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Posted May 23rd 2018 (4 days ago)

ARCP animation and guide - now Live!

The ARCP animation and guide is now live and can be viewed on the Specialty Training website.   

Lydia Taylor
Communications Programme Manager
Health Education England

Posted March 9th 2018 (3 months ago)

Peninsula office is moving 12 March 2018

Please note that Health Education England’s Peninsula office will be moving out of Raleigh Building to a new location.

With effect from Monday 12 March 2018 our new address will be:

Health Education England
Plumer House
Tailyour Road
Plymouth, PL6 5DH

Our telephone numbers will also change following the move, so please note the updated email signatures of individual contacts.

There is no central switchboard number – all calls will be direct dial.

We apologise in advance if there is any temporary break in communications between the 9 March and 14 March 2018, however in case of an urgent query  please ring 01454 252 688.

For all other queries please send an email to the person with whom you wish to talk and they will contact you as soon as possible.

Posted February 21st 2018 (3 months ago)

Reflective Practice

Please see the Joint Statement from COPMED and AoMRC on Reflective Practice.

Posted January 25th 2018 (4 months ago)

Congratulations NFDPD 2018 Prize Winners

National Foundation Doctors Presentation Day 2018

Following another highly successful year, we are delighted to confirm the Prize Winning and Highly Commended Oral and Poster presenters from the event held on Friday 12th January at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Bristol.

Oral Presentations


"Is the DRSABCD approach an effective approach to teaching Basic Life Support to school children age 12-14?"
(M. Soltan, E. Briggs, L. Raworth - West Mindlands, North)

Highly Commended

"Assessing Pain in Patients with Dementia & Delirium Over the Age of 65 Years : The Abbey Pain Scale"
(P. Lillie, J. Sharp, Dr Westcott, Dr Kyle - Severn Foundation School)

Poster Presentations

Quality Improvement Section 1 Posters


"Developing an inpatient post-falls pro-forma to improve assessment and documentation by Junior Doctors"
(O. Scott, E. Padfield, C. Kostov, F. Wu, C. Costache, B. Hutchinson - Wessex Foundation School)

Highly Commended

"Delayed Gastro Emptying: Improving the timeliness of Patient Discharge on the Gastroenterology Wards"
(M. Stewart, V. Knott - South Yorkshire Foundation School)

Quality Improvement Section 2 Posters


"Outliers – The Forgotten Patients; The story of a second-rate patient experience"
(O. Hughes, G. Gowda, C. O'Beirne - Trent Foundation School)

Highly Commended

"Improving the monitoring of bowel habit in patients on Clozapine in the 2gether NHS trust"
(V. Aggarwal, H. Delacave, G. Undrill - Severn Foundation School)

Quality Improvement Section 3 Posters


"Rationalising anti-emetic dispensation in gastroenterology"
(K. Pohl, J. Pyle, J. Watson, A. Magides - Peninsula Foundation School)

Highly Commended

"The Limits of Being an F1: Standardising on call and prescribing practise amongst pre-registration doctors"
(A. Stubbs - Severn Foundation School)

Case Report Section 1 Posters


"Full Resolution of Subacute Acetabular Osteomyelitis in an 11-year-old Patient Following Nonsurgical Management"
(B. Kerr, G. Finlayson, L. Thompson, J. McConway - Northern Ireland Foundation School)

Highly Commended

"Wasp sting induced STEMI with complete coronary artery occlusion: a case of Kounis syndrome"
(B. Cross, T. Choudhury, M. Hindle, G. Galasko - North West Foundation School)

Case Report Section 2 Posters


"Recurrent acute pancreatitis secondary to alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency"
(Z. Awan, A. Turner - Heart of England Foundation Trust)

Highly Commended

"Iatrogenic Cushing syndrome and secondary adrenal insufficiency related to single-dose corticosteroid administration with concurrent Ritonavir treatment for HIV"
(R. Simson - Severn Foundation School)

Education Posters


"A near peer-led blood products training course for new doctors"
(O. Udo - North West Foundation School)

Highly Commended

"Making Sense of Psychopathology: The importance of undergraduate teaching on the function and phenomenology of behavioural symptoms"
(T. Dalton, H. Jackson - Severn Foundation School)

Research/Original Work


"An audit cycle analysing contaminated blood cultures; implementing interventions to reduce rates and potential dangerous consequences."
(S. Lee, J. Miles, K. Mukherji - Wales Foundation School)

Highly Commended

"C-Reactive Protein in Primary Care; An attempt to reduce antibiotic prescription. Did it work?"
(A. Burahee - West Midlands Foundation School)

Thank you

We would also like to thank all our judges, speakers, and Dr Mike Masding for hosting.

Posted August 4th 2017 (10 months ago)

Educational Conference 22 November 2017

Date for your Diaries

South West Peninsula and Severn Postgraduate Medical Education programmes, on behalf of Health Education England - South West, will be holding their annual educational conference on 22nd November 2017 at Somerset County Cricket Ground in Taunton. This year the meeting will be specifically focussed on trainee support and will cover a number of areas relevant to this topic with presentations from national and local keynote speakers

There will also be a number of workshops during the day along the same theme.

The conference aims to be an enjoyable and valuable interactive experience for all those involved in clinical postgraduate medical education. It will be of particular interest to Associate Deans, GP Associate Directors, Regional Advisers, Heads of School, Training Programme Directors, Directors of Medical Education, Clinical Tutors, Foundation Leads and College Tutors, as well as Clinical and Educational Supervisors.

