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  • Severn PAFTAs 2023
    Thank you to all those who made a nomination for the Severn PAFTAs for 2022-2023, and to those who came to join us for the award evening in March. We would like to congratulate all nominees, announce our winners and runners up and apologise for the delay in announcing these (technical hitch!). ST1-3 of the year ST4-8 of the year Educational Environment of the year Educational Supervisor of the year Unsung Hero of the year (Medical) Unsung Hero of the year (Allied Health Professional and non-clinical)
  • Planning on sitting your clinical exam in June 2024?
  • The Growing Issue of Obesity
    In this episode Dr Lorna Hack speaks to Dr Dinesh Giri about obesity, it’s growing prevalence and associated complications. Tertiary management for obese children is discussed, including the increasing use of medication. Dr Giri is a Paediatric Endocrine Consultant at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, and is part of the team who run the weight management service. Dr Giri’s book recommendation: ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne Articles discussed: https://adc.bmj.com/content/108/Suppl_2/A64.2 2. Review of paediatric fatty liver disease: https://adc.bmj.com/content/106/1/3 3. Waist-to-height-ratio superior to BMI in identifying obese children: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41390-024-03112-8 Resources for families:      https://beezeebodies.com/resources/ Thank you for listening! Please let us… Read more: The Growing Issue of Obesity
  • South West Paediatric Mental Health Meeting
    You are invited to join us for the South West Paediatric Mental health meeting, hosted in Bristol.  It will be a day of shared learning about the mental health of Children and Young People.  We will open the day with a session on moral distress (the suffering we experience when we feel our care falls short of what it should be due to organisational pressures).  We will share learning from a complex case caring for a YP with a significant trauma background and mental health concerns.  We will hear from youth workers, colleagues in primary care and many other organisations across… Read more: South West Paediatric Mental Health Meeting
  • Epilepsy Study Day (SWIPE Meeting) 19th April 2024
    South West Interest in Paediatric Epilepsy (SWIPE) are holding a meeting on 19th April 2024 in Bristol. Content will include talks on febrile seizures, NICE guidelines for epilepsy, treatments such as sodium valproate and the ketogenic diet, and mental health in epilepsy . There is no cost to attend but please do register to assist with catering: www.braincell.org/swipe
  • Get ready for your clinical exam!
    Planning on sitting your clinical exam in June 2024? Join us for PACER (Paediatric Clinical Exam Revision) South West – a free, peer-support revision programme for trainees across Severn and Peninsula, including: – Online specialty and communication teaching sessions– Mock exam– Buddy Scheme– Mentorship– Q&A and top tips– A peer-support network you can revise and commiserate with Interested? What you need to do: Any questions please email southwestmrcpch@gmail.com. Thanks, from the PACER team.
  • How to Thrive as a Registrar
  • Living and Learning from mistakes and complaints
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  • Join the Trainee Research Network
  • What advocacy in child health looks like in the 21st century. An interactive Webinar from WHAM (whamproject.co.uk)
    Advocacy in Action Join us on Wednesday, April 10th at 13:30 to 14:30 for an inspiring session examining what advocacy in child health looks like in the 21st century. We will be hearing from parents, healthcare workers and campaigners on how we can effectively advocate for the families we work with.The session will be recorded and hosted on our website after the eventFor more information check out our Eventbrite page Join the meeting for free via the Teams Link below. You are welcome to forward and share the link. Microsoft Teams meeting: Advocacy in Action
  • ST1-3 Regional teaching Recording- 11/03/24
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  • Paediatric ECG Course and Neonatal Update Course
    I would be grateful if you could share this invitation to the Interactive Paediatric ECG course (Wed 15th May 2024, F2F) and Neonatal Update Course (Thu 16th May 2024, online) with your medical team. Both events are RCPCH approved. Thank you. Kind regards, Dr Filip Kucera Dr Filip Kucera Consultant in Paediatric Cardiology Great Ormond Street Hospital, NHS Trust
  • Severn PAFTAs Awards Night Thursday 21st March – Final RSVP reminder
    Final reminder to RSVP to the Severn PAFTAs night on Thursday 21st March at The Grain Barge in Bristol. You do NOT have to have been nominated to attend, it’s just a great chance for us all to catch up and have some fun! Tickets are £25 per person and will include food and arrival drinks.  You can RSVP via the form below. Once you have completed the form, we will send you a link for payment. Our nominations booklet can also be found below!
