August 2019 Newsletter


Course: GP Trainers of Doctors in Difficulty


The next course dates have been released – 18 Sep, 16 Oct & 6 Nov 2019. For more information and to reserve your place, visit Courses & Conferences.


Course: MRCGP CSA Exam Preparation


The next course dates have now been released: 11/12 Sep and 13/14 Nov. Visit the RCGP website for more information and to reserve your place


Course: Patient Safety First training days


This is a mandatory course for ST1 trainees to pass their end of year ARCP. The dates are: 11 Oct, 13 Nov and 6 Dec. Please see this guidance for booking.


Course: GP Primary Care Mental Health Course for trainees


This course is running from 7th to 11th October. Please see this flyer for further information.


14th Wessex National Medical Education Conference


The next Conference is being held on 21st November at Chilworth Manor – “Demystifying Diversity in Education” Flyer


Bi-annual GP Trainers Meeting – 2nd Oct 2019


This October’s event is being organised by the Avon Valley Trainer Group. Please now reserve your place on the website and complete the questionnaire for our main speaker (instructions on the website). Programme


‘Welcome to First 5’ event


The RCGP are running the above event on 4th September for any newly qualified GPs. Please see this flyer and contact Katie McMahon for further information.


Screening of award-winning film, “Unseen Enemy”


An exploration of reasons 21st-century populations are experiencing a rash of diseases that were once only outbreaks, but have now become full-blown epidemics. Weds 18th Sept.
Further information here


Becoming GP Trainer Opportunity


We are looking to recruit new GP Trainers in West Dorset – further information on the process on our website. All interested parties to contact EJ Stamper


Clinical Supervisor Handbook


This Clinical Supervisor Handbook is aimed at hospital supervisors and those completing assessments when not in primary care.


Prescribing Assessment


This is initially for full time in sync trainees that start ST3 in August 2019. If your trainee does not fall within this then it is not currently mandatory but can still be done. The prescribing assessment is mandatory for those that fall in the bracket above and replaces two CBDs. There is lots of info on how to do the prescribing assessment on the RCGP website.




This is a reminder that CEPS evidence should be collected throughout GP training but as well as this, there needs to be directly observed evidence of the five intimate examinations. The mandatory CEPS should be recorded on the CEPS evidence form and observed by a suitably trained supervisor, normally ST4 or above. The mandatory intimate exams include breast, rectal, prostate, male genital examinations and female genital examination, to include speculum examination and bimanual pelvic examination
Further info


GP Indemnity


Existing block contract arrangements between MDDUS and HEE Wessex are being extended until 05/08/20. Further information here.


Out of Hours from Aug 2019


The guidance for GP trainees has been updated and moves away from counting hours of OOH work to competencies. Please see further details here: FAQsExamples of Activities & EvidenceUUC provider MOU Aug 2019


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