All the speakers have an interest and considerable experience on the areas of support they will be presenting and there will be an opportunity for interactive discussion throughout the day.

CPD recognition with the Royal College of Physicians will be applied for.

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. There will be no charge to those involved in educational roles in the footprint of Health Education England working across the South West. A programme will be available on this website shortly, but in the meantime registration for the Conference can be found on the link below.

Please note, the conference is now fully booked, but any new registrations will be placed on a waiting list and you will be contacted as soon as any cancellations come in.

Application form


Posted September 20th 2016 (2 years ago)

AMPS Competencies Report

We (Julie Screaton (Director, London and the South East) and Professor Ged Byrne (Director of Education & Quality, Health Education England working across the North West)) are pleased to let you know that our survey of higher education institutions about embedding national antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship competences into curricula is now available to access on our website.

The antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship (AMPS) competences, produced jointly by the Government's expert advisory group for antimicrobial resistance and healthcare acquired infections (ARHAI), and Public Health England were published in 2013. Implementing these competences forms a key aspect of ‘Key area 3’ of the Government's five year strategy for tackling antimicrobial resistance - improving professional education, training and public engagement to improve clinical practice and promote wider understanding of the need for more sustainable use of antimicrobials. The antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship (AMPS) competences can provide clarity for regulators, education providers and professional bodies to inform standards, guidance and the development of training.

Undergraduate students have expressed interest in receiving more education about antimicrobials, especially about their multidisciplinary use. This survey asked higher education institutions about their awareness of the competencies, and how they had embedded them into their courses.

The results showed:

  • From the 45 universities that submitted information for a total of 100 health-related course 86% of universities confirmed they were aware of the national AMPS competencies.
  • Implementation of the five domains of the AMPS competencies showed that 91% of courses had embedded statements on infection prevention and control, 75% of courses for antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobials, 66.3% of courses for the prescribing of antimicrobials, 62% of courses for the prescribing of antimicrobials and 40% of courses for monitoring and learning.
  • Embedding of the AMPS competencies per professional group showed an average of 90% implementation for medicine, 82% for dentistry, 81% for pharmacy, 76% for independent non-medical prescribing courses, 52% for midwifery, 46% for nursing and 40.8% for allied health professionals.

We welcome the findings of this initial survey and hope best practices can be shared between higher health education institutions to enhance the adoption of these competencies. It has also highlighted the importance of non-medical prescribing courses adopting these competencies.

We would encourage you to:

  • implement the recommendations in this report on behalf of your organisations
  • raise awareness of these results within your organisations and networks
  • provide system leadership as individuals, groups and organisations in enhancing the adoption and implementation of the antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship (AMPS) competences within your academic and health networks and organisations, at both undergraduate and post-graduate level.

For further information please contact Mohamed Sadak (Clinical Lead and Programme Manager, Antimicrobial Resistance and Sepsis).


Posted August 11th 2016 (2 years ago)

Professional & Generic Skills programme

Applications are welcomed for the 2016 intake of the Professional & Generic Skills programme for Doctors in Training (ST3 and above) and a small number of places for SAS Doctors.

Click here for further information and the application form.

Posted December 14th 2015 (2 years ago)

National Medical Director's Clinical Fellow Scheme 2016/17

Applications are now invited for the National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow Scheme 2016/17. Now in its fifth year, the scheme provides junior doctors with a unique opportunity to gain experience and insight into healthcare leadership, policy and strategy by working with senior healthcare leaders in national organisations such as NHS England, Health Education England, General Medical Council, BUPA and medical royal colleges.

Fellows spend one year involved in, and often independently leading, projects under the guidance of host organisations’ senior leadership teams. As well as the knowledge gained from their particular project, fellows gain skills in project management, collaboration, effective communication, presentation and team management. Fellows are seconded from their current trusts or employer for one year. Appointments are made in February 2016 with posts commencing from 1 September 2016.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 20 January 2016 . Please do not hesitate to contact the scheme coordinator Donna Hickford or call 020 3075 1471 for further information.

More Information

Full details on the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management site.

What is it?

The scheme provides doctors in training with the unique opportunity to spend one year working with the most senior executives in leading national healthcare-affiliated organisations to develop their skills in:

  • leadership
  • management
  • strategy
  • project management
  • health policy

Fellows are immersed at the centre of organisations such as NHS England, Health Education England, General Medical Council, BUPA and medical royal colleges. The scheme is sponsored by Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England’s National Medical Director, and managed by the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.

Am I eligible?

The scheme is open to doctors in training who have full GMC registration and have completed both years of foundation training by the start of the fellowship (commencing annually from 1 September). Doctors from all specialties are welcome.

General Practice ST3 trainees with CCT before or around 1 September of the year they are applying are eligible to apply, in recognition of the shorter training programme. 

How do I apply?

Candidates submit an application online and, if shortlisted, will attend a panel interview.

How does this work with my training?

Successful candidates take up the fellowship role as an out-of-programme experience.

They are seconded from their employing trust to the host organisations and will retain their existing trust terms and conditions, pension arrangements etc.


Posted December 3rd 2015 (2 years ago)

Ebola survivorship and advice for clinicians

Please see the attached letter from the Chief Medical Officer, NHS England, regarding what is currently known around Ebola survivorship, and what measures clinicians should take.


Posted November 18th 2015 (3 years ago)

Vacancy - Associate Postgraduate Dean - Performance

Applications for the post of Associate Postgraduate Dean - Performance is now open.  Please view details in our Vacancies section.

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