  • Severn PAFTAs Awards Evening – RSVP deadline Thursday 7th March
    We are holding a celebration evening on Thursday 21st March at 19:30 at The Grain Barge in Bristol. We would love to see as many of you there as possible. You do NOT have to have been nominated to attend, it’s just a great chance for us all to catch up and have some fun! Tickets are £25 per person and will include food and arrival drinks.  You can RSVP via the form below. Once you have completed the form, we will send you a link for payment. If you would like a reminder of all of our lovely nominations,… Read more: Severn PAFTAs Awards Evening – RSVP deadline Thursday 7th March
  • BRC Mid-Career Fellowships – Live
    https://www.exeterbrc.nihr.ac.uk/training/type/mid-career-fellowships  am now delighted to let you know these have just gone live – full details can be found on our website – please click on the link above. Please do share with any colleagues you think might be interested in advancing their research career within the BRC. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 11th March 2024. If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Adilia Warris, Director of Training (BRC ACD Lead) or Dr Sophie Gould, BRC Training and Events Manager. With very best wishes, Dr Sophie Gould Pronouns: she/her NIHR Exeter Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Training and Events… Read more: BRC Mid-Career Fellowships – Live
  • ST1-3 Regional Teaching Day 12/02/2024 – Recording
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  • Consultant Posts at Poole Hospital
    We are looking to recruit into 2 consultant posts to cover the neonatal unit at Poole Hospital (part of University Hospitals Dorset). As you are aware, this is a level 2 unit that looks after babies from 27/40 gestation. The unit is currently located in Poole, but there is a planned move to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital site next year. The job advert is out on NHS jobs- here: Job Advert (jobs.nhs.uk) Best wishes, Dr. Sumit Bokhandi (He/him) Consultant Paediatrician, University Hospitals Dorset Training programme director, Wessex Deanery”
  • South West Paediatric Mental Health Network Meeting
    The regional mental health network are hosting an event this April to share learning and drive forwards the agenda for children’s mental health – see the poster below for more details, or follow this link to book your place! https://forms.office.com/e/rYjW14qkh0
  • Severn PAFTAs Celebration Evening – Thursday 21st March
    We are holding a celebration evening on Thursday 21st March at 19:30 at The Grain Barge in Bristol. We would love to see as many of you there as possible. You do NOT have to have been nominated to attend, it’s just a great chance for us all to catch up and have some fun! Tickets are £25 per person and will include food and arrival drinks. You can RSVP via the form below. There is also a link to pay contained within the form. Please ensure you continue through the form until you get to the “submit” option. You… Read more: Severn PAFTAs Celebration Evening – Thursday 21st March
  • ‘Managing dystonia when children have palliative care needs’
    Save the date 25/4/24 1pm-5pm Virtual training for clinicians who want to develop their existing experience of managing this symptom. Training will be delivered by members of the Complex Movement Disorders team and Paediatric Palliative Care teams from Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and Charlton Farm Children’s Hospice. Register your interest at https://forms.office.com/e/CkHdTbrGV6
  • Use of Infliximab in Kawasaki Disease
    In this episode Dr Paulina Connolly welcomes Professor Ramanan to the Podcast. Professor Ramanan is a Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, and Associate Editor of Archives of Disease in Childhood. They explore the evidence behind current treatment strategies for Kawasaki disease, reviewing the recent paper from Archives titled ‘Infliximab for intensification of primary therapy for patients with Kawasaki disease and coronary artery aneurysms at diagnosis’ The full link to the article can be found below: https://adc.bmj.com/content/108/10/833 Prof Ramanan also references the recent editorial in ADC ‘Thinking beyond intravenous immunoglobulin for Kawasaki disease’ which provides an overview… Read more: Use of Infliximab in Kawasaki Disease
  • ST4-8 Teaching:8/2/24: Managing Neurosurgical Emergencies in the DGH
  • ST4-8 Teaching: Simulation: from bench to clinical practise
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  • ST4-8 Teaching: Neonatal Encephalopathy
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  • RCPCH Trainee Network Meeting Jan 2024
  • ST4-8 Regional Teaching recording – hosted by RCH Truro
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  • Peninsula PAFTA tickets now on sale
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  • ST1-3 Regional Teaching 18/01/2024
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  • Charlton Farm Professionals’ Open Day – 29th January
  • South West and Wales Regional Allergy
    The South West and Wales Regional Allergy meeting has been postponed due to the Welsh junior doctors strike. The new date is  6th March 3pm-7pm Engineers House in Bristol Free to attend, plenty of parking and buffet dinner included 
  • OOP information bank – QIP responses needed!
