|Regional Forum: Sheffield|
|Tuesday, 28 August 2012|
Training, revalidation and service delivery were the centre of discussion at the College’s regional meeting in Sheffield on Thursday 5 July. Consultants, trainees and undergraduates from the local area met and spoke with RCSEd Office Bearers and Regional Surgical Advisers. Before the breakout sessions (reported below), RCSEd President David Tolley talked about continuing changes in training and service delivery across the NHS.
Revalidation breakout session
Chaired by RCSEd Vice President, Professor George Youngson CBE
This session focused on the rollout of revalidation in December 2012 and dealt with the GMC’s approach to identity management of the 220,000 doctors who will be required to revalidate using the GMC Connect website.
In particular, there were discussions over prescribed connections, designated bodies, and the functions of appraisers and responsible officers.
The six-item list of information needed for enhanced appraisal engaged the group in searching discussions.
Attention was also directed to the revalidation requirements of SAS doctors and trainees. The groups were fortunate to have surgeons in attendance who were also medical directors and were able to provide a local perspective. The College’s position on remediation and support for Fellows was set out as were the mechanisms for selection of each of the four years (currently in year 0) in the rollout process.
Training and Services breakout session
Chaired by RCSEd Vice President,
The discussion was opened by Ian Ritchie, who made the point that patients’ expectations, the development of specific curricula for each specialty and the fall in trainee numbers means there is a need to examine whether the current style of training is producing CCT holders fast enough for the needs of the NHS.
There were contributions from surgeons experienced in service delivery and management and from trainees who are experiencing first-hand the difficulties of transition from Calman training to Competence-based training.
Although the need for change was accepted, the debate centred on how to change and, crucially, whether there is a need for a sub-consultant grade.
It was also recognised that consultants are being asked increasingly to take on roles which have traditionally been done by trainees and there are trainees coming to the end of training who are unable to find consultant posts.
Aspiring Surgeons breakout session
Chaired by RSA for Sheffield,
Topics included the benefits offered by Affiliate membership of the RCSEd and the potential of the Edinburgh Surgical Sciences Qualification to improve participants’ CVs, improve their MRCS pass rate and the potential for seamless passage onto a Masters degree, all of which help at national selection for ST3 posts.
The debate included how to improve chances at national selection at ST3 and the importance of planning one’s career as early as possible along with choosing suitable student electives.
The need for appropriate placements particularly in CT1 & 2 years was emphasised as well as the need to demonstrate continued professional development. It was pointed out that a career in any branch of surgery could be achieved with a reasonable work-life balance by male and female trainees.