Are you an optimist?

Descartes_mind_and_bodyIf you managed to attend the educators conference last week you may have been lucky enough to hear Shirley Remington from the deanery/Health Education North West talk about resilience. Shirley is the associate dean with responsibility for CMFT and she helped support the conference with an update on training to start the day and then with workshops later. She also has deanery wide leadership for trainees in difficulty and therefore has a wealth of experience to share.

The workshop on resilience gave us lots to think about with self assessment on our optimism and pessimism tendancies leading to an increasing understanding of how these may affect us in the workplace and in particular how it might affect our interactions with trainees and vice versa. I took many things away from this talk, but in particular the concept that for trainees in difficulty we need the right person to support them and that does not mean just anyone, you;re not always the right person at the right time and awareness of this can make us all better educators.

So, enough of the praise….what was actually said is more important and although I can’t summarise here (you’ll have to come to the next educators conference if you missed it) there are some useful links shared on the day that you might find helpful. Firstly there is is the rainy brain sunny brain ideas from Elaine Fox. You can visit the website here where there is a short quiz to determine your current outlook and there is also a short video on the principles here (which will work in the trust if you use the chrome browser and not IE6).

We also heard of the concepts of resilience and RQ which again has an associated website and online test to get yourself a baseline on Nicholson McBride scores.

There was much more, but in the avoidance of spoilers and in the interests of enticement, to know more you’ll just have to come and hear her speak at the next conference (if we can persuade her to come back).

Hopefully, we will here more summaries of the workshops in future posts.



CMFT ‘International Programme’ wins national award

SDP2478-622 Award

Our Trust’s ‘CMFT International Programme’ was awarded the first prize for ‘Improving Services Through Training and Development’ during the recently concluded Lean Healthcare Academy Conference and Awards 2014. Lean Healthcare Academy Awards are national level awards and our Trust’s entry competed with entries from Health Education North West and South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to win the award.

The Trust was represented by Dr Anna Kelsey, Mr Tony Armstrong, Dr Sujesh Bansal and Dr Steve Benington during the award ceremony held in Leeds on 6th February 2014 (photographed). The team thanked Prof. Simon Carley and Mrs Karen Stuart who were not able to attend the evening.

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has introduced an ‘enhanced’ induction for new international doctors and support system (peer buddies and supervisors) to ensure appropriate training and support before international doctors start work in the UK and provide direct patient care. This bespoke online training programme for new international doctors provides information and knowledge on social, ethical, legal, professional and patient safety aspects of patient care and UK clinical practice. This programme was introduced in August 2012 and in the last 18 months, 42 international doctors have completed the programme with an increasing number registering and completing the online induction. 95% of doctors have found the training useful in enhancing the patient care they provide.

CMFT International Programme has been shared with national bodies like GMC, AoMRC, REACHE and Royal Colleges; and have been appreciated by them. Many national organisations are keen to provide our ‘enhanced’ induction programme to their sponsored new international doctors.

If you need any further information about CMFT International Programme, please contact Postgraduate department at 01612766647 or Dr Sujesh Bansal ([email protected]), Trust International Tutor.


A Clinical Career? Do you need some advice (or help in giving it?)

clip_image002Question: Would you like a free….., lifetime……, personal…….., subscription to a careers journal?

  • Answer YES – in which case we have a great offer for you.
  • Answer NO – in which case we have a great offer for someone you know.

Either way read on……..

The Postgrad postbox receives a huge raft of invites to read new journals, publications and attend educational events. Many of these are a bit rubbish, but every so often one catches our eye and is worthy of sharing. ‘Clinical Career’ might be one that’s worth investigating for anyone considering their personal career, or for anyone advising others (and let’s face it that’s pretty much all of us). Here’s the link to the website

There’s an offer on at the moment that encourages you to subscribe now. If you do then the subscription is a really great price (i.e. it’s free). The content is written by medics for trainers, trainees and all of us involved in medical education it makes an interesting read and we were impressed by the content.  It also asks for nominations for inspirational people to interview, articles and stories.

Sadly, it doesn’t come with a free whoopee cushion as above but you can’t have everything.