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  • New PaedsHub Tech Fellow
    A quick update to say that after a massive amount of work creating PaedsHub, getting it up and running and then maintaining it tirelessly since, Dan Leach will be moving on from the role of PaedsHub Tech Fellow this year. A huge thanks is due to him for everything he has done, and we wish him good luck with his new projects on the horizon. I will be taking on Dan’s job as of this week, and continuing to ensure PaedsHub works as it should for trainees. My name is Danny (which should make for a smooth transition), I’m an… Read more: New PaedsHub Tech Fellow
  • Nutritional Blindness
    In this episode, Dr Felicity Cooksey talks with Dr Denize Atan about nutritional blindness. Dr Atan is an Associate Professor and an Honorary Consultant in Neuro-ophthalmology at the Bristol Eye Hospital. She co-authored a review published in Archives of Disease in Childhood titled ‘Nutritional blindness from avoidant-restrictive food intake disorder- recommendations for the early diagnosis and multidisciplinary management of children at risk from restrictive eating.’ The link to the full article can be found below: https://adc.bmj.com/content/early/2023/07/05/archdischild-2022-325189 Dr Atan discusses the importance of asking about diet, why growth measurements can lead to false reassurance and the traffic light algorithm they propose… Read more: Nutritional Blindness
  • Technical notes
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  • 2024 / 25 Preferences
    Good afternoon. I have sent out the letter about the preference form and the link this afternoon, to all Paediatric Doctors in Training across the South-West. I am aware that I may have sent some of you the incorrect letter / link – I apologise. If this is the case, please get back to me – thank you. David Warren – david.warren13@nhs.net
  • Severn PAFTAs nominations 2023
    Dear all, Thank you to everyone who made a nomination for the 2023 Severn PAFTAs and congratulations to everyone nominated. Please find all of this year’s nominations via the link below and we hope that you enjoy reading them as much as we did.  We will be organising a celebration/party in Spring and will advertise this shortly! Best wishes The PAFTAs Team
  • ST1-3 Teaching session Recordings – Genomics in Paediatrics – 11/12/23
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  • Paedshub Christmas Special
    This episode the Paedshub Pod team Felicity Cooksey, Leila Ellis and Paulina Connolly discuss 12 articles that we enjoyed over the past year from ADC. Happy Christmas! Leila’s recommendations from Fetal and Neonatal: Marshall A, Ladlow OJ, Bannink C, et al. Apnoea-triggered increase in fraction of inspired oxygen in preterm infants: a randomised cross-over study Archives of Disease in Childhood – Fetal and Neonatal Edition. ⁠https://fn.bmj.com/content/early/2023/08/28/archdischild-2023-325849⁠ Cromb D, Hall M, Story L, et al. Clinical value of placental examination for paediatricians. Archives of Disease in Childhood – Fetal and Neonatal Edition ⁠https://fn.bmj.com/content/early/2023/09/26/archdischild-2023-325674⁠ Suonpera E, Lanceley A, Ni Y, et al.… Read more: Paedshub Christmas Special
  • School Fellow posts
    We have extended the deadline for application for the School Fellow posts until Monday 4th December at 1200 as we wish to consider applications for all 4 posts advertised. Please consider submitting an application. We would be very happy to be contacted if you require any further information. Thank you to those of you that have already applied – we do not require a further application and will carry these forwards. Interviews are planned for the afternoon of Monday 11th December. Please see below and the email sent out this morning (29th November) for the job specifications and application forms.… Read more: School Fellow posts
  • South West and Wales Paediatric Allergy Meeting
    17th January at Engineers House, from 1645-2000 – please save the date. We’re pleased to be able to host our next South-West and Wales Paediatric Allergy meeting on 17th January 2024, from 1545 (start 1600) until 1830, followed by a buffet supper. We will have remote access but are keen you join us in person where possible for a fun-packed afternoon, with the important opportunity to catch up over supper afterwards. If you have items you’d like to present, please do forward in the next week to allow us to finalise the program. Engineers House, The Promenade, Clifton Down, Bristol,… Read more: South West and Wales Paediatric Allergy Meeting
  • Call for teachers and support for clinicals revision programme
    We are looking for anyone who has been through the clinical exam and is able to offer a bit of time to teach or mentor the next cohort of candidates sitting their exam in February. This could be in the form of online teaching, bedside teaching, mentoring or other! Please get in touch and tell us what areas you would focus on. We’re looking for either online teaching in sub-specialities/ examination tips / presenting skills /comms skills / history taking skills or development. Teaching on acute signs and management is also useful for the video station. Teaching links, organisation and… Read more: Call for teachers and support for clinicals revision programme
  • MRCPCH Clinicals February 2024
    Are you planning on signing up for the MRCPCH clinicals exam in February 2024? Sign up for revision support here! We are organising a revision support programme for the next cohort of candidates which will include: Please register for the programme by completing the form below. It is free and available for trainees and clinical fellows that work in the Severn and Peninsula deanery. Please note that the introductory session will be held 15th December in the evening so save the date! https://forms.gle/9jFCE5upEo2DcQTf6 Thank you and look forward to meeting you all soon. Any questions please contact southwestmrcpch@gmail.com From the… Read more: MRCPCH Clinicals February 2024
  • Study Leave
    Study Leave claims should be submitted to your Trust and managed by your local Postgraduate Medical Education Manager or local MEM team. Each Trust has a slightly different study leave application process and forms to fill out, so the recommendation is that you contact your local Postgraduate Medical Education team in the first instance to ensure the correct process is followed.  You should also ensure they are familiar with the study leave guidance (linked here) and check that the course they wish to apply for is on the course list.  
