Innovative medical training earning high praise from trainee doctors

Date: 29 November 2016

Medical Education Programme
Members of the Medical Education team 

An experienced, nine-strong team of advisors and administrators run Medway Foundation Trust’s medical education programmes, supporting the delivery of high quality, evidence-based training across a range of specialities to junior doctors, both here at the Trust and across the region.

Taking in about 200 doctors each year with placements rotating through the acute specialties, the programme offers Foundation training placements, Core Medical Training as well as a three-year General Practice Vocational Training Scheme.  Speciality Tutors and Educational and Clinical Supervisors provide induction, along with training, support and advice to trainees throughout their time at the Trust.

‘Our trainees are highly motivated and enthusiastic, contributing leadership and fresh ideas to improving patient care,’ said Carol Atkins, manager to the programmes. ‘As a teaching trust, we attract and retain high quality tutors and supervisors to work with our trainee doctors. This collaboration generates a wealth of quality improvement projects, which helps us to continually advance across all areas of patient care.’

We have regular simulation based training sessions on WHO surgical safety checklist for multidisciplinary theatre staff.  They run in the Post Graduate Medical Centre’s Simulation Suite, a virtual reality facility that replicates various clinical scenarios, offering the opportunity to experience and learn from challenging medical events in a safe environment. Inspired by The Checklist Manifesto, a widely respected publication by surgeon and writer Atul Gawande, the simulation training emphasises how the use of briefings and checklists can dramatically improve patient safety and surgical outcomes. The training includes the use of a face to face briefing with the surgical team to run through a checklist of everything that needs to happen before surgery begins, a simple but powerful tool that has been shown to reduce the risk of routine error by improving communication and teamwork. The simulation training has proven highly popular, with around 58 theatre staff having taken the training to date, and a growing waiting list.

By offering innovative training opportunities, the Trust continues to build its reputation for excellence, coming second in the region for ‘Overall Satisfaction’ in training posts in the General Medical Council’s annual evaluation. In addition, the South Thames Foundation School gave the Trust an award for ‘Exceptional Work in the Remediation of Doctors in Difficulty.’

  • Summary:

    An experienced, nine-strong team of advisors and administrators run Medway Foundation Trust’s medical education programmes, supporting the delivery of high quality, evidence-based training.