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Breaking news

  • ARCPs are on Monday 18th July. Make sure you are fully prepared by spending time on your ePortfolio, reviewing the ARCP decision aid, and going through the London HEE Respiratory ARCP checklist (ARCP_Checklist_(Resp_Med) and the ARCP aide memoire we wrote last year (Respiratory_Medicine_ARCP_Aide_Memoire).
  • You should have received further information on the EoE repatriation of posts via email from David Tihanyi at UCLP. If you have any questions please have a look at the EoE HEE website or London HEE website and if you still have queries get in touch with the HEE team or contact us and we will bring them to the TPMC.
  • Look out for details of new monthly acute medicine teaching sessions, run by registrars for registrars at UCLP on Tottenham Court Road and worth 2 RCP CPD points. The first session was on 30th June 16.00-18.00 on dizziness and vertigo.
  • We hope you are all contributing to the BTS National Smoking Cessation Audit. Data enry closes on 31st July.

Training Programme

  • Notes from the most recent NET Training day on 31st March at North Mid are on the site now.
  • The next training day is tomorrow: Wed 8th June at The Whittington Hospital. The programme looks great, and includes sign off for oxygen competencies (WH Resp SpR Day Programme 08 06 2016). After this there will be a day at the Homerton on 29th July (with NIV simulation session in the morning and SpR presentations in the afernoon – so get thinking!), and one at The Royal Free on 1st November. There will be a summer break for August, but we hope that dates for September and October will be confirmed soon
  • We are also looking forward to the Pan-London CF Training Day on 29th June. Why not brush up on new and emerging therapies for CF in a recent BMJ article?
  • Don’t forget to book onto the GIM Training Day at Southend University Hospital on Friday 24th June 09:30 – 16:15 by completing the booking form (search your email for a copy or click here: GIM day form Southend 16.
  • The next GIM teaching day is on 6th July at Royal London Hospital. Book now. We hope to see a more regular programme of GIM teaching now as there is a new GIM TPMC lead Dr Sheena Mitchell. All GIM info is on the UCLP site.

External/Additional Training

  • UCLP is commissioning MPS to provide free workshops on “Mastering Professional Interactions” and “Mastering Adverse Outcomes” aimed at those within 5 years of a Consultant job (so all of you!). Register now, for sessions on 14th July and fulfil some of those hard to prove curriculum competencies.
  • UCLP is also running an “Immunological Research Study Day” on 5th July. Topics that will be covered include immunodeficiency, autoimmune disease, tumour immunology and inflammation. Register now.
  • UCLP are running a multi-professional conference to celebrate women in medical leadership roles. Join them to be inspired by renowned female leaders in healthcare with a background in Research, Global Health, Politics, Organisations such as Charities, Royal Colleges, Deaneries/LETBs, Universities….and many more! Have a look at the flyer for more details (Inspiring future female leaders poster) and book via UCL.
  • Why not attend the UCL Specialist ILD services: Regional Network Meeting on Thursday 30th June, 2:00pm -7:00pm at the Royal Society of Medicine. Contact Dr Jo Porter for more information and to register.
  • Upcoming Teach-Ins at the Royal College of Physicians include: Rheumatological emergencies on 4th October. These are free, and usually include high quality up-to-date speakers and presentations.  A good source of GIM CPD points and a bonus of living in London. The RCP are streaming some events, including Teach-ins, and has an archive so you can catch up with events you missed.
  • Upcoming BTS short courses include: Preparing for the SCE in York 22nd June and Lung Transplantation on 22nd September.
  • Don’t forget courses on occupational lung disease at the National Heart and Lung Institute. The NHLI team are also running: introductory medical statistics course (2 days) and intermediate medical statistics course (1 day) on 26-27th May and 24th June. Dr Jo Szram also invites trainees to shadow in the Occupational Lung Disease clinic. See the FAQs for more information.
  • The RSM are holding a study day on Lung Transplantation on 9th June – an alternative to the BTS course. See the post on Lung Transplantation training for more details.
  • Dr William Man is hosting a course at The Royal Marsden on 2nd SeptemberLatest advances in pulmonary rehabilitation” – early bird booking before 8th July.
  • Test your knowledge and earn some cash in the process, by piloting the GMC’s fitness to practice assessments. The Respiratory Medicine pilot is on 24th August and will consist of a knowledge test (single best answer like the SCE) and an OSCE. It is open to consultants, registrars and other junior doctors (with at least 4 months experience in respiratory medicine in the last year) and will be held in London at the Royal College of Anaesthetists. It is a useful exercise for any doctor and may inform learning needs, PDPs etc. If that wasn’t incentive enough you will be paid. Please see website for full info.
  • LJ has helped develop a short introductory course for doctors, AHPs  and nurses interested in learning more about the potential of the arts to impact on health. The evening (30th June at UCLH Macmillan Cancer Centre) will explore historical perspectives on what health and wellbeing has meant to different ages and cultures, examine key evidence for the impact of arts and culture participation, and for specific arts in health interventions, and look at specific case studies of arts in health in practice. It is a partnership between the London Arts in Health Forum and UCLH Arts and Heritage and is approved for 3 category 1 (external) CPD credits. Please share with your colleagues.