  • Progress to Progress plus- eportfolio updates
    If you have lost links on transition from Progress to Progress plus there is now a way to see which links have not pulled across (ES’s and ARCP panels can also see this) From the Dashboard go to -> Goal record comparison report between Progress and Progress+ You will then see comparison tables as below: first Progress + and then Progress. You can click on details and see which linked items are where. You could (if you wanted then re link to the progress plus curriculum to relevant items. However this is not necessarily needed (and a lot more painful… Read more: Progress to Progress plus- eportfolio updates
  • Less Than Full-Time applications
    When submitting an application for LTFT working, please ensure you follow the guidance on the PGMDE websites – thank you. Peninsula – https://peninsuladeanery.nhs.uk/about-us/policies-and-guidelines/less-than-full-time-working-policy-2022/ Severn – https://severndeanery.nhs.uk/about-us/policies-and-procedures/less-than-full-time-working-policy-2022/ Please make sure you include the reason under the section ‘LTFT eligibility category & supporting evidence’, and please note that applications must be submitted with at least 16 weeks’ notice of the intended start date, unless in exceptional circumstances. Doctors in training must give at least 16 weeks’ notice of their wish to train LTFT to allow sufficient time for the employing Trust to be notified and to discuss with the Training Programme Director… Read more: Less Than Full-Time applications
  • RCPCH Patient Safety Portal – Call for Trainee Involvement
    The RCPCH is looking for some enthusiastic trainees to get involved in some projects which will build your QI, patient engagement and patient safety skills and knowledge; boost your CV and make a big contribution to the work of the RCPCH.  First opportunity: Are you looking for a meaningful QI project? Would you like a clear plan for how to approach designing a high quality and impactful QI project? The RCPCH have gone out around the UK and found out what issues are most important to children and young people and where they would like to see change in their… Read more: RCPCH Patient Safety Portal – Call for Trainee Involvement
  • Regional Paediatric Progress Plus (RP+) Fellowship
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  • Regional Paediatric Digital Education (RDE) Fellowship
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  • Regional Paediatric Information Technology (RIT) Fellowship
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  • Regional Training Education (RTE) Fellowship
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  • ST4-8 Regional Teaching recordings
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  • Welcome to PenTRAIN
    Thanks for checking out the PenTRAIN page. If you’re interested in finding out more about us and what we do you can email us at: pentrain@paedshub.co.uk or watch our recent ST1 induction presentation here.
  • Royal London Paediatric Update For Paediatricians
    We are delighted to announce the dates for the third Edition of the Royal London Paediatric Update For Paediatricians  which will be held on 1st and 2nd February 2024. This will held  as a live Webinar on Zoom As per the feedback received from all of you, we have Paediatric Update for Paediatricians Feb 2024 | Royal London Paediatric Courses
  • Peninsula Trainee Update Autumn/Winter ‘2023
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  • NIHR GOSH BRC Clinical Training PhD Fellowship Programme – open to clinicians and wider health care professionals nationally
    NIHR Great Ormond Street Hospital Biomedical Research Centre are advertising a funding call for a PhD programme for clinicians and wider health professionals to apply to, where they can demonstrate excellent potential to be paediatric translational researchers of the future. It’s open nationally to any clinician or wider health care professional looking to do a PhD. I’m pleased to announce the NIHR Great Ormond Street Hospital Biomedical Research Centre (NIHR GOSH BRC) has recently launched its Clinical Training PhD Fellowship Programme, which is a three-year programme offering full-time salary funding for fellows to undertake a PhD. The fellowship will allow… Read more: NIHR GOSH BRC Clinical Training PhD Fellowship Programme – open to clinicians and wider health care professionals nationally
  • NETS: Call for support
  • Age-Banded Dosing of Paracetamol
    The BNFc recommends age-banded dosing for children prescribed oral paracetamol for non-post operative pain. This was recently challenged by Kirstie Wright and her colleagues following their study published in Archives of Disease in Childhood.  Evaluation of age-banded dosing of oral paracetamol in hospitalised children: a retrospective analysis using clinical data in a tertiary paediatric hospital | Archives of Disease in Childhood (bmj.com) In this episode, Dr Felicity Cooksey meets with Ceri Gaskell, a specialist pharmacist at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, to explore the debate. Resources: Ceri’s Book Recommendation: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Survey for paediatric trainees currently or previously involved in research
