Message from Alexandra Scrivens-
We (a group of paediatric trainees and consultants based in Oxford) are trying to investigate the use of Intraosseous (IO) needles in neonates. We would be really grateful for your help in distributing our survey to the paediatric trainees in your region.
We are interested in trainees' experiences in using IO in neonates (even if that is none!).
I have attached a covering letter. The survey is short (5 mins) and has been reviewed and approved by the R&D department at Oxford University Hospitals and can be accessed by clicking here:
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you very much for your help
Message on behalf of Arabella Baynes
We are contacting you as regional representatives for the trainees committee. Consultant Dr Basheer Peer Mohamed (Milton Keynes University Hospital) and Dr Sonia Khamis (ST4 paediatrics, Thames Valley Deanery) are trying to assess the skill level among Paediatric doctors, in career grade as well as in training, in performing and interpreting funduscopy in their clinical practice primarily to rule out Raised Intracranial Pressure. As Raised ICP is a significant and frequent question that is faced by junior and senior Paediatricians in their day-to-day practice, funduscopy is a vital survival skill to have. They therefore attempt to assess the gaps in this skill , if any and also to use this survey as a platform to conceive specific training measures, particularly regarding the use of an image capture device. We have been advised that no personal identification data will be collected and the final results may be disseminated to the wider Paediatric community in the UK through conference presentation or as a publication.
Here is a link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Q253VSD.
If you have time to complete it, please do. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
If you have any questions about the survey, I can provide contacts details.
Do you know of a paediatric trainee...
... Who is a role model to their peers?
... Who goes above and beyond the call of duty to improve their colleagues' working lives?
... Who goes the extra mile to improve patient care?
... Who deserves more appreciation other than a thank you card or ARCP outcome 1?
And how about Educational Supervisors ...
... Who is a role model for their trainees
... Who goes the extra mile to look after their trainees
... Who deserves more appreciation other than a thank you card?
This is your chance to nominate them for a regional award - the Paediatric Awards for Training Achievements (PAFTA). The awards were established in 2016 by the RCPCH trainees committee to acknowledge hard work and achievements by Paediatric junior doctors nationally. All nominees will be awarded a certificate, and the winners put forward for the national PAFTAs, which will be announced at the RCPCH annual meeting in May 2019.
It was to our delight that our very own Level 2 Unsung Hero Dr Harriet Barraclough (Sheffield Childrens Hospital) won the National PAFTA earlier this year. ( https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/news-events/news/paftas-presented-rcpch-conference ) We are hoping that more exemplary Yorkshire trainees are highlighted in this way!
Dr Jessica Wan
Paediatric ST4 trainee
Sheffield Childrens Hospital
Frequently asked questions about the PAFTAs:
1.Who should be nominated for a PAFTA?
There are several categories of PAFTA nominations:
Junior trainee Unsung heroes (ST1-3)
Senior trainee Unsung heroes (ST4-8+)
Essentially this is someone who goes the extra mile - looks after their colleagues, brings extra baked goods to handover, a particularly helpful and inspiring role model, etc.
(For the paed trainees transitioning between junior and senior trainee, please indicate on nomination form which category you are nominating them for)
2. What about Doctors who are not on the Paediatric specialty training program - GP trainees, foundation doctors, locum doctors, clinical fellows?
Sorry, the Level 1 to 3 Unsung Hero PAFTAs are just for those who are part time/full time Paediatric trainees.
3. I've got a few paediatric trainees in mind who deserve a PAFTA. Can I put in multiple nominations?
Yes you can nominate as many paediatric trainees as you like.
4. Who can nominate?
Anyone can nominate! From Consultants, nurses, HCAs, midwives! As long as they can email their nominee's name and provide appropriate reasons for nomination to email@example.com, we are happy to accept.
5. Who decides who gets the PAFTA?
Winners will be chosen depending on number of nominations and reasons for nomination. Judging criteria are attached to the nomination form
6. Deadline for PAFTA nominations?
September 10th 2018... so get those nominations in soon!
