Foundation Representatives to the Peninsula Foundation School Committee 2020/2021 

Information about the role of Trainee Representative.

Term of office:

1.  Elected Foundation Trainees will serve on the Foundation School Committee for a period of 12 months.

2.  Two months’ notice will be required to stand down as a member of the Committee.

Roles & Responsibilities:

1.  To attend Foundation School Committee meetings and disseminate relevant information to foundation trainees in the Peninsula.

2.  To participate in other educational meetings as they arise.

3.  To consult with and represent the interests of fellow foundation trainees in the Peninsula.

Foundation year 1 trainee representatives

Amber Pankhurst - RD&E F1 

I am passionate about improving the working lives of doctors and would be very grateful to be given the opportunity to support my colleagues. I will listen to the thoughts and ideas of my fellow trainees and take action to address any concerns they may have regarding their training. I have experience volunteering as a representative with both the Medical Women's Federation and the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund. Both are organisations which strive to help doctors with any issues they may face - such as less than full time working, financial problems and mental well-being. I feel I can use everything I have learnt from working with these organisations in order to better represent my colleagues and help to improve their training. I also have an interest in education and learning and would love to have the opportunity to be involved in the training framework. I feel that I would be a valuable addition to the committee and hope that I can create positive change for foundation doctors. 

Leila Ellis - Torbay F1 

With a longstanding commitment to recognising potential for change and driving improvement, I was drawn to Peninsula as an AFP trainee valuing the opportunity to join a community motivated to optimise the foundation training experience. The Foundation School Committee and FDAB have supported many beneficial changes to our ongoing education and I believe we should continue to not only to address issues as they arise but regularly reflect on possibility for systemic innovation. 

As a student representative for two years on a graduate-entry medicine programme, I advocated for appropriate representation of all views, mindful that traditional methods of feedback can too easily overlook less prominent but equally impactful issues. Supporting the development of more open communication channels allowed me to effectively manage conflicting views between students and the medical school. As a foundation trainee representative, I would continue to strive for a transparent and adaptive trainee-led process for improvement, with regular progress reports and opportunities for face-to-face discussions with decision-makers.

Through my work as a scholar within the Healthcare Leadership Academy, I am fortunate to obtain insight from trainees across the country with particular interests in medical education and the delivery of healthcare. I foresee this being of particular benefit when exploring methods of implementing best practice to our training across the Peninsula. 

My enthusiasm, proactivity and diligence have proved beneficial in driving previous projects to success, including coordinating a restructuring of student societies, organising national conferences and publishing research. I would now very much like to focus on ensuring the wellbeing of doctors by representing the interests of my fellow trainees at the beginning of their professional journey. 

Foundation year 2 representatives

Connor Tuffs - Truro F2 

I would be delighted to delighted to be considered for the role of F2 trainee representative. I believe I have the skills, relationships and enthusiasm to ensure a strong foundation of communication with voices and opinions heard. 

Through 4th and 5th year of Exeter medical school I worked as a student representative, making my way up through the ranks in the committee. Ultimately I was able to push for change on a variety of topics, chiefly on exam timings, which was an important issue for many students in the cohort. In my own time I volunteer for the Royal Medical Benevolent fund in London who work tirelessly to support doctors on a variety of topics including in times of financial crises. Through this I have further honed skills on identifying the needs of our medical community, and particularly reaching those who are vulnerable through a variety of media. I hope that my colleagues and peers would consider me to be approachable and I have previously received awards for work in peer support. In addition to this experience I have a keen interest in teaching, looking to apply for teaching fellowships next year and have already began working with the Exeter medical school to help deliver additional teaching and OSCE sessions for students who are now in a difficult position due to COVID. Given the opportunity I know that I would be keen, organised, resourceful and committed to the role. 

Thank you for considering my application,
Kind regards – Connor 

Gerens Curnow - Torbay F2 

I am standing to be a representative for the Peninsula Foundation School Committee as a result of my strong interest in medical education, leadership, and management, as well as a belief that a proactive approach to systemic change is vital to deliver high quality results for trainees. As I enter my F2 year, I have the privilege of 40% protected academic time as part of the Academic Foundation Programme. As well as providing me with ample time to liaise with my colleagues, attend meetings, and disseminate discussions, I am also working towards a PGCert in Healthcare Management, Leadership and Innovation, which would complement a role within the Foundation School Committee perfectly. My interest in medical education has led to the completion of an MSc in Clinical Education, and I have been able to publish multiple peer-reviewed papers, submit several successful grant applications, and publish a series of books for medical applicants alongside my medical training. The experience of juggling multiple commitments has given me excellent time-management skills, and allowed me to hone my organisational and critical-thinking abilities. I believe my passion for medical education, coupled with my desire to drive change, would make me an excellent representative for Foundation doctors within the Peninsula, and my attention to detail would ensure that the concerns of my colleagues would not go unheard. Change does not happen on its own. Proactive and hard-working advocates are required to drive improvements, and I believe that I would make a strong addition to this effort.