The London School of Paediatrics attracts the brightest and best of applicants to paediatric run-through training. And the UK has the reputation of providing the finest postgraduate paediatric training in the world. So arguably our School has a responsibility to nurture the very best paediatricians in the world. How can we meet that responsibility? This week we had some really thoughtful discussions about curriculum delivery at the School’s TPD away morning.
Most learning takes place in the workplace and we explored ways of bringing the patients into the classroom. The power of learning from patients is well demonstrated in the Child Bereavement training days, run in collaboration with Child Bereavement UK, and aimed at ST5s. Some of you reading this will have experienced the power of hearing the story of a bereaved parent. It’s unforgettable and puts a spotlight on the humanity that goes alongside every clinical encounter. Affy Sepahzad, a trainee in the Curriculum Delivery subgroup, set up the NW London Case Exchange. Embedded in this sector-based monthly training evening, aimed at ST1-3s, is a patient or parent telling their story. Case Exchange has had rave reviews and Affy will be starting a piece of work in 2015 to explore how we can do more to have patients as teachers.
Other key areas in our discussions were
- Managing complexity, QI and service delivery. Mentorship is key and we all need to start asking each other who is your mentor?
- Sharing educational innovation. There are brilliant pockets of teaching across London. Let’s share these ASAP: Return to Clinical Practice, Transition to Leadership, Case Exchange, written membership teaching. Next we can join up and share widely the existing learning opportunities in safeguarding and leadership.
- Curriculum delivery is cheap (!) Most of our formal classroom activities are free or heavily subsidised for trainees. And for the School, arranging things in advance at Stewart House keeps costs down.
- Mapping the Future. Eleanor Perera’s work , captured views from across London, from trainees and trainers, and gave real substance to our Curriculum Delivery plans.
Thanks to Camilla and colleagues for organising an inspiring morning.