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Posted September 11th 2018 (1 month ago)

Severn PGMDE are moving on 4 October 2018!

Severn Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education office is moving on the 4 October 2018

Please note that Health Education England’s Severn PGMDE office will be moving out of Vantage Business Park to our new location.

From the 4 October 2018 we will no longer be located at Deanery House, Vantage Business Park. With effect from Monday 15 October 2018 our new address will be:

Health Education England
Park House
1200 Parkway
Bristol Parkway North
Stoke Gifford
Bristol, BS34 8YU

Our telephone numbers will remain unchanged.

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

We apologise in advance if there is any delay in communications between 4 and 15 October 2018. Please send an email to the person with whom you wish to contact and they will reply you as soon as possible.

In the case of an urgent query please contact Simon Davis on 07585 998 704, Matt Friend on 07585 401187 or Rose Hill on 01752 590625. If you wish to get in touch with the Professional Support Unit please email: SevTraineeSupport.SW@hee.nhs.uk.

Dental - In the case of an urgent query please contact Matthew Hill on 01454 252672

Posted August 3rd 2018 (3 months ago)

National Foundation Doctors' Presentation Day 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Posted July 23rd 2018 (3 months ago)

Bursary and PGCE Funding 2018/2019

The application window for our Bursary and PGCE funding 2018/2019 is now CLOSED.

Posted June 27th 2018 (4 months ago)

Bursary and PGCE Funding 2018/2019


The application window for Bursary and PGCE Funding is now open.

Posted June 19th 2018 (4 months ago)

Bursary and PGCE Funding 2018/2019

Guidance and application forms for the 2018/2019 Bursary and PGCE Funding will be available from Wednesday 27th June 2018.

Posted June 12th 2018 (4 months 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

Draft Programme

Posted May 23rd 2018 (5 months 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 8th 2018 (7 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 (8 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 27th 2018 (8 months ago)

Trauma Care Conference

Worried how you would manage a paediatric mass casualty incidents?

* Worried about the signs of post-traumatic stress in you or a colleague?

* Want to know more about non-accidental injury and trauma?

Well, we have the conference for you! David Hanna and I are chairing the paediatric major trauma session at the upcoming TraumaCare 2018 conference in April. We have put together a fascinating lineup of talks covering a wide range of topics relating to paediatric major trauma.

The Traumacare 2018 conference is taking place between 15th-18th April 2018 and the paediatric major trauma programme is on Tuesday 17th April. The venue is Yarnfield Park Conference Centre, Stone,Staffordshire, ST15 0NL. 09:00-17:00. Tickets are available on the Traumacare website.


* Consultants from Manchester Children’s ED explain what their team have learnt from managing paediatric mass trauma and how they completely adapted their trauma imaging guidelines

* EMRTS, the “Welsh Flying Medics” discuss the challenges of paediatric primary retrieval.

* Dr Ffion Davies from Leicester Children’s Hospital, delves into the challenging area of non-accidental injury and major trauma in children.

* Dr Giles Haythornthwaite presents a fascinating case of traumatic aortic transection and how it was managed at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

* Dr Rachel Sunley talks about TRiM, a new scheme of peer support to teams managing major paediatric trauma. We also have paediatric major trauma imaging workshop. It’s going to be great so book your tickets now.


Hope to see you there,


David Hanna and Duncan Courtney



Posted February 27th 2018 (8 months ago)

Staying safe - a trainee-led review into fatigue within psychiatry

*Help the RCPsych Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee (PTC) make a difference by completing this survey*


Current demands within the NHS can be both physically and mentally exhausting. We know that moderate sleep deprivation can lead to impairments in cognitive and motor performance equivalent to legally defined levels of alcohol intoxication. We also appreciate that in psychiatry, where trainees regularly drive whilst on-call during unsociable hours, this is a significant concern.

Staying safe – a trainee-led review into fatigue in psychiatry is led by the Royal College of Psychiatrists Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee (PTC) and we need your help by completing this survey to build the evidence to make improvements in our training and the working conditions in your local area.

We don’t want psychiatric trainees to suffer the same fate as our anaesthetic colleagues where 57% of trainees have reported having had an accident or a near-miss driving home after a night shift. We also don’t want the same concerns about the availability of breaks and rest facilities. We want to understand and improve working conditions within psychiatry and we need your help to do this.


The survey is designed to capture information that impacts on your level of fatigue and which affects your wellbeing whilst on-call.


We will publish our findings in the summer and we’d be very grateful if you could complete our survey before 5pm Monday 12 March.

Help make a difference by completing this survey.


Best Wishes,


The Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee

Posted February 21st 2018 (8 months ago)

Reflective Practice

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

Posted February 20th 2018 (8 months ago)

Core Surgical Training ecancer education

Information regarding a set of e-learning modules that have been designed with ecancer, specifically for CT's in Surgery, covering the syllabus and to prepare you for ST posts and MRCS exams.

Support your core surgical training with this comprehensive new e-learning course which will give you a primary understanding of surgical oncology.  


Posted January 12th 2018 (9 months ago)

ST3 in Anaesthesia Recruitment Open Evening

The Severn School of Anaesthesia are holding an open evening for 2018 recruitment to ST3 level posts.

This event will take place on Tuesday 6th February 2018 at Severn PGME HQ, Deanery House, Vantage Office Park, Hambrook, Bristol.

If you are interested in applying to Severn for the August 2018 cohort, or for some time in the future, you are welcome to attend.

Please arrive from 5.00pm for a prompt start at 5.30pm.  

If you would like to attend this event, please register via the events tab.


Posted August 23rd 2017 (1 year ago)

Severn School of Paediatrics Annual Dinner and Awards

Paediatric trainees and Consultants, 14th September at Bristol Zoo

For more information please contact School manager Karen Fishenden

Posted August 22nd 2017 (1 year ago)

A Quick Guide to Severn School of Surgery Core Training Courses

A quick guide to the mandatory courses your TPD and Mr. Shabbir want you to take over your 2 years of Core Training.


Core Surgery-In-General Trainees

Anatomy/Physiology--Complete all modules in your CT1 year. http://surgery.severndeanery.nhs.uk/about-us/surgical-specialties/core-training/anatomy-and-physiology/

Human Factors--Complete this course by the end of your 2 years of core training. http://surgery.severndeanery.nhs.uk/about-us/surgical-specialties/core-training/human-factors-training/

Core Knowledge Training Days--Complete all modules by the end of your 2 years of core training. http://surgery.severndeanery.nhs.uk/about-us/surgical-specialties/core-training/core-knowledge-training-days/ 

Surgery-In-General CT1 & CT2 Clinical Skills Training (Gloucester)--Complete this course by the end of your 2 years of core training. http://surgery.severndeanery.nhs.uk/about-us/surgical-specialties/core-training/clinical-skills-training/

Surgery-In-General CT1 & CT2 Clinical Skills Training (Taunton)--Complete this course by the end of your 2 years of core training. http://surgery.severndeanery.nhs.uk/about-us/surgical-specialties/core-training/clinical-skills-training/

Professionalism & Leadership--Open to all core trainees but mandatory in your CT2 year. http://surgery.severndeanery.nhs.uk/about-us/surgical-specialties/core-training/professionalism-and-leadership/


Core T&O Trainees

Anatomy/Physiology--Complete all modules in your CT1 year. http://surgery.severndeanery.nhs.uk/about-us/surgical-specialties/core-training/anatomy-and-physiology/

Human Factors--Complete this course by the end of your 2 years of core training. http://surgery.severndeanery.nhs.uk/about-us/surgical-specialties/core-training/human-factors-training/

Core Knowledge Training Days--Complete all modules by the end of your 2 years of core training. http://surgery.severndeanery.nhs.uk/about-us/surgical-specialties/core-training/core-knowledge-training-days/

Core T&O Clinical Skills Training Days--Complete all modules by the end of your 2 years of core training. http://surgery.severndeanery.nhs.uk/about-us/surgical-specialties/core-training/clinical-skills-training/

Professionalism & Leadership--Open to all core trainees but mandatory in your CT2 year. http://surgery.severndeanery.nhs.uk/about-us/surgical-specialties/core-training/professionalism-and-leadership/


A list of current courses (more coming soon!) can be found on the Events section of the School of Surgery website using the following link http://surgery.severndeanery.nhs.uk/events. If you have any questions, please email Chad Elliott at chad.elliott@hee.nhs.uk 

Posted August 3rd 2017 (1 year ago)

Photos from the Severn School of Surgery CT1 Induction Boot Camp Now on Twitter

The Severn School of Surgery's CT1 Induction Boot Camp has begun and trainees are sharing their photos and experiences on Twitter https://twitter.com/SevSoSurgery.

This innovative three-day boot camp is now in its third year and provides incoming CT1s with an invaluable overview of their training programme including the many core training courses offered, ISCP navigation, ARCP expectations and simulation training, along with the opportunity to meet their Head of School, Training Programme Directors, as well other surgical trainees and consultants.



(C. Elliott)

Posted July 31st 2017 (1 year ago)

Severn School of Surgery ST3+ T&O Programme is #1 in the UK for Overall Satisfaction

The Severn School of Surgery's ST3+ Trauma and Orthopaedics Training Programme is #1 in the UK for Overall Satisfaction according to the recent GMC Survey. Many congratulations to TPD Simon Thomas and all the clinical and educational supervisors for this tremendous result.



(C. Elliott)

Posted July 27th 2017 (1 year ago)

Severn School of Surgery CT Programme is #1 in the UK for Overall Satisfaction

The Severn School of Surgery's Core Surgical Training Programme is #1 in the UK for Overall Satisfaction according to the recent GMC Survey. Many congratulations to TPDs James Coulston and Jon Mutimer, the College Tutors, and all the CT clinical and educational supervisors for this tremendous result.



(C. Elliott)

Posted July 5th 2017 (1 year ago)

Quincentennial Lecturer Scheme for Trainee Physicians

In 2018 the RCP will be celebrating its 500 year anniversary. As well as celebrating the history of the College, the RCP is also looking to the future.

We are therefore pleased to announce that we will be appointing a Quincentennial Lecturer in each region to give a lecture at the regional Update in medicine 2018. Applications are now open to give the Quincentennial Lecture at the 'Update in medicine – South West' in 2018. The successful lecturers will receive a plaque from the RCP president recognising their achievement, and will be invited to the 2018 Harveian lecture and dinner.

If you are a medical trainee at CMT or ST3–7 level, you are invited to apply by submitting an abstract relating to the subject of your proposed lecture.

Your lecture should be based on your work in one of the following areas:

  • clinical research
  • successful quality improvement programme
  • achievements in medical education
  • chief registrar experience and achievements.

If you are a consultant physician please consider encouraging trainees to apply.

The lecture must be designed to be of educational value to a general medical audience and should include an evidence-based overview of the clinical topic.

For full details and to apply, please read and complete the attached abstract submission form. Please also see attached the assessment guidelines. More information is available on the Quincentennial Lecturer scheme for trainee physicians website.

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 16th 2017 (2 years ago)

Quality Improvement Fellow Posts 2017

Health Education England – working across the South West (HEE-SW) is delighted to announce a training secondment opportunity to work with our senior staff on quality improvement and this post also will fund a postgraduate qualification PgCert in Health Services Improvement with Exeter University.  The knowledge and skills acquired through this post will also provide leadership experience to a successful doctor in training.  It is anticipated that at the end of the tenure, the QI fellows will be equipped to promote and disseminate learning in QI, with aims of improving patient safety, experience and efficiency in NHS.

Five posts (drawn from core/ higher speciality and GP VTS training programmes) are available on a 12 month full time fixed term contract from August 2017 or LTFT with negotiation.   The start date will be dependent on successful negotiations with the employer, but an anticipated date would be around August 2017.  The trainee will then return to the training programme, assuming satisfactory ARCP progression.

Appointment is through a competitive process following an assigned job description.

Please contact tina.oxland@hee.nhs.uk for the Application Form.

The successful candidates, who will be working within the geographical area of Health Education England - working across the South West training programmes, will spend 2 days (0.4 WTE) (funded by HEE-SW) on QI, lead on a quality improvement project and gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Services Improvement with Exeter University. The remaining sessions (0.6 WTE) will be spent working in their existing clinical specialty and participating in the contractually agreed out-of-hours with their employer.

The knowledge and skills acquired through this post will provide leadership experience to a successful doctor in training. It is anticipated that at the end of the 12 months tenure, the QI fellows will be equipped to promote and disseminate learning in QI, with aims of improving patient safety, experience and efficiency in the NHS.

Further information can be obtained from Dr Wai Tse, Associate Dean (Tel: 01752-676134).

Posted March 13th 2017 (2 years 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.


