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Posted August 3rd 2018 (2 months ago)

National Foundation Doctors' Presentation Day 2019


The National Foundation Doctors' Presentation Day is a free, annual event hosted by the Severn Foundation School and supported by the UKFPO. It displays work completed by Foundation Doctors from across the UK and Malta as oral and poster presentations under the categories; Quality Improvement, Education, Sustainability, Research/Original Work, and Case Reports.

The presentation day will take place at Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel & Spa, Redcliffe Hill, BS1 6SQ on 11th January 2019. Applications to present, open on Wednesday 15th August 2018 and will close on Friday 16th November 2018. The link to the application form can be found here.

Multiple applications will be accepted up to a maximum of three abstracts per presenting author. Oral presentations will be 10 minutes exactly, 8 minutes to present and 2 minutes for questions. Trainees presenting posters will be given 2 minutes to verbally summarise their work for the judges. Posters should be printed as A2 size only, if trainees bring a poster bigger than the required size, they may not be able to present on the day.

All abstracts submitted will be considered for both oral and poster presentations.

Once a trainee has submitted their abstract, it will go through a shortlisting process to determine whether it has been accepted for presentation. If the submission is successful, we will inform the authors of the time and the category in which they will be presenting. Presenters will be judged and scored and a prize will be given to the winner of each category.

Key Stakeholders will be attending on the day who include Foundation School Directors and Foundation Programme Directors from across the country. Additionally, delegates, speakers and judges attend from a variety of organisations such as the UKFPO, GMC, HEE, MDU, MPS, NICE, BMA, HQIP and NCEPOD as well as the Royal Colleges.

If you have any further queries with regards to the event, please email the Severn Foundation School on or call on 01454 252 669.




Posted June 12th 2018 (3 months ago)

Educational Conference 28 September 2018

South West Peninsula and Severn Postgraduate Medical Education programmes, on behalf of Health Education England, South West, will be holding their annual educational conference on 28th September 2018 at Taunton Racecourse. This year, given it is the 70th Birthday of the NHS, the conference will consider the journey of postgraduate medical education, where it is today and speculate on what it may look like in future.

There will also be a variety of workshops which will provide an opportunity to discuss topical issues, gain a greater understanding of PGME related subjects and support educator development. This year it is our intention that one of the workshops be trainee delivered.

The conference aims to be an enjoyable and valuable interactive experience for all those involved in clinical postgraduate medical education. It will be of particular interest to Associate Deans, GP Associate Directors, Regional Advisers, Heads of School, Training Programme Directors, Directors of Medical Education, Clinical Tutors, Foundation Leads and College Tutors, as well as Clinical and Educational Supervisors.

All the speakers have an interest and considerable experience on the areas they will be presenting and there will be an opportunity for interactive discussion and networking throughout the day.

CPD recognition with the Royal College of Physicians will be applied for.

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. There will be no charge to those involved in educational roles in the footprint of Health Education England working across the South West. A programme will be available on this website shortly, but in the meantime registration for the Conference can be found on the link below.

Application Form

Draft Programme

Posted May 23rd 2018 (4 months ago)

ARCP animation and guide - now Live!

The ARCP animation and guide is now live and can be viewed on the Specialty Training website.   

Lydia Taylor
Communications Programme Manager
Health Education England

Posted March 9th 2018 (7 months ago)

Peninsula office is moving 12 March 2018

Please note that Health Education England’s Peninsula office will be moving out of Raleigh Building to a new location.

With effect from Monday 12 March 2018 our new address will be:

Health Education England
Plumer House
Tailyour Road
Plymouth, PL6 5DH

Our telephone numbers will also change following the move, so please note the updated email signatures of individual contacts.

There is no central switchboard number – all calls will be direct dial.

We apologise in advance if there is any temporary break in communications between the 9 March and 14 March 2018, however in case of an urgent query  please ring 01454 252 688.

For all other queries please send an email to the person with whom you wish to talk and they will contact you as soon as possible.

Posted March 8th 2018 (7 months ago)

GMC National Training Survey

The 2018 GMC National Training Survey runs from the 20th March – 2nd May. This is a national survey where trainees have the opportunity to feedback on their current training experience. This is a very important part of our quality processes and we greatly value the feedback from trainees. The survey can be accessed through the GMC website, and all trainees currently in a placement will be contacted with their own survey link.

Please contact the Quality Team if you have any questions about the survey.


Posted March 2nd 2018 (7 months ago)

Due to inclement weather conditions and for the safety of our staff, we have elected to close our office until Monday, 5th March 2018.

Posted February 21st 2018 (7 months ago)

Reflective Practice

Please see the Joint Statement from COPMED and AoMRC on Reflective Practice.

Posted January 25th 2018 (8 months ago)

Congratulations NFDPD 2018 Prize Winners

National Foundation Doctors Presentation Day 2018

Following another highly successful year, we are delighted to confirm the Prize Winning and Highly Commended Oral and Poster presenters from the event held on Friday 12th January at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Bristol.

Oral Presentations


"Is the DRSABCD approach an effective approach to teaching Basic Life Support to school children age 12-14?"
(M. Soltan, E. Briggs, L. Raworth - West Mindlands, North)

Highly Commended

"Assessing Pain in Patients with Dementia & Delirium Over the Age of 65 Years : The Abbey Pain Scale"
(P. Lillie, J. Sharp, Dr Westcott, Dr Kyle - Severn Foundation School)

Poster Presentations

Quality Improvement Section 1 Posters


"Developing an inpatient post-falls pro-forma to improve assessment and documentation by Junior Doctors"
(O. Scott, E. Padfield, C. Kostov, F. Wu, C. Costache, B. Hutchinson - Wessex Foundation School)

Highly Commended

"Delayed Gastro Emptying: Improving the timeliness of Patient Discharge on the Gastroenterology Wards"
(M. Stewart, V. Knott - South Yorkshire Foundation School)

Quality Improvement Section 2 Posters


"Outliers – The Forgotten Patients; The story of a second-rate patient experience"
(O. Hughes, G. Gowda, C. O'Beirne - Trent Foundation School)

Highly Commended

"Improving the monitoring of bowel habit in patients on Clozapine in the 2gether NHS trust"
(V. Aggarwal, H. Delacave, G. Undrill - Severn Foundation School)

Quality Improvement Section 3 Posters


"Rationalising anti-emetic dispensation in gastroenterology"
(K. Pohl, J. Pyle, J. Watson, A. Magides - Peninsula Foundation School)

Highly Commended

"The Limits of Being an F1: Standardising on call and prescribing practise amongst pre-registration doctors"
(A. Stubbs - Severn Foundation School)

Case Report Section 1 Posters


"Full Resolution of Subacute Acetabular Osteomyelitis in an 11-year-old Patient Following Nonsurgical Management"
(B. Kerr, G. Finlayson, L. Thompson, J. McConway - Northern Ireland Foundation School)

Highly Commended

"Wasp sting induced STEMI with complete coronary artery occlusion: a case of Kounis syndrome"
(B. Cross, T. Choudhury, M. Hindle, G. Galasko - North West Foundation School)

Case Report Section 2 Posters


"Recurrent acute pancreatitis secondary to alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency"
(Z. Awan, A. Turner - Heart of England Foundation Trust)

Highly Commended

"Iatrogenic Cushing syndrome and secondary adrenal insufficiency related to single-dose corticosteroid administration with concurrent Ritonavir treatment for HIV"
(R. Simson - Severn Foundation School)

Education Posters


"A near peer-led blood products training course for new doctors"
(O. Udo - North West Foundation School)

Highly Commended

"Making Sense of Psychopathology: The importance of undergraduate teaching on the function and phenomenology of behavioural symptoms"
(T. Dalton, H. Jackson - Severn Foundation School)

Research/Original Work


"An audit cycle analysing contaminated blood cultures; implementing interventions to reduce rates and potential dangerous consequences."
(S. Lee, J. Miles, K. Mukherji - Wales Foundation School)

Highly Commended

"C-Reactive Protein in Primary Care; An attempt to reduce antibiotic prescription. Did it work?"
(A. Burahee - West Midlands Foundation School)

Thank you

We would also like to thank all our judges, speakers, and Dr Mike Masding for hosting.

