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Posted July 5th 2017 (6 years ago)

Quincentennial Lecturer Scheme for Trainee Physicians

In 2018 the RCP will be celebrating its 500 year anniversary. As well as celebrating the history of the College, the RCP is also looking to the future.

We are therefore pleased to announce that we will be appointing a Quincentennial Lecturer in each region to give a lecture at the regional Update in medicine 2018. Applications are now open to give the Quincentennial Lecture at the 'Update in medicine – South West' in 2018. The successful lecturers will receive a plaque from the RCP president recognising their achievement, and will be invited to the 2018 Harveian lecture and dinner.

If you are a medical trainee at CMT or ST3–7 level, you are invited to apply by submitting an abstract relating to the subject of your proposed lecture.

Your lecture should be based on your work in one of the following areas:

  • clinical research
  • successful quality improvement programme
  • achievements in medical education
  • chief registrar experience and achievements.

If you are a consultant physician please consider encouraging trainees to apply.

The lecture must be designed to be of educational value to a general medical audience and should include an evidence-based overview of the clinical topic.

For full details and to apply, please read and complete the attached abstract submission form. Please also see attached the assessment guidelines. More information is available on the Quincentennial Lecturer scheme for trainee physicians website.

Posted May 22nd 2017 (6 years ago)

Winners of the Severn School of Medicine Trainee/Trainer awards 2017

The School of Medicine in HEE England working in the southwest (Severn) has prided itself in the excellent training it offers. This is due to the phenomenal efforts and dedication demonstrated by the trainers and trainees in our region and the School wishes to recognise these efforts.

Nominations were sought for awards in the following categories based on the contribution of the individual (or groups of individuals) to enhance the provision of training in Medicine in our region:

After careful consideration the panel have come to a final decision, and are pleased to announce the winners are:

Trainee of the Year for Non-GIM Specialty - Dr Sarah Cochrane
Trainee of the Year for GIM based Specialty – Dr Kostas Gkastaris
Trainer of the Year for Non-GIM specialty – Dr Val Kyle
Trainer of the Year for GIM based Specialty – Dr Helen Alexander

The winners were presented with their certificates, by Professor Martin Beaman, Postgraduate Dean, at the School of Medicine TPD away day which took place on Tuesday 16th May.

Posted March 16th 2017 (7 years ago)

Quality Improvement Fellow Posts 2017

Health Education England – working across the South West (HEE-SW) is delighted to announce a training secondment opportunity to work with our senior staff on quality improvement and this post also will fund a postgraduate qualification PgCert in Health Services Improvement with Exeter University.  The knowledge and skills acquired through this post will also provide leadership experience to a successful doctor in training.  It is anticipated that at the end of the tenure, the QI fellows will be equipped to promote and disseminate learning in QI, with aims of improving patient safety, experience and efficiency in NHS.

Five posts (drawn from core/ higher speciality and GP VTS training programmes) are available on a 12 month full time fixed term contract from August 2017 or LTFT with negotiation.   The start date will be dependent on successful negotiations with the employer, but an anticipated date would be around August 2017.  The trainee will then return to the training programme, assuming satisfactory ARCP progression.

Appointment is through a competitive process following an assigned job description.

Please contact tina.oxland@hee.nhs.uk for the Application Form.

The successful candidates, who will be working within the geographical area of Health Education England - working across the South West training programmes, will spend 2 days (0.4 WTE) (funded by HEE-SW) on QI, lead on a quality improvement project and gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Services Improvement with Exeter University. The remaining sessions (0.6 WTE) will be spent working in their existing clinical specialty and participating in the contractually agreed out-of-hours with their employer.

The knowledge and skills acquired through this post will provide leadership experience to a successful doctor in training. It is anticipated that at the end of the 12 months tenure, the QI fellows will be equipped to promote and disseminate learning in QI, with aims of improving patient safety, experience and efficiency in the NHS.

Further information can be obtained from Dr Wai Tse, Associate Dean (Tel: 01752-676134).

Posted May 5th 2016 (7 years ago)

Winners of the Severn School of Medicine Trainee and Trainer of the Year Awards

The School of Medicine in HEE England working in the southwest (Severn) prides itself in the excellent training it offers. This is due to the phenomenal efforts and dedication demonstrated by the trainers and trainees in our region.

