Academic Foundation Posts at Royal Cornwall Hospital

These exciting posts will provide teaching and educational experience with an opportunity to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education.  For the Educational part of the post you will be working closely with the Director of Medical Education and the Postgraduate Education Team and you will have the opportunity to participate in delivery of our highly respected Simulation and Human Factors Training, based in our Simulation Suite and also across the clinical areas of the Trust. The post will enable you to integrate your clinical training with educational experience in undergraduate, postgraduate and multidisciplinary education.

Foundation Year 1

Clinical

The two Academic Foundation Year 1 posts will be comprised of 4 month placements in each of three specialties.  Post 1 is in Surgery, Critical Care Medicine and Endocrinology.  Post 2 is in Surgery, Emergency Medicine and Care of the Elderly.  In both of these posts you will participate in the standard ward based duties of all 51 FY1 doctors based at the Royal Cornwall Hospital. 

The FY1 year is designed to fulfil the basic GMC requirements for full registration.  The Surgery and Critical Care posts are banded whilst those in Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology and Care of the Elderly are currently un-banded.  The rotations are designed to give a broad experience in medicine, building confidence and experience in managing a broad range of emergency, acute and chronic presentations.

Educational

As part of your FY1 training we provide weekly FY1 teaching focussing on acute care, and a programme of generic skills teaching supporting professional development.  There is also regular simulation teaching based in the postgraduate education centre, along with the opportunity to attend drop-in clinical skills sessions to support your portfolio development.

You will be encouraged to participate in Quality Improvement projects led by the Chief Resident based as part of the postgraduate education team.

Specific to the Academic Foundation post there will be five academic days between January and March of FY1, enabling attendance at academic learning sets led by Dr Nick Cooper, Associate Professor in Clinical Education, PUPSMD, and study days that are part of the first module of the Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education.  Academic support within Royal Cornwall Hospital will be provided by Dr Cate Powell, Director of Medical Education.

Foundation Year 2

Clinical

The two Academic FY2 posts are in addition to the 51 established FY2 posts based at Royal Cornwall Hospital.  Six months will be based in acute medicine in a banded post.  The other six months will be in a post dependent on the choice of the Academic F2, as deemed suited to their planned career, and subject to the approval of the Head of Foundation School and the Educational supervisor.  For the year the post will be a mixture of clinical and academic work based on a proposed rota below.

Outline timetable

 

F2 post A

F2 post B

Monday

Clinical

Clinical

Tuesday

Academic day

Clinical

Wednesday

Academic day (Sept - May)*

Academic day (Sept - May)*

Thursday

Clinical

Academic day

Friday

Clinical

Clinical

Weekends

  Clinical as determined by Trust

Clinical as determined by Trust

*The post holders would be released on Wednesdays to enable attendance at PGCert taught modules scheduled at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry during period October until end of May (up to 15)

Educational

On academic days there will be the opportunity to be involved in a range of educational activities according to individual need or interest.  There will also be six action learning sets allowing Academic trainees across the Deanery to learn together and share experience.

Whilst based in the Department of Postgraduate Education you will join an education team that includes two Clinical Human Factors and Simulation Fellows, Simulation Practitioner and Technicians, Fellow in Simulation and Anaesthesia, and Resuscitation Officers.  You will have the opportunity to develop your own teaching scenarios in simulation, train in debriefing and deliver simulation in both the classroom and clinical environments.  You will join in delivery of established clinical simulation in the Emergency Department, Acute Medicine, Paediatrics, Obstetrics, Anaesthesia and Critical Care. 

You will join the team developing Human Factors training in clinical areas and continue an already established link delivering simulation and clinical skills at the University of Exeter Medical School.  You may also link with the Clinical Skills Tutor in Postgraduate Education.  You will be actively encouraged to develop your own interests and participate in educational research and related quality improvement projects.