Information for Trainees in Respiratory Medicine

The Next Training Week: 17th -20th November 2014, Cardiff

Please do not forget to book a study leave and inform secretaries to reduce clinics.

Respiratory Medicine Wales Deanery handbook

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Organised Training

There are two dedicated weeks (one in spring and one in autumn) set aside each year for specific training in respiratory medicine. The spring meeting takes place in Swansea and has a clinical focus, whereas the autumn meeting is held in Cardiff and is orientated toward basic science. Both of these well-supported and organised meetings attract national and international expert speakers. Attendance at both of these events is considered compulsory, and a certificate documenting actual attendance is issued to each trainee at the end of the week.

The individual training sessions vary in format but usually consist of a series of lectures, tutorials and occasional practical demonstrations. Active participation is encouraged and at least one session will be devoted to presentations skills. For the spring week (in Swansea) all attendees are expected to prepare a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation on a topic of their choice.

For the autumn week (in Cardiff) a fixed number of trainees are selected to give a presentation, and will be contacted before the meeting by the organiser. This would ordinarily involve critical appraisal of a recent scientific paper, which should then be summarised. If you are in doubt about whether a presentation is required or have questions about the content, you are strongly advised to contact the course organiser before attendance.

Of note, there is a prize for the best presentation at each training week.

For further information about these events you can contact:

Dr Ramsey Sabit (Cardiff/autumn meeting)

Dr Gwyneth Davies (Swansea/spring meeting)

Specialist Registrar and Specialist Trainee Representatives

The views and opinions of Welsh trainees can be articulated at each training committee meeting via the nominated trainee representatives. Any concerns, comments or suggestions about training can be directed to either of these people. The current representatives are:

Dr Alex Brown

Dr Helen Fowles

Also if you would like any issues to be discussed at the British Thoracic Society Specialist Trainee Advisory Group meeting please contact:

Dr Craig Dyer

ARCP decision aids

It is recommended that trainees visit the JRCPTB website (accessible via the links page) frequently for updates in training restructure.

ARCP decision aids for Respiratory Medicine: 2007, 2010; General Medicine: 2009

Moving to the current curriculum

1. Why do trainees need to transfer to the current version of their curriculum?

The General Medical Council has mandated that trainees who are working towards a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) must be trained and assessed against the most recent standards for the specialty. Current arrangements have resulted in multiple curricula in some specialties. Training using older versions of a curriculum could be a risk to patient safety and frequent changes to curricula are unsettling for trainees and difficult for trainers to manage.

Transferring to the latest curriculum will ensure that trainees are fully up to date with current requirements to safeguard patient safety and educational quality.

2. Who needs to transfer?

All trainees who will complete their training after the 31 December 2015 should be using the most up to date General Medical Council (GMC) approved curriculum. Trainees will be required to transfer to the 2010 version of the specialty curriculum and the 2009 versions of the General Internal Medicine or Acute Internal Medicine curriculum. Please note, trainees in AIM and GIM specialty programmes were requested to move to the new curriculum in 2009 so most trainees will have already completed the transfer process in these specialties. No trainee (including less than full time or those out of programme) may remain in an "old" curriculum from 1 January 2016. 

3. When will I need to transfer?

The GMC requires trainees to move to the current curriculum between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2015. The deadline of 31 December 2015 is the latest point at which all trainees will be required to have moved.

The GMC encourages trainees to transfer earlier in the interests of patient safety and educational quality. The JRCPTB has begun the process of transferring trainees to the current curriculum as best practice.

4. How do I transfer to the current curriculum?

You should have received notification that you will be transferred to the latest curriculum if your CCT date is after December 2015. You do not need to take any action, the JRCPTB is contacting each Training Programme Director (TPD) and asking them to confirm which trainees should be transferred and this will include anyone whose CCT date has recently been changed. Once the TPD has confirmed that you should transfer, the JRCPTB will add the current curriculum to your eportfolio account.

5. What will the change mean for me?

Trainees should talk to their TPD and Educational Supervisor (ES) promptly after the transfer date to discuss any training needs to meet additional/changed competencies in the current curriculum. Trainees will need to comply with the assessment criteria of the latest curriculum which may include an examination. If an examination is introduced in a trainee's final year it would not be reasonable to expect them to take it, although trainees may still wish to take the examination for future employment opportunities.

JRCPTB does not mandate that competencies already achieved are marked off on the new curriculum, but you and your ES might find it helpful to add ratings for competencies already achieved and in the comments insert "see evidence on {name of previous curriculum}".

Any links to competencies within older versions of the curriculum will not be transferred to the new curriculum but they will remain accessible on your eportfolio. All future evidence of competence progression should be linked to the most recent curriculum once you have transferred.

The 2010 curriculum requires all trainees to use the eportfolio; for those trainees who have previously been working on a 2003 curricula an eportfolio account will be set up for you by the JRCPTB.

6. How will I know the difference between the curriculum I am on and the latest curriculum?

JRCPTB has provided mapping guidance to TPDs to identify differences between older versions and the most up to date curriculum. It is recommended that you familiarise yourself with the relevant curriculum - all specialty curricula are available on the JRCPTB website. The Specialty Advisory Committees (SACs) will continue to review the curricula to ensure they are up to date and any amendments will be added to the current version and trainees notified.

7. Changes for those Registrars nearing CCT

The JRCPTB is introducing a new process to ensure that trainees are recommended to the GMC for specialist registration in a more efficient manner. The current process requires trainees to complete a notification form that also needs to be signed by their TPDs to confirm successful completion of any PYA targets set. It has been decided that this form will no longer be used and instead the JRCPTB will use the final ARCP to determine whether a trainee has achieved all curriculum competencies. We believe that the elimination of this form will make the completion process easier for all involved and will eliminate delays that often occur with the current form.

Further information about this process can be found here

8. Further information and guidance

Your training programme director will be able to provide specialty specific guidance, and along with your educational supervisor, can help you to identify any training and assessment needs.

Please also see the GMC's position statement on moving to the current curriculum for further general information and guidance.

For queries regarding the transfer process managed by the JRCPTB please email: