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Posted December 2nd 2022 (2 months ago)

*STOP PRESS* Second Intake for Professional & Generic Skills Programme

The Programme:

  • The Professional and Generic Skills (PGS) Programme is a collaboration between Health Education South West (HESW) and the University of Plymouth’s Faculty of Health.
  • The PGS Programme covers all elements of the GMC’s Generic Professional Capabilities framework, whose content is now a requirement for trainees.
  • 97%of respondents over the last 5 years have rated the quality and relevance of the PGS Programme as “Excellent” or “Good”.


The Modules:

  1. Patient safety, quality systems and personal responsibilities;
  2. Teaching and Learning;
  3. Communication skills;
  4. Medical ethics, medicine and the law;
  5. Leadership and Management 1: NHS structures and funding;
  6. Leadership and Management 2: Personal skills (two days); and
  7. Quality Improvement (two days).



The Programme is open to Core, Specialty and GP trainees (ST2+), SAS doctors and dental trainees (all including IMGs).


Other useful information:

  • The PGS Programme modules are stand-alone and held virtually on a secure Zoom platform.
  • Delegates completing the PGS programme can transfer the academic credits gained to some Plymouth University postgraduate taught programmes (including Clinical Education; Healthcare Management, Leadership & Innovation; and Global Health).


Read more about the PGS Programme here. Email: professionalskills@plymouth.ac.uk for further information/application form.

Posted September 6th 2022 (5 months ago)

STOP THE PRESS!! Professional & Generic Skills Programme - Applications Open!

The Professional and Generic Skills (PGS) Programme is a collaboration between Health Education England - South West (HEE-SW) and the University of Plymouth’s Faculty of Health.

It is for doctors in training (GP and Specialty ST3+), as well as SAS doctors and dental trainees.

The PGS Programme is fully aligned with the GMC’s Generic Professional Capabilities framework, and provides a unique combination of skills, knowledge and thinking to develop your career as a clinical leader within an evolving NHS.

The Programme consists of seven modules. You will need to commit to nine days throughout the academic year for the delivery sessions, plus time required to write a final reflection.

The seven modules cover the following key themes:

• Patient safety and quality systems;
• Teaching and learning;
• Communication skills;
• Medical ethics, medicine and the law;
• NHS structures and funding;
• Leadership and Management (two days); and
• Quality Improvement (two days).

The PGS Programme also provides the opportunity for further development, through progression onto postgraduate taught programmes at Plymouth University (including Clinical Education; Healthcare Management, Leadership & Innovation; Global Health).

You can read more about the PGS Programme here, or download an application form here.

For further information, contact professionalskills@plymouth.ac.uk

Posted January 29th 2019 (4 years ago)

Simulation Fellow

The School of Surgery is pleased to announce the appointment of Louise Merker as the new Simulation and Non Technical Skills Trainee Fellow for the year from April 2019.

Posted February 18th 2015 (8 years ago)

Study leave arrangements from April 2015

Dear Severn Trainee

As you will be aware we have been operating a mixed model of study leave within Severn Deanery for 2014/5 with some trusts (UHB and NBT) being responsible for study leave and Severn PGME managing it behalf of other Trusts.

We have reviewed the management of study leave with Trusts going forward for the financial year 2015/6. It has been agreed that from 1st April 2015 the management of study leave will become the responsibility of Trusts as a key part of their management of the MADEL tariff. From April 1st 2015 you should therefore apply directly to the Trust where you are working for study leave.

There has been a substantial amount of work undertaken in Severn PGME to develop strong and innovative regional teaching programmes, and there is a desire by all parties to continue this. We will be finalising the details of this over the next month.

The exception to this will be then Partnership Trusts, who have indicated that they wish to continue the current arrangements, whereby Severn PGME will manage the study leave on their behalf. All trainees in psychiatry should therefore continue to follow the current arrangements.

We are formally reviewing the arrangements for foundation and general practice in the next two weeks, but anticipate that these will remain broadly as now at the current time.

Please contact the  Medical Education Managers in your trust to get details of how to apply for study leave from April 1st 2015.

