Trainees Newsletter – Issue 5 - October 2016
Junior Doctors Contract
The ACP and its executive remain strongly supportive of its trainees and is opposed to any contract that would dis-incentivise training in medical oncology. The proposed (imposed) contract is likely to adversely affect medical oncology due to its impact on those trainees who take time out of programme or work less than full time. We continue to work collaboratively with the RCR Oncology Registrars Forum to develop strategies to highlight its impact upon oncology. Furthermore we are working on strategies to try and mitigate the impact that any imposed contract will have on medical oncology.
Any suggestions to how the association can continue to support you are welcome – please get in touch.
LATs have been removed from England. This has a disproportionate impact upon medical oncology as it becomes increasingly difficult to cover trainees going into research.
Round 1 recruitment 2016 –
42 NTNs in R1 2016 (31 in 2015) – Increase in NTNs because of a reduction in LATs
122 applicants (65% unique to medical oncology)
82% fill rate at round 1 (89% in 2015)
Trainee Survey and Rota Gaps
Thankyou for completing the survey on rota gaps. This will form part of future campaigns and we will let you know the results of this.
Shape of Training
The proposal is still being finalised. Shape of Training is now an ‘evolution’ rather than a ‘revolution’. It aims to equip the future consultants with the medical skills, knowledge and experience to treat increasingly complex and elderly patients within their field of practice.
Under the current proposal medical oncology will not be part of the acute, unselected take and it will not dual accredit with internal medicine. It will instead contribute through ‘selected take’ as part of acute oncology services. It is therefore of increasing importance that acute oncology services are effective as this reduces the burden on the acute unselected take.
This model does not propose a shortening to our training, rather an extra year of ‘CMT3’ prior to specialisation. Overall the ACP remains in support of the concept of more exposure to general medicine at this level.
New Curriculum for ‘Internal Medicine’ in line with ‘Shape of Training’:
A new model of assessment – ‘Competencies in Practice (CiP)’ is being developed with the aim of simplifying workplace-based assessments. It is currently under review as part of a pilot study prior to further implementation: https://www.jrcptb.org.uk/training-certification/shape-training-and-new-internal-medicine-curriculum/cip-proof-concept-study
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We are aware that medical oncology trainees are being approached to participate in the ‘Hospital at Night’/Ward cover as part of re-organisations of general medical rotas. Local Training Programme Director support is key to opposing any changes to rotas. The ACP has generated a letter addressed to trusts for anyone who needs help to oppose any changes. Please let us know if there are proposals to change medical oncology rotas to include general medicine.
Chemotherapy competencies will soon be included in e-portfolio
Some parts of the medical oncology curriculum are being redesigned/updated with a sharper focus on acute oncology, onco-geriatrics and onco-genomics
New Trainees Committee - Call for new representatives
We are establishing a trainees committee in order to be increasingly influential, enable us to complete more projects and to help raise the profile of the association and profession. The trainees committee will have regional representation with designated roles (below). These include engagement with undergraduates/CMTs/FYs, website development and content and providing trainee input to strategic goals of the association.
We will be looking for regional representation and roles will be delegated once the committee is established. If you would like to become a representative please contact one of the current representatives/Alison Norton.
|BMA Junior Doctors Representative|
|Undergraduate and Junior Doctor Officer|
|Education Officer (and also second SAC representative who is elected by committee)|
|London & South East x2|
|South & South West|
|North East & West|
|Midlands & Wales|
|Scotland & Northern Ireland|
Award winning book “Problem Solving in Older Cancer Patients” based on the 2015 ACP study day is now available for purchase fromClinical Publishing - discounted rate for ACP members
The Late Medical Effects of Cancer Treatment – Royal College of Physicians Conference – 11thNovember 2016 – London -The RCP is hosting a conference on the Late Medical Effects of Cancer Treatment. It is an event proposed by the ACP and organised by the RCP. Further details:https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/events/late-medical-effects-cancer-treatments
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
|NCRI Conference||6-9th November 2016, Liverpool|
|Association of Cancer Physicians Annual General Meeting||7th November 2016, Liverpool|
|Royal College of Physicians ‘Late Medical Effects of Cancer Treatment’- A joint ACP/RCR/Endocrine organised conference||11thNovember 2016|
If you have any comments, queries, concerns, questions or indeed information you want to share with other trainees, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Please email Alison Norton.