Being a diverse and cosmopolitan region provides ample opportunities for training. Our programme provides a high standard of basic, intermediate and advanced training in all modules of the curriculum. Advanced sub-speciality training in oncology, urogynaecology, reproductive medicine, maternal/fetal medicine and advanced ATSM in Laparoscopic surgery have almost always received “excellent” trainee feedback.
Highly rated research opportunities are coordinated through UCL and Bart’s & The Royal London Medical Schools. This ranges from regular research meetings for all trainees to academic fellowships and MD/PhD programs for trainees who wish to do formal research.
Our program support trainees who require less than full time training (LTFT). A dedicated tutor and trainee representative looks after the welfare of LTFT trainees. A very active trainees committee represent all trainees at every meeting both locally and nationally.
A regional tutor coordinates a protected teaching program, which has been adapted according to trainee feedback and curriculum mapping to ensure that it is interactive, stimulating and relevant.
There is opportunity for socialising at regional teaching and includes a dinner/dance that last year brought together 100 trainees and trainers.
Our overall goal is to enable every trainee to fully explore his or her individual goals to ensure success.
Training Programme Management Commitee (TPMC) Chair
Dr Dilip Visvanathan
TPMC Chair/ TPD and Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Training Programme Directors (TPDs)
Dr Charlotte Kingman
Dr Vincent Oon
Dr Dilip Visvanathan
Training at UCLPartners (A trainee representatives perspective)
In North Central and East London we have an amazing diversity of patients within a relatively small geographical region. We have some fantastic trainers covering all aspects of the specialty.
There is excellent provision of teaching, both clinical and classroom-based. Hospitals range from tertiary units with very specialist services to district general hospitals serving deprived and high-risk populations. All of this makes for an exciting mix and great training opportunities.
UCLPartners Training Programmes Manager (TPM)
Health Education England (HEE) Operations Officer
Rotations & Local Education Providers (LEPs)
ST1, 2 and 3 trainees
ST1, 2 & 3 rotations are fixed according to ranking at the appointment interviews, trainee choice and availability. Trainees will spend full time training equivalents of 12 months as ST1 and 2 years in a hospital at ST2 and ST3. This change has helped trainees make a smoother transition to manage labour ward on call as an ST3. Most training units encourage ST2 trainees to “act up” in preparation for ST3.
ST 4 and 5 trainees
All ST3 trainees are invited to a matching interview in May (for the October rotation) and in November (for the April rotations)
The current format includes a review of the curriculum vitae, an assessment of a presentation, and an interview on current issues in the specialty. Trainees are then allocated for ST 4 & 5 rotations spending a year in a hospital of their choice depending on their ranking and availability of posts.
ST6 and ST7 trainees
All ST 5 trainees are similarly invited to a matching interview for advanced training placements. The current format is where trainees have a two 10 minute interview with 2 panels which comprise trainers who are preceptors for the ATSMs in NE Thames. This process also gives trainees an insight in to the consultant interview process and which areas in particular they would need to improve to increase their chances of getting the post they want.
Period of Grace
Once an outcome 6 has been awarded to indicate completion of training – a trainee can ask for a period of grace for 6 months in order to apply for a consultant post. This post is allocated by the TPMC once all other trainees have been placed.
We give Trust HR department 3 months notice of the placements of trainees. It is important that trainees should also give 3 months notice if they wish to resign from post. This may be negotiated with each Trust.