At Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust (LSCft), our medical education vision is 'to nurture our Students, Doctors and Physician Associates as part of a clinical team to better understand mental health the experiences of their patients, families and carers, to support them to provide high-quality clinical care and to support and develop our trainers to facilitate this lifelong learning'.
We provide training for undergraduates from Manchester, Liverpool and Lancaster Universities as well as training for foundation year doctors, general practice (GP trainees, core trainees (CTs) in psychiatry and specialty trainees (STs) in all of the psychiatry specialties.
We are a leading trust in the development of staff, associate specialist and specialty (SAS) doctors and how to progress these doctors through the Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR) process. We also provide psychiatry training for physician associates undergraduates and postgraduates and link in with our multidisciplinary colleagues whenever we can.
We have a strong focus on improving the training experience via individual post feedback using data from multiple sources including end of placement feedback surveys. The National Training Survey (NTS) and National Educational Training Survey (NETS) are very positive in the Trust.
Trainer development is also key for us. All of our trainers are fully accredited as supervisors with the General Medical Council (GMC). We have a Supervisor Development Programme and an annual Educator's Conference. Trainer development is a key part of the medical appraisal process.
We try to keep abreast of new developments in education, to incorporate these into our posts. Examples of this include our work on fatigue and wellbeing, exam development, the consultant interview skills simulation workshops, the support for less than full time (LTFT) trainees and our development of medical education fellows.
The Trust is also on a quality improvement journey, and we are keen to encourage all of our doctors to be involved in quality improvement and audit within the trust and to share this good practice with others.