2, ST3 trainees and/or newly qualified GPs (first 5 years) to attend the conference in 2013. Entry is by competition, open to Severn Faculty trainees and “First 5” GPs. Unsuccessful applicants may consider applying for a Vasco da Gama bursary  

    Deadline 28th February 2013  Full information and application details

     

    Posted November 19th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Educational Supervisors Courses' 2013 - applications now open

    Applications are now open

    The next Prospective Educational Supervisors' (Trainers') Courses are

    The next 2 day Experienced Educational Supervisors' Courses are

    Posted November 19th 2012 (6 years ago)

    3 New Severn Deanery Masterclasses

    The Classes are for APDs only:

    •  Wednesday 28th November 2012 – GMC
    • Thursday 10th January 2013 – Reflective Writing
    • Wednesday 20th March 2013 – Motivation and Leadership

    For more information please click on the following link: http://www.severndeanery.nhs.uk/events/?subcategory=39&category=Seminars

    To book a place on any of these Master Classes please email Anne Elliott | Medical Education Development Manager | Severn Deanery

    Posted November 19th 2012 (6 years ago)

    University of Bath Postgraduate Bursaries Available

    For all trainees:

    There are a few Deanery bursaries remaining for the University of Bath Primary Care programme.

    The deadline for application is 14 December, 2013.  Online applications only.

    You can apply for any of the awards: MSc, PG Diploma or Certificate. It is predominantly offered online so attendance is only required for occasional clinical sessions and on some modules.

    You will pay £1000 in 2013, which is entirely reimbursed on completion. The Deanery pays the balance of fees, so this is a very attractive way to gain credit towards an MSc whist you are a trainee. The attached diagram shows some of the routes you can take.

    The offer is open to all current trainees.

    A new module, Common Musculoskeletal Conditions in Primary Care, starts in January and is likely to be popular so early application is advised.

    Although the deadline is 14 December you are advised to indicate your interest to the Director of Studies, Tim Bilham, as soon as possible.

    Primary Care Programme: Indicative Certificate/ Diploma routes

    Posted November 14th 2012 (6 years ago)

    TPD vacancy in Bath

    For all qualified GP supervisors:

    Application are now open for a TPD role in Bath – Full details and application form - job reference 970-TPDSEV112012

    The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 28th November 2012.

    Posted November 13th 2012 (6 years ago)

    GP specialty training posts applications now open!

    There are 135 GP ST1 posts available in the School of Primary Care, Severn Deanery from August 2013. This includes 3 GP ACF posts in Bristol.

    The person specification can be found on the GP NRO website.

    Applications can be made on the GP NRO website. Applications open at 9.00am on Monday 12th November 2012 and close at NOON on Friday 7th December 2012.

    Further information about GP training at the Severn Deanery is available here. There is also further information about the GP National Recruitment Process on the GP NRO website.

    Clare Whittle | GP Recruitment and Selection Manager (maternity cover)

    Posted November 13th 2012 (6 years ago)

    2013 Educational and Clinical Supervisors Conferences

    For all qualified GPs:

    We have 1 day conferences for educational and clinical supervisors in March and October, 2013

    Date: March 13th 2013 9:00am until 5:00pm  Location: Eastwood Park GL12 8DA Full details and booking form

    Date: October 9th 2013 9:00am until 5:00pm Location: Eastwood Park GL12 8DA Full details and booking form

    Posted November 13th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Extension to GP European Exchange Leonardo Bursary Deadline!

    For all Trainees:

    Dear All

    The Leonardo Bursary Scheme is a fantastic educational opportunity for a First5/AIT to take part in a european exchange during 2013/14 which will be fully funded.

    We are committed to making sure that colleagues representing every faculty from across the country have a chance to benefit from this. So far we have had a great show of interest concentrated in certain parts of the UK. We want wider coverage!

    Therefore we have extended the deadline. To keep it fair, this deadline is extended for everyone. If you are interested click here and go to the bottom of the webpage for the downloadable forms.

    THE NEW DEADLINE IS 30TH NOVEMBER 2012 MIDNIGHT

    Completed application forms/Queries to be emailed to Kim Chase 

    Where do I access more information about the Hippokrates Exchange Programme?

    Full details and conditions of the Hippokrates Exchange Programme

    Best Wishes & Good Luck from The RCGP Junior International Committee Team

    Posted November 13th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Severn Faculty RCGP & Severn Deanery - Conference & Careers Fair

    SAVE THE DATE!!

    Date:  10th April 2013

    Venue: Engineers House, Bristol, BS8 3NB

    The event is being organised by Emily Lake, Central Leadership Scholar, Severn Deanery and the Event Administrator from Severn Faculty RCGP

    Sent on behalf of Jane Lohmann | Severn Faculty Administrator | Severn Faculty | Royal College of General Practitioners

    Posted November 6th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Get Ahead - The essential GP trainee skills day

    For all Trainees: Sent on behalf of Nick Jestico, Severn area's representative on the BMA's GP Trainees' Subcommittee

    • Would you like to find out more about the variety of career paths offered in general practice, or get to grips with how best to manage your finances as a young GP?
    • Perhaps you need to polish up your CV, or improve your performance in interviews?
    • Maybe you just want to know more about the changes taking place within the NHS and how these are likely to affect you as you begin your career?

    Then come along to

    Get Ahead - The essential GP trainee skills day" on the 21 November at BMA House, London

    I look forward to my role over the next two years, and hope I am able to be of service during your training!

    Best wishes,
    Nick Jestico
    GP Trainee, Somerset

    Posted November 5th 2012 (6 years ago)

    GP Specialty Training Posts – Applications open 12th November 2012

    There are 135 GP ST1 posts available in the School of Primary Care, Severn Deanery from August 2013. This includes 3 GP ACF posts in Bristol.

    The person specification can be found on the GP NRO website.

    Applications can be made on the GP NRO website. Applications open at 9.00am on Monday 12th November 2012 and close at NOON on Friday 7th December 2012.

    Further information about GP training at the Severn Deanery is available here. There is also further information about the GP National Recruitment Process on the GP NRO website.

    Clare Whittle | GP Recruitment and Selection Manager (maternity cover)

    Posted November 5th 2012 (6 years ago)

    GP Academic Clinical Fellowship Posts – Applications open 12th November 2012

    There are 3 academic posts available in the School of Primary Care, Severn Deanery from August 2013 (ST1 intake). One post is NIHR funded and the other two are locally funded.

    The person specification for entry is common to all Deaneries in England.

    Applications for these highly competitive posts are made by completing both the standard GP training application and the additional academic training form on the GP National Recruitment Office (NRO) website. Applicants must demonstrate suitability for a clinical GP training programme in order to be considered for an academic programme. Those making an unsuccessful application for academic training will still be considered for a standard GP specialty training programme.

    Applications open at 9.00am on Monday 12th November 2012 and close at NOON on Friday 7th December 2012.

    Further information is available here and also on the Severn Deanery Clinical Academic Training website and on the GP NRO website.

     Clare Whittle | GP Recruitment and Selection Manager (maternity cover)

    Posted November 5th 2012 (6 years ago)

    New carpark barrier being installed at the Severn Deanery

    Dear all,

    We've got the builders in this week installing a car-park barrier here at the Deanery.

    Mind your feet!

    Posted November 5th 2012 (6 years ago)

    2nd Transformational Leadership, Collaborative Management and Health Economics Programme

    The Great Western Hospital, Severn Deanery and Keele University are presenting this programme for consultants, SAS, trainees, managers and other healthcare professionals.

    Dates:

    • 11-12 Feb 2013 Becoming an Effective Leader
    • 18-19 April, 2013 Managing the Business
    • 17 - 18 June, 2013 Innovation and Strategy in Healthcare

    Option 1: Full 6 day programme (36 CPD points)  Free for Severn Deanery Trainees

    Option 2: As above plus a project submission and presentation on final day £400 for Severn Deanery trainees

    Option 3: As above plus study of an extra taught module at Keele University £850 for Severn Deanery Trainees

     

    Venue: Clifton Pavilion Bristol Zoo Gardens BS8 3HA

    For further info and to book a place contact Luke Newman tel: 01793 604432

    Posted November 5th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Topical Tip for November, 2012

    For Trainees and Supervisors: When doing joint consultations, arrange the seating so that the observing doctor has a clear view of the consulting doctor.

    Reason this may be useful: The purpose of a joint consultation is for the observing doctor to observe specific behaviours of the consulting doctor. If we arrange the seating in a suitable way, this enhances the ability of the observer to notice details about the consulting doctor. Because we are usually focused on observing the patient, it is common for the observing doctor to watch the patient, and not notice details of the consulting doctor's behaviour. Although the observing doctor may be behind the patient, and therefore not able to see details of the patient's body language etc, if the observer has a clear view of the consulting doctor then they are more able to focus on the doctor, and notice the details of the doctor’s eye contact, body language, gestures, etc.

    With thanks to Damian Kenny FRCGP FHEA Cert Med Ed GMC No. 2702256 Community Education Advisor in General Practice for Gloucestershire, Severn Deanery Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Posted October 31st 2012 (6 years ago)

    Wellcome Trust Clinical Primers Scheme

    For All ST1 and ST2 Trainees:

    Dear All,

    We would like to draw your attention to the second Wellcome Trust Clinical Primers Scheme which will begin in 2013. Supported by a Wellcome Trust 'Institutional Strategic Support Fund' award, the Scheme is aimed at clinical graduates. Successful candidates will undertake six months of  biomedical research "primer" projects at the University of Bristol, with a view to preparing them up for a PhD fellowship application.

    This scheme will be advertised in the Lancet and the BMJ (Clinical Research) on 10 November and we ask that you encourage strong potential candidates to apply. The deadline for applicants is 12 December, and interviews are expected to be held late in January 2013.

    Please note that in contrast to the 2012 Scheme, we will be matching candidates to projects and supervisors after shortlisting, when we know what the candidates' interests are.

    Applicants must be fully-qualified medical doctors, entitled to work within the European Economic Area (EEA) and will have started, or be ready to start, their specialist training (in which case the project will be undertaken as an out of program module).

    Projects will be interdisciplinary in nature and so will be co-supervised by clinical and non-clinical members of staff. The training period is negotiable (range 3-6 months) and will allow time for one clinical session per week, if applicable.

    Application form

    Please email queries to wellcome-admin@bristol.ac.uk

    Kind Regards

    Lindsey Gaunt On behalf of Jeremy Tavaré (Director, Elizabeth Blackwell Institute)

    Posted October 30th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Thinking of working in the Third World?

    For All Trainees: Study day November 23th 2012

    Venue: The Monks Yard, Horton Cross Farm, Horton Cross, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 9PT

    9.00am - 5.00pm —  Cost £50 including lunch and refreshments

    • Eye care in the Sudan
    • Primary health care in Lesotho
    • Funding for charitable Health Organisations
    • Drama in Health Education
    • Working in the Slums of India
    • Role of Physiotherapy in an Kenyan Bush Clinic

    For further details and to book a place, please contact Dr James Buckle  Tel: 01460 240707

     

    Posted October 26th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Preparation Courses for AKT and CSA exams

    Applied Knowledge Test (AKT)

    One-Day Preparation Course for the MRCGP Exam - AKT : 29 November 2012 AKT : 7 March 2013

    Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA)

    Two-Day Preparation Course for the MRCGP Exam - CSA : 5/6 December 2012 CSA : 9/10 January 2013

    Full Details

    These preparation courses are free to Severn Faculty trainees. Please contact Severn@rcgp.org.uk for an application form.

    Sent on behalf of

    Sarah Rowntree | Faculty Event Administrator | Severn Faculty | Royal College of General Practitioners | Deanery House, Unit D | Vantage Business Park | Old Gloucester Road | Hambrook | Bristol BS16 1GW

    Posted October 26th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Fully funded conference places for GP Registrars - Issues and Answers in Cardiovascular Disease: Applying the Evidence in Primary Care Today

    For All Trainees:

    16-17th November 2012, Warwick University

    The PCCJ Conference Committee are proud to announce an educational bursary to support a limited number of GP Registrars with fully funded delegate places at this unique CPD accredited meeting created by primary care for primary care. 

    Full details.  

    The meeting streams are varied and will allow GP Registrars to bridge the gaps in their learning needs. The conference provides an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues who are also national leads in their clinical areas. 

    If you require any further details, please email Mrs Jane Boyle or telephone: 01789 766098.

    Yours sincerely,

    Alison Langdon
    on behalf of the Conference Committee: Jan Procter-King, Professor Michael Kirby, Dr Matthew Fay, Professor David Fitzmaurice, Dr Kathryn Griffith, Dr Terry McCormack, Dr Rubin Minhas

    Posted October 26th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Practice Nurse Foundation Programme

    For All Practice Managers:

    This innovative, exciting programme will enable development of clinical skills, new knowledge & learning to prepare practice nurses for their role in general practice.  Practice Nurses

    The programme involves:

    • 4 hour introduction to the 12 month online programme resources
    • Only 5 study days (over 12 months)
    • Competency led (clinical skills achieved in the workplace)
    • Portfolio assessed
    • Provision of workplace support for practice nurse team
    • Opportunity for accreditation (20 credits)

    Dates:

    • 22nd January 2013 (Introduction day for module applicants)

    Following workshop dates can be attended individually:

    • 5th February 2013 - Clinical Skills e.g. ECG, Phlebotomy, STI screening
    • 5th March 2013 - Immunisations/ Vaccinations
    • 7th May 2013 - Wound Care Management
    • 4th June 2013 - Ear care
    • 10th September 2013 - Physical Assessment
    • 3rd December 2013 (Submission date for module applicants)

    Venue:

    • Glenside Campus, Bristol

    Cost:

    • £80 per individual day
    • £550 full course without credits
    • Additional cost for accreditation

    Further course information.  To book places please email the CPD team

    This information is also available on our webpage here. 

    Posted October 22nd 2012 (6 years ago)

    Another poster at RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference 2012 in Glasgow 3-6 Oct 2012

    We've had late news of another Severn trainee poster at this conference.

    Our congratulations go to Dr Guy Evans, a ST2 trainee in Bath, who was awarded the judges' commendation rosette.

    The title of the poster was 'Development and validation of a new physical activity questionnaire for use in a clinical setting (CPAQ): are our patients active enough?'

    FAO All: RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference 2012 in Glasgow 3-6 Oct 2012  Posted on the 8 October 2012 in Main

    Posted October 19th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Qualified and Trainee GPs: Join us to discuss the future of Health and Social Care for older people

    Later Life: Engaged in Older Age

    31st January 2013, The Barbican, London

    • Are you involved in helping older people to make the most of their circumstances and lead happy meaningful lives?
    • Do you want to contribute to the discussion as to how the future demands can be met?
    • Later life services must evolve systems that will meet the needs of an ever increasing elderly population.
    • Our duty to older people must be characterised by choice, dignity and empowerment.

    Register Your Place Today

    Confirmed to Speak

    • Dr Clare Gerada, Chair, RCGP
    • Eve Richardson, Chief Executive, National Council For Palliative Care
    • Sarah Pickup, President, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
    • Margaret Harries, Lead Nurse For Older Adults, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
    • Dr Linda Patterson, Clinical Vice President, Royal College of Physicians

    View Full Details of Programme and Speakers

    Are you Viewing this Email on Your Phone? View the Mobile Website Here

    Join us for the Fourth Later Life Conference in our successful annual series as we explore how health and social services can continue to transform and improve care for our growing elderly population. Our duty to older people as a society extends beyond the defined remit of public service into a wider culture change: an increased recognition of all that the elderly have to offer, and increased support for them to fulfil their potential, leading active and happy lives embedded within their local communities.

    Later Life: Engaged in Older Age will provide examples of best practice in later life care provision and suggestions for their extension to delegates' own fields of work, providing a platform for debate and an opportunity for senior decision-makers and frontline staff to engage and discuss the future of health and social care for older people.

    Free digital subscription to Public Service Review: Health and Social Care to all recipients of this email please click here

    Jonathan Smith, Marketing Executive | PS Events, City Wharf, New Bailey St, Manchester, M3 5ER

    Posted October 19th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Research project looking at cross border healthcare in Europe

    For All trainees and qualified doctors

    The GMC is part of the Advisory Board of the European Cross Border Collaboration Project (ECAB), which is a research project looking at cross border healthcare in Europe. The project is coordinated by London School of Economics and aims to make a contribution to helping citizens make informed decisions about whether to seek health care in another European country.

