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Preparing for the Consultant Interview

One day skills course designed for senior trainees who are applying for consultant posts. 

  • Interactive course 
  • Friendly approachable trainers 
  • Limit to 12 participants per course 
  • Mock interviews with personal feedback 
  • Opportunity to speak to trainees who have recently been appointed 

Date: 9th March 2015 
Venue: Alexandra Hospital, Redditch 
Cost: £200 

Course organisers: Dr Taruna Bindal (Consultant Paediatrician) Dr Helen Goodyear (Associate Dean & Career Advisor) 

For further information and application form please contact Dr Goodyear’s secretary via email

National Training Survey 2014

National Training Survey 2014:
What do you think about your Training?

This year’s annual National Training Survey launches on 26 March. As a doctor in training, this is your chance to have your say on the training you receive.

The survey results help deaneries, local education and training boards and local education providers recognise the aspects of the training they deliver that are working well; and to take action where results indicate a need for improvement.

Peter Dacombe is an ST3 in trauma and orthopaedics and currently a clinical fellow at the GMC:

“Nobody is better placed to feedback on the quality of postgraduate training than the doctors in training themselves, which makes the GMC national training survey a vital resource in the quality assurance postgraduate medical education in the UK. It provides valuable feedback which trainers and training programme directors can use to drive improvement at a local level, and highlights important patient safety issues which are then investigated and addressed. 

As a surgical trainee I can find detailed information to guide the selection of future placements, as well as having the opportunity to shape the training received by future cohorts.”

More information can be read here:

 National Training Survey 2014

Or visit the NTS website for further details:

The Survey is quick and easy to take
The survey is easy to complete and takes 15–20 minutes. Log in to your GMC Online account after 26 March where your survey will be waiting for you. 

Please complete your survey by midday on 8 May 2014 to make sure your views count.

The survey gives us a unique chance to understand, reflect and improve the way we deliver your training. It’s important that we hear the views of all doctors in training, so we get an accurate a picture of the training we provide.

To complete the survey - log in to your GMC Online account at:

Scientist Training Programme 2014 – applications to open in January

The National School of Healthcare Science have released the pre-advertisement for the Scientist Training Programme 2014 which opens for applications in January.
Excellent training opportunities are offered within the national post graduate training programme located within hospitals and health services throughout the country. Applicants should visit for further information on how to apply. Guidance documents for the recruitment process are available on the National School of Healthcare Science website. You can view the pre-advertisement here.

Fitness To Practice Important Notice

To all trainees submitting an email to the Fitness To Practice inbox. Please write the speciality you are applying to in the email title. This is to ensure that your email reaches the correct Speciality Team quickly and efficiently.

Thank You.

New GMC Guidance

Dear Colleague,

The GMC’s new guidance for every doctor in the UK to help them protect children from abuse or neglect comes into effect this week.

Protecting children and young people: the responsibilities of all doctors underlines the duty on all doctors to act if they are concerned that a child or young person is at risk.

The guidance is not just for doctors who treat children. Doctors treating adult patients must also consider whether the patient poses a risk to children or young people.

All doctors should have received a copy of the new guidance in the post but an electronic version can be found at along with learning materials, including case studies, and a decision-making flowchart.

We very much hope that you will find this new guidance useful. We would be grateful if you could bring it to the attention of your colleagues.

Best wishes,

Niall Dickson
Chief Executive
General Medical Council