North Western Deanery e-update

From Professor Jacky Hayden, Postgraduate Dean

JANUARY 2012                                                                                  EDITION 4

Welcome to the North Western Deanery’s e-update for our secondary care medical educators.  If you have any feedback on this issue or would like to see topics covered in future, please e-mail:  meded@nwpgmd.nhs.uk


national update  

Local news

deanery staff news 

Future events

useful links 

Additional Information  


DH White Paper
The latest publication,  Liberating the NHS: Developing the Healthcare Workforcewas released on January 10th 2012 and can be found here.  
National training survey 2011
Initial results from the 2011 trainee survey are now out.  More information on how the North Western Deanery did can be found here
Consultation on trainer approval and recognition
The GMC is developing proposals for new arrangements for the recognition and approval of trainers and have launched a consultation on the plans.   More information can be found here
New GMC position statement on less than full-time training
A new position statement has been released on arrangements for specialty trainees in less than full-time training.  More information can be found  here
Revalidation regulations consultation
The GMC are currently running a consultation process on revalidation.  More information here
Academy of Medical Educators (AoME)
AoME have updated their professional standards for trainers.  More information can be found  here


Specialty recruitment
Recruitment is ongoing with interviews taking place in January and February 2012 and fill rates for round one (mainly CT1 recruitment) will be available at the end of March.

Information on all recruitment at the Deanery can be found here

Update on the PGCE in workplace based postgraduate medical education
The PGCE programme commenced in September 2009, and since that time almost 1,000 doctors across the North Western Deanery region have registered for one or more modules of the programme, including nearly 700 higher specialty trainees who have received deanery funding to undertake module 1, equivalent to Clinical Supervisor status.
 Module 3 commenced in January 2011 and the first 16 graduates have now been awarded the full PGCE, with a high level of distinctions and merits achieved.  Congratulations to:

David Ahearn Medical Education Fellow (MEF)
Helen Alderson Trainee
Paul Barrow MEF
Amanda Bellis Consultant
Chris Booth Trainee
Tim De Klerk Trainee
Eleanor Farrar MEF
Suzanne Gawne MEF
Linda Hacking Consultant
Wisam Jafar Trainee
Philip Laws MEF
Nasira Misfar SAS Dr
Ros Morley Trainee
Mayuri Singh Trainee
Anja Weidmann MEF
Emily Willis MEF

The first phase of programme evaluation, focusing on module 1, has been completed and demonstrated a very positive impact on participants’ practice as a clinical supervisor.  84% responded positively to ‘Has studying the module lead to change in your own practice as an educator/supervisor?’  Many respondents gave specific examples of these positive changes, which can be categorised under 4 broad themes:

  • work-place based assessments and giving feedback
  • organised, planned and systematic supervision
  • actual teaching, teaching skills, and specific teaching methods
  • enhanced understanding of learning styles

For more information about the PGCE programme and how to apply please see:
Medical Education Fellows
The next round of MEF recruitment will be taking place between May and June 2012.  More information will be appear in a future edition and will be circulated nearer the time to all trainees.


Honorary Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Educators
Professor Jacky Hayden has been awarded an honorary fellowship of the Academy of Medical Educators.   
New Director of Medical Education Appointment
David Baxter has been appointed as the DME at Stockport Foundation NHS Trust 
New Head of School Appointment
Richard Hale has been appointed as the Head of School of Pathology
New Training Programme Director Appointments

·         Susannah Rowles has been appointed as the TPD in General (Internal) Medicine

·         Graham Horsman has been appointed as the TPD in Chemical Pathology

·         Graham Ness has been appointed as a TPD in Core Psychiatry

·         Lucy Aitken has been appointed as a TPD in Core Psychiatry



Director of Medical Education (DME) forum: 3 February 2012 AM
The annual forum for DMEs will take place at the deanery on the above date.  For more information please email: nwd.Comms@nw.hee.nhs.uk
Save the date:  hospital based medical educators meeting, May 3rd 2012
Taking place on May 3rd this meeting, for Educational Leads, will focus on quality of training and will include discussion of the GMC’s plans for approval of Trainers and the Deanery’s plans to facilitate this locally..  For more information please contact Kat Lynch: k.lynch@nwpgmd.nhs.uk
SAS conference
The annual SAS conference will take place on 28th February at the Renaissance Hotel in Manchester.  This year’s conference will be structured around the theme of “Developing as an SAS Doctor in a Changing NHS” and will feature relevant speakers and workshops to equip SAS doctors with necessary tools to successfully manage and succeed in change.  
Medical Leadership Conference – March 8th 2012
Registration will be opening shortly but any enquiries are to be directed tomlconference@outthereevents.com  and for more information please visit our website here)
Medical Leadership Roadshow – March 15th 2012, Reebok Stadium, Bolton
This is an event for Consultants, GPs, SAS Doctors who are involved in education and are interested in learning how to develop medical leadership. More information will be updated on the website shortly here
Educational Supervisor Report writing workshop:
This workshop offers an opportunity for Educational Supervisors to discuss the important elements of this key skill and take home some top tips on report writing.

·         Friday 16 March AM Reebok Stadium

·         Wed 21st March PM Ladybridge Hall

If you are interested in attending one of those workshops, please emailnwd.Comms@nw.hee.nhs.uk
Future training quality monitoring visits
The Deanery will be visiting:
Royal Bolton Hospitals Foundation Trust on March 3rd 2012


In each edition we will provide external links which may be of interest and link to different parts of our website.  If you would like to see more information for medical educators, please let us know.
External links
DH Future Forum
GMC Education Strategy 2011 - 2013
Link to our 3 Lead Employer websites where you can find all policies relating to trainees
DH guidance on technology enhanced learning
North West Simulation Education Network
Academy of Medical Educators
Deanery website links
Deanery's virtual learning centre
Deanery staff directory
Educator Development section
Leadership Development Tools
Career Resources


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Andy Jones, Kathy Duffy, Tracey Lakinson