We're taking on the bullies

panellists at RCSEd's round-table on bullyingIn December, a GMC survey found that surgical trainees had one of the highest reporting rates for bullying and undermining of all medical specialties. In response, RCSEd invited representatives from across the profession to discuss the extent of the problem and examine possible solutions


Measuring up trainee needs

trainee needsContrary to the findings of the Greenaway Report, more flexibility is required for future doctors to gain the skills necessary for consultant careers – so argues the Association of Surgeons in Training

The final report of the independent review led by Professor David Greenaway made recommendations regarding the structure and delivery of medical and surgical postgraduate training for the next 30 years. The changes proposed within its 19 recommendations are far-reaching and have implications for current and future trainees in the UK.

Two heads are better than one

researchResearch collaboratives are becoming increasingly popular as a way of fulfilling CCT requirements for surgical trainees

The Greenaway Report on the Shape of Training highlighted the importance of trainees accessing research opportunities. All surgical specialties cite research as an area of competence in the relevant JCST guidelines that must be fulfilled in order to attain the certificate of completion of training (CCT) in their specialty. The requirements vary between the specialties and within individual training schemes, but the JCST states trainees must provide “evidence of an understanding of, and participation in, research as defined by the specialty”.

Return to work programmes

RTREmma Reay asks if it’s time to formalise return to work procedures for trainees

Returning to work as a surgical trainee after a period of absence can be a daunting experience and one many of us will encounter over the course of our training. A prolonged period away from clinical work can happen for a variety of reasons such as maternity leave, out of programme research, and after illness. Although there are generic guidelines for returning to work written by many of the postgraduate deaneries and the BMA, there has yet to be a formalised return to work programme for surgeons in training. Currently, there are no specific guidelines laid down by the surgical colleges or trainees associations which are specifically tailored for surgical trainees.

Come back with a plan

planGael MacLean explains why planning ahead is the key to reducing the stress of returning to training

Returning to surgical training after a period of absence can be a stressful experience. This is often exacerbated if the time away has been prolonged such as maternity leave or as a result of sick leave. My interest in this area stems from the difficult transition I experienced when returning to work after maternity leave as an ST4 in general surgery. Talking to other colleagues, I realised I was not alone in my experiences.

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