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Posted March 14th 2019 (2 months ago)

National QI and Patient Safety Poster Competition 2019






Apply online here:


Judges will be looking for examples of innovation, joint working and proven outcomes. If your entry is short-listed you will be invited to create and print a poster for display at the Bristol Patient Safety Conference on 15th May 2019 and will qualify for a discounted delegate rate of £159.


New this year: Category Winners will get to publish an article in our Patient Safety Journal, that records the proceedings of the conference - to read visit here:

Posted February 10th 2019 (3 months ago)

GW4 Clinical Academic Training (GW4-CAT) Programme

The GW4 Clinical Academic Training (GW4-CAT) Programme in Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter for Medical, Veterinary and Dental Graduates

Applications for a Summer 2020 start are invited from exceptional medical, veterinary and dental graduates to undertake 3-year PhD training at the universities of Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.

The scheme, supported by the Wellcome Trust, is aimed at exceptionally motivated clinically qualified trainees who can demonstrate the capability and drive to undertake a period of research with a view to developing a long-term career as a clinical academic. Applicants must be fully-qualified medical doctors and must have a qualification that allows them to practice clinically in the UK.

Funding offered:

  • A clinical salary
  • University tuition fees at the home rate
  • Associated project costs
  • A contribution towards travel expenses for conferences or project-related travel
  • Some carer support costs where necessary, subject to approval
  • A contribution towards core and specialist training costs

Further information and online application can be found on the GW4CAT website.

The closing date for applications is 12:00 GMT on 1st April 2019

If you have any queries, please email.

Posted September 11th 2018 (8 months ago)

Severn PGMDE are moving on 4 October 2018!

Severn Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education office is moving on the 4 October 2018

Please note that Health Education England’s Severn PGMDE office will be moving out of Vantage Business Park to our new location.

From the 4 October 2018 we will no longer be located at Deanery House, Vantage Business Park. With effect from Monday 15 October 2018 our new address will be:

Health Education England
Park House
1200 Parkway
Bristol Parkway North
Stoke Gifford
Bristol, BS34 8YU

Our telephone numbers will remain unchanged.

There is no central switchboard number – all calls will be direct dial.

We apologise in advance if there is any delay in communications between 4 and 15 October 2018. Please send an email to the person with whom you wish to contact and they will reply you as soon as possible.

In the case of an urgent query please contact Simon Davis on 07585 998 704, Matt Friend on 07585 401187 or Rose Hill on 01752 590625. If you wish to get in touch with the Professional Support Unit please email:

Dental - In the case of an urgent query please contact Matthew Hill on 01454 252672

Posted June 12th 2018 (11 months ago)

Educational Conference 28 September 2018

South West Peninsula and Severn Postgraduate Medical Education programmes, on behalf of Health Education England, South West, will be holding their annual educational conference on 28th September 2018 at Taunton Racecourse. This year, given it is the 70th Birthday of the NHS, the conference will consider the journey of postgraduate medical education, where it is today and speculate on what it may look like in future.

There will also be a variety of workshops which will provide an opportunity to discuss topical issues, gain a greater understanding of PGME related subjects and support educator development. This year it is our intention that one of the workshops be trainee delivered.

The conference aims to be an enjoyable and valuable interactive experience for all those involved in clinical postgraduate medical education. It will be of particular interest to Associate Deans, GP Associate Directors, Regional Advisers, Heads of School, Training Programme Directors, Directors of Medical Education, Clinical Tutors, Foundation Leads and College Tutors, as well as Clinical and Educational Supervisors.

All the speakers have an interest and considerable experience on the areas they will be presenting and there will be an opportunity for interactive discussion and networking throughout the day.

CPD recognition with the Royal College of Physicians will be applied for.

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. There will be no charge to those involved in educational roles in the footprint of Health Education England working across the South West. A programme will be available on this website shortly, but in the meantime registration for the Conference can be found on the link below.

Application Form

Draft Programme

Posted May 23rd 2018 (12 months ago)

ARCP animation and guide - now Live!

The ARCP animation and guide is now live and can be viewed on the Specialty Training website.   

Lydia Taylor
Communications Programme Manager
Health Education England

Posted February 21st 2018 (1 year ago)

Reflective Practice

Please see the Joint Statement from COPMED and AoMRC on Reflective Practice.

Posted February 20th 2018 (1 year ago)

January 2018 Newsletter

Severn Postgraduate School of Paediatrics – January 2018 Newsletter The Progress Edition

Happy new year!

Ok, it’s over a month late, but the sentiment is genuine. While the initial excitement of New Year resolutions may be fading, I hope you’re all making progress towards your personal goals for 2018. One of my aims is to further develop our sense of collegiality as a school. Continuously improving the experience and outcomes of paediatric training in Severn will benefit us all; together we can make the difference.

  • Changes call for innovation, and innovation leads to progress  Li Keqiang

The deanery support team for paediatrics has reduced in size and is coming to terms with a broader range of responsibilities. We are lucky to have kept Susan as education and programme manager but sadly Karen has moved across to a different department. I certainly miss her regular weekly bulletin keeping us up to speed with what’s going on (and not just the cartoons). While I can’t promise the frequency or entertainment value that Karen achieved, I will try to get back to regular email updates. I hope we can find other ways to connect too – any suggestions are more than welcome. The Peninsula trainees have set up a Trello page ( – a bit like an online gated social community, with access by invitation. Is that something we’d like to replicate or join in Severn? Please send your thoughts and ideas to me or your trainee reps for the next board meeting.

