Generic Skills & Study Leave

It is national policy that trainees in the F1 year must have 3 hours protected time each week allocated to support their learning outcomes as laid down by the GMC and the Foundation Curriculum.

The teaching time can be managed flexibly as long as it can be demonstrated that through the F1 year, 3 hours per week on average is allocated specifically to teaching F1 traineesThis allotted time should be used to deliver the clinical/generic teaching to support the delivery of the 2012 Foundation Curriculum.

Trusts can choose how they wish to use the teaching time allotted to F1 trainees.  For example, this time can be used to deliver a 2-hour teaching session for F1 trainees per week.  Alternatively the time can be used to allocate three one hour sessions weekly or any other combination.

A total of 30 days of Study leave is permitted under Terms and Conditions in F2 Foundation training consistent with maintaining essential services.  Study leave is not normally granted during the F1 year under the terms and conditions of service.  Study leave opportunities may be granted to F1 doctors who wish to experience a Taster module but this is optional and not a uniform agreement across all trusts.  This can be arranged with permission from your Clinical and Educational Supervisors and appropriately recorded on e-portfolio.

The mandatory Regional Generic Skills training days for F2 doctors are provided by the Deanery as part of the study leave allowance in Foundation Year 2.  These dates have been pre-allocated and do not require a study leave application.  Ensure that your Trust rota organiser is aware of the days you plan to attend. Reasonable travel expenses, if applicable, should be submitted at the end of each four month placement.

For those doctors in General Practice, during their four months they have ten days of study leave allocated as half day tutorial and half day self directed learning per week.  These days are deducted from the total 30 allowable days in F2.

Please note that all foundation doctors should maintain membership of a professional indemnity organisation (MDU or MPS) and must show evidence of same on your first day in a General Practice placement in F2.  Failure to do so will mean immediate removal from the General Practice placement.

Funding will not be available for the following:

  • Specialist Examination Courses (including Diploma and Certificate Courses)
  • Basic Surgical Skills Courses
  • Attendance at Courses, conferences or meetings outside Northern Ireland

It may be possible to locally negotiate study leave without funding.

Courses that are relevant to specialist training programmes may be availed of at the appropriate time ie following completion of the F2 year.

There is a useful distinction between study (and hence study leave), which may be about learning for career advancement (which may include mandatory and desirable elements, and be linked to curriculum requirements), and skills development required for clinical governance purposes and fitness to practise.  Study leave for the latter should be provided by Trusts (for example various additional models of life support training that are an essential requisite assurance of competence to ensure patient safety under the NHS Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts).

Study leave should not be used to prepare for specialty examinations during foundation training but a day may be used to attend a specialty examination.

If a Foundation doctor has submitted a poster or oral presentation which has been accepted at a national or international meeting the Foundation School will review a submitted proposal and may consider awarding a defined sum of money to assist with registration or travel expenses.

Study Leave applications can be obtained from the Study Leave section of the website.

Regional Mandatory Generic Skills training
Regional Generic Skills training days are mandatory during your F2 year.  Each module runs seven times to enable all F2 doctors to attend.  The programme offers training to include clinical audit and quality improvement, career management and advice, team working, patient safety with an emphasis on risk management allied to clinical governance, equality and diversity, child protection and life long learning.  The generic skills programme evolves in response to your valued feedback.

The mandatory Generic Skills training days for F2 doctors are provided by the Deanery as part of the study leave allowance in Foundation Year 2.  An electronic course booking system is used to secure your place at a training day.  Some users are experiencing problems booking courses from iPhones or iPads using the Safari Browser (a message is received stating a course is fully booked when places are still available). Should you experience this problem please try again from another device/browser.  This is a day of work and no doctor on night shift or evening shift before or after this training day should attend.  Seven sessions are provided for each module.  In addition two additional days are provided to attend an ALS course.

As car parking at NIMDTA is restricted, you are asked to use the Cairnshill Park and Ride facility which is within walking distance of NIMDTA premises. Please do not park in the NIMDTA car park.

This will be the sixth year that Generic Skills training has been delivered by NIMDTA.  Some changes apply to our sessions this year.  Each year we have acted upon the feedback provided by Foundation doctors and have consistently improved and modified the sessions.  You have the opportunity to receive training which is designed to be generic which you can apply to all clinical situations allied to the delivery of the Foundation Curriculum requirements.  You are urged to download and read the Foundation Curriculum and be aware of your educational competences for F2.  Attendance at the Generic Skills sessions is monitored and we ask that you sign into all sessions, morning and afternoon.

NIMDTA Generic Skills Training Modules
Module 1a: Career Management

Module 1: Acute Kidney Injury / Educational Opportunities and Requirements during F2

Module 2: Career Management

Module 3: The Doctor as a Teacher and Quality Improvement

Module 4: Patient Safety and Legal Aspects of your medical practice

Module 5: Teamwork

Module 6: Breaking Bad News; Ethics; Equality and Diversity

Module 7: Professionalism, Resilience & Fitness to Practise

Module 8: Safeguarding-Child Protection/Vulnerable Adults/Domestic Violence: What you need to  know

Module 9: ‘Dial 999’ The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and how you interact with this service

How do I register to attend?
Attendance at Generic Skills sessions is booked via Intrepid Course Manager.

