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Posted March 20th 2020 (3 years ago)

National Lead Dean Guidance re SL and Covid-19

Dear Colleague

As we prepare for the impact of COVID 19 a number of queries have come to us with regards to HEE’s approach to study leave. Please be advised that the position is as follows:

Impact of Coronavirus On Study Leave for Doctors in Training

Trainees should endeavour to obtain a refund for any pre-booked expenses. If they unable to do so we will honour the claim, but they should provide evidence when they submit their claim that the expense was non-refundable.

All requests for study leave time not taken during the outbreak will be properly considered by the employers and Postgraduate deans and will be subject to the need to maintain NHS services, and training requirements for completion of programmes.

We are asking all parties to be flexible both during and after this difficult time.

HEE will be developing a set of FAQs to help manage the queries that are arising.

If there are unresolved queries please contact us via Study Leave (SW); for our Postgraduate Dean to review.


Posted March 17th 2020 (3 years ago)

Simulation Teaching - Paediatrics

All simulation courses run out of BMSC and Southmead will be postponed until further notice. The training space at both UHB and Southmead are needed for COVID-19 related training.

Posted March 11th 2020 (3 years ago)

COVID-19 and Teaching days

We have just been advised by Paediatric Head of school that the ST6-8 teaching day on Friday, 13th March 2020 is no longer face to face with regards to COVID-19, please do not turn up to UHB education centre.

Updated details will be on Paediatrics website how we are going to delivery the training session.




Posted October 3rd 2019 (3 years ago)

ARCPs - HEE guide for trainees

Please follow the link for an animation providing a short & simple guide for trainees and trainers on how the ARCP process works.


Posted February 20th 2018 (5 years 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 (6 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 (6 years ago)

Paediatric Trainee Conference

Severn Paediatric Trainee Conference 2017

Open to Both Severn and Peninsula Trainees

UHB Education Centre Bristol

Posted September 13th 2016 (7 years ago)

43rd BPNA Annual Conference 2017


We are pleased to announce that we have now extended the deadline for the call for abstracts for our 43rd BPNA Annual Conference 2017.

The deadline for submission will now be Sunday 25 September 2016. You will have until midnight on this day to submit your abstract.Submit your abstract here.

Please follow the Guidelines and instructions when submitting your abstract.

Applicants will be notified of results by the end of October 2016.


Oral Presentations - 

Oral presentations will have 15 minutes each: 10 minutes for the presentation, with a further 5 minutes for discussion. Please note that presenters must be registered for the conference day of their presentation. Notifications will be made in November to allow for early bird conference registration.


Poster Presentations - 

Posters will be on display for the duration of the conference. This year there will be guided poster tours, one author must be present for questions. Details of timings will be made in November to allow for early bird conference registration.


If you have any queries, please email Katie Wilkinson.

Posted September 7th 2016 (7 years ago)

BPNA Annual Conference

We will be holding our 43rd Annual Conference on the 11-13 January 2017 in Cambridge, England. Please join us for three days of excellent and practical Paediatric Neurology, in the convivial and beautiful surroundings of our lovely university city.

The conference will be held at West Road Concert Hall, a short walk from the centre of Cambridge and near to the famous Cambridge Backs and King's College.

On Wednesday 11 January there will be an evening drinks reception at the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology. The social highlight will be a dinner and Ceilidh on Thursday 12 January in the magnificent hall of King's College. Dinner will be followed by traditional dancing to the Cambridge University Ceilidh Band.

We expect a stimulating and exciting peer-reviewed programme, but locally invited expert speakers will cover topics that include genetic updates, sleep, neural inflammation and rehabilitation. The scientific program will be greatly enhanced with local keynote speakers, updating us on their fields in which they lead internationally.




The deadline for submission is Monday 12 September 2016. Submit your abstract here.

Please follow the Guidelines and instructions when submitting your abstract.

Applicants will be notified of results by the end of October 2016.



This prize is awarded to those who have made a significant contribution to paediatric neurology as judged by published work and who were under the age of 40 years, or within 5 years of obtaining CCT, whichever was later. The prize lecturer gives a 30-minute presentation at the BPNA conference and is awarded £500 plus full registration for the conference plus travel expenses and hotel accommodation.

Submit your nominations here.  The deadline for nominations is 30 September 2016. 



Nominations are now open. The prize will be awarded at the annual conference dinner to a trainee who has best contributed to service improvement which significantly impacted on their local and/or national practice, or any other innovative contribution. Submit your nominations here. The deadline for nominations is 30 November 2016.



We are pleased to offer ‘early bird’ rates to those who book by the 30 November 2016. The standard rates apply for bookings after this date. Please click here to book online.

If you are NOT already a member but wish to join, you need to apply for membership before 30 November 2015 to benefit from reduced conference fees for members.



The Distance Learning study day will be held on Tuesday 10 January 2017 at Wolfson College, Cambridge. Please book this online as part of your conference booking. Timings and the theme/units to be covered will follow shortly.

We very much look forward to seeing you all there!


Posted May 4th 2016 (7 years ago)

Southwest Paediatric Club Meeting

9th May in Swindon Please register to attend now closing date for applications 6th May

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