Doctors £90

Doctors in training £70

Nurses and Allied Health Professionals £50

Students £30

Posted March 1st 2017 (2 years ago)

Severn Core Surgical Trainees Runners-up in RCS "Are You Cut Out for It?" Competition

Many congratulations to Severn School of Surgery CT2s Joel Tay and Harry Dean who were runners-up in the Royal College of Surgeon's “Are you cut out for it?” Surgical Skills Competition in London last Saturday, 25th of February, 2017. Tay and Dean were coached by previous competition winners (and current Severn School of Surgery trainees) Oliver Brown and Andrei Tanase, This marks the second year in a row that representatives from the School have excelled at this event. 



(C. Elliott)

Posted November 29th 2016 (2 years ago)

Interview with Newly Appointed Core T&O TPD Jon Mutimer

Q: First of all, many congratulations on your appointment, Jon. Can you tell us a little bit about your background?

Thanks, Chad. I trained in Bristol as an undergraduate, completed my basic surgical training in Bath and higher surgical training in Bristol with time in Oxford, Sydney and Wellington, New Zealand along the way.


Q: When did you know you wanted to be a surgeon?

I had the idea whilst on attachment as a medical student having been inspired by the difference orthopaedics made to a huge variety of patients. I deliberately sought out orthopaedic posts in my early training to confirm that was what I wanted to do.


Q: What are your goals and priorities for your new role as Training Programme Director?

Training doesn’t stand still. It has evolved even in the last five years. Our programme needs to reflect that. Some of the best ideas come from you, the trainees. Whether that is in simulation, organising new courses or novel research, always keep an eye out to take responsibility for your training and make it even better. Non-technical skills in surgery is a huge area for improvement which, aligned with simulation, could radically alter how we learn to perform operations in future.


Q: When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind?

Living in Cheltenham you really can’t beat a day at the Horse Races or the rugby for that matter. I’ve always enjoyed climbing in the mountains in the UK or beyond but haven’t managed to get out as much as I would have liked in recent times. Two young children keep me out of mischief!


Q: What advice would you give to a surgical trainee who is trying to stand out in an extremely competitive programme?

What’s your unique selling point? Everyone else will have the same as you in terms of MRCS, logbooks and courses. Really try to set yourself apart – look for opportunities which will make you genuinely more interesting than the person next to you.


Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say to your trainees and colleagues?

This region has an excellent reputation for training and the colleagues you meet now may be colleagues later in your consultant career. Take time to enjoy working in a great area and squeeze every last drop of training out of your trainers!



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Mr. Jon Mutimer




(C. Elliott)

Posted November 29th 2016 (2 years ago)

Interview with Newly Appointed Paediatric Surgery TPD Mark Woodward

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TPD Mark Woodward (left) with Head of School Steve Eastaugh-Waring



Q: First of all, many congratulations on your appointment, Mark. Can you tell us a little bit about your background?

Thank you, Chad. I trained in Paediatric Surgery and Urology at the Children's Hospitals in Liverpool, Bristol, Birmingham and Melbourne, Australia and passed the FRCS (Paediatric Surgery) in 2004. I then spent eighteen months doing a Paediatric Urology Fellowship, which concentrated on laparoscopic urological surgery. I was appointed as a Consultant at Bristol's Royal Hospital for Children in December 2005. In addition to my NHS work, I’m an assistant Editor for the Journal of Pediatric Urology, an examiner for the adult FRCS (Urology), and have a research programme with links to the academic department of Paediatric Nephrourology.


Q: When did you know you wanted to be a surgeon?

At medical school! I did a house job in Paediatric Surgery in Southampton, and then an SHO job at Great Ormond St, after which I was sure that Paediatric Surgery was the specialty for me.


Q: What are your goals and priorities for your new role as Training Programme Director?

We’re a small specialty, and so it’s possible to get to know our trainees really well. Of course I’d like to help them all achieve their potential and I think this will involve a degree of flexibility as the trainees get more senior. In addition to maximising their training opportunities within our specialty, I want to try to set up more close links to other specialties [e.g. Adult General Surgery and Urology]. I think it would potentially be beneficial to rotate our trainees through these departments, allowing them to gain additional surgical experience that will be relevant to their future careers as Consultant paediatric surgeons. 


Q: When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind?

My interests outside of work include running [I’ve completed 26 half-marathons, 3 marathons and one ultra-marathon to-date], cycling, triathlon, skiing and kite-surfing.


Q: What advice would you give to a surgical trainee who is trying to stand out in an extremely competitive programme?

This is a hard one. I’ve taken part in National Selection interviews, and this type of process always favours good communicators. Of course, audits, papers etc are vital but for me, surgical experience is key. Any junior trainee who has found a way of doing more operating than the average (and can point this out ) will stand out. 


Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say to your trainees and colleagues?

For those trainees considering Paediatric Surgery: we’re in the business of solutions, not problems.

For those runners out there: pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. 





(C. Elliott)




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.


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 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 September 13th 2016 (2 years ago)

43rd BPNA Annual Conference 2017


We are pleased to announce that we have now extended the deadline for the call for abstracts for our 43rd BPNA Annual Conference 2017.

The deadline for submission will now be Sunday 25 September 2016. You will have until midnight on this day to submit your abstract.Submit your abstract here.

Please follow the Guidelines and instructions when submitting your abstract.

Applicants will be notified of results by the end of October 2016.


Oral Presentations - 

Oral presentations will have 15 minutes each: 10 minutes for the presentation, with a further 5 minutes for discussion. Please note that presenters must be registered for the conference day of their presentation. Notifications will be made in November to allow for early bird conference registration.


Poster Presentations - 

Posters will be on display for the duration of the conference. This year there will be guided poster tours, one author must be present for questions. Details of timings will be made in November to allow for early bird conference registration.


If you have any queries, please email Katie Wilkinson.

Posted March 24th 2016 (3 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 22nd 2016 (3 years ago)

Outstanding Month for Severn School of Surgery Trainees and Consultants

March (and late February) has been a very good month for the Severn School of Surgery. Recent trainee and consultant accomplishments include:

  • Winning the Royal College of Surgeons' "Are you cut out for it?" competition
  • 15 abstracts accepted at the upcoming ASME conference
  • An HEE Star Award
  • Winning the presidency of the Association of Surgeons in Training


Many congratulations to Head of School Steve Eastaugh-Waring and to all the trainees and consultants involved. Additional information on these outstanding achievements can be found in the News section of the Severn School of Surgery website and on the School's Twitter account.



(C. Elliott)





Posted March 14th 2016 (3 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 (3 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


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

Questions? Get in touch!


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 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 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)


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 5th 2015 (3 years ago)

Child Health Course

Educational course for GPs / trainees on Child Health takes place on Friday, 23rd of October in London. This is the 5th in a series of courses on a variety of topics which have all been very successful so far. All speakers are nationally known experts in their fields and work at UCL Partners Teaching Hospitals.

Full details and booking options can be found here

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 7th 2015 (3 years ago)


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. 


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 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 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 December 3rd 2014 (4 years ago)

Head of School of Paediatrics Vacancy

Applications are invited for the position of Head of School of Paediatrics, within the Severn Postgraduate Medical Education, in conjunction with the Royal College of Paediatrics. This position is for 3 Sessions per week.

Eligible applicants for this positions will be working in consultant or equivalent posts within the School of Paediatrics within the Health Education South West footprint.

The appointment will be made on the basis of a part-time secondment to Health Education South West alongside existing employment, for an initial period of 3 years.

Reimbursement will be made to the employing organisation equivalent to the number of sessions, to enable release for these duties.

It is essential that applicants secure the support of their employing organisation prior to an application being made.

A track record of achievement in training and education is essential.

As well as meeting the Person Specification requirements the successful candidates will also demonstrate the commitment and ability to:

  • Promote and support excellence in education
  • Ensure that the quality of education and training for Specialty Trainees meets the standards laid down by GMC
  • Ensure that the delivery of training enhances the quality and safety of care for patients now and in the future
  • Champion equality of opportunity

Applications in the form of a CV and letter demonstrating why you are suitable for the role are to be sent to Gill Murphy, Health Education South West, Postgraduate Medical Education, Deanery House, Vantage Park, Hambrook, Bristol, BS16 1GW orGill.Murphy@southwest.hee.nhs.uk  by the closing date of 31st December.

Interviews will be held on the 8th January at Deanery House.

Vacancy Details;


Posted October 27th 2014 (4 years ago)

Public Health England Ebola Guidance

Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a rare but severe infection caused by Ebola virus. Since March 2014, there has been a large outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa, with widespread and intense transmission in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. This is the largest ever known outbreak of this disease prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in August 2014. Cases have also occurred in Senegal, Nigeria, the U.S. and Spain.

Summary Guidance for Acute Trust Staff: Identifying and managing patients who require assessment for Ebola virus disease. Updated 21st October 2014

Information for Primary Care: Managing patients who require assessment for Ebola virus disease Updated 17th Oct 2014

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 September 30th 2014 (4 years ago)

Application for Bursary's for ECR now open

details on RCR website RCR

Posted August 12th 2014 (4 years ago)


Closing date for money to be paid and menu choices to be made. FRIDAY 18th August

Posted July 22nd 2014 (4 years ago)

Annual Joint Conference

Date For Your Diaries

Severn Postgraduate Medical Education and South West Peninsula, on behalf of Health Education South West, will be holding their Annual Joint Conference on 6th November 2014 at Sandy Park Conference Centre in Exeter (Exeter Chief’s rugby ground). The meeting will cover a number of topics relevant to postgraduate medical education in the NHS from keynote speakers

There will also be a number of workshops during the day on a variety of educational topics.

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 topics 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 South West.  

Registration Form is now available.

Programme of the Event.

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 7th 2014 (4 years ago)

Next Teaching afternoon for ST2-3

Please note the next teaching session is on 16th July at the RUH

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)

Clinical Fellow Oppotunity

An Oppotunity to apply for a Clinical Research Fellow Post, please follow the link for more informationUniversity Website

a Clinical Research Fellow for the CoolXenon trial in St Michaels.

Posted April 11th 2014 (5 years ago)

Changes to Study Leave Procedures

FAO all trainees in HESW Severn

With effect from the 1st April 2014 trainees based in either University Hospitals Bristol Trust or North Bristol NHS Trust will apply for study leave through the Intrepid online system as usual but approval will now be undertaken via the medical education department in your post graduate centre. You will also claim expenses for approved study leave through the medical education department and they will be in touch with regards to the process for claiming your expenses in due course.

All other trainees will continue to access study leave funding via Health Education SW as in previous years. ALL trainees (including those at NBT and UHBT) should continue to log your application for study leave via the online Intrepid system.

Your head of school will be in contact shortly regarding your budget allocation for 2014/15.


Posted March 31st 2014 (5 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. 


Posted March 31st 2014 (5 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 (5 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 11th 2014 (5 years ago)

GMC Trainee Survey

Countdown, GMC Trainee Survey runs this year from 26th March to 8th May, complete it early please

Posted February 12th 2014 (5 years ago)

BMJ Blog - Severn Foundation School: Top Tips to facilitate quality improvement in a postgraduate medical education setting

Severn Foundation School (FS) has embraced quality improvement (QI) as a highly effective means of achieving improvement in a wide variety of areas. Clare van Hamel, Associate Postgraduate Dean and Director of Severn Foundation School believes QI empowers individuals, in a far more effective way than audit, helping staff to address the concerns which are directly affecting them. Here she describes ways that other Foundation Schools can follow their lead to enable foundation doctors to identify concerns and develop solutions using a multi-professional approach.


Posted January 27th 2014 (5 years ago)

Defined Route of Entry – Emergency Medicine (DRE-EM)

It has been announced that a new defined routes of entry into emergency medicine specialty training will be introduced in 2014. This is one of the actions arising from the HEE Emergency Medicine Workforce Implementation Group and will be delivered by Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber (HEYH) in conjunction with the College of Emergency Medicine. The DRE-EM initiative will appoint candidates with transferable competencies as outlined in the person specification to specialty training through a national selection process (hosted by HEYH) to ST3 Emergency Medicine. Please see the attached ‘Quick Guide’ for further detailed information about DRE-EM and the link to  Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber

The purpose of DRE-EM is to allow a route of entry for those who have transferable competencies from surgical training at core level, and experience from ACCS related specialties. The intention is to increase throughput whilst maintaining quality. The initiative is innovative in many ways and aligns with principles set out in the Shape of Training report.

The person specification (attached) outlines two routes within DRE-EM ST3 Emergency Medicine. It is recognised that successful applicants are likely to need between 12-24 months at ST3 level prior to progressing (run through) to ST4. Candidates will usually require one year of Emergency Medicine training, plus potentially additional time in other ACCS related specialties (Anaesthesia, ICM and/or Acute Medicine) to fulfil the requirements to enter ST4. An assessment will need to be made by the local training programme working with the College of Emergency Medicine of each applicant’s transferable competences and a bespoke training programme will need to be created to support the early years of successful DRE-EM applicants. It is recognised that there are potential training capacity and cost implications for those requiring additional training time in ACCS related specialties.