Jobs/Research opportunities

  • The ERS has a number of short and long-term fellowships to fund research, which may bean alternative to MRC/Wellcome/NIHR fellowships for some trainees.
  • The Peel and Rothwell Jackson Postgraduate Travelling Fellowships are now open for applications. Up to £30,000 is available for a fellowship in order to complete research, advanced study, or the acquisition of a new clinical skill unlikely to be available in the UK. Up to two fellowships will be awarded in this round. The closing date is Friday 4th November. For more details see the Peel Trust website.
  • The BTS highlights a number of funding opportunities relevant to Respiratory trainees on its’ pages.
  • Remember that even if specific research jobs are not advertised, Consultants with academic positions are always looking for enthusiastic SpRs to join them. They may have pots of money for projects, or may have ideas that could become an MD/PhD. You’ll never know if you don’t ask. Ask around, and get in touch with anyone on the research pages for more info.
  • Wondering whether you want to pursue a future in academic Respiratory medicine? Why not watch the BTS video featuring Dr John Hurst?


  • TPMC
    • The next TPMC will be on 11th July. Please get in touch to raise issues you want us to bring up. Let us know what concerns you so we can be an effective trainee voice on the committee.
  • BTS 
    • Remember that a number of our trainees hold positions on BTS committeesAbi Moore has joined the BTS Specialist Trainee Advisory Group committee, focusing on education and training and LJ Smith is ‘Digital Champion’; Jess Potter is on the TB Specialist Advisory Group; Ricardo Jose and Hannah Woodcock are on the Science and Research Committee; Elspeth Potton is on the Lung Infection Specialist Advisory Group; Zaheer Mangera is on the Tobacco Specialist Advisory Group. Why not ask them about their roles at the next training day, and consider joining a committee yourself? The BTS frequently advertises for trainees to join a range of advisory groups, committees and working parties. If a committee doesn’t have trainee representation why not email the Chair and offer your services?
    • Changes are afoot in the world of general internal medicine. Plans for Shape of Training implementation continue, but whatever happens with this there will be change.  There is a new curriculum in the pipeline, and plans for a new assessment process. This is potentially a very good thing! The aim is for fewer tick-boxes, and more meaningful assessments and there is real appetite to make something better than the madness of what we have now. ‘Competencies in Practice’ are the new proposal, based on ‘Entrustable Professional Activities’ in use in Canada and elsewhere. These are more holistic assessments of tasks, rather than the atomisation to fragmented bits of tasks that have to be individually ticked-off that we have at the moment. A proof of concept study is planned very soon. Get involved, try out the forms, give your feedback! You can change the future and make sure it’s better than the present! Find the email from David Tihanyi, fill in the form and get involved. Any questions? Get in touch.


  • We hope you are keeping your morale up in these times of uncertainty regarding the junior doctor contract. Support each other, and your colleagues in other healthcare professions. If you are struggling and would like to talk please approach you educational supervisor, get in touch, or consider contacting the Professional Support Unit at HEE.
  • Do you have ideas for future themes we should cover in Respiratory training days? Let us know. The teams organising upcoming days are trying to match up to gaps identified by our ongoing curriculum mapping, but are keen to hear suggestions.
  • Don’t forget to have a look at the ‘clinic aide-memoires’ on the Resources page and ‘favourite papers‘ from Consultants around the region. If your Consultant is not on there, please encourage them to recommend a useful paper.
  • Many of you will have received emails from us requesting information we can use on the prospectus pages about each hospital on the rotation. Please consider sending info on your current or previous jobs directly by email, or through the anonymous survey. If you are currently out of programme please send information on your most recent, most liked or most hated post!
  • Are you level 1 Ultrasound accredited? Do you have the skills necessary to lead small group teaching of the principles and practice of thoracic ultrasound for CMTs/ACCS trainees/A&E docs/early Respiratory SpRs? If yes get in touch and we’ll pass your details on to the co-ordinator of a (commercial) London USS course. Several Respiratory and Radiology Consultants and SpRs from our hospitals already teach on the course, and they are looking to expand their pool of facilitators and future lecturers. Experience in teaching, a certificate for the portfolio, the chance to try out the latest USS machines, and a (pretty decent) fee are available in exchange for your time and skills.


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