    Part of this research includes a comparison of specialities across six European countries (Belgium, Greece, the UK, Spain, Hungary, Slovenia, Germany), which aims to draw conclusions on the diversity or/and heterogeneity of the scope of practice across Europe through semi-structured interviews.

    The research team are looking for doctors working in the UK in the following specialties to participate in this study:

    • Cardiology
    • Orthopaedics
    • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
    • General Practice

    Participation is voluntary and would involve an interview lasting approximately 40 minutes, which will either take place in person (if in/near London) or via Skype (if further afield), ideally within the next month.

    If you are able to participate in this study, please email Helena Legido-Quigley 

    Sent on behalf of Associates Team | GMC

    Posted October 12th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Bristol University GP Society Speakers

    For All APDs, TPDs, ESs and CSs:
    Sent on behalf of Dr Andrew Blythe, Director of Assessments for MB ChB Programme & Head of Teaching for Primary Care, Centre for Academic Primary Care, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol Room 4.08, Canynge Hall, 39 Whatley Road, Bristol, BS8 2PS

    Dear All,

    Bristol University's new GP Society for medical students has a very enthusiastic committee and has secured its first 2 speakers for this term -

    • Terry Kemple  on 20th Nov
    • Clare Gerada  on 4th Dec

    The primary aim of the GP Society is to promote General Practice as a career, so we hope that GP teachers and trainers will attend the evening meetings and talk to the students after the lectures.

    We expect a large audience for Clare Gerada and have booked a lecture theatre that holds 300. We are inviting up to 50 GP teachers and would like to invite up to 50 GP trainers.

    For further information please contact Sara Norris, President of the GP Society.

    Posted October 12th 2012 (6 years ago)

    PEP online learning now FREE to all members

    FAO All RCGP Members:

    We are pleased to announce that PEP and PEPplus are now available to all RCGP members as part of their membership package.

    PEP and PEPplus are formative self-learning tools which identify and summarise areas of strength and weakness which you can use as a starting point for preparing your Personal Development Plans, providing evidence for Revalidation and CPD purposes.

    Both tools are an educational experience and, because of the formative nature, there is no 'pass/fail' outcome. The provision of referenced feedback, mapped across 20 curriculum areas, helps to stimulate your self-learning. In addition, it allows peer comparison and signposts you to useful learning resources.

    The doing of it is actually learning.

    Using either of the PEP tools is a personal choice, to suit your own individual style of learning.

    PEP is particularly recommended for AiTs, GPs and other primary care practitioners who are interested in a curriculum-wide overview of their learning needs and may be of some help in preparing for the college exam. Some doctors have found it helpful to begin with PEP, in order to identify their strengths and weaknesses over all 20 curriculum categories, before continuing with PEPplus.

    PEPplus allows you to self-test yourself in a modular manner (in greater depth than through PEP itself) covering four individual statements chosen by you from the available 20 curriculum categories. Each year you will choose four statements, creating an individual module, which over a five-year period will parallel with the GMC revalidation timetable.

    Both will aid your CPD planning for the coming year.

    If you haven’t already tried it – what are you waiting for?

    Access PEP

    Posted October 12th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Open your eyes to a difference experience within General Practice!

    FAO All Trainees and recently qualified GPs:

    The RCGP Junior International Committee are offering funding for 35 UK AiTs or First 5 GPs to take part in a two week long exchange programme observing General Practice in another European country.

    When?  Between 15th March 2013 and 30th April 2014.

    Why?  To open your eyes to a different experience in general practice!

    Application form and FAQs

    Closing date for applications is 31st October 2012.

    • The Leonardo Grant will cover the majority of costs associated with the exchange including language tuition, travel and subsistence.
    • Knowledge of the visiting county’s language is desirable but not essential.
    • To be eligible for a grant the applicant must be able to accept a European observer at their practice or find another suitable host practice for 2 weeks between 15th March 2013 and 30th April 2014.
    • Successful applicants will be expected to submit learning objectives, learning outcomes, a report and feedback.
    • This can be taken as one week study leave and one week professional leave
    • For further enquiries please contact Mrs Kim Chase in the RCGP International Team. 

    The RCGP Junior International Committee...inspiring a global approach to primary care.

    Posted October 8th 2012 (6 years ago)

    RCGP website update

    The RCGP website has been updated

    Posted October 8th 2012 (6 years ago)

    RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference 2012 in Glasgow 3-6 Oct 2012

    The Severn SoPC had a strong presence at the conference with seven AiTs presenting posters:

    • Dr Louise Whyte, Education Scholar, with poster about 'Exploring Cultural Differences in Medical Education'

      OOPE in Rural South Africa - Polly Duncan - OOPE
    • Developing the next generation of substance misuse expertise: evaluation of an innovative GPDT scholarship post - Matthew Booker et al - Substance Misuse Scholar
    • Scoping project for online learning tools for MRCGP preparation - Faisal Siddiqui - IT Scholar
    • The development and evaluation of virtual patients for online CPD: A case study - Sarah Street et al - Leadership Scholar
    • Exploring Cultural Differences in Medical Education - Louise Whyte et al- Education Scholar
    • Global Health & the RCGP Curriculum - Jessica Watson et al - ACF
    • How do GPs identify people at the end of life? A qualitative study - Lucy Pocock - ACF

     

     

     

    Other Faculty members:

    • Anthony Curtis, Research APD, with poster about the Severn SoPC Education Scholars programme

      Beyond MRCGP: Promoting & rewarding excellence in GP training- Anne Whitehouse et al - former Central Leadership Scholar
    • Spanning the gap - making a successful transition from training to life as a new general practitioer- Liz Alden et al - former Scholar, then Fellow now TPD
    • Using Patients as Teachers - Jill Wilson et al - TPD
    • Developing the high Flying registrar- a qualitative evaluation of the Severn Deanery education scholar programme - Paul Main et al - DD
    • Growing acorns into oaks:general practice educator fellowships: a prelimary report on an innovative programme - Paul Main - DD
    • What are the perceived need of practice nurses providing COPD care in UK? - Steve Holmes et al- APD
    • Quality Innovation Productivity and Prevention - Early Diagnosis of COPD - Steve Holmes et al - APD
    • Do the BTS Guidelines on bronchiectasis resonate with a normal primary care population of people with bronchiectasis? - Steve Holmes et al - APD

    This conference had a large number of AiTs and First5 doctors from across the UK. There were excellent national and international key note speakers with a huge variety of well attended interactive workshops. It is an inspiring event which is well worth attending. Next year the theme is 'Progressive Primary Care' 3-5 October 2013 in Harrogate

    Dr Paul GN Main | Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer University of Bristol | Deputy Director & Associate Dean | School of Primary Care, Severn Deanery

    Posted October 1st 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO All ST3 Trainees and qualified GPs: Bridging the Gap - General Practice-Psychiatry

    A joint course for Psych ST4-6, GP Trainees ST3, GPFirst5 & GPs

    This innovative new course is a joint training initiative for Advanced Psychiatric Trainees (ST4-6) and Newly Qualified GPs (1st 5 years post CCT ), supported by the Severn School of Psychiatry and RCGP.

    Using a mix of didactic and interactive sessions, participants will use shared learning to:

    •  Understand Medically Unexplained Symptoms
    • Be introduced to Motivational Interviewing techniques and how these may be utilised to facilitate better communication with and understanding of challenging patients.
    • Improve understanding of the physical/mental health interface, and identify how to use collaborative working to improve holistic care for psychiatric patients.
    • Improve collaborative working relationships between primary and secondary care providers, whilst keeping the patient’s needs at the centre.
    • Develop stronger communication between specialties
    • Facilitate relationship building with members of the GP/Psych profession at an early stage in career development

    Date: Monday 29th October, 2012

    Venue: Deanery House, Unit D - Vantage Business Park, Old Gloucester Road, Hambrook, BRISTOL, BS16 1GW

    Cost of this one day course: £110 RCGP members | £130 Non-members

    Book online

    Places are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis. 

     

     

    Posted October 1st 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO All Educational Supervisors: Topical Tip for October

    Tip: Use the word "you" as part of most questions when having a Case Based Discussion (CBD).

    Reason this may be useful:
    Case based discussions are an opportunity to explore the thinking processes of the Registrar. By asking questions containing the word "you" or "your", the question will inevitably explore how the Registrar is thinking, rather than focusing on the patient. For example, "what management options did you consider?” focuses on the Registrar’s thinking in this particular case. If we ask questions such as "what are the treatment options for X?” we are asking about background theoretical knowledge rather than focusing on how the Registrar dealt with this particular patient. By including the word "you" (or equivalent) we encourage the Registrar to reflect on how they were thinking and feeling at the time of the consultation.

    With thanks to Damian Kenny FRCGP FHEA Cert Med Ed GMC No. 2702256 Community Education Advisor in General Practice for Gloucestershire, Severn Deanery Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Posted September 28th 2012 (6 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 September 28th 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO All Trainees: RCGP Essential Knowledge Update Programme

    The RCGP has now released the latest editions of the Essential Knowledge Update Programme; Essential Knowledge Update (EKU) 10 and Essential Knowledge Challenge (EKC) 9 to improve patient care and to help you realise your CPD and Revalidation needs.

    Essential Knowledge Update 10 provides a summary important of new and changing knowledge on a wide variety of primary care topics encountered by general practitioners.

    Essential Knowledge Challenge 9 is an applied online knowledge test that enables GPs to test their learning on the 9th edition of the Essential Knowledge Updates. By testing existing knowledge and highlighting areas for improvement, EKC is an invaluable asset in each GP’s continuing professional development.

    Podcasts for Essential Knowledge Update 10, released monthly, will provide discussions with the topic Authors on the most important educational messages, adding a further dimension to your learning experience. To access the podcasts please visit the Podcast Library within the RCGP Online Learning Environment.

    Revalidation and Continuing Professional Development

    It is acknowledged within the current Revalidation Guide that the Essential Knowledge Updates and Challenges are an acceptable tool to help demonstrate that a GP is updating their knowledge. Through participating in the Essential Knowledge Challenge and by studying the associated modules in the corresponding Knowledge Update, GPs will be able to award themselves credits under the planned RCGP CPD Credit System. Upon completing an Essential Knowledge Update or Challenge, users are able print a certificate concerning their participation within these courses. This data is now automatically transferred to users RCGP Revalidation ePortfolio account.

    How to access the Essential Knowledge Updates and Challenges

    RCGP Members

    The Essential Knowledge Updates are FREE to all RCGP members, Associates and AiTs as part of the College membership benefit package.  To access the Essential Knowledge Updates please visit the Online Learning Environment and enter your RCGP registered email address and password.

    Non RCGP Members

    Non RCGP members can purchase an annual Essential Knowledge Update Programme subscription (2 Updates and 2 Knowledge Challenges) for £99 alternatively you can purchase an individual Update or Challenge for £35. To subscribe to the EKU Programme or purchase an Update or Challenge, please follow the steps below:

    • Please register with the College here
    • Please subscribe to the programme/purchase an Update or Challenge here
    • Following a successful registration/subscription you will receive a confirmation email. Upon receiving this email please visit the Online Learning Environment and enter your registered email address and password.

    Please note that by accessing and using the RCGP Online Learning Websites you will be agreeing to the RCGP Online Learning Terms and Conditions.

    Posted September 27th 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO All Trainees: Professional and Generic Skills Courses

    Dear all,

    Although not mandatory, the Professional and Generic Skills courses cover vital issues and should be attended.

    Best regards,

    Dr Paul GN Main,Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer University of Bristol,
    Deputy Director & Associate Dean,
    School of Primary Care, Severn Deanery, UK

    Posted September 27th 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO All: 2013 ARCP Dates

    Dear all,

    Here are the 2013 ARCP dates.

    Please note that for each ARCP Panel, except June and July, all your evidence, including the latest ESR, should be submitted at least 1 week before the ARCP date.

    For the June ARCP Panel, your evidence should be submitted by 27/05/13

    For the July ARCP Panel, your evidence should be submitted by 24/06/13.

    Full ARCP information and requirements.

    I will email each trainee and their educational supervisor approximately 6 weeks prior to their ARCP date to remind you.

    Best regards,
    Alison Needler | Support Manager

    Posted September 17th 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO All Trainees: Applications for the November 2012 CSA open tomorrow

    Dear Colleagues,

    Applications for the November 2012 CSA open tomorrow and I wanted to send you some relevant information.

    The application window is open between 18-27 September 2012 for GP Trainees in ST3. The CSA will be held at the RCGP’s new headquarters at 30 Euston Square, London.

    The MRCGP regulations for 2012-2013, along with updated cancellation and eligibility policies are available online.

    If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

    Regards,

    Cindy Junge | Candidate Admissions and Database Officer | Exams and Assessment |Tel: 020 3188 7620

    Posted September 17th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Learning from each other: Educating Undergraduates, Trainees and Appraisees

    RCGP Medical Educators’ Group (MEG) Conference

    Wednesday, 3 October 2012, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow.

    Keynote speaker: Clare Gerada on Extended Training – why it matters to you!

    Big issue debate: Education in Primary Care: Where does it begin and when does it end?

    This conference is for learners and teachers in Medical Schools, Foundation Programmes, Primary Care and beyond.

    For further information and booking form contact

    Fiona Brennan fbrennan@rcgp.org.uk

    Medical Educators' Group

    Posted September 17th 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO All Trainees: Are you affiliated to the right Faculty of the RCGP?

    Dear All,

    Are you affiliated to the right Faculty of the RCGP? You are automatically placed with local Faculties according to postcode. If you live outside the Severn footprint it is a simple matter to become a Severn trainee. All you need to do is to phone 0203 188 7766 to change it.

    You can be an AiT with any RCGP Faculty you wish, but it seems sensible to be aware of local events and education opportunities available within the area where you are training, and this will not happen simply because you are a GPST with Severn Deanery”

    Best wishes

    Clare Whittle | GP Recruitment and Selection Manager (maternity cover)
    Dr Jim Morison | GP Associate Postgraduate Dean, Gloucestershire and Continuing Professional Development

    Posted September 11th 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO All Trainees: British Global and Travel Health Association (BGTHA) conference at Mshed, Bristol

    Dear all,

    I am a GP in Bath, and committee member of the BGTHA (British Global & Travel Health Association). I wonder if you would be able to assist in letting GPs in the region know about this educational event in Bristol next month:

    British Global and Travel Health Association (BGTHA) conference

    Venue: Mshed, Bristol

    Date: Saturday 6th October

    Theme: The Younger Traveller

    Further details: http://www.bgtha.org/conference_2012.asp 

    Sent on behalf of Tania John

     

    Posted September 10th 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO Educational and Clinical Supervisors, APDs, and GPST Programme Administrators

    Dear all,

    Booking forms and information for our Educational Supervisors (Trainer) and Clinical Supervisor Conferences 13th March and 9th October, 2013 are now available here:

    http://www.primarycare.severndeanery.nhs.uk/events/?subcategory=82&category=GP

    Location: Eastwood Park Conference Centre

    Best wishes

    Pauline Harper | PA to Professor Bill Irish, Director of General Practice Education and Dr Paul Main, Deputy GP Director

    Posted September 10th 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO: Practice Managers and Supervisors: Childcare Vouchers

    Dear all,

    It has come to our attention that some practices who offer childcare vouchers to their permanent employees do not expect to have to offer vouchers to their trainees. Whilst the voucher scheme is an important initiative to help support employees, we have received HR advice confirming that such practices must also ensure they offer the same level of support to their trainees.

    Unfortunately, the School of Primary Care is unable to reimburse the additional costs associated with child care vouchers. This includes the administration costs, as well as any other costs when deductions cannot be made from pay (i.e. when a trainee is on maternity leave). 

    For some practices, offering such support to trainees may be seen as beneficial in supporting succession planning, however for others, it is a cost that cannot easily be met. If you are concerned about meeting the costs of providing childcare vouchers to trainees where you currently provide vouchers to permanent staff, we suggest you seek HR advice and review your local policies to ensure they reflect your exact requirements.

    Best wishes, 

    Shara Paulo | Severn GP Education Manager | Ph:01454 252681

    Posted September 10th 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO All: Severn Trainees awarded National UKCEA, NAPCE & UKAPD, (UNU) Award to Primary Care Educators

    The Tri-badge Award is only in its second year and the Severn SoPC faculty have now picked up the third prize on both occasions!  Drs Martyn Hewett and Tom Gamble have won third prize with their submission - Improving the Experience of GPTs in Hospital Posts. 