The General Medical Council has recently approved DRE-EM leading to Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) for trainees appointed from a surgical UK approved training programme, as per the person specification attached. 

What is DRE-EM?

Defined Route of Entry into Emergency Medicine, ‘DRE-EM’, is an entry point into Emergency Medicine specialty training.  DRE-EM is new in 2014, and has its own national selection process – with applications opening on 3 February 2014. The intention of DRE-EM is to increase recruitment to Emergency Medicine training whilst maintaining quality.

Person Spec DRE-EM 2014

Who is eligible to apply to DRE-EM?

The person specification for DRE-EM clarifies two routes. One route is to enter into Emergency Medicine specialty training, having successfully completed two years of a UK core surgical training programme or two years of a run through surgical training programme in the UK, with evidence of achievement of CT/ST1 competences in surgery at the time of application and CT/ST2 competences in surgery by the date the post commences. Entry via this route leads to a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in Emergency Medicine.

The other route is to enter into Emergency Medicine specialty training with evidence of a minimum of 24 months at core trainee level (not including time spent within a Foundation programme or equivalent) in any ACCS specialties (Anaesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine or Acute Medicine), of which at least 12 months must be in Emergency Medicine, with at least 6 months of this worked within an Emergency Medicine environment similar to that seen in the UK and at least 12 months worked in the UK as a fully registered medical practitioner OR completion of the equivalent of core surgical training with evidence of achievement of CT/ST1 competences in surgery at the time of application and CT/ST2 competences in surgery by the time of appointment.   This route leads to a Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration – Combined Programme (CESR CP) in Emergency Medicine. 

Please note that any time periods specified in the person specification refer to full time equivalent, and there are additional requirements detailed in the person specification. It is important that applicants ascertain that they are eligible. Applicants must meet all essential criteria for the programme to which they are applying.  The person specification clearly states which elements are required for both routes, the CCT route and the CESR CP route.

Where can I find the person specification?

Please visit Health Education England’s Specialty Training website or visit the Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber recruitment DRE-EM website to download the person specification.

What is a CESR CP?

The Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration - Combined Programme (CESR CP) route allows applicants to be appointed above ST1/CT1 level to a LETB/Deanery and General Medical Council (GMC) approved training programme.  They are awarded a National Training Number (NTN), but at point of entry to the programme have previous training that has not been prospectively approved by the GMC to count. Trainees in these circumstances will have an NTN ending with the suffix ‘L’.

The certificate does not replace the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) and is not the same thing as a CESR. Trainees who are awarded the CESR (CP) will be recommended to the GMC for Specialist Registration in the same manner as a trainee on the CCT route. Trainees will thus be able to work as substantive consultants in the UK.

Where can I find further information about CESR CP?

The GMC website provides further information. Please visit: http://www.gmc-uk.org/doctors/cpfaqs.asp#1   Please do not contact Deanery/LETB offices for information on CESR CP as the offices will not be in a position to offer advice on individual circumstances and eligibility.

At what level will successful DRE-EM applicants be appointed?

Successful DRE-EM applicants will be offered an appointment to an “ST3 Emergency Medicine” post.  Prior to the successful applicant commencing in post, a review will be conducted by the College of Emergency Medicine, in conjunction with the local training programme, to define transferable competences and establish future requirements.  A decision will be made as to the additional time/competences required prior to moving to ST4 Emergency Medicine. Successful applicants will usually undertake a minimum of one year of Emergency Medicine, plus additional time as needed in Acute Medicine, Anaesthesia, Intensive Care Medicine, etc.  It is recognised that successful applicants will normally require between 12 months and 24 months at ST3 level prior to progressing to ST4 Emergency Medicine.

Does DRE-EM provide uncoupled or run through training?

DRE-EM provides run through training; successful applicants will progress through ST3, ST4, ST5 and ST6 automatically, subject to meeting all curriculum requirements and College exams.

If I am appointed to DRE-EM ST3 Emergency Medicine, do I need to take and pass the Membership of the College of Emergency Medicine (MCEM) examination prior to commencing ST4?

Yes, successful applicants are required to pass the MCEM examination, and all other ACCS/core EM competences, prior to moving to ST4 training.

Are applicants from a surgical training background – either from a UK approved programme or an equivalent programme - required to have achieved the Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS) examination?

If candidates are applying via the CCT route, they are required to have achieved MRCS.

If candidates are applying via the CESR CP route (equivalent surgical training), they are not required to have achieved MRCS.

I do not meet the ST3 DRE-EM nor the ST4 EM person specifications, but I am interested in applying for Emergency Medicine training? At what level should I apply?

Those who do not meet the ST3 DRE-EM or ST4 EM person specifications should refer to the ACCS EM ST/CT1 person specification and consider whether they are eligible; there is no ‘upper limit’ in terms of time/experience within this person specification.

Is there an upper experience/time limit for DRE-EM applicants?

No.  The intention is to allow entry from a broad range of applicants, but applicants will have to demonstrate that their career progression is consistent with personal circumstances and that their achievements and performance is commensurate with their total period of training or experience.

How will the national recruitment process work?

The national recruitment process will be hosted by Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber. There is one national application form for DRE-EM Emergency Medicine ST3. Therefore, eligible candidates will apply and be interviewed under one process, irrespective of whether they are applying for the CESR CP route or CCT route.

Longlisting will take place in line with the person specification after the closing date.

Short-listing will only be undertaken if required.

Applicants will be asked to preference all Units of Application within LETBs/Deaneries, although it is not yet certain whether all LETBs/Deaneries will have vacancies. If a candidate preferences a LETB/Deanery which does not have vacancies, the system will skip to the next preference on the candidate’s preference list, and so on.

Applicants do not have to preference all Units of Application (they can preference as many, or as few as they like) but are encouraged to consider their choices carefully.

Once the upgrading offer deadline has passed, should additional vacancies be realised by local LETBs/Deaneries, these will be offered to the next appointable candidates on the reserve list.

For all DRE-EM applicants, the interview format will be a multi-station selection process.  Thorough checks will be carried out by Consultant faculty to confirm eligibility. Whilst the station questions will be the same for those applying under the two routes, there will inevitably be some differences in terms of supplementary questions, as a result of the differing backgrounds of the two routes.  A comprehensive scoring matrix will be used to ensure that all applicants from both routes are equitably assessed and are on a ‘level playing field’.

DRE-EM applicants will be ranked on one list, and offers will be made based on this single list, with the top candidate being offered their preferred post (subject to available vacancies).

Why is the CESR CP process limited to trainees who have a background in ACCS specialties or equivalent surgical training?

Analysis of training curricula has confirmed that applicants from these backgrounds have transferable competences, which in turn allows the training period to be shortened.

Why are only applicants who have completed Core Surgery Training in a UK programme (or two years of a surgical run through UK programme) eligible for the CCT route?

In the first instance the GMC have only approved this route, which will be evaluated after a two year period. It is recognised that surgical trainees will have transferable competences and may wish to pursue a career in EM.

It is conceivable that the GMC may further explore widening the entry from other core specialties following the initial evaluation.

Where do I find out further information – such as how to apply, where the interviews are happening, timeline for when applications open/close, etc?

Please visit the Health Education Yorkshire & the Humber (lead LETB for Emergency Medicine) website; the recruitment pages provide further information about DRE-EM.

Am I allowed to have an inter-deanery transfer under DRE-EM?

Inter-deanery transfer (IDT) applicants must meet the eligibility requirements under the national IDT process, but in addition to this the “receiving” LETB/Deanery must confirm whether they can support the applicant’s training requirements. 

How have the documentation and process been developed?

The person specification, documentation, FAQs and the process have been developed by the College of Emergency Medicine and Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber, having undergone legal scrutiny.   Whilst legal challenge can never be ruled out, it is considered that the person specification and processes to be applied are reasonable.

I am a trainee considering a change in specialty, and think EM may be right for me.  Who can I speak to?

Trainees may seek views from trainers, senior trainees, trainee representatives, other faculty and careers advisers.  Heads of Schools and Training Programme Directors in Emergency Medicine can be identified on local LETB/Deanery websites.

Is this process subject to change?

Whilst this document outlines the planned direction for DRE-EM, like any new process we will be reviewing and monitoring plans, implementation of the process and management of this initiative. As such, all aspects of DRE-EM national selection are subject to change at any stage. 



Posted January 14th 2014 (5 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 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 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 14th 2013 (5 years ago)

Guide for doctors applying for Australia posts after F2

Dr Natalie Freeman, one of our former F2 trainees, has written a guide for trainees planning to take a year out in Australia following F2:

Guide for doctors applying for Australia posts after F2

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


Autumn ES and CS conference –  3rd September 2014 (Facilitated by Bath) - booking form


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 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 7th 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. 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.”


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
  • 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). 

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. 


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:



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



Members - Half Day £100 / Full Day £165

Non-Members - Half Day £120 / Full Day £185

AiTs/Nurses - Half Day £90 / Full Day £150



Deanery House, Unit D, Vantage Business Park, Old Gloucester Road Hambrook, Bristol, BS16 1GW

Posted September 20th 2013 (5 years ago)

Scientific Conference 2014 - Call For Abstracts

South West Public Health Scientific Conference

Wednesday 5th February 2014

The Winter Gardens, Weston-super-Mare

Call For Abstracts

You are invited to submit abstracts for Oral and Poster presentation at the South West Public Health Scientific Conference to be held on Wednesday 5th February 2014.

The aim of the conference is to showcase both service and university based public health research and evaluation from across the South West.

You are invited to submit abstracts of your work from across the full range of public health and from all related disciplines. Abstracts should clearly include your research question, methodology and results. To help with the submission of abstracts, guidance and an example abstract are attached.

Abstracts should be sent to the conference organisers via Beth.Carpenter@southwest.hee.nhs.uk and be received by 18.00 hours on Wednesday 30th October 2013.

If you would like to discuss the content of your abstract please contact one of the following members of the conference abstract committee:

Prof Yoav Ben-Shlomo Tel: 0117 928 7206 Professor in Clinical Epidemiology Email: Y.Ben-Shlomo@bristol.ac.uk

Dr Paul Pilkington Tel: 0117 328 8860 Senior Lecturer in Public Health Email: Paul.Pilkington@uwe.ac.uk

Guidance For Abstracts

Please complete the attached submission form and return it to Beth.Carpenter@southwest.hee.nhs.uk with a copy of your abstract, quoting Scientific Conference Abstract in the email subject line.

All abstracts must be received by 18.00 hours on Wednesday 30th October 2013. Abstracts received after this time will not be considered.

Important information regarding abstract layout:


  • The abstract must be no longer than 300 words maximum (excluding title, authors and affiliations, keywords and references)
  • Text should be single line spaced with justified margins
  • Each abstract must use Word Arial font in size 11 point
  • Abstracts should be saved as a Word document using the author’s name as the file name
  • Abstracts should be presented in accordance with the following guidance:
    • The title of the abstract must be in bold. The first letter of each word of the title must be in upper sentence case.
    • Full details of all the authors must be provided. This should include name; role and organisation/affiliation
    • The name of the author that wishes to present at the conference must be underlined
    • The authors’ roles and organisations/affiliations should be written in italics
    • The aim of the abstract presentation must be clear
    • It is advised to use the following sub-headings where relevant and appropriate:
      • Aim
      • Background
      • Methodology
      • Results / Findings
      • Conclusions / Recommendations

Abstracts that fail to adhere to the required abstract layout as outlined above will be rejected. Abstracts will be reproduced on the conference website exactly as submitted, so please check abstracts carefully before submission.

Abstracts will be peer reviewed and presenting authors of successful abstracts will be notified by 18th November 2013.

Please note that acceptance of your abstract does not give you a delegate place at the conference and you will be required to register a place when registration opens in late November.

For those submitting multiple abstracts, please be aware that if more than one abstract is accepted for oral presentation, each must be presented by a different individual at the conference.

Oral presentations will generally be allocated 12 minutes, followed by 3 minutes for discussion.

Poster presentations will be provided with space for one board.

Example Abstract:

Smoking Cessation Treatment and the Risk of Depression, Suicide and Self-harm in the Clinical Practice Research Datalink: a Cohort Study

Thomas K; Martin R; Davies N; Windmeijer F; Metcalfe C; Gunnell D

Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol

Aim: To compare the risk of suicide, self-harm and depression in patients prescribed varenicline and bupropion with those prescribed nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).

Background: Smoking is a major cause of premature mortality and preventable morbidity in the UK. Varenicline is recommended by NICE as an option for smokers who want to quit smoking. However there are safety warnings that smoking cessation medicines, such as varenicline and bupropion, may increase the risk of fatal and non-fatal self-harm.