In recognition of these efforts, the School asked for nominations from trainees and trainers including Educational Supervisors, Programme Directors and Directors of Medical Education.


We are pleased to announce the winners in each of the following categories:

Trainer of the year in a GIM based speciality

Awarded to Dr Lindsay Dow


Trainer of the year in a non-GIM based speciality

Awarded to Dr Alan Whone


Trainee of the year in a GIM based speciality

Awarded to Dr Chloe Broughton


Trainee of the year in a non GIM based speciality

Awarded to Dr Cathy Morgan


Well done to all nominees!

We can all be proud of the high quality of training provided in Severn.

Posted August 26th 2015 (8 years ago)

School of Medicine FAQ

Dear Colleagues,


The following FAQ may be of some use in answering many of your questions related to the Severn Postgraduate School of Medicine.



When will my placement be updated on ePortfolio? We are currently in the process of updating this information and hope to have this completed very soon. Many thanks for your patience. 


What are the dates/locations for upcoming School of Medicine courses and ARCPs? You will find most of these in the Events Section of the School of Medicine website using the following link http://medicine.severndeanery.nhs.uk/gastroenterology-training-day.


I'm looking for information/forms regarding Revalidation. Please see the following link http://www.severndeanery.nhs.uk/about/revalidation/ (along with the related tabs on the left-hand side of the page)


I'm looking for information/forms regarding Quality Panels. Please see the following link http://www.severndeanery.nhs.uk/about/quality-management/quality-panels/  


Who do I contact at my Trust regarding Study Leave/Expense Claims? Please see the following link http://medicine.severndeanery.nhs.uk/about-us/study-leave-contacts-march-2015/


How do I get to Deanery House for my upcoming assessment/meeting? Please see the following link http://www.severndeanery.nhs.uk/contacts/, specifically the address, map and "Find us by" tabs on the left-hand side of the page.


I have a question related to my specialty. The specialty sections of the School of Medicine website contain a great deal of useful information. These can be found using the following link http://medicine.severndeanery.nhs.uk/about-us, specifically the tabs on the left-hand side of the page. 


I still can't find what I'm looking for. Who do I email/contact? Please email Severn.SchoolSupport@southwest.hee.nhs.uk. Please note this account will be monitored on a daily basis and we will reply as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.


Would it be better to call than email? No. It would be better to email Severn.SchoolSupport@southwest.hee.nhs.uk. Again this account will be monitored daily and we thank you for your patience.







Posted October 3rd 2014 (9 years ago)

Autumn 2014 Medical Meetings in South England


Meeting Name






16 Sep 2014

09:30 - 16:30




18 Sep 2014

09:30 - 15:30



The Management of Critically Ill Patients

18 Sep 2014

14:00 - 17:00



Liver Disease Symposium

3 Oct 2014

09:00 - 16:00



Psychiatric Emergencies in Medicine

7 Oct 2014

18:30 - 21:00

RCP, London



9 Oct 2014

09:00 - 16:00



Heart Failure

9 Oct 2014

09:00 - 16:00

RCP, London


Cardiac Risk in the Young

10 Oct 2014

09:00 - 16:00



Stem cell physiology

15 Oct 2014

14:00 - 18:30



Lung cancer

21 Oct 2014

16:00 - 18:30



Tropical Medicine

4 Nov 2014

18:30 - 21:00

RCP, London



12 Nov 2014

09:00 - 16:00



Allergy and Asthma

14 Nov 2014

09:00 - 16:00

STH, London


Geriatric Medicine

2 Dec 2014

18:30 - 21:00

RCP, London



3 Dec 2014

09:00 - 16:00




15 Dec 2014

09:00 - 16:00





Posted January 27th 2014 (10 years ago)

Defined Route of Entry – Emergency Medicine (DRE-EM)

It has been announced that a new defined routes of entry into emergency medicine specialty training will be introduced in 2014. This is one of the actions arising from the HEE Emergency Medicine Workforce Implementation Group and will be delivered by Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber (HEYH) in conjunction with the College of Emergency Medicine. The DRE-EM initiative will appoint candidates with transferable competencies as outlined in the person specification to specialty training through a national selection process (hosted by HEYH) to ST3 Emergency Medicine. Please see the attached ‘Quick Guide’ for further detailed information about DRE-EM and the link to  Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber

The purpose of DRE-EM is to allow a route of entry for those who have transferable competencies from surgical training at core level, and experience from ACCS related specialties. The intention is to increase throughput whilst maintaining quality. The initiative is innovative in many ways and aligns with principles set out in the Shape of Training report.

