• Sci59 - Specialty Choice Inventory

Sci59 stands for Specialty Choice Inventory. It is an online careers interest inventory designed to measure peoples’ preferences to the 59 most common specialties recognised by the GMC.

Finding Square Holes: Discover Who You Really Are and Find the Perfect Career

From Author Anita Houghton - Finding Square Holes is unique in taking a predominantly self-reflective approach to career development, combining techniques from personal development theory, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and the Myers-Briggs model of personality. If you’re in a crossroad in your career, either trying to decide what to do, or disgruntled with your current job, this is the book for you. It starts with the premise that you can’t achieve happiness in anything if you don’t know what you want in life.

Build Your Own Rainbow: Workbook for Career and Life Management.

Barry Hopson and Mike Scally wrote this book which consists of a number of exercises designed to help you to analyse and develop your personal skills, aptitudes and ambitions. It provides the key to a number of essential career development skills, including: Knowing Yourself; Learning from Experience; Research Skills; Setting Objectives and Making Action Plans; Making Decisions; Looking after Yourself; and, Communicating.

Career Planning Support During Foundation Years

By Christmas of your Foundation Year 2 you will be applying for your specialty training. So, by that stage you need to know which specialty you wish to enter, plus have a plan B in case your first choice doesn’t work out.

To assist with the career planning process HEE (NW) makes available supporting material & provides access to careers advisers who will work in conjunction with your educational supervisor, clinical tutors and postgrad education centre staff to support you during your Foundation years.

This flyer details what is on offer.

General Practice 2016 Photo Challenge

The GP 2016 photo challenge took place to help illustrate general practice (who works in the team, the patients that visit the surgery and the role in the community) and came together to create an otherwise unseen snapshot of working life in 2016, capturing the realities rewards and emotions of a typical day in general practice.


Barbara Fredrickson

Barbara Fredrickson is an America Professor of Psychology at North Carolina. She has written extensively on positive emotions and links with resilience, and worked with Marcel Losado on the Losado ration. She has developed the broaden and build theory of positive emotions.


Barbara's book Positivity looks at 

  • Why positivity is more important than happiness
  • How it relieves depression, broadens minds, and builds lives
  • How to tap into your own sources of positivity


Current background and theories around resilience - Dr Rebecca Baron

Dr Rebecca Baron, Associate Postgraduate Dean for GP at Health Education England (North West Office) presented an overview of current background and theories around resilience and ideas of how to improve your own resilience.  This was recorded at the North West Medical Leadership School meeting in December 2015

Resilience Cartoon

A short video about resilience and managing stress in the healthcare workplace. 

Education Development (Autumn 2015 Issue)

This is the first issue of Education Development, a newsletter update of workstreams, activities and events of the Education Development team at HEE (NW)’s Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education department.