Methodology: We followed up 203 413 adult patients with a first prescription of a smoking cessation product between September 1st 2006 and 31st December 2010 in the UK’s Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD). NRT was the most commonly prescribed (70% of prescriptions), followed by varenicline (24.9%) and bupropion (5.2%). Approximately half of general practices in the CPRD were linked to National Mortality data and Hospital Episode Statistics. Our primary outcomes were suicide and hospital admission for self-harm; depression was a secondary outcome. Cox regression methods were used.

Results: We detected 2008 primary care records of depression, 53 hospital admissions for self-harm and 6 confirmed suicides. We found no evidence that patients prescribed varenicline had higher risks of suicide, self-harm or depression compared with those prescribed NRT; hazard ratios (HRs) 0.90 (95% confidence interval 0.10, 8.30), 0.88 (0.43, 1.80) and 0.73 (0.65, 0.82) respectively. There were no suicides in patients prescribed bupropion. We found no evidence that patients prescribed bupropion had higher risks of self-harm, HR 1.03 (0.32, 3.37) or depression, HR 0.88 (0.71, 1.08) compared with patients prescribed NRT. Updated results will be available at the conference.

Conclusions: There is no evidence of an increased risk of suicidal behaviour in patients prescribed varenicline or bupropion compared to those prescribed NRT. These findings are reassuring for users and prescribers of smoking cessation medicines.

Abstract Submission Form

Please return to Beth.Carpenter@southwest.hee.nhs.uk by 18.00 hours on Wednesday 30th October 2013 quoting Scientific Conference Abstract in the email subject line


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






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
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 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.


    Jamie Meecham
    ePortfolio Manager | Quality Assurance
    Tel: 020 3188 7642

    Posted August 14th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Foundation Doctors Surgical Essay Prize 2013

    The Surgeon of 2050

    ASiT are pleased to announce that we are now accepting entries for this year’s ASiT PLG Foundation Doctors Surgical Essay Prize. Essays of no more than 1,500 words are invited on the above title ‘The Surgeon of 2050’.

    The strongest entries for this prestigious award will be presented to the Patient Liaison Group of the Royal College of Surgeons of England who will determine the winner.

    There will be prizes for the highest scoring essay and the best two runners-up. Prize details to be released shortly.

    Essays must be emailed to Info no later than midnight Thursday 18th of October 2013.

    • Entrants must be ASiT members and employed in a UK Foundation Programme (or ROI Internship) approved post at the time of application
    • Essays should be written in Arial size 12 font, double spaced, and referenced in the Vancouver style where necessary. 
    • Applicants should provide their full name, ASiT membership number, Foundation Year, Deanery, email and postal address alongside their submission.


    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. 


    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. 

    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)

    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


    Follow us on twitter@pulsetoday


    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


    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 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 June 28th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Health Education South West Newsletter

    The first edition of the Health Education South West quarterly newsletter is now available. Click here to read it.


    Posted June 3rd 2013 (5 years ago)

    99.7% Response Rate for the GMC Training Survey

    The Severn Deanery is very proud to announce that it has achieved a 99.7% response rate to the 2013 General Medical Council (GMC) Training survey. We were ranked second nationally, after the Defence Postgraduate Deanery, who have 112 trainees and achieved a 100% response rate. With 2,270 trainees from Severn participating, it is highly unlikely that a Deanery of Severn’s size can get a 100% response rate and so we should be very proud that Severn came top when compared with Deaneries who have trainee numbers in their thousands. In addition, we beat our % response rate, for the fifth consecutive year.

    I believe that our work together is an example of excellent practice across multiple sites with coordinated, positive and active input from staff at all levels. With 11 Schools and 9 Trusts getting a 100% response rate, we shall have complete, valid and reliable data to work with when the results come out from the GMC on 12 June 2013, to improve the quality of postgraduate medical education.

    Thanks to everyone for contributing towards this success!

    Allegra Etheridge - Quality Manager

    Posted May 31st 2013 (5 years ago)

    The Prescription of Analgesia - A Questionnaire for Junior Doctors

    I am a current FY1 Doctor working within the Oxford Deanery and am carrying out research into Junior Doctors views of Pain, Analgesia and Prescribing.

    Please could you kindly complete this questionnaire (which should take no longer than 3 minutes):


    Your participation would be greatly appreciated. 

    Dr A Pettipher
    FY1 Stoke Mandeville Hospital

    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 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:


    Applications close on 24 May 2013 and will be followed by a shortlisting process, with interviews on 4 June 2013.

    Posted May 13th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Quality Improvement at Severn Deanery

    We are delighted to tell you that our article on Quality Improvement has just been published by the BMJ Quality & Safety.
    • "Engaging all doctors in continuous quality improvement: a structured, supported programme for first-year doctors across a training deanery in England" (Rob Bethune, Eleanor Soo, Patricia Woodhead, Dr Clare Van Hamel, Joanne Watson)

    You can access the article here or use this toll free link

    Posted April 26th 2013 (5 years ago)

    Karen went "Over the Wall"

    Over the Wall

    A few months ago an e mail popped into my inbox asking me to circulate to trainee Paediatric doctors and GP trainees details about a charity called “Over the Wall”
    I read all about the wonderful work they do for seriously ill children and for siblings and families whose lives are affected by serious illness and contacted the charity to find out more.

    I completed an application form to become a volunteer at the camps that they run. I was selected for an interview in January this year and attended a full day in London along with others to see if I could be mad enough and generally play the fool in order to join this lively fun loving team of young volunteers, I had a nerve raking month waiting to hear if I had been selected as by now I was really keen to help.
    Well the congratulations e mail arrived and I was offered the opportunity to attend the Spring Camp in Dorset for siblings of seriously Ill children over the Easter week.
    I packed my bags not knowing what to expect and I really want to share with people what a fantastic awesome time I had.
    I arrived on Bank holiday Friday to Brynston School where I met up with some seriously fantastic young people who were also volunteers. Some were returning and some like me, new to camp. We were spilt into teams and allocated our “cabins” (boarding house) I was a team mate on the Purple Pirate boys team looking after boys aged 11-12 along with 6 others, we had 7 boys, so a 1-2-1 ratio. We spent the first evening doing team building exercises and decorating out cabins ready for the campers to arrive (all on a colour and theme depending on the team you were allocated to). The following day was a full on day of training for the volunteers and then on Sunday the camp came alive with 80 campers ranging from the age of 7-17.

    A brief description of a typical day in camp

    8am, drag the children out of bed – typing them off their mattress, grabbing the duvet, anything legal to drag them out of bed, face paint, purple t shirts, crazy hair. Don’t bother washing as you will be covered in face paint!

    8.30, Meet all the rest of the campers on the green for a sing along – mostly action and repeat after me songs. Some 80 campers and 80 volunteers in total- so a very noisy morning start

    8.45, Breakfast – usually involving some disgusting eating challenge which the children found hilarious and were no doubt never allowed to do at home.

    More singing and hilarity over breakfast and many challenges going around all the tables.

    9.30 - 11.00 activity,

    11.15 – 12.30, another activity

    12.45 , lunch, again great fun, lots of singing and challenges as well as loads of fuel food.

    13.30 cabin rest time for an hour/preparation for talent night…rest does anyone actually know what rest is?

    14.30 – 16.00 activity

    16.15 – 17.30 activity

    18.00 dinner, more challenges and more singing and even more food

    19.00 Talent show/opening ceremony/closing ceremony various evening fun and entertainment

    20.30 – Cabin chat, talk all about the day, proud moments, challenges the children achieved and general chill out, time to reflect on the day and how awesome the children are, generally confidence boosting sessions.

    Around 11 ish try and get overly excited children to bed having fed them loads of haribo and chocolate.

    12 midnight – time for the volunteers to all get together and play games such as wink murder, various silly card games chats and preparation for the next day, drinking hot chocolate or high energy drinks.

    2.30am (that was the earliest)bed time, zzzzzzzzzzzz

    Camp Activities included;
    Archery, clay pigeon shooting, arts and crafts, music, sports and games, swimming, drama, talent show, the list was endless.

    I came home an emotional wreck, totally exhausted but at the same time rejuvenated and feeling on top of the world. I am not sure who I am in awe of most, this amazing organization, the unbelievable young volunteers or the children that attended. Although I was the oldest volunteer I felt that I had made a difference and had spent a rewarding and satisfying week, would I do it again…..in the blink of an eye.

    On the Over the Wall web site it has a health warning, Once attended it becomes addictive. How true.

    If anyone would like to find out how to make a donation or indeed volunteer please visit the website or give me a call

    Over the Wall



    Posted April 17th 2013 (6 years ago)

    Revalidation – Designated Body for Trainees

    With the reorganisation of the NHS that happened at the start of April 2013, Medical Training has become the responsibility of Health Education England (HEE). Regionally, HEE is represented by Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs).

    We have one LETB in the South West, Health Education South West (HESW) and the Severn and South West Peninsula Deaneries are part of this new structure.

    At the moment the GMC would like Health Education South West to be the designated body for Revalidation for trainees, taking over this function for both Deaneries.

    Each Postgraduate Dean, Professor Davinder Sandhu and Professor Martin Beaman, will alternate in the role of Responsible Officer, and Martin Beaman will be in this role first.

    Despite this apparent change in the organisation of the Revalidation Process, Severn Trainees will continue to be managed byt the Severn Deanery and the Severn Revalidation Team, and likewise in the Peninsula.

    Queries may be received by either Deanery but will be diverted if appropriate.

    Posted March 20th 2013 (6 years ago)

    National Training Survey 2013

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

    The annual national training survey launches on the 26 March 2013. As a doctor in training, this is your chance to have your say on the training you receive.

    The survey results help deaneries, local education and training boards and local education providers to recognise the aspects of the training they deliver that are working well, and to take action where the results indicate a need for improvement.

    Dr Muj Husain is an ST5 in psychiatry and currently a clinical fellow at the GMC:

    "The national training survey is a really useful tool for identifying problems and finding out where things are going well. As a doctor in training I’ve used the survey results to draw attention to areas for improvement and to help target our work locally on improving training. The results are also an extremely valuable component of the GMC’s work to monitor the quality of postgraduate and foundation training in the UK. "

    The survey is easy to complete – it should take you no more than 20 minutes. Log in to your GMC Online account after 26 March and your survey will be waiting for you. Please respond to the survey by 8 May 2013 to make sure your views count.

    The survey provides us with a unique chance to understand, reflect and improve the way we train. It is important that we hear the views of all trainees so that we have as accurate a picture of the training we provide as possible.

    Visit gmc-uk to find out more.


    Posted February 28th 2013 (6 years ago)

    £100,000 Funding Available for Trainee Projects

    Medical training has undergone huge changes over the past decade. We have seen the implementation of the European Working Time Directive, the advent of Modernising Medical Careers and the creation of the Foundation Programme. The profound effects of these reforms have been considered and analysed by a number of key enquires. Professor Sir John Temple led a review of the impact of new working time legislation on training and produced the Time for Training report. This made 33 recommendations of how training could be improved within the boundaries of a 48 hour working week. Health Education England have distilled these recommendations in to common themes and identified three that are relevant to the role that trainees play in their own training:

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

    The challenge is for us as trainees to seize this opportunity to come up with solutions that allow us to make training work better for us. We are ideally positioned to see where things could be improved, but can lack the senior support, financial backing or voice to be able to affect these changes. Health Education England has put forward £100,000 to change this. It is working with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges to identify a number of trainee-led projects in England that meet the challenge set out in Professor Temple’s recommendations.

    There are no limits about what the project could be like, as long as you can show how it would positively change training by addressing the recommendations. Ideas could look at trainee representation, mentoring, portfolios, career planning, mobile apps, educational websites, e-learning…whatever you feel would improve the experience of being a trainee. Projects must have the potential to have a national impact and need to be sustainable, even when the original trainees move on.

    As well as the money, HEE and the Academy will also help you to identify the appropriate support for your project, be that from Deaneries or the Colleges, IT know-how or media assistance.

    For more info and for an application form, please contact the Better Training, Better Care team or 020 8433 6862. Alternatively please visit:


    Applications close 12 noon Tuesday 2 April 2013.

    Good luck

    Dr. Howard Ryland

    Clinical Fellow

    Posted February 26th 2013 (6 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 January 2nd 2013 (6 years ago)

    Time limiting of CCT applications

    As you may be aware the Postgraduate Board has approved the introduction of a limit on timeframes within which a doctor is able to apply for a CCT / CP. The limit will be 12 months from the doctors expected end of training date, and will be effective from 31 March 2013.


    From 31 March 2013 all doctors will have a maximum of 12 months to apply for their Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) or specialist and GP registration through the Combined Programme (CP) route.

    What does that mean for me?

    If you’re eligible to apply before 31 March 2013, you have until 31 March 2014 to apply.

    If you’re eligible to apply after 31 March 2013, you have 12 months from your expected end of training date to apply.

    What happens if I don’t apply in time?

