Wessex Cardiology Trainees

Cardiology Training Update - feedback from the evening meeting

A quick update from the enjoyable evening meeting in Winchester. Those of you who were unable to attend might find the following useful. I would also appreciate any comments that we might want to discuss as a group (feedback via the blog).

The following was discussed, the views expressed are Dr. Calver's as I remember them.

1) ARCP - For those being assessed by this method, e-portfolio is now mandatory. Get you and your educational supervisor registered and set up early, and update as you go along.
DOPS remain a valid assessment, but perhaps will be less important in the future. The free text comments of the assessment methods, and the reflective feedback section of the portfolio will carry greater weight in future, and we are encouraged to fill them in.

2) Quality Assurance - The Deanery needs to be seen to be training us well, and to that end we will be sent a questionnaire by John Paisey. There is apparently two parts, and we are encouraged to fill them both out, even if it seems a bind. We are to feed this back too.

3) Knowledge Based Assessment - 2007 NTNs are required to sit the KBA this year. The expectation is that everyone will pass. It will not be used to rank, or select for subspecialty training, but it is a requirement for proceeding to subspecialty training. There will be a cost, as yet undisclosed. The content of the exam will assess mostly ESC guidance, and the new edition of the ESC Textbook. There's no requirement to sit the exam if you are an SpR, and for some StR's who's dates are not quite 2007, it was suggested its worth applying anyway.

4) Out of Programme Experience - Dr. Farrell and Dr. Calver have made great efforts to secure the position of a number of trainees who are now out of programme. It seems that with the number of unfilled posts in the rotation there is a lot of pressure for service provision, and the Dean will no longer look favourably on late applications. It was stated that at least 12 months of notice should be given, including the time taken for the Dean to write to PMETB. For local jobs,
there is also an expectation that OOPE posts will require an on call commitment. The frequency will be as light as possible, and clearly the commitment will depend on where the post is, but efforts will need to be made to cover rota gaps.

Lastly, Dr. Kalra repeated the need to feedback after these events, not least for consultants own appraisal. He's supportive of the blog and requests that we use it to for this purpose.

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