Posted August 4th 2017 (1 year ago)

Educational Conference 22 November 2017

Date for your Diaries

South West Peninsula and Severn Postgraduate Medical Education programmes, on behalf of Health Education England - South West, will be holding their annual educational conference on 22nd November 2017 at Somerset County Cricket Ground in Taunton. This year the meeting will be specifically focussed on trainee support and will cover a number of areas relevant to this topic with presentations from national and local keynote speakers

There will also be a number of workshops during the day along the same theme.

The conference aims to be an enjoyable and valuable interactive experience for all those involved in clinical postgraduate medical education. It will be of particular interest to Associate Deans, GP Associate Directors, Regional Advisers, Heads of School, Training Programme Directors, Directors of Medical Education, Clinical Tutors, Foundation Leads and College Tutors, as well as Clinical and Educational Supervisors.

All the speakers have an interest and considerable experience on the areas of support they will be presenting and there will be an opportunity for interactive discussion throughout the day.

CPD recognition with the Royal College of Physicians will be applied for.

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. There will be no charge to those involved in educational roles in the footprint of Health Education England working across the South West. A programme will be available on this website shortly, but in the meantime registration for the Conference can be found on the link below.

Please note, the conference is now fully booked, but any new registrations will be placed on a waiting list and you will be contacted as soon as any cancellations come in.

Application form


Posted April 27th 2017 (1 year ago)

We're currently in the pre-election period meaning our social channels will be slightly quieter than usual. If you have a query, you can still contact us on here though, or visit the contact us page on our website:

Posted September 20th 2016 (2 years ago)

AMPS Competencies Report

We (Julie Screaton (Director, London and the South East) and Professor Ged Byrne (Director of Education & Quality, Health Education England working across the North West)) are pleased to let you know that our survey of higher education institutions about embedding national antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship competences into curricula is now available to access on our website.

The antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship (AMPS) competences, produced jointly by the Government's expert advisory group for antimicrobial resistance and healthcare acquired infections (ARHAI), and Public Health England were published in 2013. Implementing these competences forms a key aspect of ‘Key area 3’ of the Government's five year strategy for tackling antimicrobial resistance - improving professional education, training and public engagement to improve clinical practice and promote wider understanding of the need for more sustainable use of antimicrobials. The antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship (AMPS) competences can provide clarity for regulators, education providers and professional bodies to inform standards, guidance and the development of training.

Undergraduate students have expressed interest in receiving more education about antimicrobials, especially about their multidisciplinary use. This survey asked higher education institutions about their awareness of the competencies, and how they had embedded them into their courses.

The results showed:

  • From the 45 universities that submitted information for a total of 100 health-related course 86% of universities confirmed they were aware of the national AMPS competencies.
  • Implementation of the five domains of the AMPS competencies showed that 91% of courses had embedded statements on infection prevention and control, 75% of courses for antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobials, 66.3% of courses for the prescribing of antimicrobials, 62% of courses for the prescribing of antimicrobials and 40% of courses for monitoring and learning.
  • Embedding of the AMPS competencies per professional group showed an average of 90% implementation for medicine, 82% for dentistry, 81% for pharmacy, 76% for independent non-medical prescribing courses, 52% for midwifery, 46% for nursing and 40.8% for allied health professionals.

We welcome the findings of this initial survey and hope best practices can be shared between higher health education institutions to enhance the adoption of these competencies. It has also highlighted the importance of non-medical prescribing courses adopting these competencies.

We would encourage you to:

  • implement the recommendations in this report on behalf of your organisations
  • raise awareness of these results within your organisations and networks
  • provide system leadership as individuals, groups and organisations in enhancing the adoption and implementation of the antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship (AMPS) competences within your academic and health networks and organisations, at both undergraduate and post-graduate level.

For further information please contact Mohamed Sadak (Clinical Lead and Programme Manager, Antimicrobial Resistance and Sepsis).


Posted August 11th 2016 (2 years ago)

Professional & Generic Skills programme

Applications are welcomed for the 2016 intake of the Professional & Generic Skills programme for Doctors in Training (ST3 and above) and a small number of places for SAS Doctors.

Click here for further information and the application form.

Posted June 13th 2016 (2 years ago)

Are you interested in a career in GP?

Would you like to be linked with an enthusiastic GP or trainee to find out more about the career?

The GP Careers Champions Scheme has been set up to help you make a more informed decision about a career in general practice. The scheme is flexible to your needs and you will be matched to an enthusiastic GP/GPST in your area who can offer either a period of mentoring or one off careers advice via:

  • Email / Telephone / Skype
  • Face to face meetings
  • GP Taster Days

For more information, click here or email

Posted March 24th 2016 (3 years ago)

2016 GMC National Training Survey

The GMC national training survey is now live and open between 22nd March and 4th May 2016.

It provides postgraduate trainee doctors with an opportunity to give their opinion on the quality of their training. We use this information to inform Trust 'contract' visits, quality panels, to update risks on our quality register and to share with all stakeholders to help improve the quality of all posts.

To log in to the survey, please go to the GMC website.   

Many thanks for your cooperation in this important quality process.

Posted December 14th 2015 (3 years ago)

National Medical Director's Clinical Fellow Scheme 2016/17

Applications are now invited for the National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow Scheme 2016/17. Now in its fifth year, the scheme provides junior doctors with a unique opportunity to gain experience and insight into healthcare leadership, policy and strategy by working with senior healthcare leaders in national organisations such as NHS England, Health Education England, General Medical Council, BUPA and medical royal colleges.

Fellows spend one year involved in, and often independently leading, projects under the guidance of host organisations’ senior leadership teams. As well as the knowledge gained from their particular project, fellows gain skills in project management, collaboration, effective communication, presentation and team management. Fellows are seconded from their current trusts or employer for one year. Appointments are made in February 2016 with posts commencing from 1 September 2016.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 20 January 2016 . Please do not hesitate to contact the scheme coordinator Donna Hickford or call 020 3075 1471 for further information.

More Information

Full details on the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management site.

What is it?

The scheme provides doctors in training with the unique opportunity to spend one year working with the most senior executives in leading national healthcare-affiliated organisations to develop their skills in:

  • leadership
  • management
  • strategy
  • project management
  • health policy

Fellows are immersed at the centre of organisations such as NHS England, Health Education England, General Medical Council, BUPA and medical royal colleges. The scheme is sponsored by Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England’s National Medical Director, and managed by the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.

Am I eligible?

The scheme is open to doctors in training who have full GMC registration and have completed both years of foundation training by the start of the fellowship (commencing annually from 1 September). Doctors from all specialties are welcome.

General Practice ST3 trainees with CCT before or around 1 September of the year they are applying are eligible to apply, in recognition of the shorter training programme. 

How do I apply?

Candidates submit an application online and, if shortlisted, will attend a panel interview.

How does this work with my training?

Successful candidates take up the fellowship role as an out-of-programme experience.

They are seconded from their employing trust to the host organisations and will retain their existing trust terms and conditions, pension arrangements etc.


Posted December 3rd 2015 (3 years ago)

Ebola survivorship and advice for clinicians

Please see the attached letter from the Chief Medical Officer, NHS England, regarding what is currently known around Ebola survivorship, and what measures clinicians should take.


Posted November 18th 2015 (3 years ago)

Vacancy - Associate Postgraduate Dean - Performance

Applications for the post of Associate Postgraduate Dean - Performance is now open.  Please view details in our Vacancies section.

Posted September 22nd 2015 (3 years ago)



The recruitment process for two year Foundation Programmes commencing August 2016 opens in October.

Recruitment will be managed via the national online recruitment system (FPAS). 

For further information, please see our webpage.

Posted August 20th 2015 (3 years ago)


The recruitment process for two year Academic Foundation Programmes commencing August 2016 opens in October.

Academic recruitment will be managed via the national online recruitment system (FPAS). For the purposes of Academic Recruitment only, Peninsula and Severn Foundation Schools will be one Academic Unit of Application (known as South West) for August 2016 recruitment.

