Trainers

How do I set up a new training post in community child health/community paediatrics? With the increasing interest in community paediatrics in some deaneries, and the consultant shortage, there is likely to be a need to develop posts to maximise training opportunities. Nationally trainee numbers are currently being reduced.  However paediatrics continues to make the case to maintain paediatric trainee numbers due to the ongoing need to train enough consultants to fill vacant posts. Some regional training programmes are experiencing increased demand for Level 3 posts in community child health as trainees become more interested in training in the community specialties.

One way of meeting this demand is to increase the flexibility of training posts, with some posts recognised for Level 2 and Level 3 training so they can be used flexibly according to need. Please see plan below from one deanery indicating how this has been achieved.  Any new posts, or Level 3 recognition for posts currently recognised for Level 2 training, will need to meet the quality standards set out for Level 3 posts at  http://www.rcpch.ac.uk/training-examinations/quality-training.

Centre
Before
After
A
3 Level 3/Level 2
3 Level 3/Level 2
B
1 Level 3/Level 2
2 Level 3/Level 2
2 Level 2
1 Level 2
C
2 Level 2
1 Level 3/Level 2
1 Level 2
D
1 Level 2
1 Level 3/Level 2
E
1 Level 2
1 Level 2
F
1 Level 2
1 Level 2
G
1 Level 2
1 Level 2
H
1 Level 2
1 Level 2
I
1 Level 2
1 Level 2
Total Level 3 posts
4 posts
7 posts

New posts Training posts for Level 3 training must be part of a recognised programme. Therefore you will need to liaise with your deanery to work out how your new post would link in with existing programmes and/or if there is a need for the new post.  New posts cannot be established unless funding can be identified. 

To help you make your case, it may help to identify the particular strengths of your post within the programme e.g. you may have good links with your local public health team, or you may be able to offer good quality training in adoption and fostering. Tertiary centres may be able to offer particular training in safeguarding, audiology or neurodisability.

Advice for Deaneries Deaneries are able to recognise changes in posts without consulting GMC/PMETB, provided they are part of a recognised training programme.  However deaneries will need to ensure that new posts meet the quality standards by

  • assessing the proposed post against the guidance checklist
  • asking the educational supervisor to complete the unit checklist before approving the post
  • sending the details of the proposed post to the Chair of CSAC for approval
  • monitoring the quality of training in the post using the trainee questionnaire, once the post has been filled

Completely new posts i.e. a centre which has had no training post before need to be submitted to GMC/PMETB for approval. 

Standards for Training The RCPCH sets the standards for training of paediatricians and evaluates its delivery through various means, e.g. questionnaires, examination and assessment results, checking PMETB survey responses, etc. Visit RCPCH Quality of Training for more information. More information is available here: http://www.bacch.org.uk/training/standardsfortraining.htm

 

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