Wessex Cardiology Trainees

Feedback from the STC and expressions of interest for new trainee rep

Dear All,

I attended the STC meeting last week. Scroll to the end for details of trainee rep.

Here are the headlines:

Recruitment
- Please convey to all interested parties that NTN recruitment will again be clustered with Oxford.
- There are several vacant training slots. Where these would previously have been filled with LAT appointments, several "Wessex Training Fellowship" posts are being advertised currently with the aim to filling these positions. Please encourage all who are interested to apply.

ARCP
- In general a good performance by all.
- Some specialities in some deaneries have moved to an evidence appraisal only, to which the trainee is not invited. There is resistance to this in Wessex, and the panel continue to enjoy seeing us at the annual review, particularly to offer their congratulations on all our hard work.
- Please do fill out all forms and paperwork as detailed very clearly in the email from Rozz (including form R that needed to be posted ahead of time).
- Pacing seems to have become a difficulty for many trainees. It is acknowledged that pacing sessions are usually ad hoc, and with closer supervision now being the norm, some operators may implant when a trainee isn't there. Please do take every opportunity to organise inpatient pacing and make yourself available for these cases. Please feed back any difficult to me or your educational supervisor well before your ARCP.

Rotation Date
- Following feedback from the last trainee, this was discussed at the STC. For some, especially those with an August CCT, the January rotation date can lead to a perceived shortening of subspeciality training. This was discussed at some length and we concluded that the staggered start (August/January) maintained a useful skill mix between new and experienced StRs and CMTs. In addition, subspeciality training should be seen as a gradual process, rather than a sudden start in the final 24months. Those entering a fellowship in your final January will still get 12 months of training whilst making use of your grace period. This may actually be an advantage over those whose grace period would not occur in a fellow post.

GMC survey
- It is recognised that Trust induction generally receives a "red flag". Whilst it seems perfectly reasonable that induction may not be a good use of our time, it might come as news to you that every individual Trust is required to do this, repeatedly, in order to validate their insurance. We will reminded on this fact at several opportunities. It is probably worth reflecting that this GMC survey question is poorly written, but that ultimately it is best to answer that induction was adequate, lest we get thrown in an endless downward spiral of induction hell.
 
Trainee Survey
- On the whole, responses were positive. The committee liked the suggestions for improvement.
- John Paisey will once again respond to the broad issues raised.
- I will circulate this along with data from the survey.

Training Days
- Dr. Dom Kelly will continue to coordinate these.
- Dates will be circulated soon.
- Please let him know what topics you would like covered next year dominic.kelly@hhft.nhs.uk
- Once you know which Trusts you will be working at next year, please let Dom know if you would like to coordinate locally.

And lastly,
Drs. Alison Calver and John Paisey would like to know who is interested in becoming the new STC rep. I've been doing this for the last 12 months or so. The biggest and most useful aspect has been coordinating and collecting the data for the trainee survey.
Can you let me know if you are interested in this, and I will pass all names onwards for a decision. Feel free to ask any questions about the role.

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