Advanced Regional Anaesthesia Fellowship

ST6/7 Trainees can apply for a six month Fellowship in Advanced Regional  Anaesthesia Training with a proposed start date of February 2021.  The postholder would spend 6 months at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton and they will facilitate day release to Oswestry on an honorary contract. You would be expected to complete other advanced general modules during this Fellowship.  Only Post Fellowship trainees in ST6 or ST7 are eligible to apply for the Fellowship, as it is important to get Advanced Regional modules signed off, which the RCoA prohibits in ST5.

Expressions of interest, in the form of a CV and personal statement outlining why you wish to undertake this Fellowship, must reach this office by the 30th June 2020 at the latest – stokeanaesthesia@uhnm.nhs.uk

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ST3 posts starting Feb 2021

There are rumours that there will be only 0-3 ST3 posts across the whole of the West Midlands commencing in Feb 2021. Some people are making career decisions for the coming year based on this information.

HEE can only indicate numbers based on the current information that they have. Stoke School haven’t yet declared their ST3 numbers. The number of posts offered is based on a number of factors that influence vacancies. Examples such as CCTs, resignations, IDTs and OOPs. Stoke will make a provisional declaration at the end of August, which will be updated at the end of September.

This will be the same for the other 2 schools in the West Midlands.

Bottom line is, if you are ready to apply for an ST3 post then make an application. There will be a number of posts declared in the Stoke School that will be available by the time of the interview process.

Advanced Regional Anaesthesia Fellowship Commencing February 2021

ST6/7 Trainees can apply for a six month Fellowship in Advanced Regional  Anaesthesia Training with a proposed start date of February 2021.  The postholder would spend 6 months at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton and they will facilitate day release to Oswestry on an honorary contract. You would be expected to complete other advanced general modules during this Fellowship.  Only Post Fellowship trainees in ST6 or ST7 are eligible to apply for the Fellowship, as it is important to get Advanced Regional modules signed off, which the RCoA prohibits in ST5.

Expressions of interest, in the form of a CV and personal statement outlining why you wish to undertake this Fellowship, must reach this office by the 30th June 2020 at the latest – stokeanaesthesia@uhnm.nhs.uk

Interviews are likely to take place in July at a date to be advised.

Free – Online – FRCA Final Written Course

Two anaesthetic registrars (ST5 & ST6) in the South West are organising the 12th running of the Peninsula Anaesthetics Written exam Training (PAWT) course for those that are planning on taking their written final FRCA exam in September 2020. It is a free online revision course consisting of eight to twelve CRQ’s every two weeks for 16 weeks prior to the exam (8 sets). In lieu of payment they ask for each candidate to write 2 CRQs over the course to keep questions/ topics up to date and to aid learning. This was initially a regional course, however with the changing exam structure they opened it up nationally for the September 2019 exam and received good feedback. Therefore, they are continuing to expand it for the next sitting (15th September 2020).

They will be starting the next course from Monday 25th May 2020

You can register your interest by emailing pawtemail@gmail.com for further information.

Anna Fergusson and Kate Smurthwaite

Anaesthetic Registrars (ST5 & ST6) South West Region

Consultant Anaesthetist At Forefront Of Ground-Breaking Coronavirus Genetics Study

More than 170 NHS hospitals are involved with a ground-breaking genetics study in the fight against Coronavirus. GenOMICC (Genetics Of Mortality In Critical Care) aims to sequence the genomes of 20,000 people severely ill with COVID-19. The study will help clinicians to gain a better understanding of people’s varying susceptibility to the disease, as well as its differing effects, and support the search for treatments. Staff from UHNM’s research team work on the frontline in Critical Care to recruit patients at the most serious stage of the disease.

Dr Nageswar Bandla, Consultant in Critical Care and Anaesthetics, and Principal Investigator for the GenOMICC  study at UHNM, said: “Susceptibility to COVID-19 is almost certainly, in part, genetic. GenOMICC can find the genes that cause susceptibility, which may help us to prioritise treatments to respond to the global crisis. Since 2016, the open, global GenOMICC collaboration has been recruiting patients with emerging infections, including COVID-19. Any COVID-19 patient requiring continuous cardiorespiratory monitoring or invasive mechanical ventilation are eligible for inclusion.

“Our research team work on the frontline, putting themselves  in harm’s way to sign patients up to the trial. They do this because they know that every piece of data we gather will help in our fight. We need to look at DNA from thousands of people to find the genes which cause susceptibility to COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. This is urgent because if we can achieve it, we may be able to find treatments that will ultimately save lives.”

UHNM has so far recruited 29 patients to the study. The ground-breaking research may help explain why some patients with COVID-19 experience a mild infection, while others require intensive care and for some it is sadly fatal. By discovering why some are predisposed to developing life-threatening symptoms, the initiative will enable new insights into how the virus works, as well as possible human factors that influence the effects of the disease – and whether a combination of both shape outcomes for patients.

Professor Jeremy Kirk, Clinical Director of the NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) Clinical Research Network West Midlands said: “This is a fantastic recruitment effort by the team at UHNM.  We have supported them to get this study up and running in a very short time and hope that their contribution and that of the patients will soon produce new insights into COVID-19.”

Dr Kenneth Baillie, Chief Investigator on the GenOMICC study, said: “Our genes play a role in determining who becomes desperately sick with infections like COVID-19. Understanding these genes will help us to choose treatments for clinical trials.  We are now recruiting in over 170 ICUs across the country and I am delighted to be working with UHNM to deliver this important work.”

Chris Wigley, CEO of Genomics England said: “NHS Trusts are absolutely vital to the national response to this terrible pandemic, so I am extremely glad that UHNM has joined our efforts to gain new insights into how this virus affects us. With their help, and with the support and understanding of thousands of patients and their families, we hope we will be able to build identify treatments which have the best chance of success in clinical trials, and build on the work of the 100,000 Genomes Project to develop strong infrastructure for the future.”

Stoke School Rotations Update

Dear Trainees

I trust you are all well and managing in these unprecedented times.

With regards to rotations I would like to reiterate that there will be no May rotations within the training programme. We are hopeful August rotations might go ahead but this is by no means a certainty yet and will be dictated by the current pandemic. Further information about August rotations will be made available as soon as it becomes available.

We might also face a few challenges with the upcoming June/July ARCPs. We are working on IT solutions for remote panels. From your perspective kindly collate all the information you have available for your ARCP as per the checklist. We will review all submitted information in lieu of the COVID crisis and ARCP Outcomes will be made in accordance. Please note that we will apply a great deal of leniency at ARCP given the disruption caused by the COVID 19 crisis.

On a personal note we want to say thank you for the great deal of professional behaviour and camaraderie demonstrated by all trainees on the programme during this pandemic. It is truly a pleasure to work with you all.

Kind regards

Dr. S. Agarwal & Dr. C. De Klerk

PME Update 08 April 2020

ARCPs – new guidance issued. Outcome 10 for competencies not gained due to COVID – can therefore progress, and catch up later. Colleges being asked to look at end of stages of training that require mandatory assessments, e.g. Exams, but is likely that these will still be required to progress.

Recruitment for ICM & anaesthesia is going ahead, without face-to-face. Therefore, will have new starters in August. We already recruited to ACCS, and CAT. All will need induction. (We are looking at centralising induction for novices to reduce some workload for trainers).

PSW– flyer attached. There is a lot going around, so please think about what you share.

Rotations – paused till August. IDTs approved to go ahead in August, but expecting less as recruitment takes priority.

Surveys – NETS and NTS suspended. Discussions taking place about alternatives for gathering data.

Nightingale at NEC – step-down unit, NO Ventilated patients. Staffed by junior doctors (e.g. surgeons/palliative care/Fy2s) from Birmingham Trusts, not UHNM, SATH or Wye Valley. Phase 1 opening on Friday 10th April. Has GMC approval for training.

Lots of good resources on www.e-lfh.org.uk

Deployment of trainees with health/caring issues. Mainly managed locally by Trusts, but if Trusts cannot find them suitable roles, can be deployed in other Trusts – contact HEE (attachment).

LTFT – previous letter sent. Further clarification.

HEE guidance on LTFT training and the current COVID-19 pandemic was recently circulated (see attached). Unfortunately some have misinterpreted in a number of ways. It is really important that TPDs, HoS, DMEs and others use the national guidance and not local interpretation.

To highlight some important facts:

  1. New LTFT applications are being processed
  2. Existing LTFT arrangements continue

3. LTFT trainees do not have to return to fulltime training as some Trusts may be implying. They can apply using the LTFT application form to do so or to increase their percentage but should not be pressurised to do so.  If LTFTT for health, it is unlikely that will be accepted.

4. There will be no new applications accepted for category 3 in Paediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynaecology at present.

5. If LTFT trainees want to do more than a few locums per month, please ask  them to contact Dr Helen Goodyear via email so that consistent advice can be given, and the options discussed at Helen.Goodyear@hee.nhs.uk 

     

The Programmes team has been contacted by a number of LTFT trainees where the guidance has been misinterpreted which has caused trainees additional stress. Please do contact Dr Goodyear if there are uncertainties. 

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