For further information, please see our AFP webpages.

Posted July 9th 2015 (3 years ago)

2015/16 PGCE Funding Scheme now closed for applications

The scheme is now closed for any further applications for 2015/16.

Posted July 9th 2015 (3 years ago)

2015/16 Bursary Scheme now closed for applications

The 2015/16 Bursary Scheme is now closed for any further applications.

Posted July 8th 2015 (3 years ago)

Planned Road Closure near Severn PGME, Bristol

If you are planning on visiting Severn Postgraduate Medical Education please note that Beacon Lane will be closed for approximately 6 weeks with effect from Monday 20th July. This is the link between Vantage Park and Winterbourne.  There is a diversion in place, but this may make surrounding roads quite busy so please ensure plenty of travel time for appointments.

For further information please see Highways England information on the Bradley Stoke website.


Posted June 19th 2015 (3 years ago)

New Site Lauched for Postgraduate Dental Education.

Welcome to the new Postgraduate Dental Education website

We provide high quality Postgraduate Dental Education for the South West. Including Dental Foundation Training, Hospital Training including Dental Core Training and Specialty Training, and Continuing Professional Development for all Dentists and Dental Care Professionals.

Posted June 3rd 2015 (3 years ago)

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Medical) Bursary Funding

Now open for applications. Guidance and policy are now available on the website.

Posted June 3rd 2015 (3 years ago)

Bursary Funding

Now open for applications. Guidance and policy are now available on the website.

Posted May 18th 2015 (3 years ago)

Innovation Funding

Innovation Funding Scheme 2017/2018

Applications for the 2017/2018 Bursary Funding are now CLOSED.

Posted February 24th 2015 (4 years ago)

Clinical Teaching Fellows & Associate Clinical Teaching Fellows

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust would like to appoint the following posts:

Clinical Teaching Fellows (CTF) for the Academic Year beginning August 2015. These are 1 year posts in the first instance but they can be extended for a further 12 months by mutual agreement.

These posts are aimed at post foundation year doctors who wish to spend time working in a medical educational role within The University of Bristol (UoB) Academy in Swindon. The posts are suitable for doctors who wish to take time out before starting higher medical training, doctors who want to take a year out of a training programme or for doctors who wish to pursue a part time higher degree such as an MSc or doctorate (MD).

Associate Clinical Teaching Fellows (Associate CTF) for the Academic Year beginning August 2015. These are 1 year posts in the first instance but they can be extended for a further 12 months by mutual agreement.

These posts are aimed at post foundation year doctors who wish to spend time working in a medical educational role within The University of Bristol (UoB) Academy in Swindon. The posts are suitable for doctors who wish to take time out before starting higher medical training, doctors who want to take a year out of a training programme or for doctors who wish to pursue a part time higher degree such as an MSc or doctorate (MD). They may also be suitable for doctors who hold a CST.

For further information, please see documents, below:

CTF Advert

CTF Covering Letter

CTF Job Description


Associate CTF Advert

Associate CTF Covering Letter

Associate CTF Job Description


Posted January 28th 2015 (4 years ago)

National Foundation Doctors' Presentation Day (16 January 2015)

The National Foundation Doctors' Presentation Day on Jan 16th 2015 was organised and delivered for the fifth time by the Severn Foundation School, Health Education South West.

The event was attended by 130 foundation doctors and approximately 30 faculty members representing HEE, HQIP, the GMC, UKFPO, NCEPOD, RCP, BMA, and NICE. The event is free for delegates to attend and therefore relies on the sponsorship and support of the organisations listed above, as well as the goodwill of the shortlisters and judges to deliver the event.


For further information, please click here

Posted January 21st 2015 (4 years ago)

Medical Careers Evening - 12 February 2015

Careers event for any trainees interested in a career in medicine.


Posted January 12th 2015 (4 years ago)

GMC National Training Survey launch

The GMC National Training Survey for junior doctors will be launched on 24 March 2015. The survey live period will continue until 6 May 2015. We look forward to working with all trainees to get feedback on the quality of their placements.

Data from this survey is used at: Contract visits by Postgraduate Medical Education to Trusts, Quality Panels run by Schools and programmes and also to inform local quality improvement processes. Survey reports will be made available from June 2015.

The Quality Department at Severn looks forward to working with you to continue to get high response rates to the survey to ensure that the data is both reliable and valid to improve the quality of training for all.

Posted December 5th 2014 (4 years ago)

Recruitment to Specialty Training

Health Education England has produced a short guide to recruitment to specialty training for those applying to CT1/ST1 posts starting from August 2015, which can be viewed here.

For more information on the application process, please view the National Applicant Handbook 2015, available at

Careers advice and information can be found at


Apply via Oriel

To apply, applicants must register and apply at by the application closing date. Please register using an email address that you can access at all times.



Posted October 20th 2014 (4 years ago)

Global Health Opportunities

Health Education Southwest’s Severn and Peninsula Schools of Primary Care are offering multiple Global Health Training Fellowships and Scholarships combined with GP Specialty Training starting in August 2015, based across our region.

Each four-year training rotation will provide you with training leading to a CCT in general practice and the MRCGP together with:

• 12 months working as a Global Health Fellow with Africa Health Placements (AHP) in a rural South African hospital, or
• 15 months for those who wish to complete the highly prestigious Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene before their placements in South Africa as an NHS Global Health Scholar.

All overseas placements will be paid in Rand at rates broadly equivalent to the UK. Please note that you will be placed "out of programme" (OOPE) during this period and that terms and conditions of employment during this year will be set by the South African Government and are non-NHS.

Our trainees will have the opportunity to travel and work abroad with a colleague/partner and will be supported by AHP through the logistics of local medical registration and relocation.

For more information, see flyer below

Global Health Opportunities

Posted October 16th 2014 (4 years ago)

Decisions relating to cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Decisions relating to cardiopulmonary resuscitation: Guidance from the British Medical Association, the Resuscitation Council (UK) and the Royal College of Nursing


Posted August 19th 2014 (4 years ago)

Association of Otolaryngologists in Training (AOT)

My name is Mo Bajalan, I am the core surgical trainee rep for the Association of Otolaryngologists in Training (AOT). I would like to advertise our organisation and invite senior medical students, foundation doctors and core surgical trainees interested in ENT to join the association.

AOT is an organisation that represents all Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery trainees throughout the UK all the way through their training careers. We are independent, free to join and are run by trainees for trainees.

The AOT puts forward the views of its membership through representation on the councils and committees of ENT-UK, Specialist Advisory Committee in Otolaryngology, Education and Training Committee, the Intercollegiate Exam Board, the Royal Society of Medicine sections, the Association of Surgeons in Training, and many other groups.

The benefits most applicable to junior trainees will be the advertising of relevant materials, courses and conferences pertinent to early career development. There are copious opportunities to discuss relevant issues and areas concerning training in discussion groups within the AOT forum as well as designated social media forums.

Once a year, there is an annual AOT conference where alongside an unrivalled academic and social programme, members have the opportunity to present projects at a national conference and nominate themselves to represent the AOT regionally or on one of the committees.

If you are interested in joining the AOT please visit the website on:

Alternatively, if you would like to be added to core trainee mailing list for advertisements and notifications of courses and events please contact the following address:

Many thanks in advance and we look forward to hearing from budding ENT enthusiasts in the near future.

Best wishes

Mo Bajalan
Core trainee rep
Health Education England - Wessex

Posted July 21st 2014 (4 years ago)

GMC’s Curriculum Advisory Group Vacancies

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are looking to appoint two medical trainee members to our Curriculum and Assessment Group (CAG) within our Education & Standards Directorate at the GMC. The vacancies have arisen as a result of two current trainees gaining their Certificates of Completion of Training and moving to become medical members of the CAG.

The purpose of the CAG is to scrutinise changes to specialty and subspecialty curricula and assessment systems evaluating them against the GMC’s curriculum standards.

We are looking for trainee members who have experience in one or all of the following areas; medical education, curriculum development, assessment expertise and psychometrics.

