Postgraduate medical education is the continuation of training of all junior doctors including Foundation and Speciality Trainees for Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry.

The General Medical Council (GMC) influences and shapes postgraduate training through the North Western Deanery who works with local NHS Trusts to deliver their individual training programmes.

All junior doctors have a named Clinical and Educational supervisor whose role it is to ensure their trainee develops against good standards expected for their level of training, which are dependent on local and GMC requirements.

We host Postgraduate Dental Students from the University of Central Lancashire who are undertaking the MSc Oral Surgery Course. Each student attends four oral surgery sessions at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary in order to develop surgical skills for dental practice. The sessions are overseen by Mrs Ameeta Joshi, Consultant Maxillo Facial Surgeon.

Our key responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring that trainees have a good experience in an excellent learning environment and the duties, working hours and supervision of trainees are consistent with the delivery of high quality, safe patient care.
  • Quality control of Postgraduate training.
  • Organising and delivering a robust and appropriate Medical Induction programme to our junior doctors.
  • Supporting our trainees to acquire the necessary skills and to achieve their curriculum needs through teaching programmes, effective educational supervision and time to learn.
  • Supporting our trainers to provide effective support, supervision and mentorship and teaching for doctors in training.
  • We are committed to supporting all of our SAS grade doctors with educational courses and funding.

Postgraduate Dental Education

We host Postgraduate Dental Students from the University of Central Lancashire who are undertaking the MSc Oral Surgery Course.

Each student attends four oral surgery sessions at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary in order to develop surgical skills for dental practice.

The sessions are overseen by Mrs Ameeta Joshi, Consultant Maxillo Facial Surgeon.

“It’s a really friendly hospital, great staff and you get along with everyone”

Foundation Training

UHMBT provides a comprehensive two year Foundation training programme, which is broken down into six four month placements.

The tracks are linked and are recruited to for the full two years via the national Foundation Programme, based either at Lancaster or Barrow for the full two years (http://www.foundationprogramme.nhs.uk/pages/home) recruitment process.There are 39 Foundation posts available each year, three of which form an Academic Foundation track and are recruited to separately. For more information please click on the following links:http://www.nwpgmd.nhs.uk/f1-f2-training-programmes-2014-2016

Academic Foundation Jobs and Track Description

Following the national recruitment process, all successfully matched candidates will be required to attend a Pre-Employment Competency Screening day.

We offer a comprehensive shadowing programme the two weeks before the Foundation programme starts. This provides you with an opportunity to familiarise yourself with your new working environment and get to know your colleagues better, whilst undertaking mandatory training. This programme is designed to ease you comfortably into the working life of our Trust and resolve any issues prior to your first working day.

All trainees are required to undertake a local education induction programme which will cover parts of mandatory training, health and employment checks. There will also be a departmental induction programme which will address day to day aspects such as leave, sickness reporting, study leave, rotas, policies and procedures.

Foundation Years

Each Foundation Year 1 (FY1) year track includes at least four months in General Medicine, four months in General Surgery or Orthopaedics and one further four month post. This enables the required clinical experience for Foundation doctors to achieve full registration with the GMC at the end of FY1.

The Foundation Year 2 (FY2) offers rotations across a variety of specialities including Anaesthetics, Intensive Care, Pathology, Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynaecology as well as Medical and Surgical options. All tracks include General Practice.

All Foundation trainees receive protected ‘bleep-free’ teaching sessions.

The Foundation Programme is supported by a dedicated team of staff. There is a FY1 Programme Director at both the RLI (Dr Tom Oldham) and FGH (Dr Cathy Hay/Dr Rachel Jolley). There is a FY2 Programme Director (Dr Jeremy Harrison) who works across both sites overseeing the whole year.

Please click here to see our current track listings: http://www.nwpgmd.nhs.uk/f1-f2-training-programmes-2014-2016

For any queries relating to Foundation training at UHMBT, please contact us by phone:

FY1 FGH – Shahla Salehi – 01229 403742
FY2 FGH – Julie Stewart – 01229 404339

FY1 RLI – Leanne McManoman – 01524 516016
FY2 RLI – Corinne Rimmer – 01524 583517 

Specialty Training

We deliver Specialty Training on behalf of Health Education England North West (www.nwpgmd.nhs.uk/). The Postgraduate teams hold information on the various teaching programmes available to STs. We also deliver regional CT teaching sessions and ensure the SPRs are able to attend their teaching days and freed up from service commitment.

All trainees are allocated a clinical and educational supervisor whose roles are to help their trainees to develop against good standards expected for their level of training, which are dependent on local and GMC requirements.

GP Programmes

Trainee GPs are being offered a £20,000 bursary by the NHS to encourage them to begin their career in Cumbria.

The bursary is being offered in Cumbria as a way of encouraging trainee GPs to work in locations they may not have considered. These areas are not routinely used for medical placements yet have a number of opportunities for career progression through specialising, taking part in clinical research and becoming involved in the Cumbria-wide improvement agenda.

GP ST Programmes are recruited to nationally via the Royal College of General Practitioners. There are two programmes based at the Trust. One is based around South Cumbria and the other based around Lancaster.

The programmes consist of three six month posts in a hospital; a six month GP Plus training post and a twelve month placement as an ST3 in a GP Practice.

GP Speciality Training programmes in Hospital placements include: Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, Accident & Emergency, Medicine, Care of the Elderly. GP Plus Training Posts in General Practice include placements in:  Palliative Care, Accident & Emergency, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Paediatrics.

The programme will prepare you for your working life as a GP with lots of opportunities to develop your skills in a more modern, patient focussed NHS in North Lancashire and South Cumbria.

The schemes have smaller numbers allowing a personal approach to learning and education, coupled with an excellent record in assisting our trainees to pass the MRCGP.

Many of our Practices are often asked to assist in cases where intensive support is needed for a trainee to complete their final assessments, an endorsement of our skills, patience and persistence. General Practices’ are expanding now to provide additional training capacity to accommodate the possible future expansion to GP training.  We run regular sessions for our trainers and know the value of leading by example.  Our trainers give the level of commitment we expect from our trainees.

The programme will give great prospects for career development as a partner, a salaried GP or a GP with portfolio working in multiple settings such as the Hospital or University.

For FGH – Jo Smith – 01229 403647
For RLI- Jessica Bulfin – 01524 516093

For more information on GP schemes please go to https://www.nwpgmd.nhs.uk/general_practice/gp_retainer_scheme

https://www.nwpgmd.nhs.uk/induction-refresher-scheme-ir

For GP related careers advice in North Lancs and South Cumbria please contact Andrew Craven, using our contact form.

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