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  • Severn PAFTAs – 1 week to go, nominations close Friday 9th November
    Nominations for the Severn Paediatric Awards for Training Achievement (PAFTAs) close next week on Friday 9th November!! The PAFTAs are all about recognising the wonderful contributions of staff working with children and young people across the region make every day. You can nominate any member of the MDT for a PAFTA, including SAS doctors, AHPs and non-clinical members of the team. Anyone is welcome to make a nomination! Nominations are open for the following categories. Junior Trainee of the year (ST1-3)Senior Trainee of the year (ST4-8)Educational Supervisor of the yearEducational Environment of the yearUnsung Hero of the year (medical)Unsung Hero of… Read more: Severn PAFTAs – 1 week to go, nominations close Friday 9th November
  • NHSE-SW PGME Patient Safety Fellowships 2023/24
    Dear all,  NHSE-SW in partnership with Momus Safety are pleased to advertise 6 Patient Safety Fellowships for Doctors in Training to run alongside current training.   Posts are available for Core and Speciality Doctors in Training commencing February / March 2024 Yearlong fellowship includes: Doctors in Training should discuss with their TPD’s prior to applying (further information within the information pack.)  If you are interested in applying for any of the fellowships, please visit our website using the link below.  Fellowship information on the Peninsula website   Fellowship information on the Severn website Fellowship Timetable • Application window opens – Monday 23 October 2023• Application… Read more: NHSE-SW PGME Patient Safety Fellowships 2023/24
  • New PaedsHub course: Introduction To Neonatal Ventilation
    This course is to help the trainee who is starting their NICU rotation by refreshing their knowledge about ventilation and boosting their confidence in day-to-day practice with ventilated neonates. After completing this course you are expected to understand the basics of gas exchanges & interpretation of blood gases, the basics of ventilation & lung injury mechanisms. You will be also able to understand basic ventilator settings and how to manipulate the ventilator by responding to the baby’s condition and blood gas results. This course was created by Khadiga Hussien.
  • Join the Peninsula Trainees Research Network, PenTRAIN
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  • Paediatric Neurodisability Trainee Education Day
    BACD (British Academy of Childhood Disability) Annual Trainees Virtual meeting –  ‘The Value of Everyone: from Individuals to a Global Perspective’ Thursday 7th December 2023 Link to register:  https://www.bacdis.org.uk/events/trainees-annual-meeting-2023
  • Severn PAFTAs 2023 – Nominations open until November 5th!
    Nominations for Severn PAFTAs (Paediatric Award for Training Achievement) are open until November 5th. Help recognise the wonderful efforts of your colleagues across the region by nominating them for a PAFTA. Nominations can be made for Junior Trainee of the Year (ST1-3), Senior Trainee of the Year (ST4-8), Educational Supervisor of the Year and Educational Environment of the Year. You can also nominate medical colleagues such as SAS doctors and any clinical or non-clinical members of the MDT for an unsung hero award. Nominations can be made via the form below and will be announced and shared with the nominees… Read more: Severn PAFTAs 2023 – Nominations open until November 5th!
  • ST1-3 Teaching – 09/10/23 – Recordings
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  • NeoBUS (Neonatal Bedside Ultrasound) Course – Friday 1st Dec
    There are limited spaces remaining on the NeoBUS course. Being held at Southmead Hospital. Email amiel.billetop@nbt.nhs.uk for more information and to book your place!
  • ST4-8 Deanery Teaching 11th Oct 2023
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  • South West Paediatric Gastroenterology Network Study Day 23 November 2023
    Dear colleagues,  I am pleased to inform you that the rescheduled South West Paediatric Gastroenterology Network Study Day is now open for registration.  I would be grateful if you could cascade the information below about this event to your colleagues and trainees.  South West Paediatric Gastroenterology Network Study Day The South West Paediatric Gastroenterology Network is pleased to invite you to our online Network Study Day on 23 November 2023 (Thursday). This year’s meeting will now be held as a solely online event using Microsoft Teams.  The study day is open to all healthcare professionals who care for children with… Read more: South West Paediatric Gastroenterology Network Study Day 23 November 2023
  • RCPCH call out for medical students to get involved.