    The three organisations, National UKCEA, NAPCE & UKAPD, (UNU) continue to work together to promote professional educational growth and development of all primary care educators, to the benefit of both learners and ultimately the patients they serve. The aim of the awards remains the support and recognition of the work of ‘jobbing’ primary care educators, such as Trainers, Tutors, PDs and ADs. Submissions reflect educational practice and initiatives whether successful or unsuccessful.

    Posted September 3rd 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO All Educational Supervisors: Topical Tip for September

    Tip: Invite your Registrar to make a 2 minute home movie using the practice video camera.

    Reason this may be useful:
    Registrars are often apprehensive about videoing themselves consulting with patients. Although part of the apprehension relates to watching themselves on screen, many registrars are also apprehensive about using the technology of the video camera, and worry they may become flustered about the technical aspects when they are also trying to consult. By making a brief home movie, the Registrar can become familiar with the video camera, and all the buttons, the tripod, zoom, remote control, etc in a relaxed environment without worrying about patients at the same time. They could also learn how to transfer the recording onto a computer, or learn how to connect to the television in order to view the finished product. The home video could be simply a video of a room or garden, as the content is irrelevant, but the important point is the process of understanding the camera, and then making and showing of a video.

    With thanks to Damian Kenny FRCGP FHEA Cert Med Ed GMC No. 2702256 Community Education Advisor in General Practice for Gloucestershire, Severn Deanery Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Posted September 3rd 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO All consultants and trainees: The 4th Medical Law & Ethics - Full Day Course

    Open to all - suitable for Consultants & Trainees

    Venue: Hilton Swindon, Jct 16 M4, Great Western Way, Swindon, SN5 8UZ

    6 CPD points

    Topics covered include:

    • The Doctor & the Coroners Court
    • The Doctor and the GMC
    • Negligence
    • Consent & the Law
    • Medical Ethics
    • The Doctor and the Police

    The course will be led by Mr P Burgess MD FRCS LLB LLM, Consultant General & Colorectal Surgeon, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Surgery at Great Western Hospital

    Guest speakers to include:

    • David Masters, Past President of the Coroners Society of England & Wales
    • Representation from the Medical Protection Society & from the Medical Defence Union

    For further information and to book a place on the course please contact Luke Newman or phone 01793 604432

     

    Posted September 3rd 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO all ST1 and ST2 trainees: Teaching Opportunity for your eportfolio!

    Hi Fellow GP STs!

    I am a GP ST2 and am on the advisory board of the newly founded Primary Care Society run by/for Bristol Uni Medical Students.

    One of the things they would like to do this year to raise awareness/get membership for their new society is to run a Mock Primary Care OSCE for the 4th yr students.

    I am helping the students to set up this mock OSCE in each of the Academies in the Severn Deanery. The aim is to run one twice this year and I need representatives in each of the Academies to help run them. I will take responsibility for designing the OSCE, supplying the material but will need people on the ground to organise room booking, staffing, logistics of the actual event (one in Dec/Jan, one in May/June).

    This could be you! Regardless of whether you're in Hospital now or in the latter half of the year - we need people in both . . .

    There will need to be one GPST to help coordinate from the clinical side of things, one other doctor (keen F1, F2 or ST/CT or even one of the local teaching fellows). Students themselves will help run the event by doing all the dull stuff with room bookings and communicating with the student body. You'll just be responsible for the running of the exam including marking and feedback. I will take responsibility for liaising with the Uni and the Primary Care Soc as well as creating the stations and the mark scheme.

    Can you write back to me if you are interested in being involved. It could be a great way to boost your teaching experience and have a concrete achievement to put in your eportfolio at the end of the year.

    I look forward to hearing from you,

    Till then,

    Duncan Still 
    GP ST2 and Primary Care Society Advisor

    Posted September 3rd 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO all ST3 trainees and Practice-based ST2 trainees: Attendance at Supervisor Courses

    Dear Doctor

    As part of the development of the School of Primary Care at Severn Deanery, we organise a number of regular educational courses and events for our Faculty members (Educational and Clinical Supervisors, GP Educators and Associate Postgraduate Deans). The involvement of GP ST3 and ST2 trainees is absolutely critical and an extremely valuable resource to the success of each. In addition to it being a contribution to the development of your teachers and supervisors, such sessions are hugely educational for specialist trainees and the feedback we receive is usually excellent. Some of these areas where your assistance is required are as follows:-

    • Prospective and Established Educational Supervisors’ courses
    • Advanced Trainer courses
    • Practice Re-Approval visits to training and foundation practices

    We expect all GP ST registrars to become involved in a share of these and this policy has been approved by the Severn Deanery GP ST Committee. It is unlikely that you will need to attend more than one course in each academic year and I am writing to request your attendance for one day at either each of the three remaining courses scheduled for this year or your attendance at one of the three courses scheduled for early 2013. We require GP ST2 trainees and ST3 registrars to assist on Day 4 of the Prospective Educational Supervisors’ courses (PESCs) or on Day 2 of the Established Educational Supervisors’ courses (EESCs). Your attendance will be required from approximately 10.00 am until 3.30 pm.

    The venue for the 5-Day PESCs is Eastwood Park Conference Centre, near Falfield, South Gloucestershire and our 2-Day residential EESCs are held at Guyers House Conference Centre in Corsham near Bath.

    You will appreciate the good quality teaching that you receive from your GP supervisor and I am sure you will know that supervisors are continually updating their skills. Every three years they attend a refresher course when they learn about recent developments in training and practise new skills on ST2 trainees and ST3 registrars. Many registrars have helped in this way in the past, and have found it a valuable insight into the process of training. They have learned some useful tips about consulting, received some helpful feedback, learned some principles of teaching and learning and have enjoyed a nice lunch. Contributing to courses like this is an excellent way of developing the registrar’s own portfolio, particularly in the "teaching" section. It is counted as professional leave and is extra to study and annual leave.

    As the focus of the course is on the supervisor or prospective supervisor, rather than the trainee/registrar, even when a DVD of a consultation is shown, it is not appropriate to carry out a COT. This is because the attention of the supervisors and the facilitators is on developing the supervisors’ skills and often only part of the consultation will be viewed so that the supervisor can try out new phrases and techniques. However, registrars/trainees can gain ideas for development and useful personal feedback by being part of this process.

    May I add that we usually require you to bring a DVD of 2 - 4 of your consultations in general practice and three cases for CBD. However, any preparatory requirements will be confirmed prior to each course.

    After consultation with your supervisor at your current practice, please confirm on which of the following courses you will be able to assist. Further details will be confirmed nearer the time of each course. I appreciate this leaves four weeks prior to the first course but I wished to allow you a couple of weeks to settle in to your new practices prior to requesting your assistance. The course dates are as follows:-

    • EESC: Attendance required on Friday, 14 September 2012
    • EESC: Attendance required on Friday, 19 October 2012
    • PESC: Attendance required on Thursday, 8 November 2012

    We hope you will take up this interesting and informative opportunity to develop the skills of supervisors and that you enjoy spending time with them at a friendly, conducive venue. The School will reimburse your travelling costs at a rate of 24 pence per mile.

    Many thanks and I look forwarding to hearing from you shortly.

    Kind regards

    Jackie Pullin,GP Co-Ordinator, School of Primary Care  

    Posted August 14th 2012 (6 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 August 13th 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO All: 2012 Excellence Award Winners

    Dear all,

    Here is the full list of the 2012 Excellence Award Winners recently presented at the Severn Deanery and Severn Faculty RCGP Awards Event and Michael Lennard Reception.

    Posted August 13th 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO All ST2 and ST3 Trainees: AKT and CSA Preparation Courses

    Dear all,

    Details, dates and booking forms for the next AKT and CSA Preparation Courses are now available.

    Posted August 7th 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO All Trainees: Professional and Generic Skills feedback

    Here is a report from a GP ST3 trainee who recently took some of these courses

    Posted August 7th 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO All: 2012GP Trainee Excellence Award Winners

    Here is the full list of prize winners at the recent GP Trainee Excellence Award Event

    Photos to follow

    Posted August 7th 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO All Qualified GPs: recruiting for PLAB examiners

    Dear colleagues, 

    We are currently recruiting for PLAB examiners of consultant status in Anaesthetics, Emergency medicine, Psychiatry, Surgery (any branch) and General Practice (GP principal). They need to be registered with a licence to practise and have a reasonable expectation that they will remain in this position for at least five years. They must be in good standing with the GMC and the appropriate Royal College of Faculty. 

    If you have any members or fellows who may be interested in becoming a PLAB examiner, please refer them to our recruitment page,  

    Kind regards, 

    Uta Pollmann | Associate Services | General Medical Council | www.gmc-uk.org

    Posted August 7th 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO All APDs, TPDs and Educational Supervisors: The Revised RCGP Curriculum

    Dear GP educators.

    The Revised RCGP Curriculum

    You will know from previous communications that the revised GP curriculum has been approved by GMC and is being implemented on 1 August. From 1 August you will be able to access the revised statements . There are also new resources including an ‘Introduction and User Guide’, a glossary, and FAQs.

    The main changes that have been made to the curriculum are:

    • The statements have been re-grouped into the core statement, four contextual statements, and 21 clinical examples
    • The ten statements in the previous sections 2, 3 and 4 (the GP Consultation, Personal and Professional Responsibilities, and Management) have been revised into four new ‘contextual statements’
    • Each of the contextual statements and clinical examples now includes a case illustration with questions for reflection
    • The leadership element of the curriculum has been developed by adding a number of new learning outcomes drawn from the Medical Leadership Competency Framework. The sustainability aspect has also been developed by adding a number of new learning outcomes. These new learning outcomes occur mainly in statement 2.03 The GP in the Wider Professional Environment
    • The statement on Care of people with cancer and palliative care has been re-named End-of-life care, and learning outcomes on cancer have been incorporated in other relevant statements.

    Apart from the additional leadership and sustainability learning outcomes, there are very few changes to the content of the learning outcomes, though some have been rewritten to improve understanding.

    The July issue of RCGP News includes an article ‘Introducing the revised curriculum for general practice training’ which will give you more information about the revision (http://www.rcgp.org.uk/PDF/RCGP_News_July.pdf page 3).

    The ePortfolio

    Version 7 of the Trainee ePortfolio was released on 30 July. This version has been changed to reflect the revised curriculum:

    • Any Learning Logs created before the update will maintain their association with the previous curriculum statement headings. 
    • Learning Logs created or edited after the update will only be linkable to the new curriculum statement headings (if the entry had previous curriculum statement headings chosen, they will be removed and displayed to the user for reference purposes only in order to provide a guideline for selecting from the updated values).
    • The curriculum statement headings summary table (counting log entries) will appear twice where a trainee has validated logs against both versions.
    • Hyperlinks to the RCGP curriculum website have been updated to point to the updated guidance documentation.

    The RCGP Website

    The College will shortly be introducing a brand new website which will include the curriculum and assessment pages. This will mean that the links to curriculum and assessment information will change, but as far as possible we will redirect links to the appropriate point or document on the new site. The new site has been designed from scratch to meet users' needs. Everything from the design to the writing is being tightened up, and it will be much easier to find the information you need.

    Thank you for all your work in educating and training the GPs of the future. We hope that you will find the changes that have been made assist you in your work and look forward to continuing to work in partnership with you.

    Kind regards

    Charlotte Tulinius | Medical Director of Curriculum | RCGP

    Posted August 7th 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO All qualified GPs and trainees: Isle of Jura seeks permanent doctor for 200 residents

    The southern Hebridean island of Jura is trying to find a doctor to look after its 200 residents on a permanent basis.

    Posted July 31st 2012 (6 years ago)

    Professional & Generic Skills Programme

    What is the Professional and Generic Skills Programme?

    The role of a doctor is complex from being a healer and patient advocate to manager and budget holder. Professional medical training primarily addresses specialist clinical knowledge and skills in diagnosis and treatment.

    Why do I have to undertake the Professional & Generic Skills Training?

    All medical training curricula from undergraduate syllabi to the end of postgraduate education now include non clinical skills – what the Royal Colleges of Medicine term ‘common skills’ and which are called ‘Professional and Generic skills’ in the Severn Deanery.

    How do I book onto the programme?

    The programme is co-ordinated by the Severn Deanery and delivered locally via the Academies (a network of Learning Centres based on major healthcare sites).

    Full details and registration

    Posted July 31st 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO All Trainees and All Supervisors: RCGP Trainee ePortfolio and Workplace Based Assessment (WPBA) Code of Conduct

    Statement from RCGP and COGPED

    There has been increasing concern in recent years about substantiated evidence of misuse of the RCGP Trainee ePortfolio which clearly breaches GMC guidance about probity. In response to this, and following requests from Deaneries, we have updated and amplified the RCGP Trainee ePortfolio & WBPA Code of Conduct and attach the new Code with this statement.

    Posted July 31st 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO All Trainees: Eligibility for MRCGP examinations, number of attempts permitted, and consideration of mitigating circumstances

    Eligibility for MRCGP examinations, number of attempts permitted, and consideration of mitigating circumstances

    The following statement has been prepared to clarify the regulations regarding eligibility for the AKT and CSA elements of MRCGP with effect from 1 August 2012.

    The regulations (6.6 and 6.11 respectively) themselves read as follows:

    Applied Knowledge Test

    With effect from 1 August 2010 eligibility for the AKT is limited to those in the Specialty Training Years 2 and 3 (ST2 and ST3) stages of the training programme. This regulation applies equally to both full time trainees and those training flexibly. A maximum number of four attempts will be permitted for those entering GP Specialty Training on or after 1st August 2010.

    Clinical Skills Assessment

    The CSA may be attempted when a trainee is in Specialty Training Year 3 (ST3) stage of the training programme. This regulation applies equally to full time trainees and those training flexibly. A maximum number of four attempts will be permitted for those who entered year ST3 on or after 1st August 2010 and are sitting the CSA for the first time after this date.

    During the period January to May 2012 there was a temporary relaxation of the regulations limiting the number of attempts at the CSA to four. These temporary arrangements have now concluded and the maximum number of attempts that can be made at both the AKT and CSA is once again limited to four.

    We would suggest that trainees should plan carefully for the optimum time in their training programme prior to sitting examinations, taking advice as necessary from their educational and/or clinical supervisors. They should in particular avoid sitting examinations before they are ready to do so.

    Consideration of mitigating circumstances

    All trainees should familiarise themselves with the Examination Regulations before applying for the AKT or CSA and in particular section 10 concerned with mitigating circumstances.

    The regulations are clear around the issue of mitigating circumstances, and those that are accepted may result in examination candidate being eligible for a further attempt at an examination.

    The following are examples of possible mitigating circumstances and the supporting documentation required in order for them to be accepted and another attempt permitted.

    • Exceptional personal circumstances which might have lead to underperformance in an examination e.g. bereavement or immediate family illness.

    These events do not usually occur on the day of the examination, but within a short period beforehand. In most circumstances the trainee would be expected to have withdrawn and the need to request another attempt would therefore not arise.

    Therefore only in exceptional circumstances would the request be considered and there would need to be evidence of the personal circumstances, such as might be provided by a screen shot from the trainee’s ePortfolio documenting an event and its educational impact. Copies of death certificates and travel documents confirming travel which had disrupted preparation may also be required.

    • Personal illness that was not severe enough at the time of the examination to make the candidate withdraw but which in retrospect could have had a serious adverse affect on performance.

    In these instances confirmation by a medical attendant will be required. Occasionally if the condition is one that might affect performance but which does not preclude normal attendance at work additional evidence may be required and requested.

    All reports of mitigating circumstances must be submitted to the RCGP no later than two working days after the examination has taken place. It should be noted however that candidates presenting for either the AKT or CSA will be deemed fit to take the assessment and required to sign a declaration to that effect as part of the registration process on the day.

    Candidates should note that most practitioners suffer adverse personal circumstances at one time or another during their working lives, and it is part of demonstrating fitness to practice when an individual makes an assessment about how much an event might have affected their performance.

    If a circumstance is likely to have affected performance in an examination we would expect there to be contemporaneous documentation in the ePortfolio of discussions with the educational supervisor about fitness for work.

    The General Medical Council’s guidance Good Medical Practice and Duties of a Doctor cover presenting for work, educational activities and training (including implicitly attendance at postgraduate medical examinations) and fitness to practice is implicit in the guidance. Doctors are expected to recognise and work within the limits of their competence.

    All candidates are asked to note that that the granting of an additional attempt beyond the maximum number permitted does not confer any right to additional training.

