Scholarships: Core Job Description  

  • Develop networking opportunities within the wider deanery and HEE teams and the local primary care community.
  • Develop a project, over the duration of the scholarship, which is written up and presented.
  • Attend key meetings within the GP Speciality Training programme (Patch) and the school of Primary Care.
  • Attendance at regular scholar meetings – 2 per year at the deanery and 2 per year with their scholar small group.
  • Link in with other scholars working in similar areas to ensure sharing of ideas and working when appropriate.
  • Keep a log of how and when their scholarship time is used and on what activity to ensure they remain within the additional time offered. This should be shared with their ES.
  • Promote their work to their GPST peers
  • Promote their work to their training practice and local trainer’s groups
  • Develop leadership and educational skills
  • Take opportunities to further management skills
  • Gain a better understanding of the local and national position of primary care in relation to CCGs, public health and secondary care.
  • Attend recruitment training and taking part in Stage 3 of the GP Recruitment Process (paused 2021/22, TBC 2022/23).
  • Work sustainably, including sensible use of office equipment, facilities, and supplies, considering carbon expenditure when travelling, working virtually where possible.
  • Adhere to the guidance and specific job description notes for their individual scholarship.

 

Eligibility

We welcome applications from trainees due to CCT (as per their eportfolio at the time the application window is open) between April 2022 and March 2023, whether FT or LTFT.
If your CCT date is after March 2023 then you will be eligible to apply for a scholarship in 2022. If you are concerned that you will not be eligible to apply for a scholarship post during your training due to your CCT dates, then please contact us to discuss.

GP ST3 (Patch) Differential Attainment Scholarship Programme

The differential attainment scholars will explore initiatives designed to tackle differential attainment at programme level.

 These scholarships are aimed at supporting a Severn-wide approach to DA related aspects of teaching and half day release programme delivery by working collaboratively with the different programmes and those educators already involved with work. You will work to integrate solutions into the half day release course in order to deliver sustainable and equitable opportunities for GPSTs in the Severn GP Training Programme.

A variety of initiatives have already been identified nationally to improve support including work to enhance relationships with supervisors, provide early assessment and offer targeted input. Projects could include one or more of the following:

i. Linking with the GP trainee committee to obtain feedback on DA issues;
ii. Liaising with programme teams / DA fellow to highlight issues of DA;
iii. Developing teaching practice to address the issue of DA;
iv. Networking outside HEE SW to identify areas of good practice nationally;
v. Facilitating appropriate pastoral support, coaching, mentoring or advice on training to local trainers and trainees;
vi. Developing appropriate educational resources and sharing these with colleagues, both locally and across the deanery, in order to promote good practice;
vii. Using appropriate tools of assessment and evaluation; interpreting result and devising suitable plans to meet issues raised.

Alongside the link to the DA fellow/s, DA scholars will be supported by a local TPD mentor for pastoral, leadership and personal development. There will be five DA scholars (one per patch) and it would be expected that they would liaise (by email and perhaps meet every two to three months) to develop and support a collaborative approach to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion across the school.

Educational Opportunities

• Direction, guidance and shadowing from DA fellow
• Mentorship from experienced senior member of the local TPD team
• Attendance at key strategic meetings with the central DA and local TPD teams
• Additional study leave budget (c£600) to fund attendance at relevant education and leadership courses*

 

GP ST3 (Patch) Education and Quality Scholarship Programme

The education and quality scholars will focus on the Quality Assurance (QA) of educational provision and the championing of quality improvement within the School of Primary care.

This may include

i. Liaising with and working alongside the new Quality APD
ii. Work on the QA panel
iii. Linking with the local TPD responsible for quality
iv. Considering the context of the NHS at CCG level

Alongside work with the Quality APD patch, education and quality scholars will be supported by a local TPD mentor for pastoral, leadership and personal development. There will be five patch education and quality scholars (one per patch) and it would be expected that they would liaise (by email and perhaps meet every two to three months) to develop and support a collaborative approach to promoting quality across the school.