    You will only be eligible to apply for entry to the specialist or GP register through the equivalence routes of CESR or CEGPR.n You’ll no longer be eligible for a CCT or specialist and GP registration through CP.

    Need more help?

    You can find more information on our website at www.gmc-uk.org/cctchanges/.



    Posted December 11th 2012 (6 years ago)

    START Applications Open Now

    We would also like to inform you that the application period for the March 2013 START opens today, ending on 7th January 2013.

    The START assessment is open to all run-through trainees in the Level 3 stage of their paediatric training and non run-through doctors who have sufficient experience equivalent to Level 3 run-through training. More info on RCPCH Website START Exam Information

    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 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.


    Prior to the Postgraduate Medical and Education Training Board (PMETB) being set up in 2005, curricula were time based with each specialty defining the length of time that a trainee needed to spend in the specialty before they were eligible to be awarded a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST - the certificate prior to the introduction of the CCT). Individual Colleges had different rules for the amount of time that a trainee could spend out of training without it affecting their CCT date.

    PMETB introduced a move to competency based curricula underpinned by indicative timeframes. All curricula became competency based by 2010.

    In parallel to the curriculum changes trainees’ hours of work have reduced with the implementation of working time regulations.

    Individual College rules around time out of training were in many cases not altered to reflect the move to competency based training and the changes to working hours.

    The current legal position

    Sections 34J and 34K of the Medical Act outline the minimum training times for general practice and specialist training respectively and section 34L outlines that in order for the GMC to be able to award a CCT it must be satisfied that the individual has satisfactorily completed the approved course of training. This allows the GMC to determine the arrangements for certification.


    Absence from training, other than for study or annual leave, may have an impact on a doctor’s ability to demonstrate competence and the satisfactory completion of the curriculum and assessment system to enable them to be awardeda CCT.

    Absence is being treated differently across specialties and deaneries and there is a need to ensure fairness whilst recognising the different indicative lengths of each curriculum.

    Historical allowances have not been updated to reflect the move to competency based curricula or shorter working hours.

    Consultation with key interests

    All stakeholder groups have been consulted, Deaneries, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Colleges/Faculties and junior doctors groups.


    The General Medical Council has determined that within each 12 month period where a trainee has been absent for a total of 14 days or more (when a trainee would normally be at work), this will trigger a review of whether the trainee needs to have their CCT date extended.

    The administration of the absence and any extension to training will be undertaken by the relevant deanery in consultation with the relevant College/Faculty where necessary. The GMC support deaneries implementing this guidance flexibly to reflect the nature of the absence, the timing and the affect of the absence on the individuals’ competence. Examples of this flexibility are outlined in the FAQs. The GMC also support the use of targeted training to assist trainees in demonstrating the curriculum competencies without the need for an extension to training.


    The absence includes all forms of absence such as sickness, maternity, compassionate paid/unpaid leave etc other than study or annual leave or prospectively approved Out of Programme Training/ research.

    This statement is concerned with the effect of absence on a doctor’s ability to satisfactorily demonstrate the competency requirements of the relevant curriculum. It is not concerned with the doctor’s position as an employee and does not affect the doctor’s right to annual, sick, maternity, compassionate or other leave.

    It is noted that this policy may have a disproportionate affect on those who have a single maternity absence within their training as previously they would have been given (for some curricula) one block of three months exceptional leave. The GMC have noted however, in all circumstances a trainee is required to demonstrate the necessary competencies of the curriculum and this would have been the case whether the three month exceptional leave had been granted or not.

    The flexible approach outlined in paragraph 14 will enable each trainee’s circumstances to be considered on an individual basis and that any changes to CCT date will reflect the trainee’s demonstration of competence.


    Implementation date 1 April 2013

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

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

    Frequently asked questions


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

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

    Q: Will Deaneries and Colleges need to amend their websites

    A: Yes, it is important that it is clear to trainees that extended absences are likely to lead to an amendment of their CCT date.


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

    A: Where a trainee has already been granted absence under the previous guidance this will not be retrospectively removed. However each trainee is required to demonstrate the curriculum competencies and this may therefore require targeted training or an extension to training in order to enable the trainee to demonstrate the curriculum competencies.

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

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

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

    The deanery will then consider whether the trainee has been able to demonstrate the curriculum competencies for the ARCP level, whether any deficiencies could be addressed through a period of targeted training or whether training needs to be extended. The deanery may wish to postpone this decision dependent on the following year’s performance, that is, to give the trainee the opportunity to achieve the competency through targeted training.

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

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

    Q: How will the deanery know about my absence?

    A: it is each individuals trainees responsibility under good medical practice to be honest and open and act with integrity and as such, to ensure that the deanery are aware of their absences through the deanery reporting requirements.

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

    A: Yes, this position statement is for absences that fall out with study or annual leave and any prospectively approved Out of Programme Training or Research. The existing OOPE process as defined in the Gold Guide is not affected by this statement

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

    A: A doctor’s pattern of work will vary, with absences being blocks or weekends.Where a trainee is absent during their scheduled time away from work (work includes study leave) then this does not get counted within the period of absence.

    For less than full time workers where they are absent during their scheduled non working time this does not count towards the period of absence.

    Scheduled time away from work for full time or less than full time trainees cannot be amended to avoid counting absent time.

    Posted December 4th 2012 (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.


    Prior to the formation of the Postgraduate Medical and Education Training Board (PMETB) in September 2005 there was no single set of standards against which curricula were developed. PMETB introduced a set of standards and an approval process and approved curricula for all the specialties in 2007. At that time therefore there were two groups of trainees, those on pre 2007 curricula and those on the 2007 curricula. Many of the curricula were in the early stages of development and it was acknowledged that the assessment systems, in particular,required development in order to fulfil the published standards. PMETB undertook a review of all curricula in 2010 and approved amendments.

    The GMC adopted the standards for curriculum and assessment systems defined by PMETB and continues to consider changes submitted by Colleges and Faculties against these standards. This has meant that for virtually all of the 65 approved specialties (the exceptions being those specialties which have only recently been established) there are currently three or four approved curricula and assessments systems that trainees are following

    • pre 2007
    • 2007
    • 2010 and
    • post 2010

    The current legal position

    The Medical Act stipulates the standards which the GMC are required to set and maintain in relation to specialty training and the award of a CCT. To illustrate, the following provisions are relevant:

    Section 34H says…

    (1) The General Council shall-
    (a) establish standards of, and requirements relating to, postgraduate medical education and training, including those necessary for the award of a CCT in general practice and in each recognised specialty;
    (b) secure the maintenance of the standards and requirements established under paragraph (a);


    (2)(b) to ensure that the needs of employers and those engaging the services of general practitioners and specialists within the UK health services are met by the standards the General Council establish under subsection (1)(a).

    (4) The standards and requirements established under subsection (1)(a) shall include -
    (b) the training curricula to be followed in general practice and in each recognised specialty;
    (c) the assessment arrangements for persons undertaking education and training in general practice and specialist medical practice;practice or specialist medical practice;

    Section 34L(1) says… the Registrar shall award a certificate of completion of training (CCT) to any person who applies to the General Council for that purpose if -
    (b) the Registrar is satisfied that that person has been appointed to, and has satisfactorily completed, a course of training leading to the award of a CCT;

    In setting and securing the standards and ensuring the needs of employers are met (34H(1)), and the Registrar’s responsibility to award a CCT to those who have completed an entire course of training leading to the award of a CCT, it would seem entirely reasonable to require that a trainee is up-to-date with the expectations of the relevant specialty current at the time the application is made for a CCT. Patients, and the NHS, would rightly expect nothing less.


    There is general agreement, including amongst organisations representing the interests of trainees, that the current position is unsatisfactory for several reasons:

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

    The implementation of the position statement needs to ensure that the general principle of transfer to the current curriculum is observed, with those in their last year of training not being affected. Therefore transition plans are to follow the following key points

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

    Consultation with key interests

    We have consulted widely across the sector, including the UK health departments, NHS Employers, trainee bodies, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and individual colleges/Faculties and postgraduate deaneries. There has been general support from all stakeholders.


    This document together with the attached FAQs provides guidance to:

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

    A number of Colleges have previously approved implementation plans that were submitted as part of their curriculum changes. These have been widely published and are clear to trainees. It has been reported to the GMC that these transition arrangements will be complete by the end of December 2015. Subject to all trainees being transferred to the current curriculum by 1 January 2016 these existing plans remain approved.

    The implementation plan is outlined below

    by 31 March 2013

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

    by 31 December 2013

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

    Between 1 January 2014 and By 31 December 2015

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

    1 January 2016 (or earlier if trainees moved earlier)

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

    Frequently asked questions

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

    A: Colleges will need to consider

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

    Step 1: Colleges map changes from old to current curriculum – broken down into each year of training and outlining if in a later year what needs to be gone back upon in the earlier years.

    Step 2: Colleges send to deaneries to consider the implementation plan for each of their trainees

    Step 3: Deaneries at the next ARCP agree the changes and any targeted training to cover new/missed competencies and whether training needs to be extended

    Step 4: Colleges report on progress in their annual specialty reports, Deaneries report on progress in their annual deanery reports.

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

    A: No. In order to ensure the administrative burden on Colleges, Deaneries and trainees is as low as possible, the mapping will outline at each year (so one map per year of the curriculum) of the curriculum where competencies will be transferred and this will be confirmed at the trainee’s next ARCP meeting, with a trainee’s programme being adapted as appropriate.

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

    A: As part of the mapping Colleges will be asked to provide guidance for programme directors and heads of school, but they would not be looking at individual trainees situations.

    Examinations and assessments

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

    A: No. However if the examination amendments have included examination in “new” areas of the curriculum then the College will define within its mapping whether additional evidence is required such as targeted workplace based assessments.

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

    A: Part of the College submission for any amendments to their curriculum and assessment systems will include discussion with trainees on the implementation and timings of changes and will outline whether parts of the exams will contribute towards the new exam. For existing curricula and assessment systems the mapping provided by the College will show how the “old” examination maps to the “current” one.

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

    A: The examination is one part of the curriculum and assessment system for your specialty. The mapping produced by the College will outline what elements of the “current” curriculum you have already achieved and will indicate what assessments you need to complete. The Colleges will take into consideration the agreed position in relation to currency of examinations.

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

    A: As part of the submission for the change of the assessment system the College will submit outlines of how existing trainees will move onto the new curriculum, this will include consultations with trainees to ensure that the timeframes are suitable and appropriate (falling within the maximum of a two year transition). For example if an examination is introduced in a trainee’s final year of training then it would not be reasonable to require a trainee to pass this new examination. However trainees may wish to take the examination for future employment opportunities.

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

    A: No – there will be an introduction date and it will be from that date that trainees will need to be assessed using the new WPBA. A number of trainees may also have been part of pilots prior to the formal introduction. It is important that the transition does not place an overly burdensome administrative process on all those involved or that trainees are required to demonstrate competencies they have already demonstrated.

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

    A: Where Colleges require trainees to use specific assessment or progress recording systems such as eportfolios then, yes you will need to use these, however you will not be required to retrospectively gather data. Colleges will provide guidance on the transfer of existing information.

    Exemptions from transfer

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

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

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

    A: the implementation plan will outline the timing of transfers to the current curriculum. These will be individual for each specialty. For clarity No trainee (including any less than full time or those out of programme) may remain in an “old” curriculum from 1 January 2016, subject to those trainees that fall into the category outlined in 24Q.

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

    A: All trainees will be encouraged to transfer to the current curriculum so as to ensure that they will be fully up to date with current requirements for their specialty to ensure patient safety. Trainees should also be aware that not completing the current curriculum may have a detrimental affect on their employment opportunities.

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

    A: Yes.

    Out of Programme

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

    A: The current curriculum may not have the same recognition for research as the “old” one and so your training requirements will be considered on an individual basis. If you are in a programme and on an Out of Programme for Research (OOPR) then your transfer will not wait until your return to the programme. If you are not in a programme then you will apply in the usual way to the curriculum in place at the point of your application.

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

    A: You will be transferred to the current curriculum in the same way as other trainees at your ARCP (this will not wait until your return to the programme).

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

    A: You will be transferred to the current curriculum in the same way as other trainees at your ARCP (this will not wait until your return to the programme if the ARCP is earlier). You may be required to undergo targeted WPBAs to ensure that you fulfil the requirements of the “current” curriculum.

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

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

    Curricula competencies

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

    A: The Colleges will map the “old” curriculum to the current one. Where the achievement of these earlier competencies can be demonstrated via later WPBAs or examinations then they will not need to be repeated. It should be noted however that some curricula are spiral in nature and earlier competencies are needed to underpin later ones and therefore you may need to have targeted training to support the achievement of the curriculum requirements. Other curriculum changes have been made to answer employer requirements and trainees may want to demonstrate these competencies for their future employment prospects.

