Six examples of excellent training/innovative practice in Severn have been added to the Education and Training pages of the GMC’s website:

A simulation programme for foundation doctors focusing on the management of acutely unwell patients 
(Andrew Cavanagh and Kay Spooner, North Bristol)

A scheme of taster days in psychiatry training for foundation doctors 
(Liz Ewins and Ami Kothari, AWP)

An experiential learning programme to develop quality improvement projects under the guidance of local experts
(Katherine Finucane, North Bristol)

A multi-professional point-of-care (POC) simulation programme that enhances confidence and competence of doctors in training
(Dan Freshwater-Turner, UH Bristol)

An annual forum where doctors in training can showcase local initiatives
(Amy Knott and Jane Chalmers, UH Bristol)

An electronic induction programme with integrated assessment
(Adam Malin, Royal United Hospitals Bath)



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.



William Seligman, F1, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Education Foundation Fellow, wrote two articles for the Western Daily Press about starting work as a junior doctor in the NHS:




Rebecca Gray, a Severn Trainee who completed F1 LTFT, has written an article for BMJ Careers:

Training less than full time during foundation years



Xtreme Everest 2 - Going to Extremes to Understand Critical Illness
Andrew Cumpstey, F1, Taunton & Somerset NHS Trust

Article and Details


Keele University Leadership Course Presentation - Runner Up Prize Winner
Joseph Sawyer, F2, Taunton & Somerset NHS Trust

Article and Poster

  • The Innovation Station - Providing Access to Innovation for Doctors In Training (Dr Joseph Sawyer, Dr Tim Jobson, Dr Joanne Watson, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton)


Facial Reconstruction in Ethiopia
Matthew Fell, Academic F2, North Bristol NHS Trust

Article and Details (Contains images of facial deformities and reconstruction)


European Orthopaedic Research Society, EORS Exchange Travel Grant - Winner
Alexander Aquilina, Academic F1, North Bristol NHS Trust

Winner of the EORS Exchange Travel Grant ; participated in orthopaedic research at the AHORSE Foundation, Herleen in the Netherlands.


Quality Improvement Project at RUH Bath
Dr Ian Robertson, F1, RUH Bath NHS Trust


  • A standardised storage solution for blood taking equipment could save the NHS the salary of a whole junior doctor (Dr Ian Robertson, Dr Steve Lindley, Royal United Hospital, Bath)


National NACT UK Conference 2013 - First Prize Winner
Dr Laura Backhouse, F2, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Event Details

Presentation & Poster

  • Prevent the 3 year progression from erectile dysfunction to myocardial infarction (L. Backhouse, H. Thorogood)


National Medical Education Conference 2013 - Best Presentation
Dr Philip McElnay, F2 University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Event Details

Poster Presentations

  • Junior Doctors Teaching Medical Students in a formal setting: A peer-to-peer and a win-win situation (McElnay PJ, Davies D, Spencer W, Carpenter CVE)




London Trauma Conference, London, 4-7th December 2012
Dr Leopold Salm, F2, North Bristol NHS Trust

Event Details

Dr Leopold Salm formed part of the organising faculty for the London Trauma Conference, incorporating the London Cardiac Arrest Symposium, London Air Ambulance Symposium, Pre-Hospital Care/Major Incidents and the Main Trauma Conference.

Publications on the conference:

  • Trauma 2012: Salm L and Hommers CE.
  • New Concepts in Trauma Practice. Salm L and Hommers CE.