Useful Forms and Links
Covid -19 : HEE Link
Covid -19 : Latest Head of School update:
Latest update from St Helens and Knowsley:
31 March 2020: https://sharedservices.sthk.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Covid19-LE-FAQs-3103-v2.pdf
I have been asked by our GP registration team to send you an update on how COVID has impacted on our GP registration processes this summer. As you are aware, MRCGP exams and the final ARCPs are happening quite differently this year and this has had an impact on the CCT schedule.
Due to the tight timescales it is likely some GPs will not have their physical CCT certificate when they are due to start work. This year employers and PL processes will need to use the GMC List of Registered Medical Practitioners when undertaking relevant checks.
We will also update our website with the following information:
Proof of GP Registration
Prospective employers and those managing the Performers List requirements should refer to the GMC’s online medical register to confirm that a trainee has their CCT and is on the GP register.
Trainees will still receive their paper Certificate of Completion of Training, although this may be after they are on the register due to the short timeframe of exam results being published and end of training dates this year.
No GPRs have actually “ applied “ in the true sense to join the MPL since August 2016 – GP Registrars (GPRs) have been included in the NHS England Medical Performers List based on a declaration of suitability from the Head of Schools within Health Education England (HEE). This arrangement was intended to be interim whilst the amendment to the England Performers Lists Regulations removing the requirement for GPRs to be included on the List was enacted, or until Primary Care Support England (PCSE) on line went live whichever was the earliest.
I’m afraid that’s how long ago it was – the GPRs who CCT last August were the first cohort who were asked to sign declarations in line with Reg 9 of the PL regs. The declarations are normally signed as part of the application process and it’s at that point there is a 3 month window in which to apply, not once they are included.
So, the GPRs are already included on the list , there will be no requirement to apply, it’s a change of status that’s required and they can go online now and create themselves accounts ready to change their status as soon as their names appear on the GMC GP Register. As long as they have the evidence that they have submitted the change request they shouldn’t be a problem
Covid – General resources:
http://www.new-learning.bmj.com/covid-19 - e learning on COVID free to non BMA members too
https://www.nbmedical.com/ – free and very helpful webinars on Covid by a GP for GPs and useful guidelines
https://portal.e-lfh.org.uk/Component/Details/604722 – extensive e-learning package on COVID aimed at primary and secondary care, you do need to log in and create an account
www.gp-update.co.uk/updates Red Whale free updates (you don’t have to be a member! Useful and practical advice- primary care organisational aspects- Death cert, crem forms and admin- assessment, management and pitfalls in assessing potential Covid 19- selfcare- contraception and abortion
Oxford CCG document on Covid and drugs – very useful advice re monitoring DMARDs, Lithium etc and switching to DOACS attached
www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUo5O1JmLH0 - how to take off your PPE and dispose of it properly
www.themdu.com/guidance-and-advice/latest-updates-and-advice/certifying-deaths-during-covid-19-outbreak?LocalRole=norole – MDU advice on death administration during COVID crisis
http://www.digital.nhs.uk/coronavirus/shielded-patient-list – Shielding criteria, links for patients etc
http://www.mims.co.uk/ – drug shortages tracker, sign up for free, lists drugs which a unavailable or in poor supply, advises on when they might become available and provides sensible alternatives where possible
Inside health – BBC sounds podcast aimed at the layperson but explores lots of aspects of COVID and it’s impact
The coronavirus diaries – BBC sounds podcast stories from frontline staff
Covid -19 :WPBA
At 06/05/20 – We are aware that there is a lot of uncertainty regarding the RCGP exams, WPBA and ARCP due to COVID. The link below from the RCGP should explain all issues and answer most questions:
Covid -19 :Trainees in need of Support
Covid-19 Wellbeing Information and resources:
Unmind is a digital workplace mental health platform. There are a number of these available but importantly UnMind is currently free for all NHS workers to access. You can sign up to access the service using your @hee email address or other @nhs email address you might hold.
The portal offers a really comprehensive range of support at your fingertips such as:
- tools to support sleep, cope with stress, parenting, support others and exercise;
- useful learning and reading content which combines the latest research, psychology, CBT, neuroscience and mindfulness;
- a diary option to assess, track and understand your mental wellbeing over time;
- a thank you option to recognise where someone has made a difference to your wellbeing. I think we all know this instinctively, but science confirms that simple recognition and praise significantly improves personal wellbeing.