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

    A: No, unless these changes are necessary to underpin later competencies in the curriculum. See question 18 above. Colleges will detail this in their mapping of the “old” to the current curriculum.

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

    A: Your postgraduate dean and training programme director will work with you to deliver the training that you require to complete the requirements of the current curriculum. Every effort will be made to do this via targeted training rather than an extension to training.

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

    A: All curricula are competency based and therefore it will be necessary as part of the Colleges’ submissions for changes to indicate whether there will need to be an extension to training time in order to enable trainees to demonstrate the competency levels. Every effort will be made to do this via targeted training rather than an extension to training.


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

    A: You will transfer into the current curriculum at the point when you were last considered to have satisfactorily completed training. The transfer will not give you additional opportunities for training extensions.

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

    A: Every effort will be made to enable trainees to achieve additional requirements via targeted training. If however an extension to training is required this will not count within the maximum extension to training period defined in the gold guide.

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

    A: Where an extension is for six months then you are not required to transfer but if the extension is for more than six months then you will need to transfer. As outlined above - All trainees will be encouraged to transfer to the current curriculum so as to ensure that they will be fully up to date with current requirements for their specialty to ensure patient safety.

    Future changes

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

    A: any changes proposed by Colleges to the GMC are required to include input from trainees/trainee organisations (as well as Deaneries) particularly in relation to the transition plans and implementation timetable. It is important therefore that you maintain contact with your College throughout your training so that you are aware of developments.


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

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

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

    A: In the first instance please discuss any queries you have with your supervisor. Any changes to curricula and assessment systems are cascaded by the Collegesthrough the College and Deanery networks of trainers.

    Posted October 5th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Call for Abstracts

    The South West Public Health Scientific Conference 2013 will be taking place on Thursday 7th February at the Winter Gardens in Weston-super-Mare. This annual event offers a unique opportunity to highlight the full range of public health research and evaluation from across the South West.

    Please find attached an invitation to submit abstracts for consideration as either oral or poster presentation at the conference. The closing date for sending in your abstracts is Friday 26th October 2012.

    Please would you distribute the attached Call for Abstracts to anyone you feel may wish to have their work considered for inclusion at the conference.

    Details about registering your attendance at the conference will be sent out in November.

     Best wishes

    Ruth Woolley

    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 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 3rd 2012 (6 years ago)

    Severn Deanery GP Trainee of the Year

    Dr Nicola Hempton has been named overall trainee of the year at the Severn Deanery's GP school as reported in GPonline magazine.

    Further details of all the winners and the awards can be found on the Primary Care section of the Severn Deanery site. 

    Posted August 30th 2012 (6 years ago)

    School of Paediatric Award Dinner

    Trainee award ceremony

    School of Paediatric Award Dinner - 27th September 2012, Engineers House Clifton Bristol


    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 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)

    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 June 27th 2012 (6 years ago)

    New Guidelines for the Management of GI Bleeding

    The new guidelines can be found at www.ncgc.ac.uk


    Posted June 21st 2012 (6 years ago)

    Response rate for 2012 GMC Training Survey

    We are very pleased to announce that the Severn Deanery has got a 99% response rate to the GMC Training Survey in 2012. Although we are awaiting confirmation from the GMC for our national ranking, we wish to thank everyone responsible for achieving such a tremendous response rate once again. We especially wish to thank trainees for their cooperation and as soon as results become publically available we will advertise this on our website.

    The Severn Deanery Quality Team.


    Posted June 19th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Doctors' Industrial Action

    Dear colleagues,

    The postgraduate deans do not take a view one way or the other on the current dispute over pensions and the industrial action called by the BMA. Our concern is primarily patient safety, and also the welfare of our colleagues.

    Opinions on the issue of industrial action by doctors can be quite polarised and the subject can be emotive, with the potential to lead to a very difficult time for departments and practices, and for the medical profession as a whole, with the possibility of persistent ill-feeling between colleagues.

    Doctors who are taking industrial action and those who are not should respect each other’s rights, and there should be no coercion or pressure on colleagues in either direction. Junior doctors in particular may feel under duress one way or another from senior doctors, though there is potential for any doctor to feel pressured by others on this issue, and we must all be ready to support colleagues who are experiencing difficulties in this way.

    Doctors are recommended to cooperate with managers in the planning of services for the day or days of action, and this planning should happen in the spirit of ensuring patient safety. We strongly encourage all doctors to respect each other as professionals, colleagues and friends on the day of action, knowing that we will be working together for many years to come. Whatever your view on the dispute and the action, we must take care to ensure that the profession is not divided by this. The BMA has provided extensive guidance on their website on the planned action, and the overriding principle for all doctors is that patient safety remains paramount.

    Posted May 24th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Core Competency Training

    Details of the Core Competency training days arranged for Public Health Educational/Academic Supervisors are now available under Forthcoming Events.

    You will need to complete Core Competencies ES 1 - 7 by 31st July 2012 to be accredited to continue as Educational/Academic Supervisors.

    Please email Beth Carpenter if you would like to book a place on one of the training days, or call on 0117 900 2679.


    Posted May 16th 2012 (6 years ago)

    Stories from Recent OOPE Trainees

    Recent OOPE Trainees and what they got up to.

    Catherine Boinett is in Kenya
    Polly Duncan, is in South Africa with African Health Placements
    Simon Flower went canyoning in the Alps
    Rachel Pagnamenta was OOPE in Uganda
    Catherine Williams was OOPE in Nepal
    Clare Hollister was OOPE in South Africa
    Faye Harrison was OOPE in Uganda
    Beccy Hillier was OOPE in Zambia and Madagascar
    Anne Whitehouse was OOPE in Bristol 
    Julie Dando's placement on the CMO Clinical Advisors Scheme

    Posted May 3rd 2012 (6 years ago)

    SCRUBS 24th March 2012

    Aspiring Young Surgeons National Conference held jointly by the Severn Deanery, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Bristol Surgical Students Association called SCRUBS on 24th March 2012.Judges and prize winners

    This was a national conference to support medical students and foundation doctors who aspire to be surgeons
    About seventy delegates attended the event with fourty eight presentations covering all the ten surgical specialitires delivered within a day divided into four sessions.
    In additon there were two state of the art lectures delivered by Prof George Youngson.

    Prizes were awarded to the winner and runner from each session and then an overal winner
    who on this occasion was Dr Rasika Singh

     In view of the success and support for this conference for young aspiring surgeons,
    a further conference will be held next year building on the close relaitionship between
    SCRUBS, Severn Deanery and the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh.

    Vice President of the RCSEd Prof George Youngson,
    overall winner Dr Rasika Singh and
    Postgraduate Dean Prof Davinder Sandhu. 

    Posted April 11th 2012 (7 years ago)

    2012 GMC Trainee Survey

    The 2012 GMC Trainee survey will be live between 30/04/2012 and 15/06/2012. During the live period, all trainees will be reminded to complete the survey. The questionnaire has been completely revised and is half the length of last year and so should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. The results form a vital evidentiary base in order to improve the quality of junior doctor placements in the Severn Deanery. Additionally, all trainees will be required to bring a receipt of completion to their ARCP/RITA. For the last three years, the Severn Deanery has achieved the highest national response rate and we hope to continue an excellent rate of return in 2012.

    If you have any queries with regard to the survey, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Allegra Etheridge, Quality Manager, 01454 25 26 23.

    Posted March 12th 2012 (7 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 8th 2012 (7 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 February 6th 2012 (7 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 December 20th 2011 (7 years ago)

    Local student to compete in national surgical skills competition final

    Muhamad Azri Muhamad Marican won local heat at Severn Deanery House, Bristol

    Muhamad Azri Muhamad Marican, a fourth year medical student from the University of Bristol has won the Severn heat of a nationwide surgical skills competition run by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd), and will now go to the Grand Final in Edinburgh where he will compete to win a trip to Johnson & Johnson’s skills centre in Hamburg, Germany.

    The Lister Surgical Skills Competition has been organised by RCSEd in association with Johnson & Johnson Medical Companies to commemorate the life and contribution of Lord Joseph Lister, 100 years after his death. A former Fellow of RCSEd, Lister was world-renowned for his groundbreaking work in the prevention of wound infection, which contributed greatly to the advancement of surgical standards and led to Lister becoming known as ‘the father of modern surgery’.

    The skills competition has brought medical students from across the UK together to demonstrate their surgical skills in a series of heats over the last two months, as they attempted to reach the Grand Final of the competition, which takes place in Edinburgh on 11 February 2012 as part of the Lister Centenary Celebrations. Azri and the other regional heat winners are being provided with a travel and accommodation package to come to the College for the Final. As the principal sponsor of the Lister Centenary Celebrations, Johnson & Johnson is offering the prize of a trip to its European Surgical Training Institute in Hamburg for the overall winner, with The Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) awarding the runner-up with free student membership until they qualify as a doctor.

    At the Severn heat, 10 students with an interest in pursuing a career in surgery competed in four surgical skills tests: knot-tying, suturing, cyst removal and surgical instrument identification. Selina Khan was the runner-up, winning a year’s student membership of RSM. All participants received a year’s student affiliation to RCSEd.

    The Severn heat was run by Professor Davinder Sandhu, who is RCSEd’s Regional Surgical Adviser for the area and is the Postgraduate Dean for Severn. Explaining more, he said:

    “To improve patient outcomes, we need to nurture the next generation of champions who hopefully will become the leaders of our profession. To this extent I am pleased that The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh created the Lister initiative and the Bristol medical students and local faculty responded enthusiastically.”

    Commenting on his victory, Azri said:

    “I believe this competition will help my career by the early exposure to surgery it has given me in terms of developing suturing skills and knowledge of some of the instruments used in surgery. Although it was challenging being unsure what criteria were being assessed and what to expect from the competition, I really enjoyed it and made new friends.

    A benefit of affiliating with RCSEd is being kept informed on what opportunities are available and offered to medical students to help me with future surgical career ambitions and I’m really excited to have the opportunity to continue to the next round - it is motivation for me to work hard and hopefully win the Grand Final!”

    Posted December 6th 2011 (7 years ago)

    Bristol Medico-Chirurgical Society Programme

    The Bristol Medico-Chirurgical Society was established in 1874 for the advancement of the Art and Science of Medicine in all its branches. It has a long and rich tradition of encouraging the exchange of facts and fellowship between disparate members of the medical community. Each year the Society plays host to presentations and debates on topics of medical and allied interest to the annual theme chosen by the Society's President. Guest speakers are invited to talk on a wide variety of subjects.

    Meetings are held at 6.45pm on the second Wednesday from October usually until July with an option for a reception and supper followed by a presentation at 8.15pm.

    These lectures are suitable for trainees and faculty and would contribute to the Professional and Generic Skills programme that all colleagues undertake in their role as a doctor. The Severn Deanery supports this programme and would encourage all colleagues to attend.

    For more details and the programme please visit the Bristol Med-Chi website.


    Posted December 6th 2011 (7 years ago)

    Applications Invited for Trainee Doctors Advisory Board

    Applications are invited for new appointees to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency's, Trainee Doctors Advisory Board (TRAB) we are also looking for a medical student representative for the board, applications are therefore invited from students within 2 years of final qualification and junior doctors from all clinical specialities. This group was developed to encouraging doctors in training to become involved with the MHRA to represent the opinions and needs of junior doctors, promote an understanding of the regulation of Medicines and Medical Devices in the UK, and promote the dissemination of information regarding the Agency

    The remit of this group is as follows:

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

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

    How to apply

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

    Closing date

    31 January 2012

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

    Medicines and Healthcare
    Regulatory Agency


    Device Safety Website

    Posted November 29th 2011 (7 years ago)

    Medical French 20th Residential Weekend

    This course provides essential medical French and the confidence to use it. Open to doctors and medical students intending to study or work clinically in French-speaking countries or with organisations such as Médecins sans Frontières.  Tutors are experienced teachers, including French-speaking doctors, professional linguists and UK-trained doctors who have worked in France.

    Hurry as places are limited. 

    Event Details

    Posted November 29th 2011 (7 years ago)

    Placement Employer Award

    The Severn Deanery is proud to announce that on 19 October 2011 we were awarded Placement Employer Award by the University of the West of England. This recognises the support given to the UWE undergraduate placement student based at the Deanery for a year during their BA (Hons) Business Studies degree course. Competition was intense as Airbus UK, IBM, Disney and Intel were also shortlisted. The Deanery was particularly noted for excellence in the range of experiences undertaken, quality of management support and professional competence achieved.

    Posted November 29th 2011 (7 years ago)

    The Remarkable Achievements of Neil Barua

    Very many congratulations to Neil Barua who has just enjoyed astonishing academic success these last three months.