More information can be found on the Education news section of the GMC website. It includes more information on the role of the CAG, the trainee member specification and the application process.

To apply for the role, please click here. We welcome applications from doctors in training. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone suitable.

If you have any questions on any aspect of this email please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards,

Neil Grant, Associate Services Advisor, General Medical Council, Regents Place, 350 Euston Road, London, NW1 3JN Tel: 020 7189 5336 

Posted July 21st 2014 (4 years ago)

Sustainability Short Film

Severn Postgraduate Medical Education has created a new film concerning sustainable working practices across the region.
We encourage everyone involved with postgraduate medical education to take a look because it contains ideas and information about how we as an organisation can reduce our carbon footprint to meet national targets.

Sustainability Short Film

We hope that you enjoy it…

Posted June 26th 2014 (4 years ago)

A Charter for Postgraduate Medical Training

The Academy Trainee Doctors' Group has produced 'A Charter for Postgraduate Medical Training' on behalf of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. This Charter describes a set of guiding principles to ensure the highest standard of doctors’ training and quality of care. It also makes specific recommendations for commitments based on these principles which emphasise training priorities while recognising the responsibilities of doctors in training.

AOMRC Doctors in training

 The Charter was written in consultation with stakeholders including the medical royal colleges and faculties, the General Medical Council and the Shape of Training Expert Advisory Group. Professor David Greenaway’s report ‘Securing the future of excellent patient care: Final report of the independent review’ highlighted the Charter and its potential to help with the challenges of delivering both training and service. The Charter was published in full as an annex to this report.
We are currently sending the Charter to all groups involved in medical training and to doctors in training via Trainee representatives. You may well be contacted in this regard and we are expecting doctors in training to have further ideas on how to disseminate the charter (for example, by including it in induction or welcome packs).
We believe the Charter has the potential to provide an excellent foundation for delivering training and high quality care and I hope you will share our enthusiasm for this work.

Posted March 27th 2014 (4 years ago)

NCEPOD - Call for Poster Abstracts Open

For 25 years NCEPOD has been making recommendations to improve the surgical and medical care of patients in hospital.

We know that locally many of these recommendations are implemented and audited – we now provide audit toolkits to help promote this

To celebrate the audits done we have opened a call for abstracts to allow health care professionals/audit staff to share their work at an NCEPOD report launch - the next one is June 13th at the RCN. We are particularly keen to encourage junior staff from all specialties who may have audited one of our reports (although we won’t discriminate on seniority!)

See below for flyer and abstract form, they can also be down loaded here


NCEPOD Abstract Submission Form

Posted February 20th 2014 (5 years ago)

Interested in a career in Anaesthesia or Intensive Care Medicine?

Severn Trainees Anaesthetic Research group (STAR) is the anaesthetic, trainee-led research and audit collaborative of the Bristol School of Anaesthesia that is now opening up to allow F1 and F2 doctors from around the region to join..

Our aim is to establish a regional network of trainees who conduct high quality multi-centre research and audit projects and to provide a channel for communication and continuity that will allow trainees to continue their involvement in research and audit projects as they move around the region.

We want to:

  • provide more research training for the educational benefit of STAR members.
  • improve the research experience for Severn trainees.
  • attract national funding for research and audit work.

If you are a Foundation Doctor in Severn Deanery and you wish to get involved come along to one of our meetings or contact us via the contact form on our web page: We have a number of projects which are about to get under way that we are looking to recruit new members to so please get in touch with us.

If you already have a project in mind you can submit a new project proposal for regional audit, survey or research project by downloading the STAR Project Proposal Form, completing it and emailing to:

If you are thinking about a career in Anaesthesia and/or Intensive Care Medicine, STAR is the platform that will help you complete a high quality project in this field.

Follow us on twitter: @STAResearch

Thank you, STAR committee

Posted February 12th 2014 (5 years ago)

BMJ Blog - Severn Foundation School: Top Tips to facilitate quality improvement in a postgraduate medical education setting

Severn Foundation School (FS) has embraced quality improvement (QI) as a highly effective means of achieving improvement in a wide variety of areas. Clare van Hamel, Associate Postgraduate Dean and Director of Severn Foundation School believes QI empowers individuals, in a far more effective way than audit, helping staff to address the concerns which are directly affecting them. Here she describes ways that other Foundation Schools can follow their lead to enable foundation doctors to identify concerns and develop solutions using a multi-professional approach.

Posted January 22nd 2014 (5 years ago)

Anatomy Demonstrators

Salary: £30,728 - £34,565

Advert closing date: 02 March 2014

Reference number: ACAD100217


The Centre for Comparative and Clinical Anatomy invites applications for positions as Anatomy Demonstrators from registered medical or dental practitioners. There will be a number of posts, which are offered on fixed-term contracts for ten months (September-June). There are no clinical duties associated with these posts.

Your duties will focus on the teaching of human anatomy to medical and dental students and the production of specimens including prosections for use in teaching. You will also be involved in teaching on external anatomy courses to allied healthcare professional (undergraduate/postgraduate) and may be involved in assessment and examination procedures. You will also be expected to work with the technical staff to ensure the smooth running of the dissection room.

The Centre is part of the Applied and Integrated Medical Sciences Centre: a recognised Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning. 

It is expected that interviews will take place during mid-late March 2014.  

Pathway 3: Grade I (profile a) Salary: £30,728 - £34,565

Contact:                              Dr M Al-Khouri      E-mail:    Tel: 0117 928 8079 
Alternative Contact:              Mrs S Foot           E-mail:             Tel: 0117 928 7404 

Closing Date: 02 Mar 2014     Interview Date:  mid-late March 2014

Timescale of Appointment(s) - Contract: Fixed Term Contract 10 months

For further details and to apply, please see here 

The closing date for applications is midnight, 02 March 2014

An Equal Opportunities Employer.

Posted November 18th 2013 (5 years ago)

GP Recruitment 2014

Level: ST1

Vacancies: 154

Duration: 3 Years

Apply from: 12 November 2013

Closing date: 5 December 2013

Applications are invited for August 2014 GP Recruitment for Severn Postgraduate Medical Education and opens at 10.00am on Tuesday 12th November 2013. Applications must be submitted by 17.00 on Thursday 5th December 2013.

The GP National Recruitment Office (NRO) are co-ordinating this national recruitment process and applications will be via the NRO website

Please refer to the person specification to check that you meet the essential eligibility criteria prior to submitting an application. This can be found on the GP NRO website

Please note, the vacancy details are indicative and may change during the course of the recruitment process.

Please click here for further information.

Posted November 14th 2013 (5 years ago)

Guide for doctors applying for Australia posts after F2

Dr Natalie Freeman, one of our former F2 trainees, has written a guide for trainees planning to take a year out in Australia following F2:

Guide for doctors applying for Australia posts after F2

Posted October 30th 2013 (5 years ago)

Developing Innovative Practice Document

We are very pleased and proud to announce that the Severn Postgraduate Medical Education Developing Innovative Practice document is now launched.

It has been created to showcase the excellent work across Severn and its postgraduate schools. We invite you to have a look at the ground-breaking and innovative work which we do.

Severn Postgraduate Medical Education has developed seven Core Values, which guide everything that we do and provides the framework for this document.

Please feel free to contact any of the staff responsible for this work, as we are always keen to network and share best practice.

Copies of the document may be obtained from Severn Postgraduate Medical Education or for convenience a pdf version is available to download.

Posted September 9th 2013 (5 years ago)

Postgraduate Dean receives award for surgical education and training

The Postgraduate Dean of Severn Postgraduate Medical Education, Professor Davinder Sandhu, has been awarded the Bruce Medal in recognition of the contribution he has made to the advancement of surgical education.

The Bruce Medal was established by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1966 in memory of a former President, the late Sir John Bruce. It is awarded from time to time to a Fellow of the College to recognise a major contribution to surgical knowledge or teaching.


Prof Davinder Sandhu receives Bruce Medal from RCSEd President Mr Ian Ritchie

Professor Davinder Sandhu (left) receives the Bruce Medal


Professor Sandhu received the award at a ceremony at the Edinburgh College on Friday 06 September 2013.

Commenting on receiving the honour, he said:

"I feel hugely honoured and humbled by this award. The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is a leading College with a particular focus on surgical education and training, and to receive the Bruce Medal is the pinnacle of my career and I am absolutely delighted to receive it."

Professor Robert Woodwards from the College’s Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Specialty Group said:

"Professor Sandhu has been Lead Dean for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for the last four years, as well as Lead Dean for the interface specialties. In these roles, he has been greatly involved in development of a new curriculum for the specialty, which has now had GMC approval, and has also guided the development and implementation of central recruitment to the specialty."

"He has also provided great support in the development of the interface specialties (cleft lip and palate; head and neck cancer care; cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and trauma) and has fought for funding and grants in these Fellowships to allow expanded training opportunities."

"He continues to contribute to postgraduate education nationally and internationally; has published over 40 original papers and is editor and reviewer of several journals."

"For many years Professor Sandhu has worked tirelessly to improve standards in medical education, and through that, patient care. I commend him as a worthy recipient of this honour.”

Notes to editors:

  • Professor Davinder Sandhu MD, FRCS (Ed.Urol), FRCS (Eng & Glas), Cert.Med.Ed., FRCPE has been Postgraduate Dean of Severn Postgraduate Medical Education (formerly Severn Deanery) for 8 years and was previously a Consultant Urological Surgeon in Leicester for 13 years.
    He represents the Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans (COPMeD) at the Joint Medical Consultative Council (JMCC) and is the South West Regional Surgical Advisor for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is Chair of the Association of Medical Education Europe Postgraduate Committee.
  • Severn Postgraduate Medical Education is part of Health Education South West which is a new organisation responsible for the planning, development, education and training of the healthcare and public health workforce in the region.
    More information at Health Education South West website
  • Established in 1505 and with a worldwide membership, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is one of the world’s oldest and largest surgical establishments dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and advancement in surgical and dental practice, through its activities in education, training and examinations. For more information go to The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh website 
  • For interviews with Professor Sandhu please contact Jonathan Cramp, Communications Manager, Health Education South West on 01823 361125.

Posted August 14th 2013 (5 years ago)

Foundation Doctors Surgical Essay Prize 2013

The Surgeon of 2050

ASiT are pleased to announce that we are now accepting entries for this year’s ASiT PLG Foundation Doctors Surgical Essay Prize. Essays of no more than 1,500 words are invited on the above title ‘The Surgeon of 2050’.

The strongest entries for this prestigious award will be presented to the Patient Liaison Group of the Royal College of Surgeons of England who will determine the winner.

There will be prizes for the highest scoring essay and the best two runners-up. Prize details to be released shortly.

Essays must be emailed to Info no later than midnight Thursday 18th of October 2013.

  • Entrants must be ASiT members and employed in a UK Foundation Programme (or ROI Internship) approved post at the time of application
  • Essays should be written in Arial size 12 font, double spaced, and referenced in the Vancouver style where necessary. 
  • Applicants should provide their full name, ASiT membership number, Foundation Year, Deanery, email and postal address alongside their submission.

Posted July 8th 2013 (5 years ago)

Celebrating Our People – 65 years of NHS workforce development

To mark the National Health Service’s 65th birthday, Health Education England has created an infographic highlighting some key milestones in training, education and workforce development over the past 65 years.

For more details and to download it, please visit the Health Education England website


Posted June 19th 2013 (5 years ago)

F2 Induction Handbook

In response to feedback from both trainees and Trusts, a new F2 Induction Handbook has been compiled by Severn Foundation School Fellows Sarah Blake, Evelyn Cole and Frances Richardson.

This is designed to offer guidance to trainees about to start their F2 year.

F2 Induction Handbook

Posted June 11th 2013 (5 years ago)

BMJ Article - Trainee led taster days for foundation doctors in Severn

Liz Ewins, Specialty Trainee Year 4 in Older Adult Psychiatry, Bristol
Helen Sharrard, Consultant in Learning Disability, Bristol
Ami Kothari, Core Trainee Year 3 in Psychiatry, Bristol
Laura Adcroft, Foundation Doctor Year 2, Swindon

Have authored an article in the BMJ on Trainee led taster days

For more information about Tasters, please click here

Posted May 31st 2013 (5 years ago)

The Prescription of Analgesia - A Questionnaire for Junior Doctors

I am a current FY1 Doctor working within the Oxford Deanery and am carrying out research into Junior Doctors views of Pain, Analgesia and Prescribing.

Please could you kindly complete this questionnaire (which should take no longer than 3 minutes):

Your participation would be greatly appreciated. 

Dr A Pettipher
FY1 Stoke Mandeville Hospital

Posted May 20th 2013 (5 years ago)

Agents for change 2013

Sent on behalf of Agents for Change.  This is an initiative to encourage trainees to improve the National Health Service. It is a collaboration between NHS England and BMJ, but many others contribute to its success.

Join us at BMA House on Friday 28 June for Agents for Change 2013 -​ the only national conference for junior doctors on improving patient safety and the quality of healthcare.

This year's theme is Speak, Act, Lead. We have exciting workshops, inspiring speeches, an online programme and a way to publish your own project - for you to become an Agent for Change. It is aimed at junior doctors to help them do quality improvement in their own workplaces. Robert Francis, Sir Bruce Keogh and Fiona Godlee will be among the speakers.


Posted May 13th 2013 (5 years ago)

National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow Scheme

National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow Scheme – open to doctors in training

Applications are now open for the National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow Scheme. The scheme is an exciting and unique opportunity for doctors in training to gain skills in leadership, management and health policy. Participants spend a year full time, learning by doing, in an extensive range of host organisations, including NICE, NHS Commissioning Board, GMC, BUPA and Medical Royal Colleges. Based on the current fellows’ experiences, the broad portfolio of potential work ranges from organising ministerial seminars to coordinating the national viral outbreak response strategy. This work is complemented by extensive training opportunities and the peer support offered by being part of a cohort with other junior doctors. Clinical Fellows have the chance to work alongside influential leaders and meet key players in healthcare from the NHS and beyond. The scheme has acted as a launch-pad for further careers in medical management, clinical leadership, public health and policy. Secondment ensures that existing terms and conditions are maintained and the posts are paid a clinical salary with banding. This year there will be placements across England, including a number of opportunities in the north of the country. For more information please visit:

Applications close on 24 May 2013 and will be followed by a shortlisting process, with interviews on 4 June 2013.

Posted May 13th 2013 (5 years ago)

Quality Improvement at Severn Deanery

We are delighted to tell you that our article on Quality Improvement has just been published by the BMJ Quality & Safety.
  • "Engaging all doctors in continuous quality improvement: a structured, supported programme for first-year doctors across a training deanery in England" (Rob Bethune, Eleanor Soo, Patricia Woodhead, Dr Clare Van Hamel, Joanne Watson)

You can access the article here or use this toll free link

Posted April 17th 2013 (5 years ago)

Revalidation – Designated Body for Trainees

With the reorganisation of the NHS that happened at the start of April 2013, Medical Training has become the responsibility of Health Education England (HEE). Regionally, HEE is represented by Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs).

We have one LETB in the South West, Health Education South West (HESW) and the Severn and South West Peninsula Deaneries are part of this new structure.

At the moment the GMC would like Health Education South West to be the designated body for Revalidation for trainees, taking over this function for both Deaneries.

Each Postgraduate Dean, Professor Davinder Sandhu and Professor Martin Beaman, will alternate in the role of Responsible Officer, and Martin Beaman will be in this role first.

Despite this apparent change in the organisation of the Revalidation Process, Severn Trainees will continue to be managed byt the Severn Deanery and the Severn Revalidation Team, and likewise in the Peninsula.

Queries may be received by either Deanery but will be diverted if appropriate.

Posted April 15th 2013 (5 years ago)

Anaesthetics Career Day for F1s

This programme is aimed at F1s who want to apply for Core Training in Anaesthesia or anaesthetics via ACCS.

Through a series of talks from trainees, consultants and deanery representatives, you will gain insight into what is required to pursue a career in anaesthetics.