Educational Opportunities

• Direction, guidance and shadowing from Quality APD
• Mentorship from experienced senior member of the local TPD team
• Attendance at key strategic meetings with the central Quality and local TPD teams
• Involvement in development and delivery of education provision for GPSTs
• Being the Patch Quality Improvement Project Champion
• Additional study leave budget (c£600) to fund attendance at relevant education and leadership courses*

 

GP ST3 (Patch) Education and Innovation Scholarship Programme

Explore innovative solutions for teaching, resourcing and delivery of education in order to increase equity of opportunities for GPSTs in Severn, enhance virtual teaching, and maximise cross-programme delivery of appropriate educational initiatives.

The emergence of COVID-19 and the global pandemic has necessitated significant changes in our approach to medical education as well as clinical practice. We recognise the value of face-to-face contact, especially in small group work, one to one interaction and for pastoral support. We are keen to resume face to face teaching as soon as it is safe to do so, however these changes have also established new ways of efficiently and safely delivering education and we now have an opportunity to reflect on these advances and evolve GP training. The education and innovation scholars would work with the innovation fellow to explore ways in which we can harness newly acquired skills, develop and adopt innovative solutions in order to deliver sustainable and equitable opportunities for GPSTs in the Severn.
Alongside work with the innovation fellow, education and innovation scholars will be supported by a local TPD mentor for pastoral, leadership and personal development. There will be five patch education and innovation scholars (one per patch) and it would be expected that they would liaise (by email and perhaps meet every two to three months) to develop and support a collaborative approach to innovative approaches to education across the school.

Educational Opportunities

• Direction, guidance and shadowing from a Innovation fellow.
• Mentorship from an experienced senior member of their patch TPD team
• Attendance at key TPD meetings within the patch and the school
• Involvement in development and delivery of education provision for GPSTs
• Ability to shape and develop innovative delivery of education within the school incorporating
• digital solutions (with a view to identifying those which c/should continue when face to face teaching restarts).
• improvements to current technologies for instance using social networking to promote trainees
• development of new technologies including use of Twitter at education events
• adoption of new technologies within the educational framework – sharing and developing resources across our patches
• development of podcasts as a way of sharing online learning
• Additional study leave budget (c£600) to fund attendance at relevant education and leadership courses*

 Education Scholarship Top Tips 

 

Patch Scholars Study Budget

*Suggestions of courses you could consider attending, that have received positive feedback from previous scholars include, but are not restricted to

• Small Group Facilitation Course
• Politics, Power and Persuasion

 

GP ST3 Central Leadership Scholarship Programme

The opportunity to develop leadership skills within the context of the NHS at CCG level.

Such skills will help equip them for future appointments within clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and the NHS as a whole.

Educational Opportunities

• Funded attendance on the HELM or a similar leadership course for clinicians
• Attendance at key strategic meetings within the school and deanery including the monthly APD meeting
• Support and mentorship from the patch APD or an experienced senior member of their patch TPD team
• Attendance at key TPD meetings within the patch and the school
• Opportunity to get involved in topical areas such as changes to UUSC guidance
• Improvements to current technologies for instance using social networking to promote trainees
• Research to discover other technologies that could appropriately be used by the SoPC

 

GP ST3 Public Health Scholarship Programme

This post offers the opportunity to develop leadership skills within the context of Public Health. This Programme is of 3m duration.

Such skills will help equip them for future involvement with Public Health within the NHS, Local Authorities (LA), Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) and Integrated Care Systems (ICS) organisations.

Apart from study leave, the trainee will remain in full time general practice for the first nine months of their post (August 2021 to March/April 2022 if FT and ‘in sync’), enabling them to concentrate on GP training and passing exams. From March/April 2022 onwards, the GP trainee will start to spend regular time in their PH department. If LTFT or ‘out of sync’ then this would be adjusted accordingly.

Educational Opportunities

• Attendance on the South West Public Health induction course for Public Health trainees and other Development events run by the School of Public Health
• Direction, guidance and shadowing attachment from a Public Health Consultant based in the local LA
• Attendance at Public Health tutorials
• Support from the patch APD or an experienced senior member of the local TPD team
• Attendance at key strategic meetings within the local LA/CCG
• Training in some core public health competencies e.g.
• Understanding of the wider determinants of health and health inequalities
• Application of principles of epidemiology
• Statistics and critical appraisal skills
• Use and interpretation of routinely available health related data
• Assessment of evidence relating to the effectiveness of health and healthcare interventions, programmes and services
• Communicable disease surveillance and control
• Working with and leading multi-disciplinary teams within and outside the NHS to develop and implement policies and strategies to improve health

  Public Health Top Tips

 

GP ST3 Substance Misuse Scholarship Programme

Specific Scholarship Job description

Trainee outline of the role

In addition to the general aims of the scholarship programme, the purpose of this post is to offer an opportunity to develop additional clinical skills in the management of Substance Misuse within the context of services contracted by the NHS. Such skills will help equip them for future appointments within Substance Misuse services as well as equipping them to better manage patients with drug and alcohol problems within the wider primary care setting.