The person specification (attached) outlines two routes within DRE-EM ST3 Emergency Medicine. It is recognised that successful applicants are likely to need between 12-24 months at ST3 level prior to progressing (run through) to ST4. Candidates will usually require one year of Emergency Medicine training, plus potentially additional time in other ACCS related specialties (Anaesthesia, ICM and/or Acute Medicine) to fulfil the requirements to enter ST4. An assessment will need to be made by the local training programme working with the College of Emergency Medicine of each applicant’s transferable competences and a bespoke training programme will need to be created to support the early years of successful DRE-EM applicants. It is recognised that there are potential training capacity and cost implications for those requiring additional training time in ACCS related specialties.

The General Medical Council has recently approved DRE-EM leading to Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) for trainees appointed from a surgical UK approved training programme, as per the person specification attached. 

What is DRE-EM?

Defined Route of Entry into Emergency Medicine, ‘DRE-EM’, is an entry point into Emergency Medicine specialty training.  DRE-EM is new in 2014, and has its own national selection process – with applications opening on 3 February 2014. The intention of DRE-EM is to increase recruitment to Emergency Medicine training whilst maintaining quality.

Person Spec DRE-EM 2014

Who is eligible to apply to DRE-EM?

The person specification for DRE-EM clarifies two routes. One route is to enter into Emergency Medicine specialty training, having successfully completed two years of a UK core surgical training programme or two years of a run through surgical training programme in the UK, with evidence of achievement of CT/ST1 competences in surgery at the time of application and CT/ST2 competences in surgery by the date the post commences. Entry via this route leads to a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in Emergency Medicine.

The other route is to enter into Emergency Medicine specialty training with evidence of a minimum of 24 months at core trainee level (not including time spent within a Foundation programme or equivalent) in any ACCS specialties (Anaesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine or Acute Medicine), of which at least 12 months must be in Emergency Medicine, with at least 6 months of this worked within an Emergency Medicine environment similar to that seen in the UK and at least 12 months worked in the UK as a fully registered medical practitioner OR completion of the equivalent of core surgical training with evidence of achievement of CT/ST1 competences in surgery at the time of application and CT/ST2 competences in surgery by the time of appointment.   This route leads to a Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration – Combined Programme (CESR CP) in Emergency Medicine. 

Please note that any time periods specified in the person specification refer to full time equivalent, and there are additional requirements detailed in the person specification. It is important that applicants ascertain that they are eligible. Applicants must meet all essential criteria for the programme to which they are applying.  The person specification clearly states which elements are required for both routes, the CCT route and the CESR CP route.

Where can I find the person specification?

Please visit Health Education England’s Specialty Training website or visit the Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber recruitment DRE-EM website to download the person specification.

What is a CESR CP?

The Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration - Combined Programme (CESR CP) route allows applicants to be appointed above ST1/CT1 level to a LETB/Deanery and General Medical Council (GMC) approved training programme.  They are awarded a National Training Number (NTN), but at point of entry to the programme have previous training that has not been prospectively approved by the GMC to count. Trainees in these circumstances will have an NTN ending with the suffix ‘L’.

The certificate does not replace the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) and is not the same thing as a CESR. Trainees who are awarded the CESR (CP) will be recommended to the GMC for Specialist Registration in the same manner as a trainee on the CCT route. Trainees will thus be able to work as substantive consultants in the UK.

Where can I find further information about CESR CP?

The GMC website provides further information. Please visit: http://www.gmc-uk.org/doctors/cpfaqs.asp#1   Please do not contact Deanery/LETB offices for information on CESR CP as the offices will not be in a position to offer advice on individual circumstances and eligibility.

At what level will successful DRE-EM applicants be appointed?