    “The RCPCH is looking for some enthusiastic people to get involved in some projects which will build your QI, patient engagement and patient safety skills and knowledge; boost your CV and make a big contribution to the work of the RCPCH.  First opportunity: Are you looking for a meaningful QI project? Would you like a clear plan for how to approach designing a high quality and impactful QI project? The RCPCH have gone out around the UK and found out what issues are most important to children and young people and where they would like to see change in their healthcare. The voice of… Read more: RCPCH call out for medical students to get involved.
  • Neurodevelopmental Care in the Neonatal Unit
    In this episode, Dr Leila Ellis welcomes Dr Alicia Regan to the podcast to discuss neurodevelopmental care in the neonatal unit. Alicia is a paediatric registrar with a special interest in neonatal medicine based in the South West. She has been working with colleagues to introduce the South West Cuddle Bundle aiming to educate staff and parents on the benefits of cuddles in the neonatal unit. Publications Websites Book recommendation If you have questions after listening to this episode or if you would like to become a Cuddle Champion, you can contact Alicia (alicia.regan1@nhs.net) or the South West Neonatal Network… Read more: Neurodevelopmental Care in the Neonatal Unit
  • Psychologically Informed Care training
    As part of the South West Regional Education Bid we are pleased to be able to offer staff working in paediatric palliative care the opportunity to participate in a two-day psychological skills training programme. This is being offered in response to a need identified to offer staff more support in delivering psychologically informed care in this highly demanding clinical area. This training has been primarily developed for and is aimed at staff who do not have contact from or supervision with a clinical psychologist. If you have been working in palliative care for several years you might like to get… Read more: Psychologically Informed Care training
  • Neonatal step up to registrar
    In person at the RD&E – from 0900 to 1700: email Dr David Bartle (david.bartle@nhs.net) if interested.
  • PANS PANDAS – Guidance for GP’s and Primary Care
    Date and time: Fri, 6 Oct 2023 14:00 – 16:00 BST This will be a 2 hour run through the basics of PANS PANDAS and how to manage these patients in a primary care setting. Children with PANS PANDAS offer a challenge to the general practitioner and primary health care team. These conditions are often misdiagnosed and only a minority of GP’s are aware of how to investigate and manage these conditons. We will run through the pathophysiology of these conditions and how to manage them in primary care with an emphasis of the challenges to primary health care practitioners.
  • RCPCH updates from Trainee Network Meeting Autumn 2023
    Hi All,  The autumn trainee network meeting has just taken place and was very positive and here are some of the updates relevant for you.  For quick view: see the Trainee Network BIG 5 that encompasses everything from exam stress to research this quarter.  SCROLL TO POSTER at the end 1. Membership benefits The college are asking how they can improve membership benefits, thank you to all those who sent in ideas. These were shared and included development of Education and Practice into APP form, access to Athens via the college, regional free educational events and free/reduced cost to exam… Read more: RCPCH updates from Trainee Network Meeting Autumn 2023
  • New date for the Paediatric Mental Health and Adolescent Challenges course!
    Following on from previous cancelation of this course due to industrial action we are pleased to share the new date – 18th December 2023 Course summary: A free course for ST3+ trainees, focusing on the approach to paediatric mental health and adolescent challenges.   We will be covering topics such as managing emotional dysregulation on the ward, approach to young people refusing treatment and more!   This is a pilot course we are running for the region, funded by HEE SW SIM network with young actors to boost fidelity and a fantastic faculty.   Use the link to register your interest. We will confirm… Read more: New date for the Paediatric Mental Health and Adolescent Challenges course!
  • NeoBUS – Neonatal Bedside Ultrasound Course – Friday 1st December
    This one day course focuses on the practical application of bedside ultrasonography of the heart, lungs, abdomen and vascular access in neonates with an emphasis on ‘hands on learning’. Short talks will be followed by workshops helping to familiarize candidates in small group teaching with available techniques and equipment. You will be scanning babies, whose parents have kindly agreed to assist us with the course as well as mannikins, provided to us by Intelligent Ultrasound. The number of candidates will be limited to 16. Aimed at Paediatric/Neonatal ST Doctors – ST4+ Venue: Southmead Hospital. It will run from approximately 0830-1730.… Read more: NeoBUS – Neonatal Bedside Ultrasound Course – Friday 1st December
  • ST1-3 Teaching Video September 2023 (community paediatrics)
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  • Clinical Fellow in Climate Change
    This is job description for a Clinical Fellow to work with RCPCH to support their climate change work. It is open to trainees ST3 and above and the deadline is 2nd October with interviews on 20th October 2023.
  • Severn PAFTAs – Nominations now open!