    26 July 2012 Sent on behalf of the RCGP

    Posted July 31st 2012 (6 years ago)

    Joint Deaneries Education Conference: “Innovation in Education”

    We are delighted to open registration for this year’s Joint Deaneries Education Conference: “Innovation in Education”. Please click here to register online http://www.severndeanery.nhs.uk/events/show/joint-deaneries-education-conference-innovation-in-education/

    The webpage contains the programme for the event, instructions to trainees for the poster presentations and a link to Google maps for travel assistance to the venue. 

    DMEs are asked to forward this email to their Trust educational team, Educational Supervisors and Specialty Tutors.  Heads of Schools and Training & Foundation Programme Directors are asked to bring this event to the attention of their trainees and encourage them to participate in the poster presentations. The event is advertised on all Severn Postgraduate Schools’ websites. 

    Registration closes on 31 August 2012.

    Posted July 24th 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO All: MEDICAL INDEMNITY TRANSITION FAQs July 2012

    Severn Deanery, is planning to move the majority of its GPSTRs over to a single lead medical indemnity provider from February 2013. A number of trainees have contacted us for advice; the following is our attempt to address the most frequently answered questions.

    GPSTRs entering ST3 in August 2012.

    In February I will have 6 months left before qualifying. What do we do after this date? Do we carry on with this provider or go back to our original?

    • We will contact you in January to confirm who the new medical indemnity provider will be. They will then liaise with you to ensure you have cover from February to August.

    My provider has informed me that they are unable to provide anything other than annual subscriptions (i.e. they will not provide 6 months of cover). Will those of us who have already purchased & paid for indemnity for 12 months prior to the letter on Friday still be able to reclaim this?

    • If you have already purchased a year of cover, please contact your provider and ask for a refund.

    My provider states that they can provide cover for six months. I have already paid the full amount. Please can you confirm how the fees will be refunded to me?

    • Please ask your provider to adjust your membership. They should be able to reimburse you for the second 6 months. If they are unable to reimburse you fully, they may be able to offer a reduced rate for the second 6 months. We will be able to reimburse you for the first 6 months. We will only be able to reimburse minimum cover for the second 6 months at this stage, but would prefer not to reimburse any cover beyond February.

    I have purchased (and been reimbursed for) my medical indemnity from May '12 - May '13. How will this fit with the plan to change provider from February?

    • When the successful provider is confirmed in January we may need to work with you to reverse cover arrangements from February. Obviously if it is the organisation you are with then we won’t need to do anything.

    My provider will only offer me a year, 6 months of which would be for a 'theoretical' lower rate subscription for the second half of the year at the basic hospital rate (I will be an ST3 in general practice for the whole year, not working in hospital at any point). I don't feel that it is fair to pay for a service I am not even receiving.

    • You may want to consider an alternative provider. Not all providers are as fixed in their date range requirements.

    In Feb 2013 would the deanery insist that they insure me under the "block purchase" deal or would it be okay for me to have my own?

    • The School of Primary Care hopes that most trainees will be covered by the successful provider; however if you would prefer to remain with your current defence organisation, you will continue to have this opportunity.

    ST1 and ST2 Trainees undertaking 6 months in General Practice during August 2012 – 2013

    I will be staring my ST2 year this August. The first 6 months is a hospital post and the next 6 months starting February 2013 will be a GP practice placement. My current indemnity cover is August to August. Should I obtain/renew cover until February 2013 only from this provider? If I have to obtain cover from my current provider until August 2013 will I be reimbursed?

    • Please only obtain cover from August to February. If your provider is unable to provide 6m of cover, we suggest you consider an alternative provider. If you wish to remain with this provider, please check their policies on reimbursement. If they are unable to reimburse you in February, we suggest you negotiate a minimum cover cost for the second 6 months (i.e. medico legal support only). We will only be able to reimburse minimum cover for the second 6 months at this stage, but would prefer not to reimburse any cover beyond February.

    I will be starting my ST2 in August. I have 6 months of GP (Aug - Jan) then 6 m of hospital (Feb - Jul) so will not be in a GP placement in Feb 2013. Do I need to carry on as before and buy a whole year’s subscription rather than just to Feb?

    • Please only obtain cover from August to February. If your provider is unable to provide 6m of cover, we suggest you consider an alternative provider. If you wish to remain with this provider, we cannot guarantee that you will be reimbursed for the medico legal support you will be paying for in the second 6 months, as this is not currently reimbursed. If the winning provider is different to your current provider you will need to cancel your contract with your current provider in February. Please check their policies on reimbursement.

    Other Frequently Asked Questions:

    When will we know which organisation the Severn deanery is choosing?

    • Please continue with your current provider until February 2013. As soon as the successful organisation is confirmed the School of Primary Care will inform all trainees. This is likely to take place in January.

    Are Foundation trainees covered by their host hospital or does this apply to them too?

    • Foundation doctors are employees of their lead Trust and will be covered by the Trust indemnity scheme. They do not require further cover

    Are Retainer doctors to be included in the bulk purchase?

    • The bulk indemnity cover does not apply to retainers. They will need to arrange cover for the period of their placement as they usually do.

    I am due to go on maternity leave during the 2012/13 training year. Do I need to maintain my indemnity cover?

    • In the first instance the School of Primary Care would like to ensure trainees don’t take out cover beyond February, and if they do, that they are in a position to cancel it before having to pay for it. It is likely your medical indemnity requirements will change whilst on maternity leave. Your medical indemnity provider will be best placed to confirm what your options are over this period. If you require cover while on maternity leave, please ensure you arrange for it only until February. We will be in touch with you in January to confirm cover arrangements from February onwards.

    I will be starting ST3 in August. I can pay a lump sum now or pay in monthly instalments. However, this is a set of 10 monthly direct debits to cover the year and I do not know if I will be able to cancel this direct debit in February without a fee. Should I instead only take out indemnity from August to February in one instalment?

    • Please only take out medical indemnity from August until February. If your provider only offers cover in annual instalments, please check cancellation requirements with your provider. If they are unable to provide you with cancellation free of charge, you may wish to consider an alternative provider.

    Posted July 23rd 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO GPs: Applications open for GP TPD Posts in Swindon (1 session) and Bristol (1 session)

    Applications are invited for 2 GP TPD Posts, one based in Bristol (1 session) and one based in Swindon (1 session).

    For further information and to make an application please click on the links below or access via the NHS jobs website

    Closing date for applications is Thursday 2nd August 2012.

    Best regards,

    Mrs Clare Whittle | Recruitment and Selection Manager - GP | School of Primary Care, Severn Deanery | Tel: 01454 252641

    Posted July 23rd 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO GP Retainers: the Severn Deanery Scheme

    The Retainer Scheme

    The Retainer Scheme exists to support doctors who, for whatever reason, are unable to commit to more than 4 sessions a week.  Details are available on our website, but here is a brief summary

    Benefits for the Retainer

    • Maintaining skills and contact with primary care
    • Receiving individual support and mentoring from an approved supervisor
    • Working sufficiently to maintain the requirements of annual appraisal (and hence revalidation)
    • Regular work at the same location

    Benefits for the practice

    • An extra doctor in the practice, with external contribution to costs of £59 per session
    • The stimulus of supporting and nurturing another doctors career
    • Contact with medical education through the Deanery

    Benefits for Primary Care management

    • Retaining doctors who might otherwise be lost to the workforce at a time of recruitment shortage
    • Providing greater continuity and regularity of service provision to patients

    Who can be a Retainer?

    Anyone with bona fide reasons preventing working more than half time

    Who can host a Retainer in their practice?

    Anyone.  Deanery approval is automatic for approved training practices, and the approval process for non training practices is straightforward

    Further information from Jackie Pullin, SoPC Co-ordinator or Jim Morison, APD for Continuing Professional Development 

    Posted July 16th 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO ST3s and newly qualified GPs: 12 Month fixed term appointment – Carfax Health Enterprise

    12 Month fixed term appointment – Summer/Autumn 2012 – for a newly qualified GP

    Combined post - Practice GP + education + research

    Severn Deanery and University of Bristol (tbc) supported

    Focus on deprived, hard to reach and homeless populations

    This post is for a 12 month fixed term post for a newly qualified GP who would like to experience inner city deprived general practice in an innovative and progressive organisational setting. It combines the opportunity to explore General Practice work with protected and supported two sessions of time for education and/or research depending upon the interests of the successful candidate. The one session education component will be supported by the School of Primary Care (Severn Deanery) and the one session research by University of Bristol.

    The practice holds the contract for the Equitable Access Centre in Swindon and has 8,500 registered patients but also operates the Swindon urgent care walk in service as well as the community TB contract. It is open every day of the year for 12 hours per day. The practice has a range of services that are directed towards hard to reach and deprived communities and continues to look for innovative ways of reaching the target population to improve their health status.

    Carfax Health Enterprise is a training practice with two trainers and a long history of medical and non-medical training and development. The skills of the staff, both doctors and nurses, provides for an environment where a newly qualified GP would be supported in experiencing practice, develop skills in aspects of medicine that they may not have been exposed to during their training and a wealth of clinical material and expertise that could provide the basis for excellent research.

    The service commitment would be between half and full time (full time is 37.5 hours per week) and would be remunerated by the practice on its current salaried GP scale. All GPs in the practice are salaried and the practice is itself a non-profit making social enterprise regulated as a Community Interest Company. All GPs participate in weekend and evening workload cover.

    Applications by letter or e-mail to Carfax Healthcare (to include a current CV)

    For further information please contact Dr Mark Kingston, Medical Director (07770 613426) mark.kingston@nhs.net

    Posted July 16th 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO All Trainees: Associate in training 2012/13

    Dear Colleagues,

    Please note that the fee structure for Associates in training for the 2012/13 academic training year has changed.

    The total cost for the AiT package is £1229, of which the registration fee is £149.00. The remaining amount for this package £1080.00, will be collected via Direct Debit on 1 April each year over a period of three years, i.e. instalments of £360.00. The package is spread over the period of 3 years for the Dr's convenience and includes £405 towards the AKT and CSA fees (first sitting only). The AiT fees can be offset against tax, reducing the total cost of the AiT package, including the inbuilt examination elements.

    For further information of fees please visit: http://www.rcgp.org.uk/new_professionals/associates_in_training/fees.aspx

    For AiT registration please visit: http://www.rcgp.org.uk/new_professionals/associates_in_training/register_page.aspx

    Kind regards

    Stacey Abraham | Membership Administrator | Membership Services | Tel: 020 3188 7523

    Posted July 2nd 2012 (6 years ago)

    Edward Bell is currently OOPE in Malawi

    Edward Bell has written to us from Malawi to tell us about his Out of Programme experience.

    Posted July 2nd 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO All Trainees: Dr Sally Aston - Sustainable health care: how can you help?

    Sustainable health care: how can you help? Sally A. Aston

    GPs are being handed the reins to the National Health Service (NHS) in England. Commissioning groups scratch their heads and wonder how on earth they are going to cope.  As Associates-in-Training (AiTs), we are the prospective workforce of general practice and will hold a degree of responsibility for the provision and structure of the health services.  We must ensure the survival of the NHS and improve the health of present and future generations; yet, in the face of an ever-growing population and increasing financial restraint, how can this be achieved?

    Read the full article: http://rcgp-innovait.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/inr206? ijkey=VjieI5EPyqPahMh&keytype=ref

    PDF: http://rcgp-innovait.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/inr206ijkey=VjieI5EPyqPahMh&keytype=ref 

    Posted June 25th 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO all Trainees and Faculty: MSc Applications now open

    Applications for a place on the MSc, PG diploma or PG certificate at the University of Bath are now open, with an early closing date of 30th June, 2012.

    Full information and to apply

    Posted June 25th 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO All Trainees: GMC Survey

    To All Trainees:

    Thank you all so much for your contribution to the GMC training survey this year. The Severn Deanery has a 99% response rate and is likely to have got the highest national response rate once again this year.  We guarantee that the results from this year’s survey will be closely monitored by the Deanery, Trusts and Schools with the aim of improving postgraduate medical education.

    We appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey in 2012.

    With thanks,

    Allegra Etheridge | Quality Manager | Severn Deanery Quality Team

    Posted June 18th 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO All ST2 Trainees: Applications open for the GP ST3 Public Health Leadership Scholarships (2 posts) commencing August 2012

    Please be aware that the closing date for applications is extended to Monday 25th June 2012.

    Applications are invited from ST2 trainees who would like to take on a scholarship role.

    Further information about the role and the application process

    The GPST Programmes (Patches) where the posts could be located are Bath (BANES), Somerset, Gloucestershire, Bristol (only North Somerset) and Swindon (Wilts). By March 2013 all of the PCTs will have disappeared and the PH departments will have moved to the Local Authority.

    If you have any questions or would like further information about the role please contact Katherine Holgate on Katharine.Holgate@somerset.nhs.uk.

    Please send your completed application by email to: Severn.gpschool@southwest.nhs.uk  or Clare Whittle or by post to: Mrs Clare Whittle, GP Recruitment and Selection Manager, School of Primary Care, Severn Deanery, Deanery House, Unit D, Vantage Office Park, Old Gloucester Road, Hambrook, Bristol, BS16 1GW

    Posted June 18th 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO All Trainees: Win £50! Severn Deanery GP School Scoping Survey

    Dear all,

    For less than 5 minutes of your time you could win £50! Go to:  http://bit.ly/scopingsurvey

    At the GP School of the Severn Deanery we are currently scoping ideas to enhance and develop online learning tools for GP trainees.  To this end we need your help!  Through this survey we wish to canvas your views and to help us decide our future direction for possible projects.

    One proposal is a CSA portal which would offer online cases in written and video format. Please refer to our interim report: http://www.primarycare.severndeanery.nhs.uk/training/trainees/scholarships-and-fellowships/information-technology-development-it-scholarship-programme/it-development-scholar-project-interim-report/ 

    However this is just one idea of many and your feedback will help to guide us where to go and allocate our finite resources.

    To complete the survey please go to: http://bit.ly/scopingsurvey 

    One lucky entry will be chosen at random from the completed survey forms and will win a prize of £50. The closing date for all entries is 13th July 2012. Please read the attached terms and conditions. Only one entry per person. If there are any problems please contact me at this email severndeaneryitscholar@gmail.com 

    We look forward to reading your responses and thank you for your time,

    Kind regards
    Faisal Siddiqui
    IT Development Scholar and GPST3

    Posted June 11th 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO All ST3 trainees: CSA Preparation Course

    The next CSA preparation course is 13th September, 2012. Details and an application form are now online at the RCGP website.

    Posted June 7th 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO Qualified GPs: Applications open for Dementia Fellows (5 posts)

    An opportunity has arisen for a General Practitioner Dementia Fellowship based in Bath, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Swindon and Somerset.

    General Practitioner Dementia Fellowship posts are designed to offer local GPs the opportunity to develop leadership and educational skills within the context of the NHS and specifically with regards to the implementation of the National Dementia Strategy. Such skills will help equip them for future roles with implementing educational and learning agendas within localities, primary care trusts, and the NHS as a whole.

    The Fellow will work with the Severn Deanery School of Primary Care and local Education Provider Organisations, to conceive and develop a programme to further address learning needs of local Primary Health Care Teams with relation to implementing the National Dementia Strategy. The programme should include a pilot study to implement and evaluate the programme.

    For an informal discussion regarding this role please contact Dr Jim Morison, APD for Gloucestershire and Continuing Professional Development for the School of Primary Care.  For further information and a job description or make an application via the NHS jobs website 970-WD2012-GPDF

    Closing date for applications is Wednesday 11th July 2012

    Mrs Clare Whittle | Recruitment and Selection Manager | School of Primary Care, Severn Deanery | Tel: 01454 252641

    Posted June 7th 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO All GP surgeries scored out of 10 on NHS Choices website

    Scores indicating how happy patients are with their GP surgeries are being published online for more than 8,000 practices in England.  The marks - out of 10 - reflect measures such as how easy it is to get an appointment and how well doctors and nurses explain conditions. The results, based on a nationwide survey, are on the NHS Choices website.

    Full article

    Posted June 6th 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO ST2s: Applications open for the GP ST3 Public Health Leadership Scholarships (2 posts) commencing August 2012

    Please be aware that the closing date for applications is Monday 18th June, 2012.

    Applications are invited from ST2 trainees who would like to take on a scholarship role.