Successful DRE-EM applicants will be offered an appointment to an “ST3 Emergency Medicine” post.  Prior to the successful applicant commencing in post, a review will be conducted by the College of Emergency Medicine, in conjunction with the local training programme, to define transferable competences and establish future requirements.  A decision will be made as to the additional time/competences required prior to moving to ST4 Emergency Medicine. Successful applicants will usually undertake a minimum of one year of Emergency Medicine, plus additional time as needed in Acute Medicine, Anaesthesia, Intensive Care Medicine, etc.  It is recognised that successful applicants will normally require between 12 months and 24 months at ST3 level prior to progressing to ST4 Emergency Medicine.

Does DRE-EM provide uncoupled or run through training?

DRE-EM provides run through training; successful applicants will progress through ST3, ST4, ST5 and ST6 automatically, subject to meeting all curriculum requirements and College exams.

If I am appointed to DRE-EM ST3 Emergency Medicine, do I need to take and pass the Membership of the College of Emergency Medicine (MCEM) examination prior to commencing ST4?

Yes, successful applicants are required to pass the MCEM examination, and all other ACCS/core EM competences, prior to moving to ST4 training.

Are applicants from a surgical training background – either from a UK approved programme or an equivalent programme - required to have achieved the Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS) examination?

If candidates are applying via the CCT route, they are required to have achieved MRCS.

If candidates are applying via the CESR CP route (equivalent surgical training), they are not required to have achieved MRCS.

I do not meet the ST3 DRE-EM nor the ST4 EM person specifications, but I am interested in applying for Emergency Medicine training? At what level should I apply?

Those who do not meet the ST3 DRE-EM or ST4 EM person specifications should refer to the ACCS EM ST/CT1 person specification and consider whether they are eligible; there is no ‘upper limit’ in terms of time/experience within this person specification.

Is there an upper experience/time limit for DRE-EM applicants?

No.  The intention is to allow entry from a broad range of applicants, but applicants will have to demonstrate that their career progression is consistent with personal circumstances and that their achievements and performance is commensurate with their total period of training or experience.

How will the national recruitment process work?

The national recruitment process will be hosted by Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber. There is one national application form for DRE-EM Emergency Medicine ST3. Therefore, eligible candidates will apply and be interviewed under one process, irrespective of whether they are applying for the CESR CP route or CCT route.

Longlisting will take place in line with the person specification after the closing date.

Short-listing will only be undertaken if required.

Applicants will be asked to preference all Units of Application within LETBs/Deaneries, although it is not yet certain whether all LETBs/Deaneries will have vacancies. If a candidate preferences a LETB/Deanery which does not have vacancies, the system will skip to the next preference on the candidate’s preference list, and so on.

Applicants do not have to preference all Units of Application (they can preference as many, or as few as they like) but are encouraged to consider their choices carefully.

Once the upgrading offer deadline has passed, should additional vacancies be realised by local LETBs/Deaneries, these will be offered to the next appointable candidates on the reserve list.

For all DRE-EM applicants, the interview format will be a multi-station selection process.  Thorough checks will be carried out by Consultant faculty to confirm eligibility. Whilst the station questions will be the same for those applying under the two routes, there will inevitably be some differences in terms of supplementary questions, as a result of the differing backgrounds of the two routes.  A comprehensive scoring matrix will be used to ensure that all applicants from both routes are equitably assessed and are on a ‘level playing field’.

DRE-EM applicants will be ranked on one list, and offers will be made based on this single list, with the top candidate being offered their preferred post (subject to available vacancies).

Why is the CESR CP process limited to trainees who have a background in ACCS specialties or equivalent surgical training?

Analysis of training curricula has confirmed that applicants from these backgrounds have transferable competences, which in turn allows the training period to be shortened.

Why are only applicants who have completed Core Surgery Training in a UK programme (or two years of a surgical run through UK programme) eligible for the CCT route?

In the first instance the GMC have only approved this route, which will be evaluated after a two year period. It is recognised that surgical trainees will have transferable competences and may wish to pursue a career in EM.

It is conceivable that the GMC may further explore widening the entry from other core specialties following the initial evaluation.

Where do I find out further information – such as how to apply, where the interviews are happening, timeline for when applications open/close, etc?

Please visit the Health Education Yorkshire & the Humber (lead LETB for Emergency Medicine) website; the recruitment pages provide further information about DRE-EM.

Am I allowed to have an inter-deanery transfer under DRE-EM?

