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Posted December 2nd 2022 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (5 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 October 29th 2014 (9 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 December 19th 2013 (10 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 October 30th 2013 (10 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.


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