Medical Educators’ Conference – for everyone involved in education

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Screen Shot 2014-02-03 at 11.43.38You should by now have realised that with annual appraisals and revalidation it is absolutely vital to demonstrate that you are continuing to develop and learn as an educator. So, this year we are starting a series of educator conferences at CMFT. These have two main purposes. Firstly we want to get as many people as possible involved in medical education by showcasing the superb work done in the trust. Secondly, we want to oiffer high quality, local, approved training to clinical and educational supervisors who do so much to support undergraduate and postgraduate education in the trust.

The Trust’s first Medical Educators’ Conference will be held on Friday 25th April 2014 . This event is for clinical and educational supervisors of postgraduate and undergraduate medical trainees.

The conference is designed to support educators’ continuing professional development, keep educators abreast of changes in medical education and facilitate peer support and networking amongst educators and the Postgraduate Medical Education Team. The event will allow educators to fulfil appraisal requirements and meet the GMC standard for approved trainer status, and, for existing supervisors, this will count as sufficient activity to keep their GMC approved trainer status in the current year.

There will be speakers from the Postgraduate Medical Education Team, as well the North Western Deanery and the Manchester Medical School, amongst others. Interactive workshops will include topics such as managing doctors in difficulty, giving effective feedback and undergraduate tutor training.

Click the Medical Educators’ Conference Flyer for more information

Places are free but are limited to 180 and are filling up fast. To book your place, please contact Jenny Black, Quality Assurance Officer, at, or by phone on 0161 901 0738

AoMRC and NHS Employers on ensuring safe induction

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Summer has (sort of) arrived in Manchester. The pattern of work has changed in some departments (Paeds ED is all trauma rather than the winter D&V) and most of our staff are settled into their roles. August will soon be upon us, and in postgrad that means that minds are turning towards induction.

There is a great deal of work to do to ensure that new starters are safe to practice. In foundation training we have the luxury of a 2 week shadowing period to bring our new starters up to speed, but at other grades there are frequently difficulties in balancing the need to complete all aspects of induction alongside delivering an effective and safe service. As a supervisor I often feel the paradox of needing to ensure that the department is staffed (for patient safety reasons) whilst also inducting the new docs (for patient safety reasons). Whilst this will remain a challenge, (particularly in the acute specialities), a new document from NHS Employers and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges places an emphasis on the delivery of training to ensure our junior docs are safe.

You can download the guidance here. safe-trainee-changeover, but in summary the document identifies 4 themes to facilitate trainee changeover.

  • 1. Consultants must be appropriately available
  • 2. Flexible and intelligent rota design
  • 3. High quality clinical induction at all units
  • 4. Reduction of elective work at changeover times

To some extent this is stating the obvious. However, the suggested mechanisms for rota changes are perhaps interesting enough to deserve a read. The implication of not putting trainees on out of hours rotas when they first start will be a challenge to many and indeed impossible for some. In that case we must look to new and innovative ways to deliver induction content (such as e-learning packages).

I was also interested to see that work is being done to stagger changeover for trainees to avoid the ‘all change at once’ situation currently faced by some specialities. This would in my opinion be a great step forward and with a report from AoMRC/CoPMeD due any day we should be looking out for this soon.

So, as the Summer wanes (as far as I can make out it started and ended last week) it is time to think about how we deliver induction this year. June is a great month to dust off last years plans and to ask ourselves whether they are still fit for purpose, but if you did not manage it then, July will do just fine.



Rapid approval by the Academy of Medical Educators for GIC instructors

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We have some great news for anyone who has completed a Generic Instructors Course (GIC)  for the Advanced Life Support Group. The Academy of Medical Educators (AOME) has approved the course as an equivalence route for membership of the academy. In the past membership was obtained by completing an application form involving a fair bit of reflective writing and evidence. It was good, but it did take a bit of work and I think it put a lot of people off applying. The new automatic approval process means that if you have passed the GIC you will be automatically accepted as a member of the Academy.

Is it worth it you may ask? Well there is a fee (which is not inconsiderable) but this needs to be balanced against the benefit of external validation of your educational abilities (which is increasingly useful for revalidation & appraisal). The Academy is also doing a lot of work to recognise education as an integral part of being a clinician and will keep you up to date with local and national opportunities for educator development. We are proud to say that CMFT is a corporate partner of the academy so if you are an employee here you are eligible for the reduced rate in brackets below (and it’s tax deductable of course).

  Salary above £60k Salary below £60k Retired F/T Student

£275 (£183)

£135 (£90)




£225 (£150)

£110 (£73)



Associate Membership

£90 (£60)

£70 (£46)



Foundation Member*

£175 (£116)

£95 (£62)



If you want to know more about the benefits of joining the academy then please do get in touch with postgrad and/or have a look at the following document from the academy itself.

Why you should join the Academy

If you are not a GIC certified instructor then don’t worry you may well still be eligible for membership   or fellowship of the academy. A number of workshops on applications are planned by the academy around the country and you can attend one of those, or contact postgrad and we will put you in touch with one of the many fellows who already work in the trust.