    The Severn Paediatric Awards for Training Achievement are all about recognising the wonderful contributions of staff working with children and young people across the region make every day.  Nominations can be made for Junior (ST1-3) and Senior (ST4-8) trainee of the year, educational supervisor of the year, educational environment of the year, and unsung hero of the year. Medical, AHP and non-clinical colleagues can be nominated in the unsung hero category. All nominations will be reviewed by a judging panel and both nominees and winners will be announced at a celebration evening in Spring 2024. Winners of ST1-3 trainee of… Read more: Severn PAFTAs – Nominations now open!
  • Sign up for Buddy Match Round 2 – Revision scheme for MRCPCH clinical exam October 2023
    This scheme aims to provide candidates sitting the MRCPCH clinical exam with peer-to-peer revision practice opportunities in the run up to the exam. It works around your own existing schedules and working patterns to match candidates with the same availability. This next round of the scheme runs from 25th September until 15th October 2023. Each and every day of this period there are 3 Buddy Match revision sessions (10:00-11:00, 14:00-15:00 and 19:00-20:00). Please fill in the form below to register and let us know your availability for each of the sessions. We will then provide you with the dates and… Read more: Sign up for Buddy Match Round 2 – Revision scheme for MRCPCH clinical exam October 2023
  • Sign up now for Practical Procedures course (ST1-2)
    Southmead Hospital 5th October 2023. Places are now available on the Practical Procedures course to be held at Southmead hospital on Thursday 5th October 2023. The course is aimed at ST1-2 doctors in training. If you would like to reserve a place then please email maria.tsakmakis@nbt.nhs.uk. See event details https://paedshub.co.uk/event/practical-procedures-course/
  • Cardiac ECHO Course: Basic Principles of Congenital Heart Disease and Echocardiography on 7-8 Oct 2023 Virtual Course
  • Welcome!
    A warm welcome to all our new Peninsula trainees from the School team! Welcome to the South West. I look forward to meeting you all at Regional Induction. Good luck to all our existing trainees in their new rotations also. #paedsrocks
  • Welcome ST1’s
    Hi! Welcome to a the Deanery and an excellent career choice.  A new resource has been put together by the RCPCH to help with some of those big questions including : Explore the resource more here: https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/paediatric-training-st1-guide If you have any training or college related questions. Please contact me:  Sarah Arthur. Searthur@gmail.com  RCPCH Trainee Rep. Severn.
  • Paediatric Safeguarding Simulation Course
    07 November @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm at UHBW Simulation Centre ** Only open to those currently working at UHBW – apologies ** This half-day multidisciplinary course will provide an immersive learning experience covering a variety of topics within paediatric safeguarding. Building on the pilot course a few months ago, we will be including new scenarios including following a case from initial presentation to Strategy Meeting. Please note, you need to have already attended/completed your mandatory Level 3 Safeguarding Training in order to attend. Then this course will contribute 4 hours of Level 3 training, helping to maintain your competencies/training requirements. If you’d… Read more: Paediatric Safeguarding Simulation Course
  • An evening with Community Paediatrics
    26th September 7-8pm on Teams. Please join Dr Tamsin Woodbridge and Dr Emma Bradley for an hour session on community paediatrics. Overview and introduction to the speciality. Aimed at ST1-3 trainees. Please RSVP on https://paedshub.co.uk/event/community-paediatric-education-evening/
  • CRN West of England Children’s Research Event
    18th October 2023 9am-3pm Engineer’s House, The Promenade, Clifton Down, Bristol BS8 3NB This free face-to-face event will provide research active or interested staff the opportunity to network with colleagues from other sites, including our Local Specialty Research Leads who promote research and encourage collaboration. The topics are designed to help develop the knowledge and skills of those working or interested in research to enable and encourage growth within the specialty. We will be celebrating the incredible children’s research happening in our region and discovering how research has changed clinical practice. (The programme is currently in development) Audience: There will… Read more: CRN West of England Children’s Research Event
  • PAFTAs Picture Competition
    Dear all, Are you looking for something to keep your child entertained for ‘insert amount of time that suits you here!’ in these last couple of weeks of the summer holidays? Enter our Severn PAFTAs picture competition! This year’s theme is “What does your mum/dad/grandparent do in work (i.e. Paediatrics)?” No age limits, closing date is 2nd September. Winner’s picture will be featured on this year’s PAFTA poster and will receive a certificate and small prize! Please send any entries to severnpaftas@gmail.com with name and age. Thank you! Please share with your colleagues, open to all paediatric trainee and consultants’… Read more: PAFTAs Picture Competition
  • Research for Non-Academics – Navigating the Research Road
    Workshop leads and further details about each session will be released as the event approaches. The registration form for this event will be open from Friday 25 August 2023. For any questions regarding this event, please contact the Research & Evidence Team via research&rcpch.ac.uk
  • Buddy revision scheme – October 2023 Clinical exam