This Programme is of 3 months duration.

The post allows for two sessions a week of specific Substance Misuse training to be provided by Turning Point, the Drug Misuse charity. It will be based at Turning Point, which is located in Wiltshire and Somerset.

Educational Opportunities

  • Assessment of a drug user
  • Understanding the range on non-pharmaceutical as well as prescribing interventions in treating drug misusers
  • An understanding of the evidence base that underpins current treatment, and critical reading around the subject
  • Dose titration, maintenance and detoxification interventions for drug misusers
  • An understanding of the health harms collateral to using illicit drugs
  • An understanding of the social harms to the families and immediate society of the drug user
  • An understanding of the delivery of effective, evidence based services for drug users; the commissioning environment and the models of delivery of addiction services
  • An understanding of the range of services available to manage this problem
  • Knowledge of the role of each of the professionals involved in the service
  • An understanding of the wider effects on health care service delivery and planning

 **PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT FOR THIS ROUND OF RECRUITMENT THIS SCHOLARSHIP WILL TAKE PLACE SOLELY IN THE SWINDON/WILTSHIRE GEOGRAPHY**

 

Research Scholarship Programme (2 Posts Severn, 2 Posts Peninsula)

The purpose of this post is to offer an opportunity to develop transferrable skills in understanding and engaging in research in primary care.

We need enquiring doctors to know how to get good evidence of what works; to bridge the gaps between the practical needs of frontline clinicians and the projects of academic research. Only a minority of recommendations in primary care are based on high-quality, patient-oriented evidence. Half of the recommendations are based on patient-oriented evidence, but only 18% are based on patient-oriented evidence from consistent, high-quality studies.

There will be ample opportunities to build networks with the Clinical Research Network (CRN) team locally, as well as being part of PACT, the group nationally encouraging research engagement with newly qualified GPs and GP trainees.

The aim is to increase research capacity in primary care in the longer term by learning about and promoting primary care research early in your career.

Research scholars will be supported by a local TPD mentor for pastoral, leadership and personal development.

Educational Opportunities

• Work with established GP researchers
• Observe and shadow established University GP Research champions
• Observe how primary care research is implemented and actively participate
• Meet with successful commercial and non-commercial research practices
• Attend the appropriate local CRN and University research meetings and other local and national meetings as appropriate
• Understand and help implement the research process in practice
• Networking opportunities with the CRN and Academic Primary Care in the region
• Investigate core research competencies including critical appraisal skills and statistics
• Learn management skills
• Engage with the RCGP, including its Clinical Innovation and Research Centre, Research Ready eLearning modules, and with the editorial team at the BJGP
• Present talks and facilitate workshops to other GPs in training

 

 

Scholar Person Specification

Criterion

Essential

Desirable

Qualifications

Current GPST2 whose ST3 training practice is within Severn Footprint

BSc, or other relevant qualification

 

Excellent performance on Severn GPST programme including evidence by ARCP reviews

Evidence of taking on additional roles and learning opportunities whilst in Severn

Experience

 Interest in Public health (if applying for this scholarship)

 Knowledge and/or experience in medical or educational research

 

 

Evidence of existing excellence in scholarship area

 

  Experience of teaching at undergraduate or postgraduate level
    Leadership role at undergraduate or postgraduate level

Skills

Strategic thinking

 

 

Well developed verbal, written and presentation communication skills

 

 

Able to build effective professional working relationships

 

 

Computer literacy

 

 

Positive, proactive approach; “Can do” attitude.

 

 

Committed to personal development and continuous improvement of services

 

 

Awareness of the need for Sustainable Healthcare

 

Confidentiality and professionalism

Awareness of the sensitivities & confidentiality issues of working closely with the senior management team at Severn

 

Support

At training practice

 

 

From local educational team