    Further information about the role and the application process

    The GPST Programmes (Patches) where the posts could be located are Bath (BANES), Somerset, Gloucestershire, Bristol (only North Somerset) and Swindon (Wilts). By March 2013 all the the PCTs will have disappeared and the PH departments will have moved to the Local Authority.

    If you have any questions or would like further information about the role please contact Katherine Holgate on Katharine.Holgate@somerset.nhs.uk.

    Please send your completed application by email to: Severn.gpschool@southwest.nhs.uk or Clare Whittle or by post to: Mrs Clare Whittle, GP Recruitment and Selection Manager, School of Primary Care, Severn Deanery, Deanery House, Unit D, Vantage Office Park, Old Gloucester Road, Hambrook, Bristol, BS16 1GW

    Clare Whittle

    Posted June 6th 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO All Trainees: Trainee Association for the Study of Medical Education

    What is TASME?

    Many medical trainees enjoy teaching but getting and staying involved in medical education as a busy junior doctor can be difficult. TASME (Trainee Association for the Study of Medical Education) is a special interest group of ASME (Association for the Study of Medical Education) that aims to support trainee involvement in teaching. It is run by a committee of junior doctors from a number of specialties, with the support of the ASME executive committee.

    TASME is designed to benefit junior doctors with an interest in medical education (be it teaching or research) through the following aims:

    • To foster an interest in medical education amongst junior doctors through activities, events and discussion that support trainee involvement in medical education.
    • To influence medical education policy and practice through representation within ASME.
    • To encourage and promote good practice by developing systematic training in medical education and research.
    • To create a forum for trainees to exchange viewpoints and experiences of medical education and discuss their role within it.
    • To encourage, promote and conduct medical education research initiated by trainees.
    • To promote on-going involvement in teaching throughout training and careers in medical education.

    Why join TASME?

    We have a range of benefits for TASME members including access to key journals (Medical Education and The Clinical Teacher) and the opportunity to attend educational workshops. These workshops will not only be a means of keeping up to date with current educational practice but also serve as a forum to meet other trainees interested in medical education, discuss and initiate research projects, explore teaching ideas and debate current issues.

    For anyone interested in a career in medical education TASME is a great point of contact to give you the help and advice you need. Our regular member’s newsletter will tell you about upcoming workshops near you, and what else is happening in the world of medical education.

    To find out more about us please contact info@asme.org.uk . Membership is free if you are already an ASME member. Recruitment starts now!

    TASME representatives will also be recruiting at this year’s Annual Scientific Meeting from the 18th – 20th July in Brighton. In addition to workshops we are hoping to have some informal drinks straight after the conference on Wednesday 18th July (Venue TBC) and a meeting to elect the new TASME committee for 2012/13 on the afternoon of Friday 20th July – hope to see you there!

    We look forward to welcoming you as a trainee member of ASME and hope we can benefit both your training and career.

    Additional Information

    • Annual Scientific Meeting July 2012 18th - 20th July, The Brighton Centre, Brighton
    • UK Vacancy Details on a vacancy for a medical educationalist at Queen's University Belfast
    • Learning and working Together to Improve Safety Through Better Prescribing - 17th May 2013 Cardiff 
      • This one-day conference will cover important issues around patient safety and how working together can improve patient safety through better prescribing. It is open to anyone involved in or interested in the interprofessional education and training of students and practitioners in healthcare education.  There will be opportunities for you to be involved in, or facilitate, hour-long workshops on a range of issues in keeping with the conference theme, such as interprofessional education, patient safety, prescribing and simulation. Please contact Pam Bradley at BradleyP3@cardiff.ac.uk  with your suggestion(s) Abstracts and Posters Submitted abstracts should relate to original, previously unpublished work. Abstracts accepted for presentation will be published with an ISBN and will be displayed as posters at the conference. Instructions for authors will be available in due course. If you wish to receive notification of the information please contact Pam Bradley at BradleyP3@cardiff.ac.uk  Deadline for abstract submission: January 31st 2013.
    • University of East Anglia - Faculty of Health, School of Medicine, Health Policy and Practice.
      •  This is a reminder that we are currently conducting a research study to investigate how doctors cope in clinical settings generally, and how having a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) such as dyslexia may affect doctors and their work. Please note, you do not need to have a Specific Learning Difficulty to participate. If you have already taken part, thank you so much for your participation.  If you are a medical doctor complete a questionnaire about these issues  If you are a medical doctor and have, or suspect you have, an SpLD and would be interested in taking part in a telephone interview to discuss the effect of your SpLD on your work as a doctor, please enter your contact details  The interview would be organised at a time of your convenience and would last up to 40 minutes (once only). It would be digitally recorded from the telephone for transcription purposes.  Your responses will be anonymised in our data analyses and reporting and any data you provide will be kept confidential. You can find more information about both of these studies in the Information Sheets available via the links above.  If you have any queries please contact Jennifer Musto  j.musto@uea.ac.uk
    • The NOVICE Conference - Insights for online professional communities 4-5th October 2012 The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Bucharest, Romania  The ‘NOVICE’ project researches and promotes informal lifelong learning of veterinarians via Web 2.0 tool such as discussion boards, wikis and blogs. The project has been running for three years, and will host a conference to share its findings, and provide the opportunity for others involved in professional online networks to present their own experiences or results. The conference is open to any professionals, educators or ICT specialists currently involved, or interested in, online professional communities. Please view the conference websitefor further details including abstract submission and registration.

    Posted June 6th 2012 (6 years ago)

    FAO All AiTs, First5 GPs and Medical Students

    “Severn Faculty RCGP are pleased to announce that in collaboration with Severn Deanery we are able to fund significant additional bursaries to attend the annual college conference this year.”

    RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference in Glasgow, 3-6 October 2012

    The RCGP National Conference showcases the latest clinical and policy developments across the UK and offers an impressive range of national and international speakers. This year’s theme is Global General Practice, and the programme is packed with relevant seminars and workshops several of which are specifically for AiTs, First5 GPs and will be extremely useful for Medical Students.

    The conference is also an invaluable opportunity to meet trainees and other GPs from across the UK, and good fun!

    Conference details are available at http://www.rcgp.org.uk/courses__events/rcgp_annual_conference.aspx

    Bursary recipients will be selected based on the criteria and priority will be given to applications received before 15th June (to take account of the earlybird discounts).  There will be an expectation that successful applicants will feedback their experiences to the Severn Faculty Board and to Severn Deanery.  Priority will be given to applicants submitting presentations or poster displays.  The Board will notify applicants of the amount of their award by 22nd June 2012

    Applications should outline your reasons for wishing to attend (max 250 word summary), what grade of doctor/student/trainee you are (please include your CV no longer than 2 pages) and whether you intend to submit a poster or presentation.

    Please submit your application (or any queries) via email to severn@rcgp.org.uk

    Posted May 29th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Sustainability in Primary Care

    With budget cuts and spiraling demands the GPs have been handed the reins to the NHS.  Commissioning groups scratch their heads and think how on earth are we going to do this?  Well, ‘Sustainability’ could help.

    Sustainability is meeting the needs of today without compromising the needs of tomorrow.  In the context of the NHS it aims to maintain the current quality of health care firstly within the constraints of the planet and its ecosystems;  and secondly within current social and economic conditions, without detriment to the future.

    The Sustainable Primary Care Network is an online forum devised by the Centre For Sustainable Healthcare, a charity based in Oxford.  This is a network for anyone who works in the field of Primary Care and it has a blog, useful resources and a forum where you can share ideas on Sustainability.

    Further details and how you can join the website

    Posted May 29th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Feedback on the April 2012 MRCGP Applied Knowledge Test (AKT)

    Dear all,

    Further to the recent communication from the Examination Section regarding the results of AKT15 which were published on 24 May, I have been asked to send you all a copy of a report on this examination, which is now available on the RCGP website.

    Sent on behalf of

    Hannah Petra | Quality Assurance Co-ordinator | Quality Assurance | Tel: 020 3188 7641

    Posted May 29th 2012 (6 years ago)

    RCGP Awards 2012/2013 - Reminder of deadlines

    Dear All

    Please note below deadlines for the following Awards. Application details of all College Awards

    Adolescent Health Care Award (in memory of Dr Kathy Phipps) Deadline 31 May 2012

    Award of £2,500 and a commemorative plaque for an individual GP or practice which has demonstrated a significant innovation or improvement in the standard of care provided for young people in the previous two years. The winner is presented with a cheque at the RCGP Annual General Meeting.

    GP Specialty Trainee Awards Deadline 31st May 2012

    For original and innovative work undertaken during the course of Specialty Training

    1. The RCGP GP Specialty Trainee Awards are open to any GP Trainee in the UK either currently engaged in or within one year of having completed specialty training for general practice at the time of application.
    2. Five awards will be available to attend the Royal College of General Practitioners Annual Primary Care Conference - 4 - 6 October 2012 | SECC, Glasgow

    The Caring About Carers Award  Deadline: Patient nomination - 22 June 2012

    The Caring About Carers Award recognises the excellent work of GP practices in identifying and supporting carers. The RCGP in partnership with the Princess Royal Trust for Carers is running the awards again this year and patient/carers nominations are now being sought.

    GP Practices who have been nominated by patients will be encouraged to submit further information. There are four awards in each of the four UK countries. An overall winner is identified from these four.

    Great Expectations Bursaries Deadline: 31 July 2012

    Several bursaries will be available to attend the Royal College of General Practitioners Annual Primary Care Conference - 4 - 6 October 2012 | SECC, Glasgow

    Rose Prize  Deadline: 4 January 2013

    Award for original work in the history of British General Practice. Joint prize with Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London.

    Sent on behalf of :
    Mayuri Patel | Administrative Assistant (Awards and Committees) | Governance and Knowledge Management | Tel: 020 3188 7537

    Posted May 21st 2012 (6 years ago)

    Applications open for GP Educator Fellowships (5 posts)

    Applications are invited for 5 GP Educator Fellowships (1 session) based in Bath, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Swindon

    For further information and to make an application or access via the NHS jobs website using the reference 970-WD117-10

    Closing date for applications is Monday 18th June 2012

    Kind regards,

    Mrs Clare Whittle | Recruitment and Selection Manager - GP | School of Primary Care, Severn Deanery | 01454 252641

    Posted May 21st 2012 (6 years ago)

    RCGP Medical Director - Substance Misuse and Associated Health

    Dear all,  

    We are now advertising the existing role of Medical Director for the RCGP Substance Misuse and Associated Health unit (SMAH – formerly known as SMU) as the contract of the current Medical Director has reached its point of three-year renewal.

    The role is a designed on a sessional commitment basis (3-4 sessions per week, 46 weeks p.a.) as a three-year fixed-term appointment (subject to annual review). The appointment is on a contract for services basis, with the possibility of renewal at the end of the three-year contract.

    Payment for services will be at the RCGP daily rate plus 5% (currently £206.30 per session, £412.60 per day)

    Role purpose

    This role positions the holder as the College’s main clinical lead developing strategy and profile and overseeing development of services/support/products in relation to SMAH’s public health remit. This involves working closely with the Chair of the Professional Development Board, to whom the Medical Director will report.

    SMAH’s current range of services and products includes: Certificate in the Management of Drug Misuse; Certificate in Harm Reduction, Health, Recovery and Wellbeing for people using Drugs; Certificate in the Management of Alcohol Problems in Primary Care; Certificate in Detection, Diagnosis and Management of Hepatitis B&C in Primary Care and Introductory Certificate in Sexual Health.

    Application process

    If you are interested in the above vacancy, please email bbowman@rcgp.org.uk  to request a role description or to arrange to discuss the role in advance of applying.

    Applicants should submit a CV and covering letter explaining their interest in and suitability for the role and providing evidence of their skills and experience in relation to the responsibilities outlined in the role description.

    Closing date: 11 June 2012 Interview date: late June/ early July 2012

    Roles to commence: 1 September 2012

    Sent on behalf of Shirley Chinery | Committee & Policy Support Administrator | Governance and Knowledge Management | Tel: 020 3188 7541

    Posted May 21st 2012 (6 years ago)

    GP Fellowship Posts 2012

    Rural Training Fellowships in General Practice - 7 posts are available in this round

    Established as a Special Health Board, NHS Education for Scotland is the provider of leading-edge specialist learning, education and skills development for all health service employees in Scotland. These General Practice Fellowships are for one year, from August 2012.

    You must have completed your General Practice Specialty Training prior to taking up post.

    The one-year GP Rural Fellowships represent an opportunity to work in Scotland to develop the generalist skills required to work in some of the most beautiful areas of our country. Two distinct fellowship options will be included from August 2012:

    • The ‘standard’ GP Rural Fellowship option based on the curriculum for rural practice developed by the Remote and Rural Training Pathways Group (GP sub-group Final Report Sept 2007).
    • The new GP Acute Care Rural Fellowship option based on the GP Acute Care Competencies work following from the agreement of the Framework for the Sustainability of Services and the Medical Workforce in Remote Acute Care Community Hospitals

    You will gain experience by working in remote and/ or rural general practice (for the ‘standard’ option) or hospital practice (for the Acute Care option) as well as in a ‘base practice’ in a rural area. The fellowship year includes 13 weeks of protected time and a generous financial allowance to support a flexible, individually tailored learning programme based on the fellow’s individual needs.

    Applications are sought from enthusiastic and interested GP Specialty Trainees that have recently completed GP Specialty Training. There may be regular travel to and within remote areas which may not be served by public transport, therefore if you do not hold a valid UK driving licence, it will be necessary to organise travel arrangements and suitable alternative transport. Travel expenses incurred as a result of the need to travel will be reimbursed. Posts will be available from August 2012 in a variety of rural locations across Scotland including Highland, Orkney and Wigtonshire.  

    (Job Ref: 186BR) A local job description will apply to each post along with the person specification.For further information, please contact Dr Peter Wilkes at peter.wilkes@virgin.net

    Interviews for these posts will take place in early to mid June 2012 in Inverness. 

    Closing date for all posts: Friday 29th May 2012

     

    Posted May 21st 2012 (6 years ago)

    Help benchmark performance assessments

    FAO All Faculty, Sessional GPs and GP Trainees:

    Dear All,

    I have been asked again by the GMC to pass on a request for trainees (F2 and above), sessional GPs and principals to help bench mark the performance assessments used for fitness to practice reviews. Whilst the days provide useful CSA like practice, they are particularly keen also to attract some post CCT GPs if possible.

    The dates are the 9th October, 29th November (for sessional GPs) and 18th December 2012.

    Other than the usual warm glow of altruism, there are further carrots in the form of a modest honorarium, a trip to London, a slap up lunch and some individualised feedback.

    Full details

    Many thanks,

    Bill
    Professor Bill Irish | Director of GP Education, Severn Deanery

    Posted May 15th 2012 (6 years ago)

    GP Trainee Prize in Musculoskeletal Medicine

    Dear Colleague, 

    I am just sending a quick reminder regarding the deadline for the GP Trainee Prize.

    The closing date for submissions is Wednesday 20 June 2012.

    The prize is open to any General Practice Specialty Trainee on a UK Training Scheme. To enter, applicants should submit a piece of original work in the field of musculoskeletal medicine. This could be an audit, critical appraisal, case discussion, significant event analysis or a service development (up to 3,000 words). Suggestions are available via our website  

    Each regional winner will receive a year’s membership of the Primary Care Rheumatology Society (PCRS) plus entry (and up to £250 towards expenses) to attend the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) annual conference. In addition, all regional winners will be entered into a national competition for a chance to win a prize of £500.

     If you need any further details, please contact me on 01246 541116 or email me.

    Donna Lakin | Education Administrator | t: 01246 541116 | d.lakin@arthritisresearchuk.org | ww.arthritisresearchuk.org

    Posted May 14th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Severn Deanery GP Trainee Excellence Awards

    Dear all,

    Call for nominations for this year's Severn Deanery GP Trainee Excellence Awards

    There are many excellent GP trainees in Severn. Ensure that their achievements are recognised and rewarded by nominating an ST3/4 for an Excellence Award...