    Want to practice online with a range of other candidates sitting the exam in October 2023?  This is an opportunity to test each other on the communication, history, video and development station and learn from each other.  Register your availability for the sessions and you will get paired up with another candidate. We will try and vary the candidates you are signed up with. You will then have a 1 hour slot to turns to run different stations over Teams. LINK TO SIGN UP: https://forms.gle/XgQREj7S4odPYsUDA Any questions please contact the Exam Team on: southwestmrcpch@gmail.com Ground Rules: 
  • Return to Training day – 28th September 2023
    For the attention of any returning paediatric trainees – the South-West Paediatric Return to Work day is back on September 28th. Run virtually, this is a friendly and supportive day for trainees returning to work after a period away (for whatever reason).  Including talks on the practicalities of returning to work, LTFT working, wellbeing and hot topics in paediatrics and neonatology, this is a great day for anyone who is preparing to return or has just returned to work. We will also have virtual SIM sessions and opportunities for informal small group discussion.  Please come along, and if you have… Read more: Return to Training day – 28th September 2023
  • NeoTRIPS Early Breast Milk national QI initiative
    NeoTRIPS is a national neonatal study group, led by trainees, aiming to run large scale neonatal audits, quality improvement projects and research studies. We are excited to announce the launch of the NeoTRIPS Early Breast Milk Quality Improvement Project (EBMQIP). This is a project running nationally which has the primary aim of seeing the proportion of infants born <34 weeks gestation who receive breast milk early after delivery. We are looking to recruit a trainee and consultant at each neonatal unit in the region to lead the quality improvement project in their units. This project will launch on 13th September… Read more: NeoTRIPS Early Breast Milk national QI initiative
  • Psychologically Informed Care training
    As part of the South West Regional Education Bid we are pleased to be able to offer staff working in paediatric palliative care the opportunity to participate in a two-day psychological skills training programme. This is being offered in response to a need identified to offer staff more support in delivering psychologically informed care in this highly demanding clinical area.  As you are hopefully aware we are also carrying out a training needs analysis and we will adapt the course to incorporate the findings from this as well over the coming months.  Training topics will include: –        Identifying and screening for… Read more: Psychologically Informed Care training
  • Could you be a beta-tester for this new PaedsHub course?
    Introduction To Neonatal Ventilation is a brand new interactive online learning package built to support the trainee who is starting their NICU rotation by refreshing their knowledge about ventilation and boosting their confidence in day-to-day practice with ventilated neonates. After completing this course you are expected to understand the basics of gas exchanges & interpretation of blood gases, the basics of ventilation & lung injury mechanisms. You will be also able to understand basic ventilator settings and how to manipulate the ventilator by responding to the baby’s condition and blood gas results. Click here to read more about the course.… Read more: Could you be a beta-tester for this new PaedsHub course?
  • Register NOW for Clinicals Mock Exam – 18th September, Exeter
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  • Paediatric Grid or Spin?
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  • South West Paediatric Gastroenterology Network Study Day
    The South West Paediatric Gastroenterology Network is pleased to invite you to our in-person Network Study Day on 22 September 2023 (Friday). This year’s meeting will be held as a solely face-to-face event at The Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre, Treliske, Truro, TR1 3FF. The study day is open to all healthcare professionals who care for children with digestive issues in South West England. We have drawn up an exciting programme, aiming for topics to be relevant and useful to all colleagues working in the secondary care setting.  RCPCH CPD approval is pending.
  • Psychologically informed care training – September 2023
    As part of the South West Regional Education Bid we are pleased to be able to offer staff working in paediatric palliative care the opportunity to participate in a two-day psychological skills training programme. This is being offered in response to a need identified to offer staff more support in delivering psychologically informed care in this highly demanding clinical area. As you are hopefully aware we are also carrying out a training needs analysis and we will adapt the course to incorporate the findings from this as well over the coming months. Training topics will include: Please see the attached… Read more: Psychologically informed care training – September 2023
  • Virtual Return to Paediatric Training Course – 28th September
    Have you had a break from work for 3 months or more? If so, you are invited to join us for the next virtual paediatric return to work course! A mixture of recent updates in paediatrics, virtual SIM (that you watch and chat about in a very low-key non-threatening way) and tips about how to survive and thrive when you return to work by an expert faculty that have all had a break in training for various reasons. We have kept the course virtual so that you can juggle other committments such as childcare (we love seeing your small people… Read more: Virtual Return to Paediatric Training Course – 28th September