Inter-deanery transfer (IDT) applicants must meet the eligibility requirements under the national IDT process, but in addition to this the “receiving” LETB/Deanery must confirm whether they can support the applicant’s training requirements. 

How have the documentation and process been developed?

The person specification, documentation, FAQs and the process have been developed by the College of Emergency Medicine and Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber, having undergone legal scrutiny.   Whilst legal challenge can never be ruled out, it is considered that the person specification and processes to be applied are reasonable.

I am a trainee considering a change in specialty, and think EM may be right for me.  Who can I speak to?

Trainees may seek views from trainers, senior trainees, trainee representatives, other faculty and careers advisers.  Heads of Schools and Training Programme Directors in Emergency Medicine can be identified on local LETB/Deanery websites.

Is this process subject to change?

Whilst this document outlines the planned direction for DRE-EM, like any new process we will be reviewing and monitoring plans, implementation of the process and management of this initiative. As such, all aspects of DRE-EM national selection are subject to change at any stage. 



Posted September 25th 2013 (10 years ago)

Learning to Make a Difference

Quality improvement in practice: a core competence of medical education in the 21st century


The Royal College of Physicians/Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board Learning to Make a Difference programme started as a pilot in Au-gust 2010/11, supported by the Health Foundation. It aimed to promote the learning and development of new and relevant skills in quality im-provement (QI) methodology by trainees in core medical training to enable them to deliver effective QI projects at the frontline. Over 2011/12 training year, all deaneries were encouraged to offer CMT trainees the choice of completing a QI project or a clinical audit within the training year. In paral-lel, work to develop a network of local Trust QI champions underpinned by development of a coherent framework and infrastructure to support all in-volved was undertaken. This culminated in a showcase event which was held at the at the RCP in June 2013. It is now the expectation that all CMTs complete a QI project or a clinical audit using QI methodology within their training year. It is anticipated for this approach to spread to all trainees and cross college working is underway to enable scale and pace of change.

Showcase event

In June, the trainees who were judged to have completed the best QI pro-jects in each deanery came to present their work. It proved to be an inspir-ing afternoon with 15 trainees giving oral presentations about the quality improvement projects that they had been involved in and there were 12 poster presentations. The afternoon was filmed, with DVDs of the event being sent to each deanery and highlights will shortly be added to the LTMD webpage, to inspire this year’s core medical trainees.

Clinical Leaders in Quality Improvement

The Lead for LTMD is Dr Emma Vaux, the Associate Medical Director of JRCPTB and Core Medical Training Advisory Committee Chair. To provide the much needed additional support, six Clinical Leaders in Quality Im-provement were appointed and took up their posts on 1st May 2013. The Leaders are all consultants with a particular interest in quality improve-ment. They each facilitate and support the implementation of Learning to Make a Difference in 2 or 3 local deaneries (depending on size and geogra-phy). They are instrumental in identifying gaps in appropriate support for trainees and their supervisors and championing the development of more local QI expertise.

Support for Trainees

Induction packs - Induction packs were sent to deaneries ready for the new intake of trainees in August. These contain trainee and supervisor packs, in-duction slides and a 2 page summary for trainees.

Webex - Weekly Webex sessions begin in September 2013. These will be a mixture of teaching and support and will hosted by one of the Clinical Lead-ers. Trainees can bring any difficulties to these sessions and they also pro-vide a place for them to share learning with their peers.

Twitter - The Twitter hashtag #LTMAD has been set up and is monitored by the Clinical Leaders to provide a response to urgent queries.

Newsletters - Newsletters are produced every 2 months and are circulated to trainees and their supervisors

Website - This is the central repository for information about the project. http://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/learning-make-difference-ltmd

Curriculum - CMT curriculum has been amended in 2012 and 2013 to re-flect the changes in training requirements in quality improvement. This is also recognised in the CMT and ST3+ national recruitment application pro-cesses.


A central database of all trainee QI projects has been set up this year by the central LTMD team, so that a record is maintained of how many trainees are doing projects, the aims of each project and the deaneries in which they are based. In addition to recording the numbers of pro-jects, all trainees are asked to complete a newly devised Quality Im-pact Assessment Tool, to judge the impact that their project is antici-pated to have on the quality of patient care.

