Training News

PhD studentship in Medicine: Characterising Fatigue in IBD

Monday, 30 January 2017 11:37

This fully-funded studentship will undertake very novel research to characterise fatigue in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Fatigue is the most common symptom in active Crohn’s disease and the second most common complaint in remission. Fatigue may arise from peripheral and central processes. Peripheral fatigue is linked to reduced muscle mass and deconditioning and consequently reduced muscle function, while central fatigue may arise from attenuated cardiac output and diminished cerebral blood perfusion. The student will aim to deconstruct the roles of central and peripheral fatigue through 31P MR-spectroscopy-based experiments during within-bore exercise, while cardiac output and cerebral perfusion will be quantified using MR imaging under the same conditions.

The studentship is fully funded by the Joane Browne Legacy, with a start date of 1 July 2017. The studentship will be hosted by the newly £23.6M funded NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre with strong Gastroenterology and Musculoskeletal Research themes and a cross-cutting Advanced Imaging theme. The BRC is funded to to cover consumables for this project. The closing date is 28/2/2018. Interviews will be held in mid-March 2017. For further information on this studentship, please download the full advert.

Athena – a development programme for women leaders

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 11:09

The Office of the Chief Scientific Officer is committed to developing clinical leadership within healthcare science. The Athena programme, delivered by the Kings Fund, is designed to support women to fulfil their potential as leaders. Starting in February 2017, the programme is open to senior level leaders passionate about, and committed to, improving not only their own performance, but also that of their team and their organisation. Each of the four three-day modules looks at different aspects of leadership discourse and is supported by coaching, peer-to-peer support, reflective learning journals and action learning sets, with a particular focus on developing the personal, political and strategic awareness needed to become a successful leader.

Royal College of Physicians census of consultant physicians and trainees 2013-2014

Monday, 29 June 2015 11:29

Census of consultant physicians and higher specialty trainees in the UK - Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2013–14

The Royal College of Physicians (London) has published the full report of the 2013/14 census of consultant physicians and higher specialty trainees in the UK. The census measures the number of consultant physicians and higher specialty trainees working in the UK, as well as gathering vital information about how physicians are working.

To accompany the full report of the census the Royal College of Physicians (London) are also publishing short reports and commentaries for each of the 29 physician specialties. These offer a more in depth look at the workforce in each individual specialty.

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BSG Trainees Section Training Survey 2014

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 11:51

Executive Summary

The 2014 survey was sent to all trainees in gastroenterology in the UK using both BSG and local representative databases. The survey was open from July-September 2014. 263 out of 806 UK trainees responded, giving a response rate of 32.6%. This is a fall from the response rates of 39.7% in 2012 and 35.7% in 2010. As with previous surveys, responses in 2014 come from all training programmes.

37% of responders were female, up from 31.1% in 2012. All grades of training were well represented.

Key findings

  1. Satisfaction with general gastroenterology training and support from educational supervisors is high
  2. There are longstanding low levels of satisfaction with GIM training
  3. Barriers to trainees taking time out-of-programme (OOP) include trainees being unaware of opportunities and the practicalities of organising time OOP
  4. Progression to full JAG certification in colonoscopy is slow. Over half of trainees are using days off/zero hours days to supplement endoscopy training
  5. Exposure to level 2 polypectomy and endoscopic treatment of acute UGIB is limited
  6. Many trainees are not receiving the minimum number of endoscopy training lists set out by JAG
  7. Confidence in managing certain areas of hepatology, IBD and nutrition is low, even amongst senior trainees