Yours sincerely

Professor Selena Gray MBChB, MD, FFPH, FRCP
Deputy Postgraduate Dean

Posted October 29th 2014 (8 years ago)

HR Health Protection Research Unit Survey on UK Healthcare Workers’ Attitudes to Ebola in West Africa

Dear Colleague,

We have been asked to disseminate this survey to all UK medical trainees on behalf the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU).
Please do not reply to this email but instead follow the link to the survey below.
With kind regards, JRCPTB

We are inviting doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers to help us understand their thoughts about helping with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, by filling in a simple survey. The results will help to identify and, therefore, potentially address any modifiable barriers there might be to people helping in West Africa.

The survey is being conducted by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Emerging Infections and Zoonoses (a collaboration between the University of Liverpool, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Public Health England).

The questionnaire is anonymous but there is an option at the end to separately submit an e-mail address for those who would like more information. To complete the survey, which takes about 5 minutes, please click on the link below. Please also forward this email and link to any colleagues who may be interested.


Many thanks for your help,

Dr Lance Turtle, Dr Fiona McGill, Claire Matata RGN, Prof Rob Christley and Prof Tom Solomon
NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections


Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool


Posted April 2nd 2014 (9 years ago)

2014 GMC Trainee Survey

The 2014 GMC Trainee survey is now live until the 8th May.

It can be accessed through the GMC website

Please log in and complete the survey.

Thank you!

Posted December 23rd 2013 (9 years ago)

National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow Scheme

Applications are now open for the National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow Scheme, sponsored by Sir Bruce Keogh and managed by the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.

The scheme offers doctors in training an outstanding and unique opportunity to develop leadership and management skills in a range of national healthcare organisations which have previously included NHS England, Health Education England, GMC, NICE, Public Health England, Royal Colleges, St Andrews Healthcare, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Association of British Healthcare Industries, BMJ and BUPA.  Host organisations for 2014-15 have yet to be finalised. This work is complemented by the peer support offered by being in a cohort of trainees.

Clinical Fellows have the chance to work alongside influential leaders and meet key players in healthcare from the NHS and beyond. The scheme has complemented clinical practice with careers in medical management, clinical leadership, public health and policy. The posts are paid a clinical salary with banding as some work activities may occur outside normal working hours.

This year there will continue to be placements across England, including a number of opportunities in the North of England. For more information please visit: www.fmlm.ac.uk/clinical-fellow-scheme

Applications close on 14 February 2014 and will be followed by a shortlisting process. Interviews are expected to take place in London on 10 and 11 March 2014.

Posted December 19th 2013 (9 years ago)

Time Limit on CCT Applications

On 1 April 2014 the GMC will introduce a time limit on CCT applications. Doctors will need to submit their applications within 12 months of their completion date. After this point, they will need to use the CESR route if they wish to attain Specialist Registration. The paper setting out the background to this decision is available on our website :http://www.gmc-uk.org/doctors/registration_news/14249.asp.

We have received recommendations and enquiries about doctors whose CCT dates are several years ago. So that we can take a consistent approach, we have set out how these applications will be dealt with:

•             We will consider CCT applications from doctors whose completion date is within the last three years. These doctors will need to provide additional evidence to show that their knowledge and skills have been maintained.

•             Doctors whose completion date is over three years ago will not be able to apply for a CCT. When an application is made, we need to consider whether knowledge, skills and experience meet the current requirements of the curriculum. After three years, we cannot be satisfied that a previous completion of training provides sufficient assurance of competence. This is consistent with our policy around reapplications and the currency of evidence that is permissible for CESR applications, and so is an appropriate point to consider that a recommendation is no longer current.

A recommendation from a Royal College of Faculty confirms that a doctor has completed all the competencies required by the curriculum within an approved programme. If you are satisfied all the competencies have been met, then your College or Faculty can issue a CCT recommendation for a doctor whose CCT date is more than 3 years ago. However, given the period of time that has elapsed since the completion date, the GMC will not invite them to submit an application for a CCT. We will instead write to them explaining that they will need to submit a CESR application.