N.B. when you sign up the portal will send you ping you an email registration. IT are working to ensure this doesn’t drop into Mimecast, but if you don’t receive yours do drop them a note to release it for you.
more resources are – go here .
Employment issues, Contracts, Maternity Leave, Study Leave, Sick Leave, Expense Claims, indemnity, DBS checks etc:
For Information and guidance regarding all employment issues, payments or reimbursements to trainees including indemnity, expenses, study leave, travel etc. refer to the single lead employer documents and website
The VTS and Deanery teams are responsible for the educational aspects of your training but are not involved in your employment. For queries regarding anything to do with your contracts or pay you will need to contact the single lead employer
|Enquires in relation to:||Email address||Telephone Number|
|Employment Services||leademployerTV@sthk.nhs.uk||0151 290 4756|
|Case Management||Leademployer.firstname.lastname@example.org||0151 290 4440
0151 290 4425
|Payroll||Eastmids.email@example.com||0151 290 4658|
|Expenses (Study leave and Non-payment)
For payment issues refer to Employment Services above
|0151 290 4658|
|Pensions||Eastmids.firstname.lastname@example.org||0151 430 1115|
|0151 290 4475|
|Allocate/Exception Reporting||Medical.HR@sthk.nhs.uk||0151 290 4383|
HR Manager contact – Jennifer.Tully@sthk.nhs.uk 0151 2904425
Annual Leave depends on your time in NHS Employment – please contact the Single Lead Employer to confirm your allowance and any restrictions on when leave can be taken. You must also inform your placements of your intention to take A/L, and consult with them with regard to their notice requirement as it may not be possible if timescales do not allow.
Returning from Maternity Leave / Absence:
UNDERTAKING ADDITIONAL WORK WHILST IN A POSTGRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION TRAINING PROGRAMME:
The recently published CoPMED ‘Guidance for Trainees and Trainers on Undertaking Additional Work Whilst in a Postgraduate Medical Education Training Programme’ is below. It is important that all are familiar with this guidance. It ‘comes into force’ immediately. Please read and become familiar with the entire guidance but a few key points are listed below.
- All additional work that requires a licence to practice must be declared to the Responsible Officer (RO) on Form R
- The employer, placement provider and RO must be made aware off all additional work.
- Individuals must not work beyond their capability as described in Good Medical Practice.
- Additional work must not be undertaken during periods of absence for study or sickness….when we start collecting the sickness data if we establish a trainee has a high level of sickness, as their employer, we would stop the trainee undertaking the additional work
- Additional work will not impact on achieving educational goals. Trainees in periods of extended training (unsatisfactory ARCP) should not normally undertake any additional work.
- GP trainees can only work in an approved practice setting subject to the regulations of the performers list. If working in other settings, such as hospital practice, this must be within current capabilities which will usually be a role that the doctor has undertaken in the previous 2 years.
- Repetitive additional work should lead to a review of LTFT training schedule or eligibility.
- LTFT for health reasons is unlikely to support additional working.
- Inter-Deanery Transfers guidance
- Intra-deanery transfer request form
- Guidance on Intra-Deanery Transfers
Less Than Full Time Training:
- LTFT KSS useful information
- LTFT Deanery information
- LTFT Deanery contact – Mairi Hills ( Mairi.Hills@hee.nhs.uk )
Out of Hours:
- URGENT AND UNSCHEDULED CARE Guidance November 2019
- Reading and Newbury VTS OOH Record Sheet
- Contact email for booking shifts with South Central Ambulance Service: Scheduling.Department@scas.nhs.uk
- Guidance on out of hours work for GP trainees https://heeoe.hee.nhs.uk/gp_out_of_hours
- Contact email for organising Oxfordshire out of hours: email@example.com , or Karen Haycroft firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact email for booking Westcall out of hours shifts (Berkshire): email@example.com (Office tel no: 01189781119 )
Deanery information on applying for out of programme experience
Link to RCGP Guidance on e-portfolio and Work Place Based Assessment
Link to Login page for the e-portfolio
The new curriculum has been released and imported to the ePortfolio – this is not part of the changes to the WPBA that are due to be implemented in August 2020. The only change to the WPBA requirements is the new prescribing assessment pilot.
As part of this change the curriculum has been replaced by Patient Experience Groups and the Competencies are now named Capabilities. Previously we expected that a minimum of 5 curriculum entries would be sufficient to show exposure to relevant areas by the end of ST3. This was to include theoretical and practical application.
The old curriculum has not been lost and will be reviewed as well as logs linked to the new Patient Experience Groups at ESRs and ARCP.
