Month: May 2014

The first CMFT educators conference.

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IMG_3422On Friday 25th April 2014, the first Medical Educators’ Conference took place at CMFT. The conference was targeted towards educational and clinical supervisors of postgraduate and undergraduate medical students and aimed to assist educators in updating their training and complying with the GMC standards for approved trainers. This inaugural conference was highly attended and provided a busy, informative day for all delegates. The conference has been accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and attendees earn 6 CPD points; for existing supervisors, this will count as sufficient activity to keep their GMC approved trainer status in the current year.

Initial feedback proclaims the conference to have been a great success, and the postgraduate Medical Education team are thrilled that their efforts were so well received. Heading the organisation of the conference was Dr Margaret Kingston, Associate Director of Medical Education, who specialises in educator development and who put together a broad and informative programme for the day. The team would like to thank everyone who contributed their expertise and organisational skills, as well as everyone who attended and shared their knowledge and experiences.

IMG_3435The day was opened with a welcome from the Associate Medical Director and there followed talks from presenters from the North Western Deanery, the Undergraduate team, and an expert patient and trainee perspective. Workshops were given by the Director of Medical Education, Associate DMEs, the Foundation Programme Director and lecturers from the Manchester Medical School. Attendees had the opportunity to attend four workshops throughout the day on various topics, such as role modelling skills, supporting doctors in difficulty and giving effective feedback. The day was rounded off with a ‘speed-dating’ session in which educators were able to share their expertise and gather perspectives on dealing with challenging educational scenarios.

After the success of the first conference, the PGME team hopes to hold conferences twice a year, with the next one provisionally booked for 7th November 2014. If you would like to book a place on this next conference, please contact Jenny Black, Quality Assurance Officer, at [email protected] . Places are free but are limited to 160.


The GMC reports on training at CMFT

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GMC-1Last year we had the pleasure of meeting the GMC when they visited the NW region. Our visit was part of a wider process looking at medical education across the North West and at all stages from undergraduate through to postgraduate training.

All stages of the process are described in this glossy document

Although the visits took place last year it is only now that the full reports have been released online and they are freely available to everyone. The GMC have a policy of disclosure so trainees, trainers, the public and press get to see what was written about us and about the quality of training across the NW in general.


Well, we can all do better as they say, but in all honesty the region and the trust gets a good report. We had one area of good practice highlighted (skills teaching for undergraduates) and five requirements relating to induction, workload for CMT trainees, the organisation of year 4,  the use of the SHO nomenclature and time in job plans for trainers.

Regionally there are themes of workload intensity, lack of time for training and clinical supervision and career advice. The summary document sets these out well and identifies where problems were found across the region. It’s a short but informative document which may be worth sharing with clinical and management colleagues as they can be used as tools for change and support to clinical education here at CMFT.

You can (and should) read the full report about training here together with our response to the GMC

On the same site you will find the reports for Manchester medical school and the wider NW deanery. Again, for those with an interest in the organisation and delivery of training these are useful reading to see what’s going on across the region.

It’s always interesting to read what the regulator thinks about training. They obviously have a huge influence on current and future training patterns and as those of you at the recent educators conference know, change is inevitable and may be quite radical.

My only concern with the report is that the GMC only looked at a few small elements of postgraduate training here at CMFT and that’s a shame as we did not get that much of an opportunity to showcase what we do well. I think this is a consequence  of the GMC’s policy of targeting visits to areas where they believe there may be concerns, but it is a bit of a shame. We all like our report cards to have lots of positives as well as areas of improvement.

I hope you find the reports interesting and valuable.