If you do wish to make a recommendation for a doctor in this position, please send this directly to me, rather than as part of the usual recommendation table.

If you would like to discuss, please contact me.

Ellen Beasley

 Email: Ebeasley@gmc-uk.org

Website: www.gmc-uk.org

Telephone: 0161 923 6602

Posted November 18th 2013 (9 years ago)

Dr Guy Undrill - Winner Royal College of Psychiatrists Trainer of the Year Award

Dear Colleagues,

For your information and to add to our local celebrations, we were delighted that Dr Guy Undrill was awarded the Royal College 'Trainer of the Year Award' yesterday.

This is a great tribute to Guy, who’s work with trainees, across quality issues in the school and on developing our communication skills training over many years has been fantastic.

I am sure you will join me in offering him our congratulations.

Best wishes,

Rob Macpherson, Head of Severn School of Psychiatry.


Posted October 30th 2013 (9 years ago)

Junior Business Manager

Every year, we recruit to two University of the West of England undergraduate sandwich year business roles at Severn. We invite you to watch our promotional video about the placement programme. Please do contact Allegra Etheridge, if you require further information about these vacancies as we would be very pleased to assist.


Posted September 9th 2013 (9 years ago)

Postgraduate Dean receives award for surgical education and training

The Postgraduate Dean of Severn Postgraduate Medical Education, Professor Davinder Sandhu, has been awarded the Bruce Medal in recognition of the contribution he has made to the advancement of surgical education.

The Bruce Medal was established by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1966 in memory of a former President, the late Sir John Bruce. It is awarded from time to time to a Fellow of the College to recognise a major contribution to surgical knowledge or teaching.


Prof Davinder Sandhu receives Bruce Medal from RCSEd President Mr Ian Ritchie

Professor Davinder Sandhu (left) receives the Bruce Medal


Professor Sandhu received the award at a ceremony at the Edinburgh College on Friday 06 September 2013.

Commenting on receiving the honour, he said:

"I feel hugely honoured and humbled by this award. The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is a leading College with a particular focus on surgical education and training, and to receive the Bruce Medal is the pinnacle of my career and I am absolutely delighted to receive it."

Professor Robert Woodwards from the College’s Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Specialty Group said:

"Professor Sandhu has been Lead Dean for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for the last four years, as well as Lead Dean for the interface specialties. In these roles, he has been greatly involved in development of a new curriculum for the specialty, which has now had GMC approval, and has also guided the development and implementation of central recruitment to the specialty."

"He has also provided great support in the development of the interface specialties (cleft lip and palate; head and neck cancer care; cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and trauma) and has fought for funding and grants in these Fellowships to allow expanded training opportunities."

"He continues to contribute to postgraduate education nationally and internationally; has published over 40 original papers and is editor and reviewer of several journals."

"For many years Professor Sandhu has worked tirelessly to improve standards in medical education, and through that, patient care. I commend him as a worthy recipient of this honour.”

Notes to editors:

  • Professor Davinder Sandhu MD, FRCS (Ed.Urol), FRCS (Eng & Glas), Cert.Med.Ed., FRCPE has been Postgraduate Dean of Severn Postgraduate Medical Education (formerly Severn Deanery) for 8 years and was previously a Consultant Urological Surgeon in Leicester for 13 years.
    He represents the Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans (COPMeD) at the Joint Medical Consultative Council (JMCC) and is the South West Regional Surgical Advisor for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is Chair of the Association of Medical Education Europe Postgraduate Committee.
  • Severn Postgraduate Medical Education is part of Health Education South West which is a new organisation responsible for the planning, development, education and training of the healthcare and public health workforce in the region.
    More information at Health Education South West website
  • Established in 1505 and with a worldwide membership, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is one of the world’s oldest and largest surgical establishments dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and advancement in surgical and dental practice, through its activities in education, training and examinations. For more information go to The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh website 
  • For interviews with Professor Sandhu please contact Jonathan Cramp, Communications Manager, Health Education South West on 01823 361125.

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