What is the START preparation course?

The START preparation course is a free evening course for any paediatric junior doctors preparing for the START (Specialty Trainee Assessment of Readiness for Tenure) assessment. The START  assessment is designed to assess your abilities relating to clinical decision-making as a new consultant. There is more information about START on the RCPCH website here.

This aims to demystify the assessment process and practicalities.


When is the START preparation course held?

The evening course runs twice a year, in the run up to each exam sitting. Courses will be advertised on the LSP website.

This runs virtually, as a Q&A session. Previous sessions recordings are available to watch on the LSP YouTube channel and we have linked to one of these below.


Next date: 30 Aug 2023, 6:30PM -8PM

Sign up on medtribe: https://medtribe.com/courses/lsp-start-preparation-evening-free


There will be talks to prepare you for the START assessment and a panel Q+A featuring:

- Dr Anne Opute (TPD)

- Dr Jane Runnacles (TPD)

- Dr Su Laurent (TPD)

- Dr Upama Banerjee (ST8 Trainee who has recently completed START)

You can email questions in advance to imelda.gerry@nhs.net, or ask them on the day.

This will be on MS Teams – a link will be sent on the day.

The session will be recorded for the LSP Youtube page.


Other resources

We also have a START Trello board, with resources for the different stations, and a Whatsapp group for people to share resources and find people to practice with.

If you have would like access, or have any questions, contact imelda.gerry@nhs.net


LSP START evening 13/9/22