The afternoon session features a series of practical skills sessions to boost your anaesthetic skill base.

Only 24 places available.

Open to all Severn Deanery F1s.

Severn Deanery have allowed F1s to use a Taster Day in order to attend this day (deducted from F2 study leave allowance).

Free to attend, although a £50 cheque is required to secure a place on the course, which will be returned to you when you attend.

Location: Learning and Research Building, Southmead Hospital, Bristol, BS10 5NB

First come, first serve: to secure places, please email Jim Robinson

Posted April 12th 2013 (5 years ago)

Future Orthopaedic Surgeons (FOS)

Competition for Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery training posts remains fierce and it is important that those who wish to pursue a career in orthopaedics are aware of ways to maximise their chances of selection and demonstrate commitment to the specialty at an early stage.

Future Orthopaedic Surgeons (FOS) is the only national Trauma and Orthopaedic society for medical students and junior doctors. The FOS website and annual events offer careers advice and opportunities for prizes and publications to make your CV as competitive as possible prior to CT1 and ST3 applications.

Latest Orthopaedic News: Hear about Important Updates First Education Area including: Orthopaedic Principles, Examination & Anatomy Updates on latest Orthopaedic Prizes, Events & Courses Electives Area featuring Electives Database and Elective Reports Advice on Getting in to Orthopaedic Specialty Training Latest Orthopaedic Journal Updates and Insider Tips on Publications CT and ST3 Application Guides: Practice Interview Questions & Important Articles Early Bird Invitation and Discounts for FOSC Events eCertificate of Membership for your portfolio

Full membership of FOS is £40/year and is discounted to £30/year for medical students.

For Foundation Doctors interested in applying for T&O posts FOS offers the latest news on applications, Core Training Interview questions, MRCS questions, ACF post listings and advice on how to maximise your chances of selection.

You can also keep up to date and follow us at our Facebook page or on Twitter.

Please see FOS information on our website:

Alexander Aquilina BSc MBChB FOS Foundation Year Representative

Posted April 9th 2013 (5 years ago)

RCPCH Annual Conference jointly held with 6th Europaediatrics - 5-8 June 2013

We are delighted to announce that the 6th Europaediatrics, the biennial conference of the European Paediatric Association (EPA/UNEPSA), will be held jointly with 2013 Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) Annual Conference in Glasgow, UK.

NEW! Calling all trainees – Abstract submission now open

Trainee case presentations: Submit interesting cases to the RCPCH trainees meeting the conference for a case-based discussion session.

Selected submissions will be delivered as nine minute spoken presentations with three minutes discussion and will be judged for their relevance, presentation style and educational value.

Prizes of £200 and £100 will be awarded to the best two presentations.

Open to F2s, medical students and foundation doctors.

Submit online now, abstract submission closes 12 April 2013 (5pm, GMT).


Email the RCPCH Events Team or call 020 7092 6104


Posted April 2nd 2013 (5 years ago)

Undergraduate Clinical Teaching Fellow Posts in Swindon - Closed for applications

Dear F2 Trainees

Swindon is currently recruiting for 4 Clinical Educational Fellows (CEF) for the Academic Year beginning August 2013. These are 1 year posts in the first instance but they can be extended for a further 12 months by mutual agreement, subject to satisfactory appraisal and performance in the role.

Please see supporting documents for more information on these posts:

Clinical Education Fellow

CEF Job Description

Clinical Education Fellow - Sim

Person Specification Sim Fellow

CF Simulation JDV3

If you are interested in discussing the posts, please contact one of the current CEF’s Dr Amy Hawkins, Dr Mirella Masiello or Dr Victoria Taylor. If you would like to apply please send a brief CV and a personal statement to Kevin Jones of no more than 600 words setting out why you want the post . An initial meeting or telephone conversation can be arranged with Kevin Jones prior to the closing date: 19 April 2013. Interviews will take place on 3 May 2013 at the Academy in Swindon.

Posted March 20th 2013 (6 years ago)

National Training Survey 2013

The national training survey 2013: what do you think about your training?

The annual national training survey launches on the 26 March 2013. As a doctor in training, this is your chance to have your say on the training you receive.

The survey results help deaneries, local education and training boards and local education providers to recognise the aspects of the training they deliver that are working well, and to take action where the results indicate a need for improvement.

Dr Muj Husain is an ST5 in psychiatry and currently a clinical fellow at the GMC:

"The national training survey is a really useful tool for identifying problems and finding out where things are going well. As a doctor in training I’ve used the survey results to draw attention to areas for improvement and to help target our work locally on improving training. The results are also an extremely valuable component of the GMC’s work to monitor the quality of postgraduate and foundation training in the UK. "

The survey is easy to complete – it should take you no more than 20 minutes. Log in to your GMC Online account after 26 March and your survey will be waiting for you. Please respond to the survey by 8 May 2013 to make sure your views count.

The survey provides us with a unique chance to understand, reflect and improve the way we train. It is important that we hear the views of all trainees so that we have as accurate a picture of the training we provide as possible.

Visit gmc-uk to find out more.


Posted February 28th 2013 (6 years ago)

£100,000 Funding Available for Trainee Projects

Medical training has undergone huge changes over the past decade. We have seen the implementation of the European Working Time Directive, the advent of Modernising Medical Careers and the creation of the Foundation Programme. The profound effects of these reforms have been considered and analysed by a number of key enquires. Professor Sir John Temple led a review of the impact of new working time legislation on training and produced the Time for Training report. This made 33 recommendations of how training could be improved within the boundaries of a 48 hour working week. Health Education England have distilled these recommendations in to common themes and identified three that are relevant to the role that trainees play in their own training:

  • Training must be planned and focussed for the trainees’ needs
  • Training requires a change from traditional perceptions of learning which recognises the modern NHS
  • Trainees must be involved in the decision making and implementation of training innovations that affect their present and future careers

The challenge is for us as trainees to seize this opportunity to come up with solutions that allow us to make training work better for us. We are ideally positioned to see where things could be improved, but can lack the senior support, financial backing or voice to be able to affect these changes. Health Education England has put forward £100,000 to change this. It is working with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges to identify a number of trainee-led projects in England that meet the challenge set out in Professor Temple’s recommendations.

There are no limits about what the project could be like, as long as you can show how it would positively change training by addressing the recommendations. Ideas could look at trainee representation, mentoring, portfolios, career planning, mobile apps, educational websites, e-learning…whatever you feel would improve the experience of being a trainee. Projects must have the potential to have a national impact and need to be sustainable, even when the original trainees move on.

As well as the money, HEE and the Academy will also help you to identify the appropriate support for your project, be that from Deaneries or the Colleges, IT know-how or media assistance.

For more info and for an application form, please contact the Better Training, Better Care team or 020 8433 6862. Alternatively please visit:

Applications close 12 noon Tuesday 2 April 2013.

Good luck

Dr. Howard Ryland

Clinical Fellow

Posted February 26th 2013 (6 years ago)

GMC Survey 2013

Dear Colleagues,

For the last four years, the Severn Deanery has topped the national league in having the highest response rate for the GMC trainee survey, which is a tremendous record and one that we can be very proud of. The results of this survey form a vital part of the quality management processes in the Deanery - visits, reporting, quality panels, the risk register and work to improve posts within Trusts and Schools. This also forms feedback for the Trusts and the individual programmes. We need the highest response rate we can get again this year to have reliable and valid results. This will also allow us in particular to analyse results from smaller specialties.

This year the survey is open for six weeks from 26th March 2013 until 8th May 2013. I am therefore asking for your concerted help to attempt to achieve the highest response rates possible within the live period again this year for all Trusts, Schools (including Primary Care) and the Deanery. Could you please give your support to the Quality team at the Deanery who are coordinating this on all our behalf.

If there are any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Allegra Etheridge.

With many thanks,

Best wishes,

Professor Davinder P S Sandhu


Posted February 6th 2013 (6 years ago)

Anatomy Demonstrators

Salary: £30,424 - £34,223

Advert closing date: 4 March 2013

Reference number: ACAD100217


The Centre for Comparative and Clinical Anatomy invites applications for positions as Anatomy Demonstrators from registered medical or dental practitioners. There will be a number of posts, which are offered on fixed-term contracts for ten months (September-June). There are no clinical duties associated with these posts.

