Wessex Cardiology Trainees

Specialty Trainee Committee 30 Sep 2011 - Trainee Update

Following the recent STC meeting, Paul Rees has the following update. Please address any queries to him
Sam Fitzsimmons will be taking over from Paul in the new year. Please send any new queries through the website link, or directly to Sam.

GIM
It's very important to maintain the core GIM component of the ePortolio during years 1-3.  To be watertight in this regard, it may be a good idea to source your own, additional GIM supervisor locally.  An anonymised, electronic log of all cases seen should be maintained throughout. Core components are shared between GIM and cardiology, trainees wishing to co-accredit in GIM will have additional requirements.
RITA/ARCP process
The time taken to review portfolios, data etc eats into time spent in discussion with trainee, and that the latter is certainly of value in career planning etc.  Plan to adjust timings to allow effective communication and discussion with trainees 15 min document review, 20 min trainee discussion.
FORMS
Use the educational supervisor report form sent out by Deanery please.  We have edited some components of this to enhance its clarity.
ASSESSMENTS
MSF required every year, others in line with JRCPTB ARCP decision aid (via website). Basically 4 CbDs, 4 MiniCEX, DOPS.
ePORTFOLIO
ESRs need to sign-off linked components.  Ed Sup may need reminding, and ARCP letters will remind trainees of this.  Video user guides exist on Youtube for trainees and EsRs.  Link to Youtube user guide
Plea from ESs to be kind to them and ply them with tea/cake support during the electronic form-filling process!
Trainee Survey
Anonymised.  39 returns, 7 LAT, 24 NTN, 2 clin OOPE, 6 research.  Majority of fields complete.
Career intentions: 19 PCI, 11 Devices, 10 Echo, 8 MRI, 8HF, 7CT, 6EP, 2Nuc, 1ACHD, 0 academic
Conventional grouping of intended specialties; 29/39
Less well recognised choices; 7/39 (2 in years 4+)
Overall satisfaction with job
15 Excellent
17 Good
2 Adequate
2 Unsatisfactory
Main area of concern - office space
Comments were reviewed in detail, and discussed amongst the STC.
GRADING OF POSTS
Complex Deanery procedure to grade posts underway, similar to a previous GMC "red flag" survey initiative to highlight areas of particular concerns. 
TTE
Deanery effectively require BSE and will continue to encourage trainees to achieve a nationally recognised standard in 1st 3 years.
3 yr MDs
Can count 1 year of research towards CCT provided prospectively recognised and discussed.
STC Trainee Replacement
As I stand down end of Jan due to CCT, Sam Groves Fitzsimmons has agreed to take over.
Next STC Meeting
2nd March 2012
28 Sep 2012
RITA/ACRP DATES
Sep 7, and Sep 11th 2012, paperwork in by 1700 Aug 10th.  Deanery email to follow.

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