  • Progress is man’s ability to complicate simplicity            Thor Heyerdahl

The big event of this year will be the launch of ‘RCPCH Progress’ – the new curriculum for paediatric postgraduate training. It is one of the first to be approved by the GMC to meet its new standards. Contrary to what Thor might say, Progress promises to be a positive change – focusing more on global learning outcomes and generic capabilities than long lists of competences to tick off. To find out more, visit the webpage  The college is planning events this year to help trainees, supervisors and tutors prepare for the transition. Unless your CCT date is before the 15th September 2019, you will move to the new curriculum in August this year, so do make some time to find out about it.

  • Changes and progress very rarely are gifts from above. They come out of struggles from below.             Noam Chomsky


  • Message from David Hanna:

We have just finalised the line-up for 2018 Traumacare conference in Staffordshire. The paediatric trauma day is on 17th April and we have brought together a panel of experienced paediatricians and emergency physicians alongside experts in paediatric trauma and primary retrieval. These include senior members of the team from Manchester Children's Hospital who managed multiple paediatric casualties in the aftermath of the Ariana Grande concert bombing in May 2017.

We have designed the programme for physicians, nurses and allied health professionals who work in acute paediatrics and emergency services. It would also be ideal for paediatric trainees, particularly those with an interest in paediatric emergency medicine or who plan to apply to do grid PEM/PICU training.


Developing Effective Clinician Leaders


- You will have heard or read about the recent High Court decision about Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba. I guess we all feel a great deal of empathy with her and recognise the pressures she was working under. Many of you will be thinking about whether or how this should change your practice now. What should you do if overstretched at work due to acute sickness or staff shortage? DMEs and medical directors are likely to give trust specific guidance soon. For now, do you know where to access your department’s escalation policy? Who would you contact if you needed to raise immediate concerns? Check with your educational supervisor if not sure.

The second thing to consider is how to record reflection. There was some misreporting about how reflective accounts were used in Dr Bawa-Garba’s case, which has recently been clarified. Misrepresentation aside, I completely understand the fear that reflection might be used ‘against’ us. Most of us reflect in some way or another as a part of experiential learning, and we are professionally obliged to reflect on our performance and values. For some this comes naturally as an explicit written process, for others it will be an internal conversation that can be much harder or even artificial to write down. The point of reflection in the portfolio is to identify the learning, rather than produce a detailed descriptive account of the event leading to the learning. My advice for now would be to focus on the outcomes of reflection for your portfolio, rather than the details of the event. Anonymise the situation as far as possible, particularly references to specific identifiable patients, family members and other healthcare professionals. You may have to produce separate, more factual summaries for any incident review process. Remember to talk to your educational supervisor, clinical tutor or others for support and advice. The wider school team is here for you too. We shouldn’t let this stop us using reflection as a way of converting experience into useful personal development – but pause to think about how we document that reflection. There may be further guidance soon from the college.

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. Henry Ford

Thanks for making it this far, and that’s all for now.

Here is a link for all the school contacts. If you’d like to get more involved in the work and development of the school, please get in touch!

Very best wishes, Russell



Posted August 23rd 2017 (2 years ago)

Severn School of Paediatrics Annual Dinner and Awards

Paediatric trainees and Consultants, 14th September at Bristol Zoo

For more information please contact School manager Karen Fishenden

Posted December 21st 2016 (2 years ago)

Paediatric Trainee Conference

Severn Paediatric Trainee Conference 2017

Open to Both Severn and Peninsula Trainees

UHB Education Centre Bristol

Posted September 20th 2016 (3 years ago)

AMPS Competencies Report

We (Julie Screaton (Director, London and the South East) and Professor Ged Byrne (Director of Education & Quality, Health Education England working across the North West)) are pleased to let you know that our survey of higher education institutions about embedding national antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship competences into curricula is now available to access on our website.

The antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship (AMPS) competences, produced jointly by the Government's expert advisory group for antimicrobial resistance and healthcare acquired infections (ARHAI), and Public Health England were published in 2013. Implementing these competences forms a key aspect of ‘Key area 3’ of the Government's five year strategy for tackling antimicrobial resistance - improving professional education, training and public engagement to improve clinical practice and promote wider understanding of the need for more sustainable use of antimicrobials. The antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship (AMPS) competences can provide clarity for regulators, education providers and professional bodies to inform standards, guidance and the development of training.

Undergraduate students have expressed interest in receiving more education about antimicrobials, especially about their multidisciplinary use. This survey asked higher education institutions about their awareness of the competencies, and how they had embedded them into their courses.

The results showed:

  • From the 45 universities that submitted information for a total of 100 health-related course 86% of universities confirmed they were aware of the national AMPS competencies.
  • Implementation of the five domains of the AMPS competencies showed that 91% of courses had embedded statements on infection prevention and control, 75% of courses for antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobials, 66.3% of courses for the prescribing of antimicrobials, 62% of courses for the prescribing of antimicrobials and 40% of courses for monitoring and learning.
  • Embedding of the AMPS competencies per professional group showed an average of 90% implementation for medicine, 82% for dentistry, 81% for pharmacy, 76% for independent non-medical prescribing courses, 52% for midwifery, 46% for nursing and 40.8% for allied health professionals.

We welcome the findings of this initial survey and hope best practices can be shared between higher health education institutions to enhance the adoption of these competencies. It has also highlighted the importance of non-medical prescribing courses adopting these competencies.

We would encourage you to:

  • implement the recommendations in this report on behalf of your organisations
  • raise awareness of these results within your organisations and networks
  • provide system leadership as individuals, groups and organisations in enhancing the adoption and implementation of the antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship (AMPS) competences within your academic and health networks and organisations, at both undergraduate and post-graduate level.

For further information please contact Mohamed Sadak (Clinical Lead and Programme Manager, Antimicrobial Resistance and Sepsis).


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