Members of the Trainees Committee met bright and early on Tuesday morning to share and exchange ideas on values and behaviours that we felt were fundamental for the London School of Paediatrics in order to best provide for its trainees. A creative session led by Bob Klaber, turned our thought to the world around us for inspiration on how to shape our School of Paediatrics going ahead. We considered the distinguished Royal Opera House, one of the world’s leading opera companies, recognised for its display of beautiful traditional performances of opera and dance, yet at the same time constantly adapting and evolving to cultivate a culture that recognises and promotes new and contemporary arts. Like the Royal Opera House, we believe the London School of Paediatrics should also be recognised for its traditional integral core values but with the ability to adapt, keep up-to-date and transform in order to meet the changing needs of its trainees. We further looked to the world of rowing as a reminder of the importance of working hard together as a team, with a common goal. Like the many boats travelling the course of the river, we were reminded of the unity of trainees in London and the (at times choppy) path we are traversing together. The London School of Paediatrics should be one that supports and guides its trainees on this journey. The Whole Foods Market most certainly gave us ‘food for thought’ and highlighted the value of diversity, quality and accessibility. The luxurious and diverse foods available in the Whole Foods Market provide the ingredients for a guaranteed exquisite meal. Likewise our vision of the School of Paediatrics is one that encourages the involvement of trainees from all levels of training in shaping training, and supporting them to provide high quality resources and ensuring these are accessible to all. The second part of the morning, was led by Lauren Snaith from the RCPCH who delivered a fantastic session on representing the RCPCH in the media. We were introduced to key concepts in the world of public affairs and taught the how’s and why’s of stories that make the headlines. The media department offer plenty of opportunities to get involved so if you are interested you can find out more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The afternoon was devoted to hearing from three of the sub-groups and the brilliant work that has been going on behind the scenes, these included presentations on the Mental Health Project, PICH (Programme for Integrated Child Health) and plans for the upcoming ST1 induction. The trainees committee is devoted to representing trainees in London, improving the training programme and providing valuable resources along the way. If you have any thoughts or ideas do get in touch and if you are keen to be involved, the trainees committee will be recruiting soon, so keep an eye out on the website for more details.
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