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Recently, following course feedback and some piloting work, the Advanced Communication Skills Courses were relaunched in a 2-day format. Dr Pauline Leonard who leads the initiative, reports the background here:
There have been questions from some about the requirement for peer review to complete an approved 3-day communication skills course. Many have previously completed similar courses and were wondering whether they still need to comply. Dr Pauline Leonard has updated us with the following:
For those who have ever done a 3 day communication course using actors and video feedback or one of the Fallowfield/ MGuire/Wilinson courses, and can show attendance (not just saying they did it), that evidence can be sent to the central team for verification and if approved they will be peer review approved until a refresher course is ready.
You can obtain further information at the Connected website here.
Prompted by the findings of NCEPOD reports into deaths within 30 days of systemic anticancer treatment, and also deaths within 96 hours of admission to hospital, a joint RCP/RCR working group is now developing a framework that would enable timely and appropriate decision making for patients with cancer who present to emergency care services. This work will support the development of acute oncology services and the end of life care initiatives. Expertise within the group is drawn from oncology, haematology, internal medicine, emergency medicine and critical care; primary care and palliative medicine; nursing and patient/carer representatives.
The first Specialty Certificate Examination (SCE) took place on the 24th of November 2010. There were 58 candidates, including 10 from overseas. The overall pass rate was 64% of UK trainees, 58% overall.
The latest round of National Clinical Excellence Awards has just opened and updated guidance and application forms are provided on the ACCEA website. The ACP, as the specialist society for medical oncology, is registered with the ACCEA as a recognised body for submitting recommendations for national awards. As in previous years paid-up members who can demonstrate a significant contribution to the ACP, and to the specialty of Medical Oncology as a whole, are invited to self-nominate for consideration for support by the ACP. Please note that the ACP, as a specialist society, can only nominate for National Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards (not Platinum).
The use of the additional forms is optional. Bronze and Silver applicants can submit a max of one additional form, Gold applicants may choose to submit a max of two.
Dr Ernie Marshall, a medical oncologist based at Clatterbridge, works closely with Prof. Peter Clark who led development of the NCAG report. In the attached presentation kindly shared, he describes how they have set up an Acute Oncology service locally. Dr Pauline Leonard, based at the Whittington in London has also developed a local acute oncology servce and kindly supplied her updated presentation. Both of these resources will be useful for others planning to do the same in their region. UPDATE 23/12/2009: Dr Marshall has given a very useful interview to Doctors.net about Acute Oncology. Membership of Doctors.net is free to GMC registered medics and you can download the podcast here.