This is a time of unprecedented crisis for the NHS. With this in mind and in the spirit of placing patient welfare first and foremost we are writing in response to the escalation of the junior doctor's dispute in England.
Trainee physicians will benefit from a 23% reduction in fees for the MRCP(UK) Specialty Certificate Examinations (SCEs) effecting all examinations from 1 August 2016.
The Department of Health has announced that the National Clinical Excellence Awards Round for 2016 will open on Friday 11 March and will remain open until 1700 on Monday, 16 May.
The College President, Professor David Galloway, has written to the Secretary of State for Transport strongly urging him to support a bill to lower the drink drive limit in England and Wales.
In this issue:
- From the medical director: Shape of Training/CMT initiatives/WPBA pilot update
- Post-CCT Fellowships to be developed
- ePortfolio app is launched
- MRCP(UK) exam - number of attempts
- Specialty recruitment update
- RCPE medical evening updates
- RCPL medical careers day
- Collegiate membership - RCPE
From the medical director
Shape of Training
- I referred to this in the January newsletter as the big news event in postgraduate medical training for 2013. There were more than 400 written submissions to the panel, and several common themes emerged from the physicians' submissions:
- The patient must be at the centre of all plans
- There will be a need for more generalists to deal with multisystem disease in an elderly population, and more training in geriatrics and the community
- Core training might be increased, perhaps by incorporating the F2 year, while also increasing the numbers doing broad-based programmes
- Universal rejection of the idea of fast-track generalist CCTs, but acceptance that the majority of physician trainees must dual train in general medicine and continue to work in this specialty
- Acceptance that more specialised training should be delivered by post-CCT fellowships or credentialing
- The need to address trainee workforce problems compromising the delivery of acute medical care, and to correct the geographical imbalance of the trainee workforce.
The role of Colleges in Quality Assurance of training, and the impact of the Francis report
The GMC started an initiative to review the Colleges' role in the quality assurance of training in October 2102, anticipating the Francis report, which has required increased College involvement in Deanery quality management visits funded by the service/DH, with Trusts required to facilitate the participation of professional staff in visits. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) and Conference of Medical Postgraduate Deans (COPMeD) are in the process of convening a working group to make recommendations for the involvement of Colleges in the quality management/quality assurance process.
Core Medical Training
CMT has been a major focus of our activity in 2013, with a number of initiatives launched:
- Quality Standards
- Simulation Training
- CMT post numbers
Partly as result of the staff changes referred to below, we have had to agree that the WPBA pilot in 2013/14 will continue in the three deaneries and ten specialties originally identified, instead of rolling out locally to all specialties. Questionnaire and focus group evaluation of trainees, supervisors, and ARCP panel members will take place in July, followed by analysis of ePortfolio educational outcomes in August.
Staff changes in JRCPTB
I am sorry to say that my Deputy Director colleague, Liz Berkin, has decided that the time has come to finish her work with the JRCPTB Liz will be leaving in August and demitting from her role as clinical lead of RCP London recruitment shortly after. As we go to press, I am pleased to announce that we have just appointed Dr Alastair Miller to be the new Deputy Director. I am also sorry to have to report that two of our key managers; Hannah Watts and Stephen Beglan, are leaving to take up posts with the GMC. .
Professor Bill Burr
Accredited post-CCT fellowships to be developed by JRCPTB
In a healthcare environment that calls for formal independent quality standards together with an emphasis on improving the quality of patient care and the professionalism of medical practitioners, there is a growing need to employ a medical workforce with general and specialised skills and the flexibility to re-train in new techniques and adapt to changes in the healthcare setting. To meet this need, the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB), working with the three colleges, has launched a new project to develop RCP-accredited post-certificate of completion of training (CCT) fellowships.
We have just launched the first version of the JRCPTB ePortfolio app. This version allows completion and management of requests for assessment, plus completion of reflection forms from all types of phone and tablet PCs. .
Recent analysis of the performance of the ePortfolio shows that the system is at least 60% quicker on fulfilling page requests since it moved to Cloud at the end of 2012.
An updated ARCP will be released which contains the COPMeD agreed questions about incidents and concerns to support trainee revalidation.
Number of attempts: MRCP(UK) & Specialty Certificate Examinations
At the request of the GMC, the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK is introducing a policy to meet the GMC requirements to set a maximum number of attempts at which a candidate may take each separate part of an examination.
Specialty recruitment update
Core medical training - CT1
Round 1 recruitment for CMT and ACCS-AM is now complete. 2747 candidates applied for 1457 vacancies, i.e. 1.9 candidates per post. These numbers were similar to previous years.
Higher specialty training - ST3
The first round of RCP London co-ordinated recruitment ( ~90% of ST3 posts) is underway, with interviews in progress. All 16 specialties coordinated by RCP London have moved to a single application per specialty process.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
The Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians provides an online CPD diary to help members, fellows and all other registered post-training physicians maintain a personalised and validated record of their CPD activities on an annual basis.
RCP Edinburgh Evening Medical Updates: free CMT-linked events linked live around the UK
The RCPE Evening Medical Update programme of events covers the top areas of presentation within the CMT curriculum.
RCP London medical careers day - 21 September 2013
The Royal College of Physicians, London has organised its second RCP Medical careers day - a dedicated careers conference and exhibition designed to offer expert careers advice and guidance to core medical trainees. .
Collegiate membership - Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) offers a wide range of benefits to trainees wherever you practise. This includes access to our online learning portal (containing a wide range of specialty and general medical content), free access to the CPD for Physicians scheme (value £125), discounted attendance at RCPE events and the opportunity to pay your JRCPTB fees in annual instalments alongside our membership subscription.
Back to all news
Group Captain Andy Green has been invested into the role of Dean of the Faculty of Travel Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.
The annual fee paid by doctors to retain their registration with the GMC will increase by £30 - from £390 to £420 - from April 2015. This restores the fee to the level it was at in 2010.
We are pleased to announce that the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK final response to the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) Shape of Training mapping exercise was sent to the GMC on 12 October 2015.
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A new tool will be distributed to health workers to help highlight the importance of physical activity.
Joint media statement issued on behalf of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow is committed to ensuring the highest standards of patient care are met.
The application and assessment dates for all MRCP(UK) examinations are now confirmed for 2016.
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