    In September he was awarded the 2011 Young Investigator Prize by the International Society of Hydrocephalus and CSF Research at the Conference Hydrocephalus 2011 in Denmark. This research was into outcomes in paediatric shunt surgery was co-authored with Mr Kristian Aquilina under the supervision of Mr Richard Edwards. Then in October 2011 he was awarded an EPSRC Pathways to Impact Award (£18778) by the University of Bristol for a research project into delivery of amyloid-degrading enzymes to the brain for the treatment of Alzheimer's Disease. This project will be under the supervision of Professor Seth Love and Professor Steven Gill.

    Finally, in November 2011 he was a co-applicant on a successful application to the MRC's Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme (£747 000) for a project developing chemotherapy nanoparticles for brain tumours. The principal investigator for this study is Professor Steven Gill, and this is a collaborative project with the Universities of Bristol, Bath and Nottingham.

    Academic life doesn't get better than this and as a Postgraduate School of Surgery we are immensely proud of the achievements of Neil and his colleagues.

    Posted November 29th 2011 (7 years ago)

    ICM National Recruitment 2012

    Please find attached document detailing ICM National Recruitment for 2012.



    Posted November 28th 2011 (7 years ago)

    RCGP announces changes to the Specialty Training Curriculum

    The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has announced changes to the GP training curriculum to make it more user-friendly and easier to navigate.

    The changes will apply to trainees beginning their training programme in August 2012 and are part of the College’s ongoing response to feedback gathered from trainees, trainers and the wider training community.

    Largely presentational, the majority of changes are structural and linguistic to make the curriculum easier to understand. Individual curriculum statements are more focused and more clearly linked to the core curriculum statement Being a GP.

    Revisions beyond the normal annual update are minimal and learning outcomes will not change significantly, though they make be expressed differently to make their meaning clearer or to bring them up-to-date with latest thinking and learning. A new user guide and glossary has also been posted on the RCGP 

    The main differences are:

    • The curriculum has been arranged into three parts: The Core Curriculum (Being a GP); four contextual statements (exploring the core statement in the context of general practice) and 21 clinical examples of how to work with the Core Curriculum.
    • The current 10 statements labelled 2 to 4.1 have been reorganised into the four contextual statements, which are now: The GP consultation in practice, Patient safety and quality of care, The GP in the wider professional environment and Enhancing professional knowledge. This allows the NHS Leadership Framework and the importance of sustainability in general practice to be integrated
    • Statement 4.2 (Information management and technology) has been integrated into all of the new contextual statements.
    • Language has been changed from the passive to the active tense to better engage the reader.
    • The use of educational terminology has been simplified and clarified.
    • Case studies and questions for reflection have been added to the statements
    • Better cross-referencing and linking to the core statement.

    The curriculum is the first of its kind for general practice in the UK and was introduced in August 2007. It defines the learning outcomes for the specialty of general practice and describes the competences required to practise medicine as a general practitioner in the UK NHS. Primarily aimed at the start of independent work as a general practitioner, it must also prepare the doctor for a professional life of development and change.

    The College has been reviewing the usage and impact of the Curriculum, both formally and informally, since its introduction. In addition to the direct feedback received, the College commissioned the University of Birmingham to conduct a three year evaluation of the curriculum and its impact on training. Please contact the RCGP Press Office for a copy of the report.

    Dr Charlotte Tulinius, RCGP Medical Director of Curriculum, said: “It’s really important to have ongoing feedback so that the Curriculum remains contemporaneous, fit for purpose, relevant to the trainee and relevant to patients.

    “The response so far has been very positive and most people acknowledge that it is important to have a curriculum so that the skills, knowledge, attributes and behaviour required by a GP are clearly defined.

    “However, some trainers and trainees have told us that it could be more user friendly and that its structure and how it should be used could be more clear. We hope that the revised version addresses this and that all users will find it beneficial.”

    Heather Whitney, Press Officer | Communications
    Tel: 020 3188 7576

    Posted November 28th 2011 (7 years ago)

    Changes to the RCGP Specialty Training Curriculum

    For attention of all GPEs and Educational Supervisors

    I am writing to let you know about improvements that we will be making to the RCGP’s Specialty Training Curriculum next year. The Curriculum defines the learning outcomes for the specialty of general practice and describes the competences required to practise medicine as a general practitioner in the National Health Service (NHS) of the UK.

    Primarily aimed at the start of independent work as a general practitioner, it must also prepare the doctor for a professional life of development and change. The curriculum is the first of its kind for general practice in the UK and was introduced in August 2007. Since then we have been reviewing its usage and impact, both formally and informally. In addition to the direct feedback we receive from the training community. We also commissioned the University of Birmingham to conduct a three year evaluation of the curriculum and its impact on training.

    Feedback about the curriculum’s content has been largely positive, and most people acknowledge that it is important to have a curriculum so that the skills, knowledge, attributes and behaviour required by a GP are clearly defined. However, one of the consistent messages we have received is that the curriculum could be more user friendly. We have been told that some trainers and trainees have been daunted by its volume, that some of the language can be off-putting, and that its structure and how it should be used could be more clear.

    In response to this feedback we have undertaken a full review of the curriculum and a revised version will be implemented from August 2012. The changes are mainly presentational, to make it easier to use and understand, and I would like to stress to all users that the changes beyond the normal annual update are few. To make this happen, the Curriculum Development Group has digested all feedback we have had from users and stakeholders and we have had the help of all the Curriculum Guardians as well as other writers and a professional editor.

    Changes include:

    • The curriculum has been arranged into three parts: The Core Curriculum (Being a GP); four contextual statements (exploring the core statement in the context of general practice) and 21 clinical examples of how to work with the Core Curriculum.
    • The current 10 statements labelled 2 to 4.1 have been reorganised into the four contextual statements, which are now:
      • The GP consultation in practice
      • Patient safety and quality of care
      • The GP in the wider professional environment
      • Enhancing professional knowledge.

    This allows the NHS Leadership Framework and the importance of sustainability in general practice to be integrated

    • Statement 4.2 (Information management and technology) has been integrated into all of the new contextual statements.
    • Language has been changed from the passive to the active tense to better engage the reader. 
    • The use of educational terminology has been simplified and clarified.
    • Case studies and questions for reflection have been added to the statements.
    • Better cross-referencing and linking to the core statement.

    More information, including a full description of the changes, can be found on our website: http://www.rcgp-curriculum.org.uk/curriculum_documents/future_changes.aspx

    This revised curriculum applies to trainees who will begin their training programme in August 2012. However, we hope that all users will find it helpful to refer to this version as the content is very similar to previous versions, but the presentation is, we hope, much clearer.

    Over the next year we will be updating our curriculum resources to reflect these changes, and we will continue to put more information up on our website. Although this work is still ongoing I felt it was very important to give you early notice of these changes. I would also encourage everyone to read the new ‘User guide’ http://www.rcgp-curriculum.org.uk/curriculum_documents/future_changes.aspx which will accompany the curriculum as we believe this is a vital resource that will help all users to get the most out of the curriculum.

    We hope that you will find the changes to the curriculum to be beneficial.

    Best wishes
    Dr Clare Gerada
    Chair of Council

    Posted November 28th 2011 (7 years ago)

    RCGP Leadership Fellow

    For attention of APDs, GPEs, tutor group members & trainers

    The Royal College of General Practitioners is looking for an enthusiastic, dynamic and creative clinician to help us develop and implement an operational framework for the RCGP leadership programmes and initiatives.

    This exciting and challenging role will involve leading the development and implementation of the RCGP Leadership Strategy for all GPs and other primary care professionals. Responsibilities will include exploring models of mentoring and tutoring; liaising with the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM), an organisation of leaders and managers from across the medical profession, and working closely with the Chair of the Professional Development Board and the College’s Education and Professional Development team to create engaging and high quality leadership resources. Other responsibilities will involve scoping the educational needs of clinicians and identifying possible approaches for new blended learning activities, evaluating current educational provision, and working up new proposals for next stage development for individual portfolio development.

    Candidates will be expected to have effective leadership experience, and to demonstrate a working understanding of GP education and leadership skills.

    This post-holder will work closely with the members of the Professional Development Board, First5 CPD Fellow and with the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management. The post holder will report to the Chair of the Professional Development Board. We anticipate a commitment of 2 sessions per week, with much of the work being done via phone and online communication (although the post-holder will have to attend occasional meetings in London). In addition to the sessional reimbursement, travel and subsistence expenses will be reimbursed. The post is available from January 2012 for one year in the first instance.

    If you would like to apply for this post, please send a CV and covering letter explaining your suitability for the role to education@rcgp.org.uk . Applications should be submitted by Wednesday, 14 December 2011.

    Further information including the role description is available from Dragana Milosevic, Education Manager, email: dmilosevic@rcgp.org.uk

    Posted November 18th 2011 (7 years ago)

    Severn School of ACCS Website - Now Live!

    The new School of ACCS Website is NOW LIVE!!!  This website is for all Severn School ACCS trainees and those involved in the delivery of ACCS training within the School.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Julie Flowers, School Support Manager.

    Posted November 11th 2011 (7 years ago)

    Severn Deanery - Placement Employer Award at the University of West of England Celebrating Placement Success 2011

    Bristol Business School’s Placement Centre recently invited returning placement year students and their employers to join them for the annual Celebrating Placement Success event. Guests were treated to dinner and an award ceremony which was held at UWE’s Frenchay Campus. Amongst those in attendance was former Severn Deanery placement student Rebecca Williams-Lock.

    The event which is in its fourth year played host to over 100 students and their employers who included: Airbus, Lloyds TSB, Fujitsu-Siemens and The Environment Agency. Guests were treated to a dinner, followed by an awards style ceremony during which the prizes were presented.

    The event is aimed at congratulating students’ on their achievements, thanking employers for their support and expressing the valuable part that placements play in enhancing employability.

    Students were awarded prizes after submission of their placement portfolio and the Severn Deanery where delighted to be recognised by receiving the Placement Employer Award.

    The award was hosted by Jane Harrington (Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean) and the deanery programme was identified as providing invaluable experience through the clear direction of management, action plans and on-going evaluation of progress. The support of colleagues and the interest shown in the Placements Student personal development were also highlighted as positive features.

    Posted October 14th 2011 (7 years ago)

    New South West School of Public Health Website Launched

    The shiny new South West School of Public Health went live on Thursday 13 October 2011 and includes an Events page detailing upcoming courses and training events, a News section showing general and recruitment news, plus within the Training section you will find Education and Training, Supervisors information, Policies and Procedures, and Trainee Support, plus much more. 

    Posted July 25th 2011 (7 years ago)

    Response Rates to GMC Trainee and Trainer Surveys 2011

    The GMC Trainee and Trainer Surveys closed on Friday 22 July 2011.  The Severn Deanery has the highest national response rate for both surveys and further information can be found on the Surveys webpage.

    This ensures that our results are valid and reliable and can be used a sound basis for improving the quality of postgraduate medical education in the Severn Deanery.

    Posted July 6th 2011 (7 years ago)

    Junior doctors in Severn test targeted NPSA alerts

    Junior doctors in the Severn Deanery are the first in the country to benefit from a pioneering scheme to ensure they receive critical updates on patient safety.

    The deanery is piloting new software that enables the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) to send alerts directly to frontline staff. Alerts can be targeted at doctors according to their grade, speciality and location, so receive only relevant information.

    Crucially, the system records when a message has been received by a doctor so the NPSA can be certain that the right information has got through to the right person at the right time.

    The software has been devised by DocCom, a company founded by two Bristol junior doctors with support from University Bristol Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and NHS Innovations South West.

    Co-founder Dr Jonathan Bloor said: “Junior doctors are on the frontline of patient care, yet they can sometimes become detached, working shifts and rotating between hospitals and specialities every three months.

    “We have devised the DocCom system to bridge this communication divide and we are confident it will save lives as well as improve efficiency.”

    The NPSA and Severn Deanery both back the project, which is supported by the South West Strategic Health Authority as part of its drive to improve patient safety.

    NPSA medical director Dr Kevin Cleary said: “Our collaboration with the Severn Deanery and DocCom has given us a unique opportunity to target critical patient safety information to medics on the frontline.”

    Professor Davinder Sandhu, the Severn Deanery Postgraduate Dean, said: “We believe the DocCom pilot scheme will prove a national breakthrough.” 

    Posted July 6th 2011 (7 years ago)

    Congratulations - BMJ Junior Doctor of the Year

    Congratulations to Dan Magnus, Royal United Hospital doctor, who has won the "BMJ Junior Doctor of the Year competition, beating more than 600 nominees".  To read the whole article covering just one of his many great achievements please go to the ThisIsBath website.


    Posted July 6th 2011 (7 years ago)

    Indian doctors fill UK shortages

    BBC News, Radio 4's The World At One

    A shortage of junior doctors to start work in hospitals this August is forcing the NHS to try to recruit from India, the BBC has learned.

    Read the full story on the BBC Health website Doctor shortage sees new recruitment drive in India

    Or watch the story Indian doctors plug UK gap

    Posted July 6th 2011 (7 years ago)

    Surgeons To Cut NHS Blunders With Checklist

    Sky News has today reported that following research by the World Health Organisation it has been agreed that a new safety checklist must be used in all NHS hospitals in order to reduce deaths and complications during operations.