    The following Excellence awards are available:

    • Academic/ Research Excellence Award (£200), sponsored by Avon LMC
    • Education Excellence Award (£200), sponsored by the Medical Protection Society
    • Leadership Excellence Award (£200), sponsored by Frome Medical Practice
    • Clinical Excellence Award (£200), sponsored by Wesleyan Medical Sickness
    • Excellence Award for medical work outside the GP training programme (£200), sponsored by the RCGP Severn Faculty
    • Excellence Award for personal achievement outside of medicine (£200), sponsored by the Swindon Trainers' Group
    • Green Practice Award (£200), sponsored by Dr Tim Ballard on behalf of the RCGP

    Full details of the nomination, shortlisting criteria and final selection process for these awards available here

    Come and hear about and celebrate the trainees' many and varied successes at the Excellence Awards Event and Michael Lennard Reception

    If you have any queries, please contact Pauline.Harper

    Sent on behalf of Dr Anne Whitehouse

    Posted May 14th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Applications open for GP ST3 IT Development Scholarship commencing August 2012

    Applications are now open for a further GP ST3 Scholarship commencing August 2012.

    This is for the Information Technology (IT) Development Scholarship. Applications are now invited from ST2 trainees who would like to take on this scholarship role.

    Please send your application by email to: Severn.gpschool@southwest.nhs.uk or by post to: Mrs Clare Whittle, GP Recruitment and Selection Manager, School of Primary Care, Severn Deanery, Deanery House, Unit D, Vantage Office Park, Old Gloucester Road, Hambrook, Bristol, BS16 1GW

    Closing date for applications is Monday 4th June 2012

    Mrs Clare Whittle | Recruitment and Selection Manager | School of Primary Care, Severn Deanery | Tel: 01454 252641

    Posted May 9th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Trevor Silver Memorial Prize

    Are you interested in primary care musculoskeletal medicine? If so, you may be interested in the Trevor Silver Memorial Essay Prize. This is being awarded for the first time in 2012 and is open to all doctors and medical students registered in the UK.

    What could the essay involve? Applicants are invited to submit an essay in the region of 2500 words on the subject of musculoskeletal medicine in primary care. Some examples would be:- a case presentation with discussion, an audit or description of a new service or skill that has been developed.

    Who was Trevor Silver? Trevor Silver (1927-2011) was a General Practitioner with an interest in the management of musculoskeletal conditions, notably injection therapy Trevor married Claire Wand’s daughter Jill and he served for many years as a Trustee to the Claire Wand Fund. Throughout his career, he was interested in education and training. For many years, he was Regional Adviser to SW Thames Region British Postgraduate Medical Federation and held a number of important roles within the Royal College of General Practitioners, including Chair and Provost of the South West Thames Faculty. He chaired many management, education and research committees, including the local division of the BMA and his Regional Health Authority Regional Research Committee. He was a GP advisor to the Arthritis and Rheumatism Council and a trainer to the RAMC. He contributed to original  research on regional inequalities of GP training in inner city areas. He travelled widely to deliver his highly regarded t tissue and joint injection workshops and published a successful book ‘Joint and Soft tissue injection’

    What are the benefits of entering? The essay will be independently marked by a panel of doctors (2 consultants and 1 GP based in the Exeter locality). Prizes for the first the top 3 applicants will be awarded as follows:-

    • First £750
    • Second £500
    • Third £250

    Feedback will be provided for all participants and the essay would be a helpful contribution to appraisal.

    How do I get more information? Contact David Silver david.silver@rdeft.nhs.net or Dan Bartram daniel.bartram@nhs.net

    Please submit applications to the Claire Wand Fund 

    Sent on behalf of David Silver

    Posted May 8th 2012 (6 years ago)

    GMC Survey

    Dear Colleagues,

    For the last 3 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.

    There are additional challenges this year as the survey is only open for 7 weeks and closes on 15/06/2012 (5.5 weeks less time when compared with 2011). 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 our local Champion Allegra Etheridge allegra.etheridge@southwest.nhs.uk.

    With many thanks, 

    Best wishes,

    Professor Davinder P S Sandhu

    Posted May 8th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Leonardo da Vinci, Anatomist

    The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace | Friday, 4 May 2012 to Sunday, 7 October 2012

    This exhibition is the largest ever of Leonardo da Vinci’s studies of the human body. Leonardo has long been recognised as one of the great artists of the Renaissance, but he was also a pioneer in the understanding of human anatomy. He intended to publish his ground-breaking work in a treatise on anatomy, and had he done so his discoveries would have transformed European knowledge of the subject. But on Leonardo’s death in 1519 the drawings remained a mass of undigested material among his private papers and their significance was effectively lost to the world for almost 400 years. Today they are among the Royal Collection’s greatest treasures.

    The Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy app, which accompanies the exhibition, is now available to buy on the app store.

    How accurate were his anatomy drawings?

    Posted May 8th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Nomination for the office of President of the RCGP, 2012–15

    FAO All RCGP Members:

    At the Annual General Meeting to be held on Friday 16 November 2012, Dr Iona Heath will have completed her three-year term of office as President.  Nominations are therefore now sought for the office of President, to serve for the three-year period, 2012–15.  Members of the College may propose another for election to the office of President. Such nominations, signed by 12 members in good standing, must be received by the Returning Officer no later than noon, 31 March 2012.

    Nomination forms and further details may be obtained from the Returning Officer, 1 Bow Churchyard, London EC4M 9DQ, or by email from jcheong@rcgp.org.uk.

    In the event of more than one nomination being received, voting papers for a postal ballot will be sent to eligible fellows and members during April. A single transferable vote system will be used for the election. Candidates standing for election will be informed of the results in the week before the Meeting of Council on 16 June 2012, when the results will be formally announced. The result will also be published subsequently in the British Journal of General Practice.

    Dr Terry Kemple is the only local Severn Candidate.  Here is his 100 word statement:

    Why vote? What sort of president do you want? I have 70 words left to convince you to choose me instead of one of the usual suspects or better known names for president. I’m a working GP who believes in listening, caring, and then doing the right thing. I’m an enthusiast for making general practice better. I’m the same age (60) as the RCGP and enjoyed full-time work for 30 years. Work is busy and rewarding but general practice is changing. The next generation faces a challenging and uncertain future. I want to revive values like wisdom, trust, and continuity to help keep us focused on what's important in our future.

    Best wishes,
    Terry Kemple

    Posted May 8th 2012 (6 years ago)

    RCGP Medical Director Roles in Professional Development and Standards

    The RCGP are about to recruit to four of the existing Medical Director roles within the RCGP Professional Development and Standards Directorate:

    • Medical Director – Curriculum (4 sessions per week, 46 weeks p.a.)
    • Medical Director – e Learning (4 sessions per week, 46 weeks p.a.)
    • Medical Director – Quality Management and Training Standards (QMTS) (3 4 sessions per week, 46 weeks p.a.)
    • Medical Director – Clinical Innovation and Research Centre (CIRC) (3 sessions per week, 46 weeks p.a.)

    These roles will be three-year fixed-term appointments (subject to annual review) on a contract for services basis, with the possibility of renewal at the end of the three-year contract.  Payment for services will be at the RCGP daily backfill rate plus 5% (currently £206.30 per session, £412.60 per day)

     Role purpose

    Each of these roles positions the holder as the College’s main clinical lead developing and driving forward College strategy and profile and developing services/support, products etc in their area, working closely with the relevant Council Board Chair, to whom the Medical Director will report.

    The MD-Curriculum role leads the vision and development/updating of the curriculum and its links to assessment, training standards and CPD. This includes leading a Curriculum Development Committee and appointing curriculum guardians, working with colleagues on e-learning and other educational resources for trainees and trainers, and providing support and advice to deaneries and trainers to ensure understanding and effective delivery of the curriculum.

    The MD–e Learning role leads all development and delivery of RCGP e Learning products including: e GP curriculum sessions, individual CPD modules and updates hosted on the College’s Online Learning Environment platform; works closely with the Curriculum Development Committee, nPeP Board and InnovAiT Board; works closely with the RCGP communications team on PR and the events team on events and conferences featuring e Learning-related sessions.

    The MD–QMTS role leads RCGP work on training standards and quality management of GP training; advises deaneries on accreditation of trainers and training practices; leads RCGP input into GP trainee recruitment and selection; works with GMC on programme approval processes and visits; advises on WPBA quality management and co-ordinates RCGP input into deanery ARCP and appeal panels.

    The MD–CIRC role leads on delivery of RCGP clinical priority, research, innovation and audit work; works with the Chair of CIRC to develop long-term strategy and key deliverables; works with CIRC staff to develop relationships with partner organisations and funders; works with education team on CPD products and with Faculties/events teams on events and conferences featuring CIRC workstreams.

    Application process

    If you are interested in the above vacancy, please email bbowman@rcgp.org.uk  to request a role description or to arrange to discuss the role in advance of applying.  Applicants should submit a CV and covering letter explaining their interest in and suitability for the role and providing evidence of their skills and experience in relation to the responsibilities outlined in the role description.

    Closing date: 31 May 2012 Interview dates: to be held in June 2012

    Roles to commence: 1 September 2012

    Sent on behalf of Birgitta Bowman | Executive Assistant | Professional Development and Standards | Tel: 020 3188 7426

    Posted May 1st 2012 (6 years ago)

    Applications open for GP ST3 Scholarships commencing August 2012

    Applications are now open for GP ST3 Scholarship commencing August 2012

    Applications are now invited from ST2 trainees who would like to take on a scholarship role. These include:

    For further information about the role of each scholar and the application process, please click on the links for the Scholarships that you are interested in applying for.

    Please send your application by email to: Severn.gpschool@southwest.nhs.uk  or by post to: Mrs Clare Whittle, GP Recruitment and Selection Manager, School of Primary Care, Severn Deanery, Deanery House, Unit D, Vantage Office Park, Old Gloucester Road, Hambrook, Bristol, BS16 1GW

    Closing date for applications is Monday 28th May 2012

    Mrs Clare Whittle | Recruitment and Selection Manager | School of Primary Care, Severn Deanery | Tel: 01454 252641

    Posted May 1st 2012 (6 years ago)

    Certificate in Detection, Diagnosis and Management of Hepatitis B and C in Primary Care

    The Royal College of General Practitioners is now launching the Certificate in Detection, Diagnosis and Management of Hepatitis B and C in Primary Care Part 2 course. The aim of this course is to build on the Part 1 certificate and to further increase primary care clinicians’ confidence in this area, through the establishment of a cadre of viral hepatitis champions - skilled in assessing hepatitis, monitoring treatment, managing side effects and potentially developing local services for the community management of hepatitis B and C in collaboration with colleagues in secondary care.

    Further details about the course and an application form.  

    Closing date 25/05/2012

    The Royal College of General Practitioners is also seeking to recruit ten tutors to facilitate the participant learning journey by providing supervision and support of educational training for the Certificate in the Detection, Diagnosis and Management of Hepatitis B and C in Primary Care Part 2.

    If you wish to apply as a tutor, or for any further information, please e-mail hepbandc@rcgp.org.uk  

    Closing date 08/05/2012

    Sent on behalf of  Jagdeep Sahota | Project Officer | Professional Programmes | Tel: 020 3188 7634

    Posted May 1st 2012 (6 years ago)

    2012 GMC Trainee Survey now open

    Dear All, 

    Please be aware that the 2012 GMC Trainee survey is now live until 15/06/2012. 

    In order to complete the survey, each trainee needs to access their GMC online account.

    If you have any queries regarding this, please don’t hesitate to contact Allegra Etheridge | Quality Manager | Severn Deanery Quality Team | Ph: 01454 252623

    Posted May 1st 2012 (6 years ago)

    Essential Knowledge Update 9 and Essential Knowledge Challenge 8 Now Available

    Dear All,

    Now available!

    The 9th edition of the RCGP Essential Knowledge Update Programme (EKU) 9 and the release of Essential Knowledge Challenge (EKC) 8. EKC 8 is an online self-assessment knowledge test and is based on the content of its associated Essential Knowledge Update (EKU) 8.

    Sent on behalf of

    Mona Lindsay | Administrative Assistant | Education |Tel: 020 3188 7610 MLindsay@rcgp.org.uk

    Posted April 23rd 2012 (6 years ago)

    Nominations are now open for the Trainee Excellence Awards!

    Trainees, Trainers, Educators, APDs, University of Bristol academic staff and lay colleagues are all invited to nominate one or more trainee(s). Self nominations will also be accepted. 

    Full details about the Excellence Awards along with the selection process

    All nomination forms must be submitted to Pauline Harper by June 22nd 2012.

    Posted April 23rd 2012 (6 years ago)

    Plans for extended GP Training

    For APDs and TPDs:April 18, 2012

    Medical Education England’s Medical Programme Board (MPB) has agreed that the Royal College of General Practitioners bid for enhanced and extended training should proceed to the next stage.

    The MPB agreed that the RCGP had put forward a good educational case that could see the training programme extended from three to four years.

    Further discussions will now take place between the RCGP and Professor David Sowden, Director of Medical Education (England) at the Department of Health and Co-Chair of the MPB.

    Following those discussions, the case will need to be put to the full MEE Board.

    At this stage, MEE is considering only the educational case. Other issues, such as the economic case and affordability and wider implementation, for example, would need to be considered at a later stage.

    Professor Sowden said: ‘The Medical Programme Board agreed that a good educational case had been made for enhanced and extended GP training.’

    He said: ‘I am pleased that we have been able to reach agreement today although this is the first stage in a longer process and the case will need to be considered further over the coming months.’

    For further information please contact Richard Green at Medical Education England on 0207 972 5053/07818 599718

    Sent on behalf of Manjula Das | Committee and Policy Manager | Academy of Medical Royal Colleges | manjula.das@aomrc.org.uk

    Posted April 23rd 2012 (6 years ago)

    Supporting Carers in General Practice Stakeholder Conference

    The RCGP are pleased to invite you to a conference that will highlight the progress of the Department of Health’s funded Supporting Carers Programme; a collaboration between the Royal College of General Practitioners, Princess Royal Trust for Carers/Crossroads Care and Carers UK.  The tripartite programme aims to help increase the identification of, and support for carers throughout England.

    The conference will take place on Wednesday 23 May 2012 from 10:00am to 16:00 at etc.venues – Maple House, 150 Corporation Street, Birmingham, B4 6TB

    The conference is aimed at GPs, practice staff, expert practitioners, primary care commissioners, GP liaison practitioners and carers. The agenda will discuss the role of GP champions, expert pratitioners and carer ambassadors and include examples of best practice. Attendance is free (lunch will be provided)

    Please confirm your attendance via email no later than 5pm on 1 May 2012 to Cynthia Adipue supportingcarers@rcgp.org.uk

    If you cannot attend please nominate a representative where possible

    Sent on behalf of Laura Penn Laura.Penn@rcgp.org.uk |Temporary Administrator | Professional Standards |Tel: 020 3188 7596

     

    Posted April 13th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Prospective and Experienced Clinical Supervisors Courses now enrolling

    If you have a colleague who may be interested in becoming a GP clinical supervisor or your training practice wishes to nominate one of your colleagues to attend such a course to develop your practice further, take a look at the Clinical Supervisors page on the website. This will give you full information and enrolment instructions for all our Clinical Supervisor courses. 

    Approval will be sought from the appropriate patch Associate Postgraduate Dean (APD) prior to confirming course bookings.

    All approved GP clinical supervisors who are due to attend a one-day Experienced Clinical Supervisors course this year have been contacted, however, if you are a clinical supervisor and your re-approval is due to expire next year and you have not yet attended such a course during your current re-approval period, you may wish to consider attending a course this year. It is mandatory for all clinical supervisors to attend one Experienced Clinical Supervisors course during their 3-year re-approval period.

    If you wish to discuss further, please contact Jackie Pullin, GP Co-Ordinator.

    Please submit all applications to Jackie Pullin or post to GP Co-Ordinator, School of Primary Care | NHS Education South West, Severn Deanery | Deanery House, Vantage Office Park | Old Gloucester Road | Hambrook, Bristol BS16 1GW | Tel: 01454 252682

    Posted April 13th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Academic Clinical Fellowship in Primary Care and Clinical Pharmacology

    Academic Clinical Fellowship in Primary Care and Clinical Pharmacology

    Please find attached a job description inviting applications from current ST2 GP trainees to commence in August 2012. 

    Applications are invited from second-year general practice specialty trainees (in ST2 year) who wish to undertake clinical academic training. Funding is now available to allow trainees to obtain dual qualification in General Practice and Clinical Pharmacology. Further information can be found via the West Midlands Deanery.  Before making an application, potential applicants are encouraged to make direct contact with the Research and Knowledge Transfer Office in  Birmingham University.

    Applications are to be made using this link

    Applications close on the 24th April 2012.

