Just joined our scheme? (ST1s)

The first thing we’d like to say is WELCOME! We’re sure you’re going to have a fab time with us, learn lots and develop in ways you would hardly have imagined.  Remember though – for this to happen, there needs to be a two way partnership.  By that we mean that there are things that you need to do too.  Before reading the stuff below, here’s a really good tip when you start ANY new training post:

It’s worth trying to make the best impression  you can in the first few days of the post.  Be friendly and show genuine interest in the  job and all your colleagues at every level.  Show a willingness to work hard,  a willingness to listen to instructions and advice. 

This is particularly  relevant in those specialties that lack a close team structure – where people don’t  have a lot of opportunity to get to know each other in depth.  In such departments, permanent staff tend to form a rapid impression of new doctors, who then get a  reputation which sticks.  People then take a long time to change their view if  they have made up their mind about you.  It would be tactless and  inappropriate for us to quote examples, but some trainees of ours have found  themselves pigeon-holed either negatively (e.g. as slack, unconscientious or  uncooperative) or positively (e.g. helpful, hardworking or conscientious) on  very little evidence.  Later, when their behaviour has changed, their  reputation hasn’t - reputation sticks!   That’s why we say a little extra effort in the first few days is likely to pay immense dividends in the end.  Of course, this doesn’t mean that you can be good, hard working and conscientious in the beginning and slack off towards the end.  Individuals who go the extra mile are ALWAYS admired, respected and generally liked. Others, in return, will often go the extra mile for you!

FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO DO WHEN JOINING OUR SCHEME (click to open me)

  1. Once appointed, contact Nick Price to determine where your first post will be. You can see your post rotation on-line via this website – go to the home page, click ‘About Us’ and then click ‘Trainee post rota’.   There are tabs at the bottom of this page to help you switch to different views.  If your first post is in general practice, make sure you’ve contacted the primary care trust to be registered on something called the Supplementary List (a list of doctors in the local area that are allowed to practise). Failure to do so may mean you can’t start work when expected and that can have huge ramifications (you may end up with an extension to training etc.).  So get it sorted now.
  2. Make sure your defence union subscription is all up to scratch.
  3. Register with the RCGP – THIS IS DEAD IMPORTANT AND YOU NEED TO DO THIS BEFORE YOU START THE SCHEME.
    Registration is  online with an initial registration fee which is confirmed by email. The  ePortfolio will be activated between 24 and 48 hours after registration with a  welcome pack sent approximately 10 days after. Once registered, you are then called an “Associate in Training” (AiT).

Key links and contacts:

  1. Come to our Induction Course. Our induction course like no other and you’ll enjoy it.  In addition, we (the Programme Directors) get to know you and you get to know us. Contact Sofya on admingp@bradfordhospitals.nhs.uk to get the dates; then make sure you book that time off (as study leave) with the department of your first job as soon as possible.
  2. Book onto our WPBA course which is usually held in September every year. This course explores workplace based assessment and the eportfolio in more detail and helps you become familiar with it all. It is considered essential and therefore, as a new starter, you should book study leave in advance and inform the necessary people in your post EARLY.

MORE ON OUR INDUCTION COURSE

If you are a new starter, it is ESSENTIAL you come to our induction course. In order to do this, you will need to book study leave in advance and let the relevant people in your post know EARLY on. We recommend staying for the full residential course, but if you need to go home overnight, or even if you can only come for one day, that will be better than nothing!  If you’re in a post in which it is difficult to take leave or something, try some alternative solutions like swapping with someone etc.

We can’t stress enough how important the induction course is: it lays down the foundation for the rest of your training and gives you an opportunity to ask anything you want.  Our induction course is nothing like the mundane unbearable type of thing that usually goes on in hospital posts. Most people who come say they enjoy the experience because of the exposure to a totally new way of doing things in a safe, friendly and lively atmosphere.

Below is a list of things we cover on the Induction course. The titles of the sessions don’t convey the flavour of the course very well – but it was very well evaluated by the last group, who almost all said they’d found it more (a) useful and informative and (b) more enjoyable than they had expected.   You can find a list of the powerpoints we use on the induction course in the ‘downloads’ box at the top of this page.

 Content

  • Introduction to course and to each other
  • The new assessment system and the educational opportunities on our scheme
  • How we learn
  • Learning styles
  • The posts on the scheme and how to make the most of them
  • What to read
  • Reflective writing
  • Your deepest fears and unanswered questions
  • Miscellany – things we’ve forgotten to mention so far
  • Personal education planning

 Venue & Date

The Induction Course is a 2 day event usually held in the second week of August (usually the Thurs and Friday – check with Sofya, our administator) every year.  It’s usually held in a venue in Bradford or Leeds.

QUICK LITTLE NOTES ON THE ePORTFOLIO

Once you’ve started your post, log into your ePortfolio and start getting used to it. You should be adding entries as frequently – the optimum number is 3 a week and the minimum is 1 a week.   Remember, the ePortfolio is what you ultimately get assessed on but it’s also a great tool for helping you keep track of where you are and for reminding you of areas that need further development. Contact the RCGP or deanery if you haven’t recieved your username and password.

Help! I don’t have an ePortfolio. How do I get one?

It’s likely that you haven’t registered and therefore you have no National Training Number (NTN) which is necessary to create an e-portfolio. You need to fill out and submit ‘form R’ as soon as possible (available from both the Deanery and RCGP websites.

I’ve just transferred from another Scheme to yours – how do I get my ePortfolio transferred?

If you’ve transferred to our scheme from another scheme, to transport you e-portfolio across, contact Lee Belfield at the Deanery or our administrator Sofya Loren.

DRESS CODE

We advise trainees to dress appropriately for their workplace, in a way which expresses respect for their patients and colleagues and doesn’t contravene any local policies. For further guidance, trainees should seek advice within their practice or hospital post.

EXAMPLE OF POST ROTATIONS AVAILABLE

 Here are the rotations we currently offer…

Care of Elderly A&E GP O&G GP GP
Care of Elderly A&E GP Paeds GP GP
GP A&E Paeds Oncology GP GP
GP A&E Psychiatry O+G GP GP
Rheumatology A&E ENT/Ophth GP GP GP
Oncology GP Psychiatry A+E GP GP
A&E Oncology O&G GP GP GP
A&E GP Paeds O+G GP GP
A&E O&G Care of Elderly GP GP GP
A&E Rheumatology O&G GP GP GP
A&E Care of Elderly GP Psychiatry GP GP
GP Care of Elderly A&E Psychiatry GP GP
GP Care of the Elderly A&E O&G GP GP
GP Care of Elderly A&E ENT/Oph GP GP
GP Care of Elderly Psychiatry A&E GP GP
GP Care of Elderly O&G A&E GP GP
 GP A&E O+G Care of Elderly GP GP