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Trainees Specialty Advisory Board Update on Progress and Function. Conor Marron Chairman, RCSEd Trainees Specialty Advisory Board. Aims. Update on TSAB Membership & Links with other SABs Sample Agenda and Discussions Review of Function and Role Concerns of TSAB Role

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Trainees Specialty Advisory BoardUpdate on Progress and Function

Conor Marron

Chairman, RCSEd Trainees Specialty Advisory Board


Aims

  • Update on TSAB Membership & Links with other SABs

  • Sample Agenda and Discussions

  • Review of Function and Role

  • Concerns of TSAB Role

  • Suggestions for Development

  • Issues for consideration


TSAB Membership

  • Mr C Marron (2010)

  • Dr S Adams (2008)

  • Mr R Anderson (2008)

  • Miss A Bain (2008)

  • Ms C Bates (2008)

  • Miss W Craig (2008)

  • Mr K R Ghani (2008)

  • Mr E Harrison (2008)

  • Ms J Richards (2009)

  • Mr R Skipworth (2009)

  • Mr G D Stewart (2008)

  • Mr J Sultan (2009)

  • Mr R V Venkateswaran (2008)

  • Mr P Walmsley (2008)

  • Mr J D Orr (President RCSEd)

  • Mr D A Tolley (Treasurer, RCSEd)

  • Mr C McKiernan (ex officio SAB in A&E)

  • Mr D West (ex officio SAB in Cardiothoracic)

  • Mr Richard Adamson (ex officio SAB in Otolaryngology)

  • Mr Rory Rickard (ex officio SAB in Plastic)

  • Mr J Morrison (ex officio SAB in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery)

  • Mr D McGill (ex officio SAB in Plastic Surgery)

  • Mr P Driscoll (ex officio SAB in General Surgery)

  • Mr


TSAB Membership

  • Mr C Marron (2010)

  • Dr S Adams (2008)

  • Mr R Anderson (2008)

  • Miss A Bain (2008)

  • Ms C Bates (2008)

  • Miss W Craig (2008)

  • Mr K R Ghani (2008)

  • Mr E Harrison (2008)

  • Ms J Richards (2009)

  • Mr R Skipworth (2009)

  • Mr G D Stewart (2008)

  • Mr J Sultan (2009)

  • Mr R V Venkateswaran (2008)

  • Mr P Walmsley (2008)

  • Mr J D Orr (President RCSEd)

  • Mr D A Tolley (Treasurer, RCSEd)

  • Mr C McKiernan (ex officio SAB in A&E)

  • Mr D West (ex officio SAB in Cardiothoracic)

  • Mr Richard Adamson (ex officio SAB in Otolaryngology)

  • Mr Rory Rickard (ex officio SAB in Plastic)

  • Mr J Morrison (ex officio SAB in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery)

  • Mr D McGill (ex officio SAB in Plastic Surgery)

  • Mr P Driscoll (ex officio SAB in General Surgery)


Links with other SABs

  • Ex-Officio Appointments

  • Uptake variable

  • Attendance generally poor (few exceptions)

  • Add to membership


Sample Agenda – April ’08

  • Minutes of Meeting held on 24 August 2007

  • Future Role of TSAB

    • Update on review of structure of SABs:Letter from Vice Presidents

    • Membership of TSAB

    • Role of the Academy Trainees Group: Draft Document on the ATG

    • Current TSAB Constitution

    • Discussion Document

    • RCSEd Sports Society

  • Structure of Core Surgical Training

  • Review of Medical Workforce in Scotland

  • MRCS – Update and Developments

  • MMC & Tooke Response

  • EWTD(Verbal Report)

  • ESSQ Update


Review of Role

  • ‘Navel Gazing’

  • Not Representative of Trainees – Not elected

  • No mechanism of canvassing Opinion

  • No mechanism of informing outwardly

  • No ability to act independently


Review of Role

  • The Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh will expect the Trainees SAB to inform Council about relevant education, training and examination considerations, to take a proactive role preparing discussion documents for Council and liase with the editors of the College Journal and Surgeons News.

  • Education

    • To generate suggestions for colloquia and symposia this may include making use of the College videoconferencing facilities.

    • To suggest speakers for Eponymous and other guest lecturers. To advise on the use of major endowment and research funds for educational purposes.

    • To assist in the preparation of educational material for the College website and other publications.

  • External Affairs

    • To initiate and participate in discussions on matters relating to training in Scotland and the United Kingdom, including the preparation of proactive discussion papers and advising Council.

    • To advise on documents submitted to Council that are directly relevant to the training grades.

    • To advise and assist in the development of quality assurance and professional standards in hospital inspection procedures.


Review of Role

  • Collegiate MRCS Holders June 2007:

    • Scotland354

    • England2556

    • Northern Ireland142

    • Wales160

    • Rest of World1368


Review of Role

Representation on:

  • Collegiate Committees – Exams & Standards

  • Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Trainee Group

  • Scottish Surgical Transition Board

  • Representatives to/from ASiT, BOTA and BMA

  • Links with RCPSGlas


Review of Role

  • Need to be more Proactive

  • Need to encourage more specialty and regional cooperation and collegiate involvement

  • Need to improve trainee involvement in Collegiate activities (breed a culture of collegiality)

  • Need to suggest mechanisms of improving trainee engagement to Council

  • Perhaps focus should not be medico-political?


Academy Trainee Doctor Group

  • Reviewing role and stating its function - ‘Who we are’ paper

  • Most other Collegiate trainee groups have same concerns

  • Meetings 4 times per year – London

  • Disparate and poorly attended

  • Concern over the role & power of this group


Concerns of TSAB Role

  • Not sure of our role/position within the College

  • Fluid membership and variable uptake & linkage with other SABs

  • Ability to engage collegiate trainee membership

  • Trainee related events occur in the college with limited/no involvement of the TSAB (Eg symposium in December)


Suggestions for Development

  • Ability to e-mail trainee members through Collegiate Support

  • Election of TSAB representatives by collegiate members?

  • RCSEd Sports Society and associated Symposia

    • Audiovisual and webcasting support

    • Use of College facilities

  • Improved involvement of TSAB members in Collegiate events/teaching/courses/symposia

  • Regional trainee meetings with support from College Officers


Sports Society

  • Originated out of Annual Intercollegiate Rugby

  • Need to generate funds to sustain teams

  • Valuable linkage with Medical School and for members

  • Expansion of role

  • Industry sponsored symposia to be available to members


Issues for consideration

  • Intercollegiate MRCS

    • Structure of new examination

    • Implications for times of assessment

    • Overview for TSAB and general distribution to Trainees

  • EWTD

    • Implications for Training with full implementation in 2009

    • Strategies to achieve compliance

  • Post-CCT Fellowships

    • Existence

    • English only-NTN holders

    • Diplomas


Issues for consideration

  • ‘Sub-Consultant’ Grades

    • Acknowledge that the numbers are very difficult

    • Yet to see value in creation of another grade

    • Post-CCT Progression needs defined

    • How is service to be delivered?

    • Public debate on Service delivery and by whom

    • Possible need to re-define consultant careers

    • Progression is integral to any renegotiation of grades

    • Address issue of imbalance in numbers

      • Contraction of training numbers

      • Medical School Output


Conclusion

  • Membership attendance variable but opportunity to rationalise and change

  • Role is somewhat uncertain and caught between various groups and roles

  • Need for more proactivity

  • Support sought from Council for this role


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