The Project Team

LTMD Lead: Dr Emma Vaux (emma.vaux@rcplondon.ac.uk)

Project Manager : Katharine Woodall (katharine.woodall@rcplondon.ac.uk)

Hesham Abdalla hesham.abdalla@walsallhealthcare.nhs.uk North Western, West Midlands and Mersey
Richard Berrisford richard.berrisford@nhs.net South West Peninsula and Wessex
Tricia Woodhead pwoodhead@nhs.net Severn and Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Elizabeth Haxby e.haxby@rbht.nhs.uk London and *Oxford
Ann Tweddel Ann.Tweddel@hey.nhs.uk Northern/ Yorkshire and Humber
Stephen Webb stephen.webb@nhs.net East of England and East Midlands
Emma Vaux ema.vaux@rcplondon.ac.uk Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, *Oxford










*Emma Vaux and Elizabeth Haxby are jointly covering the Oxford deanery.

Posted August 20th 2013 (10 years ago)

Career in Cardiology 2013

A Career in Cardiology 

Friday 18th October 2013

Royal College of Physicians, London NW1 4LE

A comprehensive one day course for all research fellows, junior and middle-grade doctors aspiring to become recognised Cardiology Trainees.

An expert faculty will guide you on:

  • Navigating the selection process for ST3 Cardiology posts in 2014
  • CV preparation and completing application forms to enhance your chances of being shortlisted
  • Optimising performance in specific ST3 interview scenarios
  • The importance of postgraduate cardiovascular research
  • Current and emerging concepts in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Imaging, Electrophysiology and Devices and Heart Failure
  • The role of the British Cardiovascular Society in education and training

Course Directors: Dr Aung Myat / Prof Tony Gershlick / Prof Simon Redwood



Morning Session: Chair – Prof Tony Gershlick

08.30 – 09.00 Registration Tea & Coffee

09.00 – 09.10 Welcome & Introduction Dr Sarah Clarke

The British Cardiovascular Society in Education and Training

09.10 – 09.25 Why choose a Career in Cardiology Prof Adrian Banning

09.25 – 10.10 ST3 Recruitment in 2013 and Dr Liz Berkin what to expect in 2014

10.10 – 10.50 A winning CV, the ST3 Application Form Dr Dawn Adamson and Interview preparation

10.50 – 11.20 Tea & Coffee

11.20 – 12.40 Mock Cardiology Interview Videos Dr William Moody Assessment of Performance Dr Aung Myat

Top Tips from the Panel Questions from the Audience

12.40 – 13.00 Academic Clinical Fellowships – Dr Yousif Ahmad Something to consider?

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

Afternoon Session: Chair – Prof Simon Redwood

Current and Emerging Concepts for the ST3 Interview

14.00 – 14.20 Interventional Cardiology Prof Nick Curzen

14.20 – 14.40 Cardiac Imaging Dr Grant Heatlie

14.40 – 15.00 Heart Failure Dr Suzanna Hardman

15.00 – 15.20 Electrophysiology and Devices Prof Andre Ng

15.20 – 15.50 Tea & Coffee

15.50 – 16.10 Valvular and Structural Heart Disease Prof John Chambers

16.10 – 16.40 Postgraduate Research – Prof Barbara Casadei Why, When, Where and How