This system allows you to register to attend each module, and following facilitate evaluation of the session and print certificates electronically.

You must first register as a User on this website in order to book onto courses.  Once registered you can book onto each session you wish to attend by selecting “Events/ Courses” category.  You will receive an email from NIMDTA to advise when each session is ready for you to book a place.

Evaluation forms will be sent to you electronically after each session you attend. These are accessed by selecting “Course evaluations” when you login to Course Manager. Upon completion of the form, your Certificate of Attendance will be available for you to view / print via “My Courses”.

The Intrepid Course Manager System will send automatic reminders to you closer to the date of your selected session.

Please note it is still essential for to you sign the register at each session.  Evaluation forms and Certificates of Attendance will not be available unless there is evidence of that you participated.

Please be aware that attendance at Generic Skills is 100% mandatory for all F2s to enable the FACD to be issued at the end of the F2 year.

If you need to cancel your place, and rebook on another session, please contact jonathan.kerr@hscni.net

Will the Trust release me to attend each session?
Details of the dates of each module will be forwarded to Foundation Programme Directors, Educational Supervisors and Foundation Programme Administrators at each hospital.  This information will be shared internally at the hospital with your Clinical Supervisors and the designated rota organisers in each unit where you are working.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you inform your Clinical Supervisor and designated rota organiser of the dates of each session you book into to enable them to facilitate your release on the rota to attend.  Please work with your rota organiser and your colleagues to ensure shift working and the day to attend is appropriately arranged to fit with Trust service requirements.

Please ensure you do not attend on the day after being on call or before a scheduled night shift.

If you are aware that you may experience difficulties in attending any sessions, you should discuss this with your Foundation Programme Director.  Those who do not attend will be required to attend the sessions in the following academic year and your FACD will be withheld until satisfactory attendance is recorded.  Yourspecialtyschool will be informed why your FACD has not been issued.

Additional Information

Car Parking
As car parking at NIMDTA is restricted, you are asked to use the Cairns Hill Park and Ride facility which is within walking distance of NIMDTA premises. Please do not park in the NIMDTA car park.

Signing in
An attendance register for each session will be available at the NIMDTA reception desk.

Numbers attending
The numbers attending each session must conform to Fire Safety regulations.  The meeting room has a maximum 40 person capacity.  All sessions are allocated with this number in mind and this year all sessions are scheduled to run on seven different dates.  Please do not attend a session unless you have booked a place using the Course Manager System.

Refreshments
Unfortunately, lunch cannot be provided.  However, Tea and Coffee will be provided at all breaks.

Enquiries
Taster modules
Taster Module attachments provide training opportunities to trainees in their second year of foundation training (F2).  Taster Modules are an opportunity to experience up to a five-day period in a specialty and should be undertaken in specialties that were not previously available to the trainee in their F1 year or that they are not undertaking in their F2 year.  As 60 General Practice placements were made available as part of the Northern Ireland Foundation Programme, it is not possible to offer taster modules in this specialty.  Taster Modules cannot be facilitated outside Northern Ireland.

Foundation Year 2 doctors can use their study leave to develop experiential placements in specialties that they want to explore.  There are 2 purposes for these placements:

1.     To give F2 doctors some understanding of what the specialtycould offer them as a future career
2.     To develop their understanding of the specialty and it’s contribution to the care and safety of the patients

Deanery guidelines for Study Leave apply to Taster Module applications.  The attachment should be well planned with agreed aims to be achieved and a clear understanding about how the attachment will be assessed.  Where possible, the taster module should take place in the hospital in which the F2 trainee is based.

A one-week attachment provides at least 40 hours of specific interaction offering an insight into the workings of a specialty.  If such attachments are focused they should be able to contribute significantly to the understanding and professional development of a Foundation Year 2 trainee.
 
Depending on local circumstance, one or two F2 trainees could be accommodated concurrently in the specialty.  However, as these attachments are intended to provide hands-on experience of the specialty they are not suited to a course or tutorial-based approach.  The F2 trainee should review his / her understanding of the specialty before starting the placement.

If such attachments are focused they should be able to contribute significantly to the understanding and development of a Foundation Year 2 trainee. The F2 trainee should review his / her understanding of the specialty before starting the placement.

Taster Modules should not take place during weeks with Bank Holidays, designated hospital holiday times or in the week in which a new four-month placement begins or ends.  Equally they should preferably not take place during a week in which the trainee is due to attend Generic Skills Training.

A report on the taster module should be completed promptly and included in the Foundation Learning Portfolio.  Consultants participating in the Taster Module scheme will be asked to give feedback on those who have participated.

Please click on the following link to download Application Process and Form .

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