Month: June 2014

Doctors in Difficulty Toolkit

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A new doctors in difficulty toolkit is now available on Staffnet. The tool is designed to give advice and resources for Educational & Clinical Supervisors who may have doctors in difficulty and are unsure what to do. This can be found in the ‘Resources’ section of Staffnet, and can also be accessed by clicking here

Please note, as this is on Staffnet, the toolkit is only available within the Trust.

Calling all trainees!

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CMFT needs you!

How can you improve your training experience and patient care at CMFT?

Be part of the inaugural Trainees’ Committee at CMFT.

This is your opportunity to contribute, change things for the better and have your say.

The committee’s aim will be to improve trainee representation throughout the Trust.

If you are interested and would like to be a trainee rep please come to a meeting to be held on:

Thursday 3 July from 12.30 to 1.30 pm in the Phase 2 Lecture Theatre.

(This is located in the MRI maroon zone adjacent to entrance 1 on the ground floor (see attached map).  If you use this  entrance then  W H Smith is  on your  left and the main corridor to the right. Walk straight ahead down the small corridor to the front of you and the Phase 2 Lecture Theatre is on the left at the start of the corridor.)

If you are planning to attend, please reply to  Naomi Goodwin ([email protected]) by Friday 27 June  with a  brief couple of sentences describing yourself.


Effective role modelling. CMFT Educators conference.

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Screenshot 2014-06-05 08.21.11At the CMFT Medical Educators Conference on the 24th April Leena Patel and I ran a workshop on being an effective role model. Learning from role models is really important in medical education; it is happening in the workplace all the time. It is how students and trainees learn the application of our knowledge and skills, professionalism, and how we influence their career choices. Research indicates that being an effective role model is a set of skills that we can learn; yet few teacher training programme specifically teach these skills, which is why this workshop was developed.

We know that students and trainees consider as positive role models those who:

  • Excel in their clinical knowledge and skills
  • Through communication skills maintain good professional relationships
  • Are effective and enthusiastic teachers

Learning from our role models is occurring all the time and is a complex process; but they Screenshot 2014-06-05 08.24.24learn “to talk, from talk” – by actively observing and reflecting on the behaviours, attitudes and skills of their trainers, and assimilating and adopting these. We can enhance this learning in the workplace by actively demonstrating our knowledge and skills and by enhancing learning by:

  1. Attention: Drawing attention to what we are doing; by emphasising it,  providing a narrative, asking questions and by breaking down a complex skill
  2. Retention: Enhance retention by repetition, drawing parallels and by relating new to existing knowledge
  3. Production: Facilitating experience with an appropriate level of autonomy
  4. Motivation: Sharing what you get from it! Job satisfaction, financial gain, improved profile, position of influence etc etc.

Most of all, we inspire those around us by our enthusiasm and enjoyment for our work, and for our teaching and training!


Dr Margaret Kingston

Consultant Physician in Genitourinary Medicine

Associate Director Postgraduate Medical Education

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust