Month: July 2014

Amelie – A Mother’s Pledge in Action

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Last month the Postgrad team attended a Deaf Awareness workshop as part of our Trust’s Equality and Diversity Week. We went to learn about how to support members of staff who have hearing difficulties, but also to see if we could contribute as one of us was born with unilateral neural deafness.

It was an excellent event where we met people with the same condition as our team member, and learnt a great deal. More importantly, we had an unexpected networking opportunity.

At the workshop, we met the inspirational Lesley Chan – mother, midwife at CMFT and champion for multi-sensory impaired children.  Lesley was a dental nurse but retrained as a midwife after her daughter Amelie’s traumatic birth.

Amelie, who is now nine years old, has had 22 operations. She has no hearing nerves, so she will never hear sounds or speak, and she is partially sighted. She also needs 24/7 nursing care. Amelie and Lesley designed a board to explain the basics of sign-language to staff, and want to continue their work educating clinicians. Lesley made a pledge during NHS Change Day which was widely publicised.

You can view their short video story here – its well worth a watch and made us think about what the Postgrad team could do to help.

 Lesley’s mission is to raise awareness of simple sign language amongst clinicians to help communication with patients old and young alike. Thanks to our Foundation Team, we are able to invite Lesley to be a part of our formal teaching programme for Foundation Doctors to showcase her work.  We plan to provide an engaging teaching session for trainees that is interactive with some simple health care signs that are universal, fun and easy to learn.








Joining us in August?

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The Postgrad team is looking forward to welcoming you to our Trust in a few weeks if you are one of our new starters. Thank you for choosing us to work with. Its a great place to work and train and, if you are returning to us having been here before, a warm welcome back.

Whether you are in a training post or one of our valued ‘Trust’ grade members of staff, the Postgrad team is responsible for making sure you are given all the training and information that you need to start work effectively and safely.

Emails are going out at the moment inviting you to induction, so keep an eye on your in-box.  Induction is vital to patient safety and we take it very seriously at CMFT. Induction can be considered as comprising two main areas.

Firstly, there are elements that extend across the entire Trust. All new members of the hospital need to be familiarised with how we work. This includes how we work as an organisation (corporate induction) and specific information for clinical groups (clinical induction).

1. You can find the link to the e-learning modules on corporate and clinical induction

. 2. You can download a guide on how to complete this training using this link –

Secondly, all new starters need to be introduced into their local areas. Local induction is essential to safely welcome new starters into the Trust, orientating them to how things are done here so that they can work safely and efficiently from day one. Local induction will usually be co-ordinated by a consultant in the department where you will be working. You should complete local induction as soon as possible after you start, and we’ll direct you to the right place after you have attended the Welcome Session (details in your forthcoming email). Your Division and the Postgraduate department will task you to record and feedback on induction using a form similar to the one below.

Sample Passport

We’ve also published some guidance for local induction organisers which you can find here:

Local Induction Leaflet

Finally, induction really is a patient safety issue and we expect it to take place in a way that supports new doctors in our Trust. If you have any concerns or difficulties get in touch with your educational supervisor first, and if that does not work contact the Postgrad Department. We look forward to meeting you.

New Cycle Hub in Cobbett House

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A new cycle hub facility for staff has opened in Cobbett House,Central site and is the first of its kind for the organisation. The custom built unit hosts male and female changing areas, showers, drying room, toilets and clothes lockers. Located right outside the hub is a covered and secure cycle shelter.

The project forms part of our commitment to sustainability, helping to encourage staff to cycle to work and reduce their carbon footprint, whilst keeping fit and healthy at the same time. We hope the new facilities will encourage more people to leave their cars at home and take up cycling, helping to ease pressure on our car parks.

To apply for access to the cycle hub, please email the Energy and Sustainability team,

[email protected]. Membership of the hub is open to anyone that needs to shower or change as a result of the way they travel to work. Regular users can also apply for a clothes locker. For advice on cycling to work, the Trust has an active Bicycle User Group (BUG), contact [email protected].

Local induction guidance is now out

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Screenshot 2014-07-08 09.08.27We are working hard to improve local induction. Medicine is perhaps a strange profession in that our juniors are often expected to turn up and work almost immediately with little preparation or planning. Historically as DME and as foundation lead I have seen docs fall into difficulties as a result of a lack of an effective local induction. We really need to make sure that our new starters are safe to practice for the benefit of our teams, our trust and most importantly for our patients.

So, with a few weeks to go it’s time to think hard about how you are going to make this year’s induction the best that it has ever been.

Click on the link below to look at our guide for local induction and do the best that you can for our new starters. Welcome them into the trust, train them, help them and welcome them.

Local Induction Leaflet

At CMFT we have an induction lead for the trust in John Bright (Acute Medicine Consultant) who can be contacted for further information and help.




HENW Postgraduate Medical and Dental conference:

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HE North West colHENW Postgraduate Medical and Dental conference:  ‘Working together across the North West’

Friday September 19th, Reebok Stadium, Bolton

We are delighted to invite medical educators and all those interested in medical education from across the North West to the HENW Postgraduate Medical and Dental conference, which will be the first since the former Mersey and North Western Deaneries have come together.

The day will open with a key note from Jacky Hayden and there will be opportunities to meet and work with colleagues from the region via a series of workshops.

If you are interested in attending you can Apply Here.  You will then be sent an email to confirm whether or not you have been allocated a place.


Please note that your place is not confirmed until you have received a confirmation email.  As we are limited to numbers, those who turn up on the day without having a place confirmed will not be permitted to attend the conference.

More details including workshop titles will be available shortly.

If you are interested in running a workshop or displaying a poster at the conference, you can indicate your interest when you apply for your place.  All workshop and poster abstract submissions will be reviewed by the Organising Committee and you will be advised by email if your submission is successful.  Abstracts must be received by no later than 22nd August 2014.


Registration for the conference will close when maximum numbers are reached.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Jo Green

Project Support Officer | Medical Leadership, Lessons Learnt & Educator Development

Health Education North West

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