Your duties will focus on the teaching of human anatomy to medical and dental students and the production of specimens including prosections for use in teaching. You will also be involved in teaching on external anatomy courses to allied healthcare professional (undergraduate/postgraduate) and may be involved in assessment and examination procedures. You will also be expected to work with the technical staff to ensure the smooth running of the dissection room.

The Centre is part of the Applied and Integrated Medical Sciences Centre: a recognised Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning. 

It is expected that interviews will take place during mid-late March 2013.  

Pathway 3: Grade I (profile a) Salary: £30,424 - £34,223

Contact:                       Dr S Allsop           E-mail:               Tel: 0117 928 8079
Alternative Contact:       Mrs S Foot           E-mail:                     Tel: 0117 928 7404 

Closing Date : 04 Mar 2013     Interview Date :  mid-late March 2013

Timescale of Appointment(s) -  Contract : Fixed Term Contract 10 months

Further details and an application form can be found here

The closing date for applications is midnight, 04 March 2013

An Equal Opportunities Employer.

Posted February 4th 2013 (6 years ago)

Stand Alone F2 Recruitment 2013

Our Stand Alone F2 recruitment process is now open, for programmes beginning August 2013.

For more information, please click here.

Posted December 7th 2012 (6 years ago)

How to Support Trainees – Advanced Skills Workshops

Senior Faculty members of the Deanery are expected to manage and deal with trainees who are referred on from Educational Supervisors because either the issues involved are potentially quite serious or the supervisors feel unable to handle the trainee themselves. The Deanery recognises that DMEs, Heads of School and Training Programme Directors have a special and sometimes difficult role in seeing trainees who need specific support or deft handling due to the complex or challenging nature of their situation or state. Although the Educational Supervisor half day workshop ‘How To Support Trainees’ considers this it does not explore issues in great depth nor does it enhance or develop skills due to time constraints. This day will explore in detail how to start the conversation and interaction when trainees have sensitive or difficult issues, consider how to explore such situations with trainees whilst being clear about standards and expectations and explore ways of moving on such situations towards successful resolutions. The day is being designed by Edgecumbe Consulting Group and will be delivered by Jenny King, Megan Joffe and Alan Cook, along with actors from Interact. It will include focused inputs, case discussions and practical skills development. 

Overall aim of day 

To enhance abilities in dealing with trainees who need support and are referred on from Educational Supervisors and others

Specific objectives

  •  To learn how to diagnose a trainees needs and situational factors when referred at Level 2
  • To develop skills in reframing and motivational questioning and explore other useful skills
  • To clarify practice about documentation
  • To explore how to assess levels of insight and explore how personality and self-assessment play into this
  • To review how to decide on the right strategy and approach for each individual seen depending on the significant variables in play

The workshop will be a full day from 09.30-17.00, further details will be available closer to the event. The dates we are running the workshop are:

  • Thursday 17th January 2013
  • Monday 11th March 2013 

Both workshops will take place at Engineers House, Clifton, Bristol. BS8 3NB

If you are available and would like to attend please do let me know.

Best Wishes

Anne Elliott | Medical Education Development Manager | Severn Deanery | Vantage Office Park | Old Gloucester Road, Hambrook | Bristol, BS16 1GW |  

Tel: 01454 252624

Posted November 6th 2012 (6 years ago)

Get Ahead - The essential GP trainee skills day

For all Trainees: Sent on behalf of Nick Jestico, Severn area's representative on the BMA's GP Trainees' Subcommittee

  • Would you like to find out more about the variety of career paths offered in general practice, or get to grips with how best to manage your finances as a young GP?
  • Perhaps you need to polish up your CV, or improve your performance in interviews?
  • Maybe you just want to know more about the changes taking place within the NHS and how these are likely to affect you as you begin your career?

Then come along to

Get Ahead - The essential GP trainee skills day" on the 21 November at BMA House, London

I look forward to my role over the next two years, and hope I am able to be of service during your training!

Best wishes,
Nick Jestico
GP Trainee, Somerset

Posted September 28th 2012 (6 years ago)

Social Media Guidance

Using social media: practical and ethical guidance for doctors and medical students

The popularity of social media has grown rapidly in recent years. There is widespread use of sites such as Facebook and Twitter amongst medical students and doctors and there are a growing number of well-established blogs and internet forums that are aimed specifically at medical professionals, such as and the BMJ’s doc2doc.

While many medical professionals use social media without encountering any difficulties, media interest and research into examples of unprofessional behaviour online have raised concerns that some doctors and medical students may be unknowingly exposing themselves to risk in the way they are using these ‘web 2.0’ applications and uploading personal material onto the internet. Although medical professionals should be free to take advantage of the many personal and professional benefits that social media can offer, it is important that they are aware of the potential risks involved.

This guidance (Using social media: practical and ethical guidance for doctors and medical students) provides practical and ethical advice on the different issues that doctors and medical students may encounter when using social media.

Posted September 12th 2012 (6 years ago)

National Foundation Doctors' Presentation Day

NHS South West, supported by the UKFPO and the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership, is once again hosting the National Foundation Doctors Presentation Day on Friday 18 January 2013 at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. They are currently accepting submissions of work carried out during foundation training for consideration as either an oral or poster presentation If you would like to submit a proposal, please click here to download and complete the form. Forms should be sent to no later than Monday 19 November 2012.

Posted August 23rd 2012 (6 years ago)

Training Opportunity at the Moynihan Club meeting Friday 12 October, Education Centre UH Bristol

The Moynihan Chirurgical Club, instigated in 1909 by Lord Moynihan of Leeds, President of the Royal College of Surgeons and founder of the British Journal of Surgery, is one of the oldest of the UK Surgical Travelling Clubs. The Club will be visiting Bristol on the Thursday 11th and Friday 12th October 2012. The members of the Moynihan Club are senior surgeons representing most of the surgical specialties and represent the majority of major provincial cities in the UK.  

On Friday 12th October, with the collaboration of Severn Postgraduate School of Surgery and the Programme Directors for Surgical Specialties in the region, a joint training meeting specifically for surgical trainees will take place from 0930-1300 at:

Lecture Theatre 1,
Education Centre,
Bristol Royal Infirmary,
Marlborough Street

The format of the meeting will include structured clinical case discussions across the surgical specialties. Sessions will be chaired jointly by local consultant surgeons and Club members, and will be aimed at providing trainees with educational opportunities at MRCS and Part 3 FRCS level. Foundation Year trainees and medical students will also find the morning valuable.

Invitations are open to all trainees at all grade levels from across the region to submit interesting cases for PowerPoint presentation at the meeting. Successful applicants will receive a certificate for their educational portfolios and there will be a prize for the best trainee presentation. All trainees are welcomed irrespective of whether or not their case is selected for presentation. Lunch will be provided.

In the first instance an abstract of the case (of not more than 250 words) consisting of the following headings: Introduction; clinical findings (history, examination); diagnosis; management; learning points - should be sent to: Mr Frank Smith, Consultant Vascular Surgeon at Bristol Royal Infirmary, by email to the following address: , deadline - midnight on Saturday 22nd September. Successful applicants will be informed on Monday 24th September.

Selected PowerPoint presentations will be restricted to 10 minutes (7 minutes presentation; 3 minutes discussion. Cases should be structured to include relevant case history, and findings on examination, pertinent investigations, diagnosis and management. The diagnosis should not be revealed in the presentation title. Cases should conclude with one brief overview slide of the condition or case and a summary slide of bulleted learning points. 

Posted August 14th 2012 (6 years ago)

The Shape of Training Review

About the review

The Shape of Training Review is looking at potential reforms to the structure of postgraduate medical education and training across the UK.

The review’s aim is to make sure we

  • continue to train effective doctors who are fit to practise in the UK
  • provide high quality and safe care and
  • meet the needs of patients and service now and in the future.

What the review will focus on

Five themes have been identified which the review will focus on.

