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Training update, September 2016

Dr Matt Prior, Chair, RCOG Trainees’ Committee and Dr Jonathan Frost, Executive Lead, RCOG Trainees Committee write...

New Junior Doctors’ Contract

The decision of the British Medical Association (BMA) to initiate further industrial action in light of the results of the ballot on the new junior doctors’ contract, although unsurprising, gives us all a lot to ponder. We would like to reiterate our support for all O&G trainees at this time.

Given the decision to stage further industrial action we would like to ensure that the RCOG is correctly representing the views of its trainees. It would be greatly appreciated if all trainees could complete this very short anonymous survey about the ongoing contractual dispute.

We would also like to thank our consultant and specialty doctor colleagues in advance for ensuring that patients remain safe during the planned action and for their ongoing support. For further information please see the Academy Trainee Doctors Group Statement Regarding Decision for Further Industrial Action: It Is Worth Waiting for a Better Outcome (PDF, 178 kb)

National Training Evaluation Form

Thank you to all those who took the time to complete the new national training evaluation form (TEF) and give feedback on their training.  The results from the first round of the TEF have been circulated to Heads of School and Trainee Representatives. The information has been used by Heads of School to reward good training and put measure in place to improve training were it was found to be substandard.

The RCOG is also undertaking work at a national level, using TEF results to explore training issues common to many LETBs. The areas to be investigated include undermining behaviour, regional training, ultrasound training, less than full time working and emergency gynaecology training. Feedback on implementation of the new TEF has been gathered from Heads of School and trainee representative and the content of the survey is being revised and expanded for the next round and will now include questions specific to subspecialty and academic training pathways.

If you have any comments on the new TEF please send them to Alex Baker, ePortfolio Coordinator, on abaker@rcog.org.uk. Further information is available on the RCOG website

UKARCOG: Call for new research and audit projects

The national trainees’ research collaborative in obstetrics & gynaecology (UKARCOG) invites fellow trainees to submit ideas for new national research and audit projects. The collaborative has grown progressively since its birth two years ago and is now coming to the end of its second national research project (ReDEFINe – Rotational DElivery at Full dIlatatioN), the results of which will hopefully be presented at the National Trainees Conference (NTC) in Newcastle on 5 - 6  December 2016.

If you have any interesting ideas and would like to lead on a national project, please complete the online application tool or email. There will be an introductory AGM during the NTC on 5 December and all trainees are invited. Please come and meet the team and discover how you can contribute to improving women’s healthcare. Further details will be announced shortly.