South London STC Update

An update following our 22nd May 2018 South London Speciality Training Committee (STC) meeting.


ST1 Recruitment – overall there was an outstanding field of candidates with full recruitment in London. The London School of Paediatrics continues to put recruitment at the top of its agenda, strongly promoting Paediatrics as a fantastic career, to good effect. Well done to the recruitment group, and we look forward to welcoming our new colleagues in September.

Study Leave

HEE are driving changes to study leave and funding approval across all specialties in the UK. There is now an approved list of courses, which will be very easy to get signed off. Courses and events not on the list will need to meet criteria for approval. Study leave ‘budgets’ are out; if your course is pre-approved, right for your current stage of training, then it’ll be approved and paid for.

Why is this being done? Historically not all training money makes it to trainees, for many reasons. This money would then get absorbed into a trust’s finances. Theoretically, HEE controlling the money is intended to ensure more of the money makes it directly to trainees. In reality it may also be cost saving to HEE / training costs. Furthermore, some years in training could potentially be more expensive than others, e.g. if some medical training programmes have mandatory, very expensive courses at a certain point in the their training.

How much money? Theoretically now there is no explicit upper limit to how much a trainee can claim per year, but obviously trainees and trainers will need to balance what is right for each trainee at their current point of training.

Who signs off your study leave application? You should continue to follow your own trust’s processes for study leave application and signoff. Your clinical or educational supervisor will be able to approve all ‘pre-approved’ courses. If you are having problems, escalate to your supervisor and college tutor for advice.

Further information:

PROGRESS – New RCPCH Curriculum

PROGRESS is coming. All centres are building up their activity to introduce PROGRESS to trainees and trainers.

  • All welcome at St. George’s Hospital, 5pm, 19th June 2018; RCPCH PROGRESS team coming to answer questions. Contact: nprince @

Trainee Empowerment & Exception Reports

  • We heard of some fantastic examples of trainee fora, trainee meetings with management, and pan-trust Trainee meetings.
  • It it proving challenging to get trainees to undertake exception reporting, despite encouragement and knowing that trainees do at times work beyond their hours.

South London Regional Paediatric Conference

Ideas are building for our next regional meeting.

  • Trainee Presentations (and Prizes!)
  • Innovations
  • Children’s Charities in our region – 3rd Sector
  • Opening our minds to current issues: ‘


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