  • Workforce needs – specialists or generalists?
  • The breadth and scope of training
  • The needs of the health service
  • The needs of the patient
  • Flexibility of training

The review is the latest step on a journey to ensure UK medical education and training can support and respond to society’s needs in the best possible way.

Posted July 5th 2012 (6 years ago)

Joint Deaneries Education Conference: "Innovation in Education"

We are delighted to open registration for this year’s Joint Deaneries Education Conference: “Innovation in Education”. 

Please click here for more information  The webpage contains the programme for the event, instructions to trainees for the poster presentations and a link to Google maps for travel assistance to the venue.  Registration (for Faculty only) closes on 31 August 2012.

Trainees should not register, but are encouraged to submit poster presentations.  Trainee places will be awarded on the basis of successful shortlisting for presentations.


Posted May 24th 2012 (6 years ago)

New Trainee and Faculty Achievements Page

We have created a new webpage, detailing Trainee and Faculty Achievements.

For more details, click here

Any Foundation Trainees or Faculty who have presented locally, nationally or internationally are encouraged to send details of the event and their presentation to Clare Moorcroft, Foundation School Manager, for inclusion.

Posted April 4th 2012 (6 years ago)

Severn at Sharing Notable Practice Conference

Congratulations to Severn Foundation School Trainees and Faculty, who are making 2 oral presentations; 4 workshop presentations and 8 poster presentations at the Joint NACT & UKFPO Sharing Notable Practice Conference.

For more information, please see NACT website

Posted March 28th 2012 (6 years ago)

Clinical Education Fellow(s)

Clinical Education Fellow(s), University of Bristol Academy in Swindon

Dear Colleague

We would like to appoint 2 Clinical Educational Fellows (CEF) for the Academic Year beginning August 2012. These are 1 year posts in the first instance but they can be extended for a further 12 months by mutual agreement, subject to satisfactory appraisal / performance in the role.

These posts are aimed at doctors in training who wish to spend time working in a medical educational role within The University of Bristol (UoB) Academy in Swindon. The CEF’s main role is to help the Academy Medical Dean, the Unit co –ordinators / Tutors and other teachers deliver the UoB undergraduate curriculum. In addition the CEF’s will be expected to undertake research and audit projects for presentation at congresses such as the Association for Study of Medical Education (ASME) on behalf of the University of Bristol. It will also be possible for appointee’s to undertake a formal educational qualification (TLHP, University of Bristol) and to develop their personnel career aspirations. For e.g.: a surgical trainee may wish to spend time working in theatre or at the bedside. The CEF’s are welcome to sit in on Dept post graduate teaching in their chosen speciality while they prepare for part II MRCP, MRCS or Primary Care exams. The precise arrangements are negotiable.

The appointees will be offered salaries at the point on the pay scale they are currently on, adjusted to reflect a 40 hour week worked 09:00 – 17:00.

If you are interested in discussing the posts, please contact one of our current CEF’s Dr Marie O’Sullivan ( or Dr Georgia Woodfield ( . If you would like to apply please send me a brief CV and a personnel statement of no more than 600 words setting out why you want the post ( I am happy to arrange an initial meeting or telephone conversation prior to the closing date: 20th April 2012. A formal job description is attached and interviews will take place on 4th May 12 at the Academy in Swindon.

Yours sincerely

Kevin Jones
Academy Medical Dean


CEF Job Description


Posted January 4th 2012 (7 years ago)

GMC Trainee Survey 2011

To all Trainees at the Severn Deanery,

Many thanks to you all for completing the GMC trainee survey in 2011. We greatly appreciate your support of this important quality management process which is actively used within the Deanery’s Quality Management team and by leaders in education across the Deanery with the aim of improving the quality training.

As you may be aware, Severn has had the highest response rate nationally for the third year in a row (98.30% in 2011) which we are especially pleased with, knowing that the majority of your views have been heard and noted. Thank you so much for your compliance in this matter, it’s greatly appreciated.

Results from the GMC trainee survey were released in November 2011 and can be viewed via the following website:

Summaries of positive and negative outliers by Trust are also available on the Deanery website:

Both the GMC and Severn Deanery websites also show results from previous years for those of you who may be interested in longitudinal comparisons.

Thank you once again for your support of the process and your contribution both this year and in previous years.

Posted December 6th 2011 (7 years ago)

Bristol Medico-Chirurgical Society Programme

The Bristol Medico-Chirurgical Society was established in 1874 for the advancement of the Art and Science of Medicine in all its branches. It has a long and rich tradition of encouraging the exchange of facts and fellowship between disparate members of the medical community. Each year the Society plays host to presentations and debates on topics of medical and allied interest to the annual theme chosen by the Society's President. Guest speakers are invited to talk on a wide variety of subjects.

Meetings are held at 6.45pm on the second Wednesday from October usually until July with an option for a reception and supper followed by a presentation at 8.15pm.

These lectures are suitable for trainees and faculty and would contribute to the Professional and Generic Skills programme that all colleagues undertake in their role as a doctor. The Severn Deanery supports this programme and would encourage all colleagues to attend.

For more details and the programme please visit the Bristol Med-Chi website.


Posted November 29th 2011 (7 years ago)

Taster Days for Foundation Doctors

If you are a Foundation Year 1 or Year 2 doctor who is interested in applying for psychiatry, we would like to encourage you to spend 1-2 days following a junior psychiatrist and their team to learn about what the job and training entails.

We are currently introducing a series of taster days which are led by core trainees in psychiatry. We are aiming to cover as much of the geographical area of the Severn Deanery as we can, with opportunities for foundation doctors to shadow us and our teams for 1-2 days. As foundation doctors you have a number of days available to take as taster days in subjects you are thinking of applying to for further training, if you are unable to do this subject as part of your foundation training. We intend for our taster days to be arranged to give you an idea of what work you can expect to do as a junior psychiatrist, as well as speak to a trainee about the training available, and discuss specialities within psychiatry and career development.

We aim to tailor your taster days depending on your individual interests, to include a selection of the following:

  • Ward rounds and ward work and 1:1 time with a core trainee
  • Time with the multidisciplinary team to include senior psychiatrists and community psychiatric nurses
  • Outpatients work and community visits
  • Experience of Mental Health Act assessments
  • Spend time in sub-specialities within psychiatry, eg Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Learning Disabilities, Eating Disorders, Liaison Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Old Age Psychiatry and Forensics

If you would like to arrange a taster day or for more information please get in touch with Liz Ewins or Amy Green

Posted November 29th 2011 (7 years ago)

Update from ISFP Group

Department of Health receives final report from ISFP Project Group

The Final Report of the Improving Selection to the Foundation Programme (ISFP) Project Group has now been submitted to the four UK health departments. The Report’s recommendations are currently going through the Department of Health approvals process, once the decision has been formalised it will be communicated.  

The report recommends the introduction of:

  • From FP 2013, an invigilated SJT (Situational Judgement Test) to assess aptitude for the Foundation Programme (to replace ‘white space questions’); and
  • From FP 2013, an EPM (Educational Performance Measure) to reflect educational performance at medical school up to the point of application to the Foundation Programme (to replace quartiles)
  • A full-scale PRE (Parallel Recruitment Exercise) for FP 2012

To view the full report, including the findings of the pilot, please click here.


The PRE SJT will take place in November, December and January in all UK medical schools. Non-UK and Eligibility Office applicants have been encouraged to take part by the UKFPO. All participants will receive feedback on their performance via FPAS on 15 March.


All medical schools are currently consulting with their students to decide on the ‘basket of assessments’ that will be used to calculate their deciles under the EPM. Each school will publish the results of this consultation in the New Year.

PRE Workshop

The ISFP Project Group recently hosted a meeting for all PRE leads, who are now all in touch with one another and their champions and are working together to ensure local success of the exercise. Presentations from the day can be found on the ISFP website.

PRE Review

On March 16 2012, the ISFP Project Group will run a review workshop in conjunction with the UKFPO designed to hear medical schools’ and students’ feedback on the PRE, and to ensure that the selection process is robust and reliable. Venue and timing details will be forthcoming. 

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