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Breaking news

  • New whistleblowing policy: what does the extended whistleblowing protection mean for HEE’s postgraduate medical and dental trainees? There is a new legal route with some technical aspects, but a short summary from HEE aims to give you the main points.
  • Many thanks to Angshu for the updates on how to smoothly pass through ARCP.  Don’t forget that separate Educational Supervisor reports are needed for Respiratory and GIM. Our checklist (uclp-respiratory-medicine-arcp-checklist-2016) should help you remember all the boxes to tick.  Some additional helpful tips of things to arrange that are often forgotten:
    • Asking TB nurses at your hospital for training in Mantoux and BCG
    • Attending a pulmonary rehab session
    • Attending a smoking cessation session (many hospitals have services)
    • Arranging Pulmonary hypertension, transplant, CF and occupational lung disease sessions early on instead of leaving these until the last few months of training

Respiratory Training Programme

  • The next training day is 1st November at Royal Free Hospital. The programme looks great, and will be run jointly by Respiratory and Rheumatology. Click here to download: ncel-training-day-rfh-1-november-2016
  • Plans for EoE repatriation continues. The latest update states that ‘there should be no disruption to training throughout this project and any changes to programmes will be kept to an absolute minimum.’ More information and updates are available on the HEE website. The FAQs have also been recently updated.

GIM Training Programme

  • The next monthly acute medicine teaching sessions, run by registrars for registrars at UCLP on Tottenham Court Road is on Maternal Medicine 27th October 4-6pm. A few extra places are available so book now! After this will be Renal Medicine on the acute take on 17th November.
  • ‘The Future of the NHS: a update for trainees’ is being run by UCLP on 10th November, registration 17.30 for a 18.00 start. it will include info on: Five Year Forward View; New Models of Care and Implications for Future Hospital Specialists. This is of relevance to all SpRs as the Consultant jobs of the future are likely to be different than the jobs of today and our curricula are changing to match this. Speakers include RCP President Prof Dacre.
  • The next regional GIM teaching day is 8th Novemner at Basildon, programme to be announced.   Don’t forget that all GIM info is on the UCLP site.
  • UCLPartners Education Conference 2016 – Educational Innovation Through Partnership will be on 6th December 2016 at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Regents Park. Only £25 for trainees, and there is an opportunity to submit posters. Book via Eventbrite.
  • Book now for UCLPs Law and Ethics sessions, delivered by Dr Daniel Sokol. He is a barrister specialising in medical law at 12 King’s Bench Walk Chambers, London, and a leading medical ethicist. He is a columnist for the British Medical Journal (‘Ethics Man’) and the author of 3 books on medical ethics and law. Taking place 2-5pm on 15th December, 17th January, and 23rd January. Book now as these are very likely to fill up fast! And don’t forget to book study leave.

External/Additional Training

  • Upcoming Teach-Ins at the Royal College of Physicians include: Acute Nephrological Emergencies 1st November; and Hepatology for the general physician, 6th December. 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: Occupational and Environmental Lung Disease on 4th November in London, and Thoracic Ultrasound 14th November in Newcastle.
  • The next Cambridge Medical Seminars meeting is on Nov 25-26th. Good value GIM, with topics including: porphyrias for the generalist; tropical medicine in the 21st century; emergency management of IBD; oncological emergencies; an ECG quiz; and more! Booking open.
  • Sign up to the PLAN (Pan-London Airways Network) newsletter to hear of free educational events open to the Respiratory MDT – regular sessions on leadership, management and integrated care. A great opportunity to learn alongside MDT colleagues and sign-off curriculum competencies.
  • Follow @resptrainees and take a look at the new site for Respiratory trainees on the BTS linked Respiratory Futures website. Get in touch to recommend resources and information, and to get involved as an associate editor.


  • UCLP is launching ‘The Improvement Fellows Programme’ which will support and empower people across the UCLP partnership with the drive and talent to be improvement leaders within their organisations and professional communities. Is this you? The programme involves 6 half-day workshops. Find out more on the UCLP site. Deadline for applications is 5pm Monday 24th October.
  • Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, are advertising a Senior Clinical Fellow/OOP in Interventional Pulmonology for an ≥ST5. Start date is negotiable. Contact Dr Rakesh Patel for further information: Tel: 0116 250 2610/258 3798. Email: rakesh.panchal@uhl-tr.nhs.uk 
  • 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
    • Please get in touch to raise issues you want us to bring up at the next TPMC. Let us know what concerns you so we can be an effective trainee voice on the committee.


  • 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.
  • Please send us 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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