16.40 – 16.45 Closing Remarks Prof Simon Redwood


Course Directors


  • Dr Aung Myat: SpR Cardiology and BHF Clinical Research Training Fellow The Rayne Institute, St Thomas’ Hospital, King’s College London Member, Communication and Education Committee of the BCS
  • Professor Tony Gershlick: Professor of Interventional Cardiology Glenfield Hospital, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
  • Professor Simon Redwood: Professor of Interventional Cardiology and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, President of the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society Faculty
  • Dr Aung Myat: SpR in Cardiology, West Midlands Deanery and BHF Clinical Research Fellow,he Rayne Institute, St Thomas’ Hospital, King’s College London
  • Professor Tony Gershlick: Professor of Interventional Cardiology, Glenfield Hospital, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
  • Prof Simon Redwood: Professor of Interventional Cardiology, King’s College London and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Sarah Clarke: BCS Vice-President (Education and Research) and Consultant Cardiologist and Clinical Director Cardiac Services, Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Professor Adrian Banning: Professor of Interventional Cardiology and Chairman of the Cardiology Directorate at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Dr Liz Berkin: Deputy Medical Director, Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board and Consultant Cardiologist, Leeds General Infirmary, The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Dr Dawn Adamson: Consultant Cardiologist, University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
  • Dr William Moody: SpR in Cardiology, West Midlands Deanery and BHF Clinical Research Fellow in Cardiology, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Ahmad Yousif: NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow ST3 in Cardiology, Imperial College London
  • Professor Nick Curzen: Professor of Interventional Cardiology, Wessex Cardiothoracic Centre, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Grant Heatlie: Training Programme Director for Cardiology, West Midlands Deanery and Consultant Cardiologist, University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust
  • Dr Suzanna Hardman: Consultant Cardiologist, The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust and Chair of the British Society for Heart Failure
  • Professor Andre Ng: Training Programme Director for Cardiology, East Midlands (South) Deanery and Professor of Cardiac Electrophysiology, Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Leicester
  • Professor John Chambers: Professor of Cardiology, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and President of the British Heart Valve Society
  • Professor Barbara Casadei: Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Honorary Consultant Cardiologist and Senior Research Fellow, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Oxford


Posted May 16th 2013 (10 years ago)

The Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) App,

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh LAUNCHED 2013

The Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) App, developed by NHS Kidney Care and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, provides a fast and simple way to explore the latest national guidelines on the diagnosis, prevention and management of AKI.

Offering interactive exploration of the classification, diagnosis, and management of AKI and its complications, illustrative case studies, and a medical calculator, the AKI App is a free and practical application available for the iPad, iPhone, Android mobile and Android tablets.

Key features

  • Medical calculator to illustrate the staging and classification of AKI
  • Succinct and up-to-date guidelines the prevention and management of AKI
  • Interactive case studies
  • Further resources of national and&international guidelines on AKI
  • Currently available for free on the iPad,&iPhone, Android mobile and Android&tablets

Find and download the Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) App in the App Store and Android Market.

For more details, contact Bryony Jacks
Tel: +44 (0)131 247 3606 Email: b.jackson@rcpe.ac.uk

Endorsed by:The Society of Acute Medicine, The Royal College of Physicians (London), The Renal Association

Posted November 8th 2012 (11 years ago)

Follow @SevSoMedicine on Twitter

For the latest news straight to your smart device, you can now follow @SevSoMedicine on Twitter.

Posted October 4th 2012 (11 years ago)

Bariatric Study Day:

Tuesday 20th November 2012

The Academy, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

Managing the needs of bariatric patients & optimising surgical outcome

South West Surgical Training Network


Originally run in 2011 as a South West Regional Bariatric Study Day, this informative course is open to all healthcare professionals involved in caring for bariatric patients.

This 1-day course, led by Yasmin Ferguson, Bariatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, will involve presentations from other members of the highly successful Musgrove Park Hospital multi-disciplinary Bariatric Team,

  • Richard Welbourn, Consultant Bariatric Surgeon
  • Rob Andrews, Consultant Endocrinologist
  • Nick Kennedy, Consultant Anaesthetist
  • Beth Greenslade, Dietitian
  • Vanessa Snowdon-Carr, Clinical psychologist

Delegates will benefit from information and discussion on:

  • Surgical Options, Risks, Complications
  • Anaesthesia / post-operative analgesia and anti-emetics
  • Pre / post operative care
  • Diet & Nutrition
  • Sensitivity & Psychological considerations


Consultants/ GPs: £80
Trainees: £60
Other HCPs: £40

There are a limited number of FREE places available for MPH staff (refundable deposit required)

For more information please contact: SWSTN Admin Office

c/o Yeovil AcademyYeovil District Hospital

Telephone: 01935 384529

Email: elaine.cox@ydh.nhs.uk

Online booking at www.swstn.org

Previous delegates said:

“Excellent day covering both surgical and medical aspects of obesity. Thank you.”

“Really enjoyed the day. Excellent view of patient journey.”

Posted August 3rd 2012 (11 years ago)

HCA Foundation Scholarships


Last year I contacted various Royal Colleges and Specialist Associations about the above Foundation which has now been running for five years. I am writing again now as we are starting the process of awarding new scholarships. The HCA International Foundation, although sponsored by HCA International in London’ is an entirely independent charity whose objectives are to support education and training. More details about the Foundation can be seen at http://www.hcainternationalfoundation.com/.

