The NHS is a challenging environment to work in – never more the case than currently. I sometimes find it difficult to keep my spirits up ….. and then I come along to a STC meeting (as I did last week) or I meet a trainee for a careers/training chat (as I do most days) and then I realise why being a Paediatrician is so amazing and how very lucky I am!
We have had a very busy summer and autumn putting into place the structures that we believe will continue to serve the trainers and trainees, and ultimately patients, of London well, both now and into the future. The ST678 STC is a frighteningly dynamic and enthusiastic group (you should try and chair one of our meetings!) and I am convinced that we are going to not only work diligently for the ST678 trainees, but also well with our colleagues across the three ST1-5 STCs. One of the key remits of the ST678 STC is to promote pan-London educational collaboration and to maintain the fantastic work that the London School of Paediatrics always did – and was the envy of the rest of the country. As the only Pan-London STC we are tasked with making sure that we continue to provide the outstanding opportunities that London has always offered and promote collaboration and sharing of ideas and resources in London.
The ST678 STC meets on alternate months (ie the months when the ST1-5 STCs don’t meet). Our meetings have 2 parts – the first part is an opportunity for some of the Subgroups to present their work and showcase their efforts. We devote 90 minutes to this session which I think will be an excellent opportunity for trainee leaders from the Subgroups to come along and discuss their activities and future plans to a supportively critical group – we think this offers robust preparation for working as a consultant in the NHS. The second half of the STC meeting is for STC business and is all about planning and shaping training for Level 3.
There is lots of work to do but with such an enthusiastic group of TPDs and trainees I am sure much will be achieved. If you have any ideas or want any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me (email@example.com) or your rotational TPD:
South London – Jonathan Round (jround @ sgul.ac.uk)
NW London – Mehrengise Cooper (mehrengise.cooper @ imperial.nhs.uk)
NC/NE London – Anne Opute (anne.opute @ bartshealth.nhs.uk)
Pan-London ST678 Chair