    To view the full story, please click here




    Posted July 6th 2011 (7 years ago)

    Bristol Evening Post Recruitment Awards

    The Severn Deanery was delighted to win the Best Recruitment Initiative at the recent Bristol Evening Post Recruitment Awards. Showcasing the best of Bristol's recruitment staff, representatives from the Deanery collected the award that reflects the individual, team or organisation from the public sector, private and small business that demonstrated success from a recruitment initiative.

    The submission was based on the programme of speciality and General Practitioner recruitment and the judges from AXA, Bristol City Council, Business in The Community and the Evening Post noted the difficulty of the programme the excellent success rates and support for candidates.


    Posted July 6th 2011 (7 years ago)

    PMETB Merger with GMC

    PMETB is merging with the General Medical Council (GMC) on 1st April 2010.

    After this date all enquiries relating to the regulation of Postgraduate Medical Education and Training should be directed to:

    Regents Place
    350 Euston Road
    NW1 3JN
    General enquiries: 0161 923 6602
    Email: gmc@gmc-uk.org

    Please find information regarding the merger using the following external link: www.pmetb.org.uk/fileadmin/user/Communications/Q_A_Document.pdf

    If you have any questions about the merger please contact: Veronica Goluza, Head of Corporate Communications.

    Posted July 6th 2011 (7 years ago)

    Interface specialty training in the UK

    Abstract: An interface specialty is one in which surgeons graduate from two or more disciplines within medicine to share a common area of practice. The vision of interface working is for consultants from more than one discipline to provide multidisciplinary teaching in order to promote the best quality of care to patients. An interface specialty is different from a subspecialty that sits entirely as a subset within one of the parent disciplines.

    Authors: Lees, Vivien1; Henley, Mark2; Sandhu, Davinder3

    Source: Bulletin of The Royal College of Surgeons of England, Volume 92, Number 4, April 2010, pp. 126-128(3)

    Publisher: The Royal College of Surgeons of England

    View local copy: Interface specialty training in the UK

    Document Type: Regular paper

    DOI: 10.1308/147363510X494788

    Affiliations: 1: Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Chairman SAC Plastic Surgery 2: Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Educational Advisor to the Training Interface Groups 3: Lead Dean to the Training Interface Groups

    Posted July 6th 2011 (7 years ago)

    International Recruitment 2010

    It appears that any recruitment drive by Severn Deanery will be eventful! The team were restricted to the hotel last year whilst rioting took place due to an assassination. This year saw BA strikes, Volcanic eruptions, terrorist explosions in Bangalore and 'upset tummies'!

    The 2009 international recruitment drive had resulted in placing 33 Doctors and so with further pressure from the EWTD, Trusts within Severn Deanery had requested a further exercise to recruit Doctors. Those in post are all having excellent training and have are clearly fulfilling their potential and offering a great service to patients.

    From conversations with Wales and West Midlands Deaneries it was concluded that a joint approach would be useful to share costs and expertise.

    Advertising was placed with NHS jobs and the BMJ to attract UK based candidates, followed by advertising within the Times of India.

    The criteria for applications tended to be more demanding for this recruitment with applicants being advised of the requirement for GMC registration and for entry into the UK. As a result, application numbers were smaller and further reduced by the split for 3 Deaneries.

    I-Cams used only 2 preferences for applicants; their specialty and the City in India where they wished to be interviewed. West Midlands were to interview in Delhi and Chennai, Wales in Mumbai and Kolkata with Severn covering Bangalore and Kochi. The request for interview venue ensured a natural default of candidates for each team.

    Despite the best efforts of BA strikes, Severn departed on 14th April closely followed by that volcanic eruption!

    Our team consisted of 2 Clinical specialists, 2 HR professionals and 2 administrators with interviews conducted over 2 days in Bangalore and 2 further days in Kochi. We saw 27 candidates - all good quality and with much of the necessary criteria to move to the UK quickly. With the knowledge that only a small number of applicants need to be placed in posts to cover the costs of the trip, confidence is good that the exercise will be as successful as previously.

    West Midlands and Wales were forced to delay their departures due to the volcanic ash. Severn consequently made and remade plans to potentially split our team and conduct interviews for the other Deaneries, all the time wondering whether we'd be able to get back to the UK!

    West Midlands have now departed and Wales leave shortly, both having postponed until now. With many excellent UK other internal applicants still to be interviewed, the Deaneries will have a joint approach to interviewing these upon the return of all the teams. We are confident of providing a larger pool of good resources for Trust to draw upon.  

    It could have been felt that our trip was jinxed, particularly when 5 of our team were also later affected by gastro enteritis but that's India for you...

    How did the one member escape? that's the question?!! Possibly because he was required to become the 'Doctor on call' for the rest of us?!

    Now on to finding opportunities for the Doctors ..............


    Posted July 6th 2011 (7 years ago)

    Severn Deanery Comes Up Trumps!

    As Specialty Advisory Committee (SAC) Chair for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS), I am most grateful to the Severn Deanery for their support in central recruitment for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. After much discussion with all UK Deaneries, as a specialty we elected to develop Central Recruitment for the 2010 round.

    As one of the smaller surgical specialties, with roughly 125 trainees in post at any one time, it seemed illogical to have aspirant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery trainees criss-crossing the UK to attend a series of StR interviews until they were successful in obtaining a post.  With the help of presentations to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Training Program Directors by Leann King and Chris Vandeleur from the Severn Deanery, a national date was agreed for May 2010.

    Every Deanery was represented on the day with some 30 consultants in attendance.  The interview process consisted of a series of six stations with each addressing different areas such as the trainees’ portfolio, communication skills, hand – eye co-ordination, consent and managing a difficult colleague.

    The final outcome resulted in all but 3 posts being filled and 80% of the trainees were allocated their first choice.

    Applicant feedback comments were mainly good or very good with individual comments on the fairness of the process, the careful organisation and the friendliness of the deanery staff and selection panels.

    The whole process was conducted with huge professionalism, and our specialty is greatly indebted to Professor Sandhu (Lead Dean), Leann King and the team for their efforts to ensure the success of this first round of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery national selection.

    R T Woodwards MD FRCS FDS

    Clinical Lead Head and Neck Surgery

    Chair SAC OMFS

    Posted July 6th 2011 (7 years ago)

    Gold and Silver for Deanery in GMC Survey - Results

    We are pleased to announce that the Severn Deanery has come first nationally for the second year running in terms of trainee response rate for the GMC survey (97.62%). In addition, the Severn Deanery has come second nationally in terms of the trainer survey response rate (68.64%). Both of these are an increase on 2009 - up 4% for the trainee survey and a huge 49% for the trainer survey, moving up from 15th place. Thank you to all trainees and trainers who contributed to this excellent result.

    These exceptionally high response rates are extremely helpful in ensuring that our results are valid and reliable and can be used a sound basis for improving the quality of postgraduate medical education in the Severn Deanery.

    We take the findings extremely seriously, for example, prioritising Trust quality visits based on this information. We also hold an active Risk Register of issues based on survey outliers which are being addressed by Heads of School and Directors of Medical Education. The findings are a key part of our Quality Panel Assessments for Training Posts undertaken by specialities.

    The information from the trainer survey will inform our faculty training programme, and the support for trainers from the Trust.

    Results are available on the GMC's website.

    If you have any questions or queries regarding this please do not hesitate to contact Allegra Etheridge Quality Manager.


    Posted July 6th 2011 (7 years ago)

    Online Supervisors Accreditation System Pilot in Gloucester

    The Severn Deanery have launched their online accreditation system for all supervisors. This is currently being piloted in Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

    Click here for more information about the pilot.


    Posted July 6th 2011 (7 years ago)

    Online Supervisors Accreditation System Pilot Update

    The Severn Deanery has launched an online accreditation system for all educational supervisors as part of our national statutory responsibilities, linked to our main database. The purpose of the system is to provide evidence that all Severn Deanery Educational Supervisors are appropriately trained to manage junior doctors - noted against seven key requirements. This is currently being piloted in Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Weston Area Health NHS Trust – we thank them for their support and feedback during the initial phase of the roll-out. The main roll-out to all remaining Trusts will take place on 15 November 2010.

    If you have any questions or queries regarding this please do not hesitate to contact Allegra Etheridge, Quality Manager.

    Click here for more information about the pilot.


    Posted July 6th 2011 (7 years ago)

    Student Placement Award Nomination

    University of West of England Celebrating Placements

    Severn was delighted to hear that Vincenzo Lepoirere and the Deanery were recognised by being nominated at the recent University of West of England Student Placement Awards. Vincenzo was nominated for the Student Placement of the Year and the Deanery in the Employer category for “Exceptional, Comprehensive and Well Supported Student Placement”. Severn were the only organisation to have received two nominations.

    The Deanery was up against stiff competition including Microsoft, Airbus and BskyB all of whom have long established placement programmes but we were pipped at the post by the Walt Disney Corporation who won the Employer award.


    Posted July 6th 2011 (7 years ago)

    Award for Dr Bill Irish

    The Severn Deanery is pleased to announce that Dr Bill Irish, the Director of the School of Primary Care, has been awarded a Visiting Professorial Chair at the University of Bristol.

    This is well deserved honour for the leadership that Bill has given the School over the past three years and also recognition for his national work in assessment and recruitment in General Practice education.

    Posted July 6th 2011 (7 years ago)

    9 NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow Posts Awarded

    The Severn Deanery in partnership with the University of Bristol has been awarded 9 NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow posts commencing August 2011.

    Seven of these were awarded though the NIHR formula and 2 extra in open competition. The 9 posts are in:

    • Psychiatry
    • Public Health
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Anaesthetics
    • Renal Medicine
    • Haematology
    • General Practice (2)
    • Ophthalmology

    The posts are being advertised until 3 December 2010.

    Interviews will take place between 17 December 2010 and 20 January 2011 and all offers will be made by 28 January 2011.

    Posted July 6th 2011 (7 years ago)

    Bristol Medical Simulation Centre

    So ... how do junior doctors get experience in a safe and low risk environment?  The Bristol Evening Post has visited the Bristol Medical Simulation Centre, which provides training for junior doctors in the second year of the foundation programme when they need experience in a working environment. 

    Full Article - Bristol Evening Post, 6 January 2011

    Posted July 6th 2011 (7 years ago)

    AMH Conference - The Drama of Medicine - 11-13 July 2011

    The Association for Medical Humanties is pleased to announce its 8th Annual Conference, The Drama of Medicine, which is being held at Leicester University on 11th-13th July 2011. This is a multidisciplinary event, with delegates drawn from healthcare practitioners, the media, and arts/humanities academics and professionals, to discuss and debate the interface between medicine and healthcare and the arts and humanities.

    Booking and the call for papers is now open. Please click here for more details.

    If you have any queries, please email and we will aim to respond swiftly.

    Posted July 6th 2011 (7 years ago)

    Severn Paediatric Trainee Shortlisted for BMJ Junior Doctor of the Year

    It has been announced that Dr Dan Magnus has been shortlisted as one of just three finalists for the BMJ Junior Doctor of the Year award – an award acknowledging the doctor in training who has done most to improve the world we live in or to inspire others. Dan was selected from more than 600 nominees as a finalist for the award which will be announced at the BMJ Group award ceremony in London on May 18th 2011.

    As well as being a Paediatric trainee, Dan is also a co-founding trustee of KOP, a UK charity supporting health, education and social welfare projects for orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya and has created a student programme of global health education and experience comprising 14 UK universities. He has also helped to develop global child health teaching for medical students at the University of Bristol and has lectured extensively at global health conferences around the UK to teach and inspire a new generation of doctors and professionals on the health and protection of children around the world.

    Posted July 6th 2011 (7 years ago)

    GMC 2011 Trainee and Trainer Surveys

    The 2011 GMC Trainee and Trainer surveys are due to go live with invitations being sent to participants via email on 10 and 11 May 2011.

    The census date for both surveys is 2 May 2011.

    Please refer the information below regarding the surveys:

    PDF leaflet

    Short FAQs for Trainees and Trainers

    PowerPoint presentation about the 2011 Surveys

    If you have any questions regarding this, Allegra Etheridge is the main point of contact for the Deanery and would be happy to help

    Posted July 6th 2011 (7 years ago)

    Diary Date - Joint Deaneries Education Conference 2011

    The Joint Deaneries Education Conference 2011 has been set as Friday, 7 October 2011. This year’s event is a one-day conference, being held at Lyngford House in Taunton.Lyngford House Front View

    Rose Hill (PA to Professor Martin Beaman, Postgraduate Dean Peninsula Deanery) is managing the organisation of the event. 

    Please refer to the Peninsula Deanery website for more information and to register.


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