President of RCS(Ed) to inaugurate Surgical Grand Round at CMFT

Mr Ian Ritchie

Mr Ian Ritchie

The Division of Surgery Educational Committee is organising a division wide surgical grand Round meeting which will be open to all members of the multidisciplinary teams in the division. This will include all cadres of surgical and nursing staffs, Anaesthetists, & medical students.

We expect this educational meeting to create a forum for surgical staffs to discuss issues of common interests, celebrate local surgical innovations, create opportunities for trainees to learn & develop their presentation skills, and to enhance exchange of information about good practice in the division.

The President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Mr Ian Ritchie has kindly accepted our invitation to attend as Guest speaker at the inaugural meeting holding on Thursday 10 April @12:30 – 1:30pm at the Postgraduate Lecture Theatre, MRI.

We would love to see a great turn out for this first meeting and so we ask you to keep the date and watch out for more information soon.

If you want to know more now then please get in touch with Mr Tunde Campbell, divisional lead for education in surgery. Tunde has done sterling work in promoting postgraduate education in the division and in putting this meeting together and with such an auspicious first lecturer it looks as though this meeting will go from strength to strength so please give the team, Mr Ritchie and postgrad education in surgery your full support in April.




Dickinson trust awards October 2013

Just a short update on the successful applicants to the Dickinson trust this year. The trust awards funds to improve patient care through learning and training and we are delighted to announce that four awards have been made.

If you want to know more about the trust then follow this link. The History of the Dickinson trust.

If you want to apply details are here – How to apply to the Dickinson trust

Jasmina Cehajic-Kapetanovic, MRC Clinical Research Training Fellow and Specialist Registrar in Ophthalmology, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital will receive support towards a 1 year post-doctoral research fellowship investigating novel optogenetic approaches for the treatment of blinding retinal disease. Research laboratory is in San Francisco.

Timothy Fairbairn, Cardiology SpR, Manchester Royal Infirmary will receive support towards a 3 month clinical observership at Department of Medical Imaging at Toronto General Hospital

Tahir Hamid, Cardiology SpR, Manchester Heart Centre will receive support towards a 12 month clinical fellowship in interventional cardiology, Toronto General Hospital.

Rastislav Hejj, Specialty Doctor in Urology, Manchester Royal Infirmary will receive support towards an intensive course in Laparoscopic Urological Surgery based in Strasburg.

These are four fantastic opportunities to improve the training of these clinicians and thus to benefit patients. Well done to the applicants and I hope that their success will spur others on to apply to the trust for funds in 2014.

What can the medical reg be expected to do? CMFTPostgrad



I’ve seen an interesting document today from the Royal College of Physicians about what we can and perhaps cannot expect of the medical registrar when on call in acute hospitals. The main document can be found here….

Governance Statement regarding patient safety issues in relation to practical procedures carried out by trainee doctors in physicianly specialties – updated statement May 2013

Firstly, I love the concept of ‘physicianly’ specialities, it’s clearly an underused word and I think we should hear it more.

Secondly, there is some important information here about what we can expect middle grade physicians to be able to do in terms of practical skills. This perhaps reflects a changing training program and a greater oversight of assessment of competence to increase patient safety which is no bad thing.

Here at CMFT we have a number of strategies to ensure that doctors are fit for their role including the use of simulators for procedures such as chest drains. In addition there is excellent support from the critical care and anesthetic teams for some of the procedures on the list such as central venous catheterisation.