There are no set numbers of logs that are required for the experience groups but ideally all 13 capabilities should be demonstrated across all 8 patient experience groups at least once, ideally in each review period but certainly within each year. For OOHs all Capabilities will need to be demonstrated across the patient experience group 6, “People requiring urgent and unscheduled care”.
The new e portfolio platform will be introduced in August 2020 with the new assessment schedule.
Please see the RCGP website for details of all changes.
- Child and adult safeguarding3
- E-learning for health modules for Adult and Child Safeguarding
- Bluestream e-learning resources for safeguarding
- Thames Valley GP Training Safeguarding Training Policy August 2019.pdf
- Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults alternative level 3 training
- Frequently asked questions for adult and child safeguarding 0612192
Gp e-learning based on curriculum areas:
GP Mandatory training eg equality and diversity, information governance and safeguarding
- Bluestream academy – register through your training practice
Good medical practice and ethics:
CSA and AKT preparation:
Induction and Refresher Scheme:
National performers list:
Information related to appraisal post CCT:
- When training is complete please ensure that the status on the performers list is changed. The Form NPL3 needs to be completed https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/npl-3-national-performers-lists-change-notification-form/ and returned to the email address on the form. Once this is done each local team is aware of the GP and they will be offered an appraisal within the first year of practice. At present GPs are contacting the office about their appraisal having not been allocated, we are happy to help once we are aware of them on our local list in South Central.
- PDP at end of training. It is becoming more common for GPs at their first appraisal to deny all knowledge of a PDP. In fact they would have agreed one for their first year in practice at their final review with their trainer. Appraisal is a useful opportunity to review how those plans have gone and to agree development goals for future practice. A focus in the final review of looking forward to the demands of independent practice and what learning may be needed for this will help here.
- Thames Valley are compiling local advice to add to our own page on the NHS England website; while this is in preparation doctors in the final phase of training should read the RCGP guidance on how to prepare for appraisal and the NHSE Medical Appraisal Guidance.
- Below is new guidance related to scope of practice and revalidation. Please read the guidance document itself as well as the ‘FAQs’ document:
- (1) FAQs_re_Full_Scope_of_Work_update_2nd_April_2019
- Thames Valley Appraisal team contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
GUIDANCE ON THE CONTENT OF SPECIALTY TRAINING PROGRAMMES IN GENERAL PRACTICE INTENDED TO LEAD TO THE AWARD OF A CCT :
For attention of ST3s on Tier 2 visas
We are delighted to be able to let you know that the Home Office have agreed that HEE can continue to act as your Tier 2 visa sponsor for 3 months beyond your CCT date even though we will no longer be your employer. We appreciate that this issue has been causing considerable stress and concern. The Home Office has requested a single list of the Tier 2 GPSTs to be returned to them, which will help to relieve pressures on UKVI and speed up the process. Could you please contact the Overseas Sponsorship Team on email@example.com to confirm if you would like to take the opportunity for the 3 months extension or if you do not require this (for example you have obtained sponsorship with another employer).
Useful Contacts / Information:
- Revised Framework Agreement – Junior Doctors 2019
- RCGP Website
- GP Curriculum
- Oxford Deanery
- Bradford VTS
- Royal Berkshire Hospital
- Oxford Deanery Removals Policy Jan 2013 (2) – If you think you are eligible, you need to apply for reimbursement to Asha Ellerton at UHB, Finance Department, UHB NHS Foundation Trust, PO Box 16967, 14-17 George Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B16 6TT – 0121 371 7477 – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Useful-contacts-for-trainers-and-trainees at Jan2019
- A Resource for AKT and CSA preparation – https://www.fourteenfish.com
- Dyslexia Screening Tool
- For GPs in need of extra support or who are worried about their wellbeing. GP Career Support
- Reading and Newbury guide to Professionalism
- Doctors in Difficulty
- Targeted Trainees – FAQs TGPT 1
- Primary Care Fellowship Programme 2020 – The closing date is 29th March EOI HEETV QI Primary Care Fellowships 2020 final3 Fellowships HEETV PCS 2020 info pack final2 Flyer HEETV primary care fellowship programme 2020 final3
BMA Wellbeing Support Services – email@example.com
Learning to lead toolkit:
Teaching topics during Covid 19 training delay:
Whale resources – remote consultations a survival guide
Lots of resources on Bradford VTS
Medical Defence Unions
E-LfH online learning
Free NB Medical Webinar: