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Respiratory Training Programme

  • We have had some excellent training days recently. 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?
    • Aug no training day (holidays)
    • Sep 3rd: Newham University Hospital (Barts Health) – themed on management and leadership 
    • Oct 26th: Homerton University Hospital (plus Bronch training at Royal Free for new ST3s)
    • Nov ?Pan-London training day?
    • Dec no training day (Winter BTS)
    • Jan Barts Health (Barts and the London) – date tbc
    • Feb: Royal Free/partners?
    • March: UCLH – date tbc 
    • April: Barking and Havering (Queens/King George)?
    • May: North Mid?
    • June: Whittington Health

This is our current list of topics we suggest are covered in the next few training days:

  • tracheostomy care
  • optiflow (evidence, indications)
  • Radiology – bring back the quizzes
  • pulmonary rehab – evidence, quality, impact
  • sarcoidosis management
  • palliative care – pharma/non-pharma management, evidence
  • management and leadership
  • QIP workshop – using national data to effect local change
  • landmark studies in….
  • ambulatory management of….
  • what I expect an SpR to know about….

All these dates are supposed to be on synapse, and we are supposed to sign up for them in the same way as GIM days. Unfortunately there is no relevant information on the Respiratory page of synapse (Dashboard -> Respiratory Medicine –> NENC Regional Training days). For now, please just turn up and sign in on paper as usual.

GIM Training Programme

  • Please remember to look on synapse, on this page, under NENC GIM Regional Training Day for info on GIM days.  Synapse continues to be awful to navigate but is is the only place to get information. As a reminder, to give yourself the best chance of getting GIM training day info you need to:Click ‘My profile’, Under ‘My training programmes’ click ‘Add another’, There select ‘KSS Schools of Medicine’ and in the next drop box ‘General internal medicine north sector’. Once you have logged in you can use this link to find the page with the dates on. Please do log your frustrations about Synapse via the trainee portal.
  • The next monthly acute medicine teaching sessions, run by registrars for registrars at UCLP on Tottenham Court Road on the 2nd Thursday of every month 4-6pm, Tottenham Court Road. Book via Eventbrite.
  • A number of UCLP training sessions are available, focused on professional development. These include sessions on quality improvement, leadership, self-care 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.

External/Additional Training


  • Coming up to CCT? All Consultant jobs are advertised on the NHS jobs site, which will send you updates if you set up your preferences. Remember that can interview within 6 months of your CCT date.
  • The ERS has a number of fellowships on offer. Keep an eye out for interesting opportunities.
  • 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?

Pan-London STC

  • Please get in touch to raise issues you want us to bring up at the next STC meeting. In the new model, with HEE at the helm, we are meeting with all London TPDs.  Let us know what concerns you so we can be an effective trainee voice on the committee.
  • We will be looking for a new trainee Rep as LJ is CCT-ing in February. Could this be you? Get in touch to learn more about the role.


  • ERS 15-19th Sep (Paris)
  • PCRS 28-29th Sep (Telford)
  • BTS Winter 5-7th Dec (London)


  • Please send us info on your current or previous jobs directly by email, or through the updated and shorter anonymous update form. If you are currently out of programme please send information on your most recent, most liked or most hated post!
  • Please remember that since April 1st there is a new policy on study leave, as part of HEE’s initiative ‘Enhancing Junior Doctors’ Working Lives‘. HEE will be managing the Study Leave budget centrally through its local offices. There are 3 levels of courses which are defined for each specialty: Curriculum Mandated, Curriculum Optional and Aspirational. These lists have been compiled by Heads of Schools and Training Programme directors with oversight and approval of the Post Graduate Deans. You can find the approved lists, and details on the process of applying on the HEE website
  • We have updated some sections including FAQs. Are you having problems with your Educational Supervisor not fulfilling the essential duties of their role? Read HEE’s guidance on how to escalate
  • 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.


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