NCEL STC meeting, July: Summer Update

Last STC meeting of the summer took place this week. We had a fabulous session during the day discussing all the different paths to incorporate academia into your paediatric training. Su Laurent commenced the sector meeting with an update on changes to the Training Programme Director roles as the transition to HEE is completed and also an update on how the trainee subgroups have changed. This includes:

STARRSupporting trainees and recruitment & retention : looking at, amongst other things: ST1 induction days, Surviving & thriving workshop days and innovating practices such as working with FYs in ED.  GOSH are currently running a 3 day Summer School for medical students & foundation doctors to promote careers in paediatrics.

Academic subgroup: aims to continue with the old (such as research evenings & pan-london academic informal mentoring scheme) and introducing the new (e.g. global health).

IT subgroup– aims to use technology to improve a trainees’ journey through the training programme. The group have produced Paeds FOAMed & paediatric podcasts. They will be updating the LSP website and taking forward the Paeds Agency pilot.

Education subgroup: combination of the curriculum group and the assessment group. The ongoing projects to be continued include the RSM study days, bereavement days & LME evenings as well as plans for promoting newer projects e.g. QI champions programme

Ian Sanderson updated us all on the ACF (Academic Clinical Fellow) scheme. The posts are advertised once a year and the next round will be open in October. Spread the word and look out for the adverts. Academic Clinical Lecturers provide an opportunity for more senior trainees (with a training number) to further their research. There is currently a post at UCLH which closes in the next couple of weeks.

Tammy Rothenberg highlighted that HEE have continued to support the work of the Professional Support Unit (PSU) who provide a wide array of resources such as mindfulness courses, careers advice and coaching. Follow this link for more details.

The second “Essential SpR preparation course for neonates”  for ST3s transitioning to level 2 training will be run at the Whittington on 30th August. Contact:

There are plans afoot for UCLH, Whittington & GOSH to start hosting MRCPCH clinical examination three times a year. Discussions with RCPCH are underway.

North East Thames are starting up a group education programme for trainees starting in September to match the north Central programme. Spread the learning!

Please can we encourage all trainees to ensure they have accessed synapse as this is the mode of communication between trainees and HEE.

Finally, Progress is coming– only days left until 1st August. All trainees are encouraged to spend a little bit of time in August retagging their SLEs as the automatic tagging system may not be what you would chose. Top tip for college tutors & trainers: print off the curriculum and keep them handy (in bright pink folders) for easy access. You can access the syllabus through the links below:

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