With many juniors settled into new jobs since September, there were lots of new faces at today’s NCEL Training Programme Management Committee Meeting, our two-monthly forum for North Central and North East London Trainee Reps, College Tutors, and Training Programme Directors.
Today’s agenda allowed us to kick off with a lively discussion of the ways in which trainee progress is monitored in each Trust, particularly in relation to the quarterly “Faculty Meetings” held locally by supervisors. While procedures for recording and escalating any concerns are critically important, we want to remind trainers that it’s also key to feedback the positive comments from these meetings to trainees.
It was really exciting to hear about some of the unique events being developed for (and by) trainees in our region: The first-ever Open Evening for ST3s will take place on 10th February 2015, allowing doctors finishing their Level One training to find out about each of the Trusts offering ST4-5 jobs in our region. There will be a chance to hear from College Tutors and current registrars, as well as to discuss the matching scheme with Dr Sandhia Naik, our Training Programme Director. Further details to follow…
Finally, an appeal for ST4-8 trainees and consultants interested in supporting delivery of the enormously successful “Transition to Leadership” course, which helps prepare ST3s for the shift in role to registrar after they complete Level One training. Unsurprisingly, this three-day course has proved immensely popular with trainees (myself included), and there’s huge demand for this oversubscribed opportunity to be extended to all our ST3s. To do that, we need your help – if you’d be interested in joining the faculty, please do drop us a line.
We look forward to our next meeting in the New Year, and hope to see many familiar faces then!
Trainee Rep, West Herts