DEMEC conference funding opportunities & CLOSING DATE FOR ABSTRACTS

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The Developing Excellence in Medical Education Conference takes place in Manchester this year. In medical education circles this is a big deal, bring together a whole host of key training organisations in the UK. It’s jointly organised by COPMeD, HEE, NACT UK, NES, COGPED, AOME, ASME and GMC. Now I know that’s a lot of acronyms but you will surely recognise most of them.

This will be a key conference for anyone involved in undergraduate or postgraduate education and since it’s just up the road we really want CMFT to have a presence there. If you have a healthy study leave budget then great – book and go. However, we recognise that there are pressures on training budgets and leave so the postgrad team may be able to support 2-3 trainees to attend.

So, if you……

  1. Are a trainee doctor here at CMFT
  2. Can get a poster together and submitted by the 6th June (not a lot of time I know)
  3. Can send your poster to postgrad with a one page explanation of
    1. why we should fund you.
    2. what you will get out of attending
    3. how it will help your personal development
    4. what the trust will get back from your attendance
    5. then send to [email protected]

….then we will fund your registration fees.

If you want to know more then



Vocera messaging and the death of the SHO

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The term SHO is dead, defunct and in some people’s opinions dangerous. That’s the view of the deanery and the GMC so it’s something that we have been challenged to remove from day to day parlance here at CMFT.

However, much as it is rather tricky to stop people calling the department of emergency medicine…. ‘Casualty’ it’s tricky to stop people using the term SHO. So, in order to make a small step in the right direction you may notice something different when using the VOCERA badges recently introduced at MRI and soon to be used in other areas of the trust.

If, for example, you ask for ‘ED SHO’ the badge will reply ‘Calling ED Core Trainee’. Pretty clever stuff courtesy of infomatics and hopefully a step in the right direction.

Now this is all a bit Star Trek and no doubt you will have had plans

If you want to try out a few easter eggs, try commanding genie with these:
– good bye
– beam me up
– beam me down
– shut up

or if you’re brave command the badge with ‘turn funny genie on’ – remember to turn it off before entering a patient area though:-)


The TRAINEE BOARD needs you (and your trainees)

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Junior doctors are potentially our most powerful agents for change.”

Bruce Keogh

We, as junior doctors are perfectly placed to be these ‘agents for change’. We see things on the ground, first hand and often things that our seniors may not see. We are also perfectly placed to fix these problems; we know was works and what doesn’t; because we do this everyday. However, to be these ‘agents’ we need support and engagement from the Trust we work in.

When asked how engaged Junior Doctors within CMFT felt a wide range of responses were seen. However, Key barriers were highlighted. These related to the size of the trust, frequent rotations, a lack of knowledge and accessibility of who to contact within the organisation were identified. When asked what they would help these barriers be broken, clear themes emerged relating to face to face meetings, involvement and attendance on management meetings, better communication.

In order to attempt to bridge such a gap, the trainees board and the CMFT Junior Doctor online Hub has been created….

The CMFT Trainees’ Board is a group within the trust set up to act as a voice for Junior Doctors within the organisation. It aims to represent clinicians who are training in every part of the organisation, engaging with clinical governance, management and education committees. It is composed of Junior Doctors; members represent different areas of the trust by location and directorate.

The Trainee Board information is found on the CMFT Junior Doctor Online Hub (Under the ‘training’ tab on the ‘system links’ section on Staffnet)

This is a space on Staffnet which provides information for Junior Doctors. This information is made up of suggestions from Junior Doctors alongside key information aimed to improve Junior Doctor engagement in the Trust.

It currently comprises of:

  • Bleep and contact information
  • A who’s who of CMFT. A guide to understanding the structure of CMFT. Who do you need to approach with a particular problem?
  • An introduction to Quality Improvement and links to resources, conferences and potential projects within CMFT.
  • An introduction to Medical Leadership– links to the various health reports, information on the structure of the NHS, commissioning, the Urgent Care reforms, the integrated care system, finance structures etc.. all those messy bits we should know about……
  • List of meetings within CMFT that Junior Doctors are invited to. Some of these meetings are one-offs whilst others occur quite regularly. They provide management and leadership experience as well as opportunities for quality improvement projects. If you see problems in CMFT, this is a great way to raise them amongst the powers that be and to actually make a difference.

So, there is no excuse. We are agents for change and can facilitate improvements, and work towards changing culture. Start by signing up to attend a meeting and have your say… I think you would be surprised what may happen.

If you would like to get more involved, you can!!! Either become a committee member, or sign up to attend a managerial meeting. For more information or suggestions please email the [email protected].

Dickinson trust applications open!

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Please share widely.

Grants available for the Dickinson trust are now open.

Details here Info for Divisions Dickinson trust

More on the website here

Get in contact with PGME if you want to know more


Big win for Trust induction programme at Learning Awards 2015

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Our Innovative Training & Support Programme for
International Doctors wins the Internal Learning Solution of
the Year Gold Award at the National Skills Academy’s Learning
Awards 2015.

Our International Tutor, Dr Sujesh Bansal, accepted the award from Claudia Winkleman, at the ceremony held at The Dorchester in London, on 5th February.
We competed against organisations such as Sainsbury’s, GlaxoSmithKline, Telephonica, Legal & General and LV to clinch the prize.
The Induction includes a bespoke online training programme for new international doctors to provide them with ‘enhanced’ information and knowledge on social, ethical, legal, professional and patient safety aspects of patient care and UK clinical practice. This ensures doctors receive appropriate training before they start work in the NHS and provide direct patient care. Last year, 36 international doctors completed the programme, and there is increasing interest in using the programme from other organisations and national bodies.

Congratulations to Sujesh and all the team who worked hard to make this project a success.

You can read more about the awards here:

24/7 – one minute

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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

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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