    Mrs Clare Whittle | Recruitment and Selection Manager | School of Primary Care, Severn Deanery | Tel: 01454 252641

    Posted April 13th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Applications open for Training Program Director/GP Educator in Gloucestershire (3 sessions)

    Training Program Director (formerly GP Educator) – 3 sessions in Gloucestershire

    Applications are invited for a Training Program Director/GPE for 3 sessions based in Gloucestershire.

    For further information and to make an application please click on the link below or access via the NHS jobs website using the reference 970-WD155-GLOS 

    Closing date for applications is Thursday 26th April 2012

    Mrs Clare Whittle | Recruitment and Selection Manager | School of Primary Care, Severn Deanery | Tel: 01454 252641

    Posted April 13th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Applications open for Out of Programme Experience (OOPE) opportunities

    FAO  APDs, TPDs, ESs and ST1s:

    Applications are now open for Out of Programme Experience (OOPE) opportunities

    Applications are now invited from ST1 trainees who would like to take an OOPE from August 2013 between their ST2 and ST3 years. 

    Application process

    Further information about the OOPE scheme including what past trainees have done during their OOPEs 

    We also offer an award of a free subscription to the Oxford Textbook of Medicine online for the best application for OOPE in a low or middle income country. The award is sponsored by Oxford University Press (OUP) and should be a valuable resource during the OOPE year.

    Please send your completed application by email to: Severn.gpschool@southwestwest.nhs.uk  or by post to: Mrs Clare Whittle, GP Recruitment and Selection Manager,School of Primary Care, Severn Deanery, Deanery House, Unit D,Vantage Office Park, Old Gloucester Road, Hambrook, Bristol, BS16 1GW

    Closing date for applications is extended to Wednesday, 6th June, 2012

    Mrs Clare Whittle | Recruitment and Selection Manager | School of Primary Care, Severn Deanery | Tel: 01454 252641

    Posted March 27th 2012 (6 years ago)

    2 year Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) programme in General Practice

    For APDs, TPDs (GPEs), and Supervisors:

    Would you please read this new information about our 2 year Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) programme in General Practice

    1. NIHR ST3 entry ACF in General Practice

    This post is being advertised on the GP NRO website http://www.gprecruitment.org.uk/fellowships.htm  and on http://www.jobs.nhs.uk/  (please use the search filter “academic”).

    The Academic Unit of Primary Health Care in the University of Bristol, in association with the Severn Deanery GP training scheme, has available a locally funded 2 year Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) programme in general practice. Applicants who are currently in ST2 of GP specialty training and who would like to pursue an academic career attached to a very successful academic department are invited to apply for this fellowship. Full information is on our website http://www.primarycare.severndeanery.nhs.uk/about-us/trainees/academic-gp-training/

    Applications are to be made via the West Midlands: https://secure.intrepidonline.co.uk/PATHWAY2012/sys_Pages/Programme/ProgrammeList.aspx

    Please be aware that applications opened on Monday 19th March 2012. Applications close on Tuesday 17th April 2012.

    Best regards,

    Clare Whittle  GP Recruitment and Selection Manager (maternity cover)  Tel: 01454 252641 

    Posted March 27th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Sustainability Master Class 26th April, 2012

    For APDs, TPDs (GPEs), and Supervisors:

    Dear all,

    We are pleased to invite you to the Deanery’s first Sustainability Master Class on the 26th April. The speaker line-up has a strong GP influence including Dr Tim Ballard the RCGP Sustainability Lead, Dr Trevor Thompson the Senior Lecturer in the Department of General Practice at the University of Bristol, and Dr Sally Aston the Severn GP Sustainability Scholar of 2011.

    More information and how to book here: http://www.severndeanery.nhs.uk/events/show/master-class-template/

    Places are limited, so do book early.

    Kind regards,

    Shara Paulo

    Severn GP Education Manager  Ph:01454 252681

    Posted March 27th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Medical Director for MRCGP International

    The RCGP is seeking to appoint a Medical Director for MRCGP[INT] to provide strong strategic leadership and to be responsible for the development, conduct, delivery and quality assurance of the College’s MRCGP[INT] accreditation scheme for overseas examinations in Family Medicine/Primary Care worldwide, in line with the RCGP International 10-Year Strategy, annual objectives and the MRCGP[INT] Workbook.

    Responsibilities will include leading on matters relating to MRCGP[INT] accreditation of locally developed postgraduate assessments, which provides a route to the College’s International Membership; maintaining and developing effective relationships with existing and potential overseas partners, such as chairs of examination boards, ministries of health, medical education providers and other relevant stakeholders; being an ambassador for the College and actively promoting its reputation and prestige internationally, occasionally travelling overseas when required.

    Reporting to the Chair of the International Committee through the Chair of MRCGP[INT] Board, the postholder will be expected to participate in meetings of the International Committee (three times per year) and of the MRCGP[INT] Board (four times a year) as an observer and provide progress reports at each meeting. The postholder will also lead on various assessment development work streams through smaller working groups. The postholder will work closely with the Medical Director for International Development Programmes, the Medical Director of Assessment and liaise at an operational level with other Medical Royal Colleges through the Academy of the Medical Royal Colleges’ International Forum.

    The contract will be for three years in the first instance, potentially renewable for a further three years. Remuneration will be offered for 2 sessions per week, 46 weeks per year, on the DOH GP05 pay scale for GP Educators.

    Application Criteria

    Applications are invited from College Fellows with international experience and a thorough understanding of assessment principles and methodologies in postgraduate medical education and the College’s membership examination. Candidates should be active in general practice and able to demonstrate an interest and engagement in international relations and activities. Full details and role description.

    Application Process

    Please apply by email attaching a covering letter and a copy of your current CV, stating the expertise and contribution you can bring to the College’s international work. These should be sent to international@rcgp.org.uk before 12pm noon on the closing date of Monday 16 April 2012. Interviews will take place on the afternoon of Tuesday 24 April 2012.

    Posted March 12th 2012 (6 years ago)

    South West Paediatrics Spring Meeting

    Why go to London to pick up the latest and the best in child health, when you can do it locally and at a decent price? Trainees pay only £60 – and it’s even cheaper if you are a member

    • Headache - Dr Rachel Howells, Exeter
    • Visual Development - Mr Nick Evans, Plymouth
    • Chronic Pain in Childhood - Dr Richard Howard, GOSH. London
    • Childcare advice since the 16th Century - Christina Hardyment, Oxford.
    • Paediatric Networks - Dr Carol Ewing, Manchester
    • Swimming with Sharks; A Doctor in Parliament - Dr Sarah Woollaston, MP (Totnes)

    This is a chance to present at a well established RCPCH recognised regional CME meeting.This is an opportunity to present a short report or paper before a senior but supportive audience. Four trainees or students will have the opportunity to address the meeting for 15 minutes each on any subject of interest to paediatricians.

    There will also be plenty of space for poster presentations at the meeting.  Please send your abstracts (not more than 250 words) to tony.lopez@nhs.net

    Closing Date 16th April

    Sent on behalf of 
    Dr Tony Lopez  Consultant Paediatrician  Derriford Hospital  Plymouth

    Posted March 12th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Booking process for May 2012 CSA examinations

    Dear All

    As you are aware there were significant difficulties for both candidates and the RCGP during December 2011 when the CSA booking system was unable to cope with the volume of traffic in the first few hours after the booking window opened.

    Fortunately nearly all those who applied then, have now sat the CSA with the team having coped magnificently with a record number of candidates (over 2000). It was slightly disappointing to note that, following December's scramble for March appointments, these dates now have the worst occupancy rates following a number of lateish withdrawals!

    In order to avoid similar problems in the future and to take the opportunity to trial the new software for what will be a broadly paperless system in Euston from November 2012 we will be using a new booking system for the May CSA diet. I attach some information which I would be grateful if you could disseminate via your usual deanery cascades, and which has been posted on the RCGP website http://www.rcgp-curriculum.org.uk/nmrcgp/csa.aspx  with an alert placed on the ePortfolio.

    The significant changes that will affect candidates are that they will now need to indicate which dates they cannot be available and the RCGP will allocate them to a date they have made themselves available. This will hopefully enable the exam team to ensure that we utilise our resources most efficiently, minimising gaps in circuits and thus enabling us to run the CSA as cost effectively as possible.

    Applying to sit the CSA

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have a query about this, via exams@rcgp.org.uk .

    Best Wishes

    Sue Rendel  Chief Examiner RCGP   

    Royal College of General Practitioners  1 Bow Churchyard, London EC4M 9DQ  Switchboard: 020 3188 7400 Fax: 020 3188 7401  Web: www.rcgp.org.uk

    Posted March 12th 2012 (6 years ago)

    ST3 entry Academic Clinical Fellowships in General Practice

    For All ST2 Trainees:

    Applications are invited from second-year general practice specialty trainees in English deaneries (current ST2s) who wish to undertake clinical academic training starting August 2012. Funding is now available to allow trainees to extend their training by a year, allowing part-time attachment to a University department during the ST3 and ST4 years.

    Fellowships are offered at five Universities: Birmingham, Bristol, Keele, Oxford, and Southampton. In most cases we anticipate applicants will wish to continue to train in their existing Deanery although cross-Deanery transfer may be possible in specific cases.

    Further details of these awards, including the specific training opportunities available at each University, are available at http://www.haps2.bham.ac.uk/primarycare/nspcr/index.shtml and here on our website under 'Locally funded GP Academic Clinical Fellowship'.

    Application forms are now available from www.gprecruitment.org.uk  Closing date for applications is 11th April 2011. Interviews will be held in Solihull during week commencing 9th May 2011.

    Posted March 12th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Arthritis Research UK GP Trainee Prize in Musculoskeletal Medicine.

    Dear Colleague,

    Arthritis Research UK is pleased to announce the deadline for the Arthritis Research UK GP Trainee Prize in Musculoskeletal Medicine.

    The prize is open to any General Practice Specialty Trainee on a UK Training Scheme. To enter, applicants should submit a piece of original work in the field of musculoskeletal medicine. This could be an audit, critical appraisal, case discussion, significant event analysis or a service development (up to 3,000 words). Suggestions are available via our website at: http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/health-professionals-and-students/educational-grants-fellowships-and-prizes/gp-trainee-prize.aspx

    Each regional winner will receive a year’s membership of the Primary Care Rheumatology Society (PCRS) plus entry (and up to £250 towards expenses) to attend the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) annual conference. In addition, all regional winners will be entered into a national competition for a chance to win a prize of £500.

    For more details of how you can apply for the prize, including suggestions for audits and case studies, please visit www.arthritisresearchuk.org/traineeprize or email d.lakin@arthritisresearchuk.org 

    The closing date for submissions is Wednesday 20 June 2012. If you need any further details, please contact me on 01246 541116 or email me d.lakin@arthritisresearchuk.org

    Best wishes

    Donna Lakin  Education Projects Administrator  t: 01246 541116 www.arthritisresearchuk.org

    Posted March 8th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Quality Programmes Clinical Lead

    For All GPs, Practice Managers, or Practice Nurses:

    Apologies for the short notice -the deadline for submitted applications is Friday 09th March 2012, 17.00

    Royal College of General Practitioners seeks to recruit an Clinical Lead for its quality programmes. The role will:

    • Be 1 Year in first instance, running from 01st April 2012-31st March 2013
    • Involve one 4 hour session a week at £202.40 per session

    The successful candidate will be a practising GP with an interest in quality initiatives.

    To arrange an informal discussion about the role and, or, see a role description please contact Patrick Scott, Quality Programmes Manager by email: patrick.scott@rcgp.org.uk.

    Timetable for recruitment of the Assessment Clinical Lead

    • Applications. Interested applicants submit CV and covering letter by email to patrick.scott@rcgp.org.uk (please note applications submitted after the deadline will not be looked at) Friday 09th March 2012, 17.00
    • Short listing. Successful candidates will be notified by email with details of the next stage: if you have not been contacted by 21st March 2012, 17.00 please assume you have not been successful on this occasion. Wednesday 21st March 2012, 17.00
    • Interviews. Tuesday 27th March 2012

    Background

    The aim of the RCGP Quality Programmes is to offer a range of awards which support the majority of General Practices (Practice Accreditation: PA), with the option of attaining a high level excellence award for those who would like to do so (Quality Practice Award: QPA).

    The post holder will be expected to provide clinical leadership to:

    • Bring the two awards together into a unified programme
    • Synchronise criteria development for both schemes
    • Ensure promotion of the schemes within relevant primary care networks
    • To work with the Assessment Lead to ensure delivery of a robust, efficient and cost effective assessment of the schemes

    In order to achieve the above, the Clinical Lead will work closely with the Quality Programmes Manager, the Head of Education and Professional Development and other RCGP staff as necessary, representatives at the DH, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the British Medical Association (BMA) to ensure the scheme reflects current and future needs within primary care.

    The key priority is the delivery of integrated quality programmes in which the two standards (and all the clinical elements) are aligned, and a clear quality journey is in place that accommodates practices at most levels.

    Next Steps

    If you are interested in applying please submit the following documents by email to Patrick Scott, Quality Programmes Manager (patrick.scott@rcgp.org.uk):

    • Up to date CV (not exceeding two A4 pages)
    • Covering letter (not exceeding three A4 pages) stating why you are applying for the role, how you meet the essential attributes outlined in the role description, and what you think the key challenges will be and how you will overcome them
    • The deadline for submitted applications is Friday 09th March 2012, 17.00 at the very latest. (please note applications submitted after the deadline will not be looked at)

    We look forward to hearing from you,

    Patrick Scott – Quality Programmes Manager

    Sent by GP School of behalf of RCGP

    Posted March 8th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Quality Programmes Assessment Lead

    FAO All GPs, Practice Managers, or Practice Nurses:

    Apologies for the short notice - The deadline for submitted applications is Friday 09th March 2012, 17.00

    The Royal College of General Practitioners seeks to recruit an Assessment Lead for its Quality Programmes. The role will:

    • Be 1 Year in first instance, running from 01st April 2012-31st March 2013
    • Involve one day per week, £393 per day.

    The role would suit a GP, Practice Manager, or Practice Nurse with an interest in quality initiatives. To arrange an informal discussion about the role and see a role description please contact Patrick Scott, Quality Programmes Manager by email in first instance: patrick.scott@rcgp.org.uk.

    Timetable for recruitment of the Assessment Clinical Lead

    • Applications. Interested applicants submit CV and covering letter by email to patrick.scott@rcgp.org.uk  (please note applications submitted after the deadline will not be looked at) Friday 09th March 2012, 17.00
    • Short listing. Successful candidates will be notified by email with details of the next stage: if you have not been contacted by 21st March 2012, 17.00 please assume you have not been successful on this occasion. Wednesday 21st March 2012, 17.00
    • Interviews. Tuesday 27th March 2012

    Background

    The aim of the RCGP Quality Programmes is to offer a range of awards which support the majority of General Practices (Practice Accreditation: PA), with the option of attaining a high level excellence award for those who would like to do so (Quality Practice Award: QPA).

    Practice Accreditation (PA) has recently been launched and currently has over 150 practices registered. It is a criteria based programme based largely on organisational standards and assessment via a webtool. It has been developed in partnership with the University of Manchester and in collaboration with the BMA, Royal College of Nursing, Care Quality Commission, Department of Health, NHS Confederation, Primary Care Trusts and patient groups among others. QPA representatives have also been involved at all levels. The standards have been aligned with the Care Quality Commission requirements for General Practice registration when it comes into force in England in 2012/13 – there is an opportunity here to increase sign ups in the run up to the launch.

    The Quality Practice Award (QPA) was established in 1996 and is designed to be suitable for well-developed GP practices. Available to practices UK wide since April 1997, QPA is also a criterion-based quality accreditation process, the purpose of which is to improve patient care by encouraging and supporting practices to deliver the very highest quality care to their patients through team working.

    The purpose of the role will be to develop, finalise and roll out of the RCGP Quality Programmes assessment system, working closely with the Quality Programmes Manager and Clinical Lead to ensure the programmes are delivered on budget, on time and to a good standard of quality.

    Next Steps

    If you are interested in applying please submit the following documents by email to Patrick Scott, Quality Programmes Manager (patrick.scott@rcgp.org.uk):

    • Up to date CV (not exceeding two A4 pages)
    • Covering letter (not exceeding three A4 pages) stating why you are applying for the role, how you meet the essential attributes outlined in the role description, and what you think the key challenges will be and how you will overcome them

    The deadline for submitted applications is Friday 09th March 2012, 17.00 at the very latest. (please note applications submitted after the deadline will not be looked at)

    We look forward to hearing from you, Patrick Scott – Quality Programmes Manager

    GP School on behalf of the RCGP

    Posted March 8th 2012 (6 years ago)

    RCGP GP Specialty Trainee Awards

    The RCGP GP Specialty Trainee Awards are open to any GP Trainee in the UK either currently engaged in or within one year of having completed specialty training for general practice at the time of application.  These awards are for original and innovative work undertaken during the course of Specialty Training.

