24/7 – one minute

Just in case you were wondering about the acute care teams over Christmas and New Year, we have decided to match the opening hours of Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. (courtesy of @docib)

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Spare a thought for those working over the holiday period, and wonder what happens between 11:59 and midnight. As the staff face the moonlight I rather hope that it’s music & laughter, (though doubtful there will be love or romance……), but we do love the idea of 1 minute of ballroom dancing ;-)

However, I suspect it will be no more glamorous than a quick mince pie break :-)



Online resources for Junior (and not so junior) clinicians

abc-390026_1280Steve Glover and the library team have put together a fantastic set of resources for CMFT clinicians. Some need you to register, so instructions are included, but if you have any trouble get in touch with the library team. They are willing, able and enthusiastic information technologists :-)

Check the links below

Other resources and catalogues available to CMFT staff & students
  • CMFT Catalogue – information on books housed within the Trust Library Service (access via Staffnet only)
  • North West Health Libraries – a combined stock catalogue for health libraries within the Greater Manchester, Cumbria, Lancashire, Cheshire and Mersey areas.
  • Electronic Books – a list of subscription items available via NHS Athens access
  • Electronic Portals – recommended websites, open on the Internet

CMFT Winter Ball

You are cordially invited to the first annual CMFT Doctors Winter Ball. Brought to you by your Doctors’ mess, what better way to kick-start the festive season than by hanging up your stethoscope, getting dressed up and a little bit merry just before Christmas! Plus ones and non-mess members welcome.
Date; 22nd November
Time; 7pm onwards
Place; The Palace Hotel, Oxford Street, Manchester, M60 7HA
Dress code; Black tie
Cost; £20 per ticket
Charity Raffle on the night for ‘Hand in Hand with Syria’
Please contact Becky Stout if you would like a ticket on either [email protected]

Vic Brazil lecture. 14th August 2014

The following text first appeared on the St.Emlyn’s website and welcomes anyone interested in Medical Education to join us on the 14th August for a lecture by Vic Brazil from Brisbane. This was written by Natalie May, one of our new EM consultants (who is similarly fantastic).


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Vic Brazil

There simply aren’t enough superlatives to describe the magnitude of inspiration on offer from the world’s finest critical care speakers. Who you may ask?

The answer to that question comes naturally – Victoria Brazil.

Victoria Brazil’s opening talk - Timing, Tribes & STEMIs – was spellbinding; if you haven’t seen it, stop reading this page immediately and please watch it! Her nuanced approach to communication across healthcare specialties and disciplines voices a challenge to each of us which cannot be ignored.

Victoria’s wisdom, passion, perception and insight are matched with exceptional presentation skills (when offered a time-check for her 20-min talk at SMACC she simply eyeballed Roger Harris and said, “It’s 20 minutes long.” She was right on the nose). She is a master of delivery and performance, captivating to watch and listen to. Every time I see or hear her speak I realise just how much I have to learn about owning the stage!

Like the St Emlyn’s team, Victoria is a supporter of FOAM. She is a founding member of the FFF, a member of the SMACC organising committee and a contributor to iTeachEM, an international collaboration of EM educators. She is an associate Professor at Bond University in Australia and works clinically in Queensland. In 2008 she was awarded the Australian College of Emergency Medicine’s Teaching Excellence Award.

We are so unbelievably fortunate to be able to welcome Victoria to St Emlyn’s on Thursday 14th August when she will be giving a free talk entitled Talking, Teaching and Technology in conjunction with the Manchester Medical Society. If you are interested in medical education, this is a talk you shouldn’t miss!

The event will take place at the Stopford Building, part of the University of Manchester, from 19:00 on Thursday 14th August 2014.

If you want to book a place then fill in the form available on the the St.Emlyn’s website. We’d love to see you there.

St.Emlyn’s website



Starting as an F1 – can you remember what it’s like?

Our new juniors start next week and it’s a really exciting time for them and us, but can you remember what it’s like?

These docs can. Watch, listen and remember…., and once you remember then reflect on what we can do to help them through this amazing transformation from Med Student to Doctor.

This tremendous video from Short Sharp Scratch productions, a great bunch of docs in Birmingham. Check out their website for more awesome (especially if you love ENT) https://www.facebook.com/ShortSharpScratch/timeline



Local induction guidance is now out

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:

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

3rd Floor | 3 Piccadilly Place | Manchester | M1 3BN


T.   0161 625 7672 | F. 0161 625 7510

E.   [email protected]

W. http://www.nwpgmd.nhs.uk