The Workplace and Me is a one day mandatory training session for FY2 doctors which incorporates resilience and wellbeing (half day). We are looking for interested individuals to be involved in the delivery of this teaching. The session are held in locations across Yorkshire and the Humber. Train the trainers sessions are available on the following dates (or on a mutually convenient date):
24 / 27 September 2018
8 / 11 / 12 October 2018
15 / 18 / 19 October 2018
2 / 19 / 26 November (in Leeds only)
Please click the link below to see details of how to submit abstracts for the winter Meeting of PEdSIG
As it is the start of our new academic year, the RCPCH Education and Professional Development team would like to share with you the key courses we think will be useful to trainees over the coming months. Further courses will be added during the year so please do keep these links. You can also sign up to our courses and events monthly ebulletin by selecting CPD opportunities and events in ‘Edit your contact preferences’ on your RCPCH website ‘My account’.
Mentoring skills courses – relevant to all trainees - supports Progress curriculum domain 2 and 10 – upcoming courses in London (06 Nov & 18 Jun) and Cardiff (26 Mar)
Mentoring skills peer support webinars – relevant to trainees who are trained and active as mentors - supports Progress domain 2 and 10 – upcoming webinars (17 Sept, 18 Dec, 30 Apr)
Effective Educational Supervision courses – relevant to ST7-8 trainees – supports Progress domain 2 and 10 - upcoming regional courses include: Sheffield (02 Oct) and Bristol (06 Nov)
How to Manage series – relevant to all trainees, but particularly GRID trainees depending on topic – supports Progress domain 4 - examples of course topics: paediatric allergy, neurodevelopmental disorders and common cardiac problems
Progressing Paediatrics series – as above - examples of course topics: childhood epilepsies and neonatal cardiology
Paediatric e-learning resources – relevant to all trainees - supports Progress domain 4 along with several other key domains depending on the topic.
For individual bookings, trainees should apply directly via the RCPCH website course pages.
Every year the department of Paediatric Neurology in Sheffield organises a day of education for consultant paediatricians, trainees and allied health professionals.
The day is sponsored by Eisai, so is entirely free and is accompanied by lunch.
This year the date is Tuesday 16th October and the venue is the Holiday Inn Royal Victoria, near Ponds Forge.
- The use of cannabinoids in epilepsy
- Psychiatric co-morbidities in epilepsy
- The role of valproate in girls
- Antenatal Counselling following diagnosis of neurological abnormalities
- The assessment of ataxia
- Neurological features of rheumatological disease.
You can book online at the following website:
There are only 90 places so book now to avoid disappointment!
The theme of the meeting is the new WHO child health Strategy: Survive, Thrive, Transform. We already have an exciting line of up of international speakers including Dr Queen Dube Clinical Head of Paediatrics, at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Malawi, who will be talking about technical innovations in neonatal care for low resource settings. The afternoon will include workshops run by Save the Children, RCPCH Global Links and The BMA Humanitarian Fund. There will also be speed networking opportunities and a trainee abstract/poster presentation.
We are excited that we are working in collaboration with a number of local partners for the event including the Alder Hey International Child Health Group, the University of Liverpool Integrated Clinical Academic Training Programme and faculty from both the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the University of Liverpool. Uniquely we intend to make this a truly global meeting through a video link with our fellow paediatric colleagues and trainees in Malawi through the Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust, thus allowing healthcare professionals to interact and exchange ideas across continents.
We feel this meeting is of great interest to paediatric trainees and consultants. It offers a unique opportunity to learn about paediatrics in an international setting from some of the world’s foremost leaders. Furthermore it offers attendees a chance to contribute to the meeting through posters/presentations as well as explore how their own paediatric practice can be more global through our workshops.
Please find more information on the booklet at the bottom of this webpage or visit www.internationalchildhealthgroup.org/2018-meeting/