    Five awards will be available to attend the Royal College of General Practitioners Annual Primary Care Conference - 4 - 6 October 2012 | SECC, Glasgow. 

    The Awards consist of

    • Delegate attendance costs for the RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference
    • Gala dinner ticket
    • Framed Certificate
    • Opportunity to present your work in a poster display

    Further detailsand how to enter.

    Applications are now invited.  Closing date 31st May 2012.

    Enquiries to: Awards Administrator, Royal College of General Practitioners, 1 Bow Churchyard London EC4M 9DQ Email: kmessent@rcgp.org.uk  or mpatel@rcgp.org.uk  Tel: 020 3188 7400 Ext 7534/753   Website: ttp://www.rcgp.org.uk/prizesandawards

    Posted March 8th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Next AKT applications now open

    Dear all,

    The next AKT (Applied Knowledge Test) shall take place on the 25 April 2012.  The application window is open between 6-15 March 2012.

    Please ensure you only apply if it is their intention to sit the examination, as the College have had a series of trainees booking and then cancelling at the last minute. If this continues, they may have to institute a cancellation fee.

    Eligibility for the AKT is as follows:

    • ST2, ST3, GP Refresher trainees
    • maximum of 4x attempts - applicable to those starting in specialist training in August 2010 for the AKT, unlimited number of attempts for those who started training before this time
    • Generally must be within your training period.

    Date details for remaining AKTs sittings in 2012 are:

    • Apply via College website 6 -15 Mar 2012 11 - 20 Sept 2012
    • Main date for AKT 25 Apr 2012 31 Oct 2012
    • Results & feedback 24 May 2012 27 Nov 2012

    For further information regarding this exam please refer to the RCGP website, http://www.rcgp-curriculum.org.uk/nmrgcp/akt.aspx  or email exams@rcgp.org.uk

    Many thanks,

    GP School, on behalf of the RCGP

    Posted March 8th 2012 (6 years ago)

    NHS Medical Director's Clinical Fellow Scheme

    This OOPE scheme is a real opportunity for selected candidates to develop their skills in leadership, management and health policy. Participating doctors work within a host organisation in roles that typically include policy work, analysis, strategy and project management. One of our GPSTs Julie Dando did this as an OOPE a few years ago. You can read about her attachment to Gabriel Scally in Taunton on our website.

    These posts area highly competitive but there is a real need for more GPSTs to do them and I really would encourage you to think seriously about applying.

    Dr Paul GN Main, GMC 1626085 Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Bristol, Deputy Director and Associate Dean, School of Primary Care, Severn Deanery, NHS Education South West.

    The NHS Medical Director's Clinical Fellow Scheme gives junior doctors the opportunity to spend time in a dedicated out-of-programme experience to develop their skills in leadership, management and health policy. Participating doctors work within a host organisation in roles that typically include policy work, analysis, strategy and project management. Further details and application form.

    Closing date for applications: 5pm, 22 March 2012

    Start date of posts: 3 September 2012

    Posted March 8th 2012 (6 years ago)

    18th WONCA Europe Conference

    For All ST2s and ST3s and Recently Qualified GPs

    This is sponsorship for GP Speciality Trainees and those within 5 years of completing training

    Severn Faculty RCGP and The Severn Deanery School of Primary Care are now able to jointly offer sponsorship, to attend the WONCA Europe Conference in Vienna, 4-7 July 2012.  Sponsorship is supporting the Vasco da Gama movement www.vdgm.eu.  The Vasco da Gama Movement (VdGM) forms part of the WONCA organisation and is the European International Committee for GP trainees and GPs within 5 years of completing training.

    The WONCA Europe conference this year is themed on “The Art & Science of General Practice and family Medicine and will be held in Vienna 4-7 July 2012  http://www.woncaeurope2012.org

    The Vasco da Gama Conference is for young doctors to share experiences and forge links across Europe. There will be General Practice based Theme Groups for discussion and debate and opportunities to shadow Austrian GPs in their surgeries

    Sponsorship is available for ST2, ST3 trainees and/or newly qualified GPs (first 5 years) to attend the conference in 2012 and entry is by competition, open to Severn Deanery trainees and “First 5” GPs working within the Severn Faculty catchment area.

    Severn Faculty RCGP is pleased to be able to publicise our agreement with the Severn Deanery School of Primary Care to now fund conference registration fees, budget air travel and subsistence up to a maximum of £100 per day at the 2012 Conference for up to two successful candidates.

    Application is by competitive essay, no longer than one side of A4 entitled  

    ‘What value is European Co-operation amongst GPs in Training and Newly Qualified GPs, in furthering the development of Primary Care in Severn’.

    Along with your application, contact details, current status (either Speciality Trainee of within 5 years of completing GP training, please include details of where you are working within the Severn Faculty,

    Revised deadline 31 March 2012

    Applications can be sent either by email to: severn@rcgp.or.uk  or by post to: Jane Lohmann Severn Faculty RCGP, Deanery House, Unit D- Vantage Business Park, Old Gloucester Road, Hambrook, Bristol, BS16 1GW Tel: 01454 252728

    Posted February 21st 2012 (6 years ago)

    VSO/RCGP Partnership in Uganda

    For TPDs and Educational/clinical supervisors:

    VSO in partnership with the Royal College of GPs are looking to recruit…

    A General Practitioner Curriculum Developer/Trainer

    Uganda  Start Date: June 2012

    Background

    Life expectancy in Uganda is 51, with over a third of the population living in poverty. It’s hard to stay healthy when you’re poor in Uganda, especially if you live in a rural village.  Paying for transport to the nearest clinic or hospital is the first hurdle, and even if you manage to overcome this you may have to pay for the drugs you need when you arrive.  There’s a shortage of both health care services and trained healthcare staff across the country. Communicable diseases thrive; it’s no wonder then that malaria remains the main cause of death amongst children in Uganda. VSO is supporting the Uganda Health Sector to improve health systems, quality services and health training provision. VSO volunteers work closely with rural communities in implementing primary health care services helping to provide preventative health care where access to health services is at its lowest.

    The role will be divided into 3 main areas;

    • To provide training and teaching for post graduate doctors studying for their Family Practice Masters degree. This will also involve supporting the development of the curriculum for this course.
    • To develop provincial Practice sites in their delivery of family health improvements. You will be supported by the central university in Kampala to visit and appraise each training site for the training programme. You’ll work alongside local doctors and trainee doctors who understand the local health context. 
    • To build the capacity of the provincial primary health care clinics, by coaching and training a local support staff team in clinical skills, management and administration.

    Skills, qualifications and experience required

    • You’ll be a qualified General Practitioner, with a minimum of three years’ post qualification experience. Experience of formal or informal training and mentoring would be helpful. An interest in medical education and curriculum development would be beneficial. You’ll be based in the central Kampala hospital and will need the flexibility to adapt your approaches when working in outlying regions. You’ll need to embrace the situation of working with less diagnostics and fewer drugs than you’re used to, and the passion and good humor to take on lots of challenges.

    And the rest....

    You’ll be based in an urban environment but this role gives you the opportunity to get to know different sides of life in Uganda through frequent trips to rural villages. We’ll ask you to commit to 12 – 24 months to make a sustainable contribution to our development goals. In return, we’ll give you comprehensive financial, personal and professional support. We'll provide you with extensive training before your placement, and our financial package includes a local salary, return flights, accommodation, insurance and more.

    To register an interest in this role go to www.vso.org.uk/volunteer/how-to-apply/index.asp and reference U596/3/1 in your application form. You can also submit a general application form for other roles to start within the next 12-18 months. Following your application you’ll be provided with a more detailed placement description. Support from RCGP UK via email can be accessed before and during the placement, and we will look to provide in-country professional support for your duration overseas.

    VSO is a registered charity in England and Wales (313757) and in Scotland (SCO39117)

    Posted February 21st 2012 (6 years ago)

    Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) Survey

    Dear Sir or Madam

    We are currently conducting a research study to investigate how doctors cope in clinical settings generally, and how having a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) such as dyslexia may affect doctors and their work. Please note, you do not need to have a Specific Learning Difficulty to participate.

    If you are a medical doctor and would like to complete a questionnaire about these issues then please click this link. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/doctorssurvey

    If you are a medical doctor and have, or suspect you have, an SpLD and would be interested in taking part in a telephone interview to discuss the effect of your SpLD on your work as a doctor, please enter your contact details in the separate link below, or contact the researcher directly to discuss participating. The interview would be organised at a time of your convenience and would last up to 40 minutes (once only). It would be digitally recorded from the telephone for transcription purposes. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/contact-details

    Your responses will be anonymised in our data analyses and reporting and any data you provide will be kept confidential. You can find more information about both of these studies in the Information Sheets available via the links above.

    If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Jennifer Musto  PhD Student in Medical Education
    Norwich Medical School
    University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ
    Tel: 01603 593300
    Email: j.musto@uea.ac.uk

    In anticipation, sincere thanks for your valued response.

    Jennifer Musto

    This is part of a PhD project that is being supervised by Dr Sandra Gibson, Dr Susan Miles and Professor Sam Leinster at the University of East Anglia.

    If you would like general information on this topic then please see The British Dyslexia Association http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/ or Dyslexia Action http://www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk/

    Posted February 21st 2012 (6 years ago)

    GP Trainees' Careers Fair 9th May, 2012

    Save the date!

    We warmly invite you to this year's GP TRAINEES' CAREERS FAIR, organised by the Severn Deanery and Severn Faculty RCGP.

    The Fair aims to inspire you, and help you plan your career and prepare for working as a qualified GP.

    Sessions include setting up as a locum, sorting your finances, the NHS pension, partnerships, appraisal and revalidation, negotiating your contract and much more...

    Wednesday May 9th 2012 at Engineers House, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3NB

    The Careers Fair will replace VTS teaching on that day, and is for all ST1, ST2, ST3 and ST4 trainees. You will need to register and pay a £10 fee to secure your place - look out for emails inviting you to do this over the next few weeks.

    Please contact severn@rcgp.org.uk  if you have any queries.

    Best wishes

    Dr Anne Whitehouse   Careers Fair Organiser

    Posted February 9th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Study Leave in ST1, ST2 and ST3

    Dear All,

    I have been asked to write to you just to clarify the school policy on study leave. I am delighted to confirm that Severn continues to support the provision of an additional 10 days of study leave, above the standard amount granted elsewhere the UK, during ST3.

    So for clarity:

    • ST1 and ST2: 30 days of study leave per annum (including in GP placements)
    • ST3: 40 days.

    As before, study leave needs to fit the published criteria for granting study leave available here and agreement from the relevant supervisors and rota managers. As always it is important that I emphasise that study leave isn’t a “right” and needs to be managed in the context of the service needs of your employer. Fortunately in Severn it is usual for reasonable requests to be accommodated where at all possible.

    I hope this is helpful.

    Best wishes 

    Professor Bill Irish    Chairman GP National Recruitment Office      Director of GP Education, Severn Deanery 

    Posted February 9th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Established Educational Supervisors Courses

    • Date: April 19th 2012 until April 20th 2012           To enrol visit our Events page and scroll to April, 2010
    • Date: Sept 13th 2012 until Sept 14th 2012           To enrol visit our Events page and scroll to Sept, 2010
    • Date: Oct 18th 2012 until Oct 19th 2012              To enrol visit our Events page and scroll to October, 2010

    Location: Guyers House SN13 0PS

    Spend two days in Guyers House, Pickwick, near Corsham - a splendid country house hotel in Wiltshire. Sharing experiences, successes and problems with other GP educational supevisors from all corners of Severn Deanery. Checking how you do things in comparison with your peers. Getting practical help with preparing and delivering tutorials and the nMRCGP assessments. Getting refreshed and reinvigorated as an educational supervisor. Each GP educational supervisor needs to attend such a course during their 3-year re-approval period.

    The cost of this course is £300.00 including £100.00 for evening meal, overnight accommodation & breakfast; £200.00 will be reimbursed shortly after course attendance. In addition, a portion of your daily delegate costs will be funded via your CPD allowance at a rate of £30.00 per year. We will invoice your practice for this fee eight weeks prior to the course. It is anticipated that no further charges will apply. This fee is not refundable or transferable should you cancel your booking within eight weeks prior to course commencement. Please refer to our cancellation policy.

    Posted February 9th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Established Clinical Supervisors Courses

    Established Clinical Supervisors Course - (1- day course)

    • Date: May 16th 2012 9:00am until 4:30pm                To enrol go to our Events page and scroll to May, 2012
    • Date: November 21st, 2012  9/00 am until 4.30 pm     To enrol go to our Events page and scroll to November, 2012

    Location: Deanery House, Vantage Business Park, Hambrook, Bristol BS16 1GW

    Courses are provided free of charge as an essential professional development for GP Clinical Supervisors. Each Clinical Supervisor needs to attend one established course during each 3-year re-approval term.

    Posted February 9th 2012 (6 years ago)

    New Clinical Supervisor Courses

    New Clinical Supervisors' Courses (2-Day Course)

    • Dates: April 24th 2012 9:00am until April 25th 2012 4:30pm         To enrol, click on our Events page and scroll to April
    • Dates: July 19th 2012 9:00am until July 20th 2012 4:30pm           To enrol, click on our Events page and scroll to July
    • Dates: October 24th 2012 9:00am until October 25th 2012 4:30pm  To enrol, click on our Events page and scroll to October

    Location: Deanery House, Vantage Buisness Park, Hambrook, Bristol BS16 1GW

    The course will equip you with the skills for effective clinical supervision.  You are invited to bring issues and any concerns pertaining to the particular type of supervision you are or intend to be involved in. These will be examined fully. 

    It will be necessary for you to attend both days of the course.  The cost of this course is £100.00 which will be reimbursed once approval as a GP clinical supervisor has been granted by the School Board.  This fee is not refundable or transferable should you cancel your booking within four weeks prior to course commencement. 

    Posted February 6th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Educational and Clinical Supervisors (Trainers), Clinical Supervisors, APDs, and Patch Administrators: 1-day Conference

    Places still available!

    Educational Supervisors (Trainers) and Clinical Supervisors - 1-day Conference

    This is a large one day event for about eighty Educational Supervisors (Trainers) and Clinical Supervisors. It is an opportunity to network widely across the Severn Primary Care School footprint. It tends to be a mixture of interactive presentations and group work. Time is built in to enable lots of informal information and experience sharing.

    We usually hold two one-day conferences a year which in 2012 are at Eastwood Park Conference Centre

    To enrol for 28th March, 2012, click here

    To enrol for 17th October, 2012, click here

     We hope that most training practices can send a Trainer and Clinical Supervisor to attend.  As the conferences are extremely popular, individual Educational Supervisors (Trainers) and Clinical Supervisors should only attend one per year.

    We are a huge faculty of 320 Educational Supervisors (Trainers), 50 Clinical Supervisors, and about 40 Associate Directors, GP Educators and GP Educator Fellows. There is a wealth of talent and expertise amongst us.

     

     

    Posted February 6th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Full fee bursaries available for cpd and postgraduate study in Primary Care

    FAO: All Faculty and all trainees:

    The School of Primary Care is providing full fee funding for GP Registrars and Faculty staff who wish to take modules part-time on the University of Bath MSc in Primary Care.  Trainees are expected to fund 50% of the fee, but will have that reimbursed in full on successful completion of each module. Trainees should apply for study leave through the study leave system to their patch administrators and then register with the University. 

    Trainees considering applying as Education and Leadership Scholars are recommended to consider taking a relevant module. 

    Faculty staff are entitled to exemption of the full fee. There will be an expectation of completion. 

    The programme, which has been mapped against GP competency requirements, consists of clinical and non-clinical topics. Delivery varies depending on topic but many modules are delivered online and are studied flexibly over an extended period. Some modules involve writing up of practice-based enquiries or audits, including OOPE. Fast track entry through claiming credit for previous study is also possible. Modules scheduled for 2012 include:

    Module

    Availability 2012

    Learning and Teaching (HL500181)

    Current  

    Repeated 1 September

    Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation (HL50111)

    5 March and October

    Evidence-based Practice (HL50168)

    2 April

    Exercise for Health (HL50157)