The HCA Foundation has granted substantial funds to senior trainees and young consultants. In the last four years we have given away almost £300,000 to 47 young doctors with an average award of over £6,000. Although the majority of these were for surgical specialties the Trustees of the HCA Foundation would be happy to sponsor suitable ca ndidates in any field of medicine.

I should stress that we do not support research applications but only for training in specific techniques or disease processes so that candidates can gain experience that may be lacking in their normal training programme or when they start in consultant practice. Awards have been made in diverse areas such as endoscopic mucosal resection for early GI cancer, foot and ankle surgery, paediatric and adult cochlear implantation, treatments of advanced head and neck cancer, brachial plexus surgery, techniques in the management of advanced colonic and rectal tumours, training in sub-segmental liver resection and skull base problems, paediatric cardiac anaesthesia, trauma surgery and, paediatric vitreoretinal surgery.

This shows the breadth of our applicants and our successful candidates have had training attachments in the UK and around the world in prestigious units in Japan, Australia, America, Canada, Israel, South Africa and in many European centres. The value of these scholarships could be up to £20,000 per annum for something exceptional, although to date the appointees have received awards ranging from £1,500 to £15,000.

This is an opportunity to help young doctors to obtain further educational scholarships and we would be most grateful if your College or Association could promote this through your bulletins, websites or newsletters to your fellows and members.

Yours sincerely,

Geoffrey Glazer MS FRCS FACS

Consultant Surgeon

Trustee HCA Foundation


Posted June 20th 2012 (11 years ago)

GMC Survey 2012

Dear all trainees,

Thank you all so much for your contribution to the GMC training survey this year. The Severn Deanery has a 99% response rate and is likely to have got the highest national response rate once again this year.

We guarantee that the results from this year’s survey will be closely monitored by the Deanery, Trusts and Schools with the aim of improving postgraduate medical education.

We appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey in 2012.

Best wishes,

Stirling Pugh PhD MSc (Med Ed) FRCP FHEA

Head of Postgraduate School of Medicine Severn Deanery

Posted May 10th 2012 (11 years ago)

Clinical Lecturer in Palliative Medicine at Makerere University and Mulago Hospital, Kampala, Uganda

An exciting opportunity to join the palliative care department at Makerere University and Mulago Hospital, Kampala. 

This position offers clinical palliative care experience in a tertiary hospital setting as well as wide-ranging opportunities in education, training, management and research.



Clinical Lecturer in Palliative Medicine


Kampala, Uganda


This is a voluntary position; however limited financial support may be available for all or part of the year’s placement.

Training status:

Out of program experience (OOPE).  Previously approved by London KSS deanery for OOPE with two previous palliative care registrars in post.


The position is a 12 month placement commencing September 2012; however dates may be flexible to fit with applicant’s current training commitments in the UK.


MBBS or equivalent and experience working in palliative care essential. 

MRCP or equivalent and time in specialist training desirable.

Summary of Clinical Lecturer in Palliative Medicine

This position involves regular clinical work, including ward rounds and MDTs at Mulago National Referral Hospital, Kampala.  Mulago Hospital is a 1600 bed hospital providing clinical services to patients across the whole of Uganda and surrounding sub-Saharan African countries.  The palliative care clinical service is provided by a team of specialist nurses supported by a consultant (UK specialist), two registrars and a senior house officer.  

In addition to clinical commitments a trainee joining the team would be expected to participate in the departments educational activities as well as assist in ongoing curriculum development and review.  The palliative care department is involved in many educational activities such as undergraduate and postgraduate medical and nurse training.  It is also closely linked with Hospice Africa Uganda which provides community palliative care to patients in and around Kampala and at two other sites in Uganda.  Successful candidates would participate in the development and delivery of the BSc in Palliative Care, which provides training for future leaders in palliative care across sub-Saharan Africa.  Participation may include activities such as setting assignments/ exams and mentoring of students throughout the year.

The palliative care department has an active research portfolio and there are many opportunities to participate in and lead research projects during the year.

If you are interested in applying for this position or would like further information please contact Dr Lesley Henson or Dr Mhoira Leng.

This information is being advertised on behalf of Makerere University and Mulago Hospital. The Severn Deanery is not involved with this placement.

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