Master Class for Senior Educators - The Legal Aspects of Supporting Trainees

Category: Master Class - Other

Date: October 6th 2016 1:30pm until 5:00pm

Location: Old School Rooms, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS34 8PD

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An academic series of expert classes mainly held at Deanery House in Bristol on topical and emerging areas of importance in medical education for Postgraduate Medical Education. They are open to HEE Southwest, Postgraduate Medical Educational Teams, Educators in Trusts and GP Trainers. Global and nationally important speakers and subject experts are sought and invited.



A programme of faculty development for senior educators in the Severn and Peninsula to assist in creating a consistent understanding about current developments and issues affecting medical education.


Reasons for offering the Master Class

This class will consider  the legal implications of how we work with trainees who require specific support or who get into difficulties during their training.  This class will explain the key principles and components of employment and other relevant legislation that affects the trainee’s contract and conditions in work placements and will explore how these apply to the processes of providing support to trainees and dealing with performance matters.


Speakers details

Philip Farrar is a partner at Hill Dickinson LLP has over twenty five years' experience in employment law and acts principally for the NHS including HEE.  He acts in employment and other disputes concerning medical and dental professionals in the NHS, including training issues.  The Hill Dickinson team has defended unlawful discrimination claims and Judicial Review applications concerning trainees as well as advising on policy issues and trainee recruitment initiatives.  Philip has particular experience of high value whistle-blowing litigation in the NHS and the specific employment processes for doctors and dentists employed in the NHS.


Dr Rebecca Aspinall is Director of Medical Education at UH Bristol and a consultant in anaesthesia.  She has extensive experience of organising and providing education and teaching to the full range of postgraduate trainees as well as to undergraduates at Bristol University Medical School.



To understand how law applies to our interactions with postgraduate trainees and the implications for how we deal with and manage trainees requiring specific types of support.


Objectives: by the end of the master class participants will be able to:

  • Outline the laws that apply to postgraduate medical training that all faculty members should be aware of
  • Describe the reasons why serious employment situations involving postgraduate medical trainees can arise
  • List the actions faculty and trainers can take to avoid extreme circumstances occurring at each level; including local education providers, ARCPs, specialty schools and deans
  • Summarise how educators should work, manage and complete meetings, discussions and paperwork  generally and when litigation does occur


To book a place please contact Severn Education Team.  When contacting the team please confirm the event title and the date you are interested in attending.