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WELCOME TO THE NEW ST3s who joined us in October. We hope everyone is settling into their new posts.

  • We hope you had a smooth changeover. If you arrived in your new post and there was no written handover, why not write one to pass on organisational information? A handover document is a great way to put down all the info you wish you’d known when you started working in your current role. Now is a great time to do this, as you know what you need to know at the start of the job! Please use this template if no handover document currently exists at your trust –> Resp guide for SpRs template.
  • Now is also a great time to fill in the hospital trust update form about your most recent and newest post. Some places still have incomplete information – eg Barts, Broomfield, North Mid (who are the Consultants? What are NIV arrangements?), Southend (who are the Consultants? What are NIV arrangements?). Please help us keep this information up to date so that trainees can request placements to meet their needs.
  • Remember that you should be using the new standardised logbook to document bronchs, pleural procedures and NIV setups. Trainees do not have to transfer data already collected, but should use this template from now on to log all procedures. You can find the logbook on the JRPCTB website, or download directly here –>  Respiratory Logbook_2017
  • We have updated a number of sections of the website, including: FAQs, ARCP and PYA, Leadership and Management, and Research. Please take a look and let us know what else should be on there.

Respiratory Training Programme

  • We have a number of interesting training days coming up and some confirmed dates for training days in 2018. Why don’t you ask your clinical lead to confirm the date for the training day at your hospital? Why not offer to help find a speaker or two, or suggest a topic to help make it relevant to your training needs?
    • Tues 14th November, Pan-London Day on Occupational Lung Disease, Stewart House
    • Fri 17th November, Queens Hospital Romford
    • 22nd November, Royal Free – intro to Bronchoscopy for new ST3s
    • 30th Jan Barts Health (on Barts site)
    • 7th Feb Royal Free
    • 9th March UCLH
    • April  RLH/Barts Health – date tbc
    • May North Mid – date tbc
    • 6th June Whittington
    • July Newham/Barts Health – date tbc
    • Sep Basildon – date tbc

The latest version of the curriculum map can be found here RespNet curriculum map 2017JULY. Have a look at what has been covered most recently, and share with your Consultants in order to plan topics that have not been covered for a while, or are unique to your service. You can also find our proposal for an annual rolling programme here: RespNet_proposal_annual. Share with your consultants and encourage everyone to plan ahead so we can all arrange leave and plan the service in good time.

These are the topics we have suggested for the next few training days:

  • tracheostomy care
  • optiflow (evidence, indications)
  • Radiology – bring back the quizzes
  • sleep-disordered breathing, particularly keen on a masterclass in sleep study interpretation
  • pulmonary rehab – evidence, quality, impact
  • anaphylaxis/allergy
  • sarcoidosis management
  • physiology
  • palliative care – pharma/non-pharma management, evidence

GIM Training Programme

  • The next regional GIM teaching day on an unknown date at an unknown location! UCLP are no longer running GIM training so there is no information on their website. UCLP now only do professional development (see below). Instead it has been taken back by HEE and you (unfortunately) need to use Synapse to get information on training days. Despite feedback that Synapse is terrible, the powers that be have decided to continue to use it. To make sure you get GIM training day info you need to:Click My profile, Under My training programmes clicked ‘Add another’, There select KSS Schools of Medicine and in the next drop box General internal medicine north sector. Saying that, there is currently no information on the GIM pages on future training days….
  • The next monthly acute medicine teaching sessions, run by registrars for registrars at UCLP on Tottenham Court Road is on Thurs 9th November, (they are on the 2nd Thursday of every month) 4-6pm, Tottenham Court Road. Book via Eventbrite. This will be given by LJ on ‘COPD & Pulmonary Hypertension: making a difference on call” so you may wish to wait for the next one!
  • A number of other UCLP training sessions are available, focused on professional development. These include sessions on quality improvement, leadership, selfcare and resilience, and cultural health factors.  Find details, dates and links to book via Eventbrite on the UCLP pages. The trainee Reps have been on several of these so ask them about which ones were particularly good.
  • Please make sure you arrange your placements in Pulmonary HTN, CF, OcLD, and your management course so that they are spread out throughout your training. They should not all be done in the last year, and there are advantages to taking some earlier, pre-SCE. Have a look at FAQs on tips on how to arrange.

External/Additional Training

  • The Brompton are running a Lung Infection: New Frontiers day on Jan 26th, with some very high profile experts speaking, at the bargainous price of £30 including refreshments. The day is funded by a pharma company from an undirected educational grant. Read more about the programme on EventBrite.
  • UCLP will be running a Medical Education Conference: Education as a vehicle for change, on 6th December. Last year’s was very good with some great speakers and workshops. Have a look at the programme.
  • Upcoming Teach-Ins at the Royal College of Physicians include: Geriatrics (dementia, Parkinsons, and falls) on 5th December. The RCP are streaming some events, including Teach-ins, and has an archive so you can catch up with events you missed.
  • Sign up to the PLAN (Pan-London Airways Network) newsletter to hear of free educational events open to the entire Respiratory MDT. A great opportunity to learn alongside MDT colleagues and sign-off curriculum competencies – why not invite your specialist nurse and physio colleagues? Next meeting 15th November (half-day). Sponsored by a number of drug companies through undirected educational grants, so lunch is free.
  • Follow @resptrainees and take a look at the Respiratory Futures Trainees website. Resources are being added all the time, and a podcast series on Respiratory careers is planned for the end of this year. Recommend your own resources and share the love with your fellow Respiratory trainees
  • HEE (what was The London Deanery eons ago) provide a load of funded courses, free career advice and individual support. Make the most of these great opportunities by having a look at the website and booking yourself onto something


  • The ERS has a number of fellowships on offer.
  • 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 which is 20th November. Let us know what concerns you so we can be an effective trainee voice on the committee.
  • UCLP
    • The next UCLPartners Trainee Forum is in in the New Year. Let Camus or Anita know if you want to ask any questions or give any feedback on GIM or issues that affect multiple specialities.


  • BTS Winter Meeting 6-8th December, London – including open Trainees meeting on Thursday 7th
  • BTOG 24-26th Jan (Dublin)
  • ATS 18-23rd May (San Diego)
  • BTS Summer 14-15th June (Manchester)
  • ERS 15-19th Sep (Paris)
  • PCRS 28-29th Sep (Telford)



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