Geography

Health Education England – working across the South West encompasses both Severn and Peninsula. The Peninsula area stretches from Truro (Cornwall) to Taunton (Somerset). This includes the following hospitals:

  1. Taunton: Musgrove Park Hospital

  2. Exeter: Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

  3. Barnstaple: North Devon District Hospital

  4. Torquay: Torbay Hospital

  5. Plymouth: Derriford Hospital

  6. Truro: Royal Cornwall Hospital

Health Education England and Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education (PPgME)

Health Education England (HEE) is the area of the Department for Health that is responsible for training and development. Health Education England – working across the South West (HEE-SW) is a Local Education and Training Board (LETB) which is overseen by HEE. It is more commonly known as ‘the Deanery’. The Deaneries were re-organised, along with the structure of the NHS following the Health and Social Care Act 2012 . The LETB’s are responsible for:

  • Ensuring security of supply of the local health and care workforce

  • Workforce planning and prioritisation of local education and training

  • Holding and allocating funding for education and training

  • Commissioning education and training and securing quality and value from education and training providers

  • Securing effective partnerships with clinicians, CCG’s, local authorities, health and well-being boards, universities and other providers of education, research and innovation

In practical terms, the main activities of HEE-SW are:

  • Manage foundation, general practice and specialist training programmes

  • Monitor quality standards in those training posts and assess the educational value of training

  • Ensure revalidation processes are in place (i.e. ARCPs)

  • Provide careers advice and information

  • Administer regional budgets for training and study leave

  • Support trainees in difficulty (through mentoring, Professional Support Unit (PSU) and counselling)

  • Provide training courses and bursaries

  • Maintain an accurate and up to date database of trainees

Professor Martin Beaman is the Dean of Health Education England – working across the South West. He oversees and is responsible for all aspects of postgraduate training. All the staff involved with HEE-SW Peninsula are based at the Raleigh Building in Plymouth Science Park.

Monitoring the quality of training - 'The Quality Team'

The quality team are responsible for ensuring that training across the region meets the standards outlined in the GMC publication ‘Promoting excellence: standards of medical education and training’ . Every post needs to be approved by the GMC for it to count towards training. The main ways they do this are

  • Managing and evaluating the data from the GMC National Training Survey (NTS)

  • Overseeing the process of quality panels

  • Maintaining a quality register of training concerns and ensuring these are followed up 

  • Maintaining a database of supervisors and ensuring compliance against GMC standards

Quality panels

These were introduced in 2015 and replace the Deanery visits to Trusts. They occur on a yearly basis (rather than a five yearly basis) and look at every post within a training programme. Every trainee is asked to complete a feedback form/matrix which is based around the GMC standards for medical training. The matrices require trainees to grade various domains on their post and provide an explanation for their grading. All the feedback is then discussed at a quality panel which is attended by trainee representatives and trainers within the programme. The majority of the panel consists of trainees and it is chaired by the Training Programme Director (TPD). The aim of the panel is to discuss the posts and then grade it as either ‘Excellent’, ‘Good’, ‘Requires Improvement’ or ‘Inadequate’. The report also contains comments on areas of excellence, how the post could be improved and where there are areas of concern. The Quality Panel reports can be found on the Deanery website.

Each trainee representative will gather their specialty/ school information as part of their pack:

School Management - a list of all the Peninsula Schools can be found here.

School Manager & Administrator

The role of the school manager and administrator is to provide administrative support to the running of the school and training programme. This involves coordinating matters such as recruitment, ARCPs and LTFT applications.
Those involved with the running of the school and training programmes outside of the Raleigh Building are consultants within local hospitals. They may be involved in a regional capacity as below or more locally.

Head of School      

The head of school co-ordinates and manages all the programmes within the school. They also act as a representative of the deanery at national meetings.

Associate Dean This is a consultant who is not working in the same specialty. Their role is to represent the Dean at school board meetings. This involves advising on issues from a deanery perspective. They may also be present at ARCPs as the Deans representative where there are significant training issues.
Regional Advisor The regional advisor represents the views of the college in relevant matters within the region.
Training Programme Director The TPDs co-ordinate and manage a particular part of a programme. This includes allocating rotations and ensuring the appropriate training is provided
College Tutor The college tutor has many roles and responsibilities. These include: 

1) Co-ordination of training and modules
2) Exam guidance
3) Provision of career advice
4) Liaison between the School and the Postgraduate Dean and with the Trusts
5) Links with and representation of the Royal Colleges

Trainee Representative The trainee representatives are responsible for representing the view of the trainee body at school meetings. They then disseminate the outcomes of these meetings to the trainees and work on ways of enhancing training in the region. 

Meetings that are available for trainees to voice ideas and opinions are:

LOCAL

For the trainee representative to set up 

REGIONAL

i.e.  PPgME Trainee Representative meetings twice a year

SCHOOL

i.e. The STC and Board meetings

NATIONAL

i.e. The Royal Colleges