I want to start by saying a huge thank you to all of the College Tutors, TPDs, trainees and trainers who have put so much into the first couple of North West London STCs. It has been brilliant to have trainer and trainee representation from each paediatric department in the sector at both of the meetings, and this has given us a real energy and drive to move forwards at pace. We have already started to implement some trainee-led suggestions, and had a successful first regional ST1 training evening at the end of November.
In our November STC meeting we focused our discussions on four different areas of work:
- Exploring ideas around sharing teaching resources across the sector, and the potential for running regional learning events
- Developing a website and other web-tools to share information about learning opportunities both within the sector and on a pan-London basis
- Reviewing the current rotations for ST1-3 in order to align them to the NW and NECL sectors, whilst retaining some flexibility for specialist training in ST3
- Thinking about how we can run workplace-based assessments (WPBAs) in a much more meaningful way, that is focused on learning and development
Each of the four groups have a number of different actions that they are going to take forward over the next few weeks, so hopefully you should hear more about each of these by the time of the next STC in 2 months time. We will also be able to feed this work into the School of Paediatrics – clearly it is really important that each of the 3 ST1-5 STCs continue to work extremely closely together, and we are very committed to having a lead role in this.
If you want to contribute energy, ideas or feedback to the STC please link up with your College Tutor or Trainee Trust Reps within your departments, so that they can bring them for discussion within the STC meetings – we would love to hear your ideas. Amutha Anpananathar and Nick Ware, our two Trainees’ Committee Vice Chairs, are also key people to talk to with your suggestions, and do feel free to get in touch directly with me: robert.klaber @ imperial.nhs.uk
Finally we really want trainees and trainers from across the sector to contribute to the NWL google calendar and the website. The aim is to get all of the main teaching sessions that are occurring each week in each of our departments onto the NWL calendar, with topics, timings, speakers and venues so that for the first time they can be really meaningfully opened up to trainees across the region. If you have a few moments to take this on for your department then please email Nick Prince who can arrange for you to have edit access: nprince @ nhs.net
Many thanks & best wishes