I hope everyone is staying safe and keeping well during these unprecedented times when we are all having to think, work and function in very different ways – very stressful and very tiring, including the challenge of trying to practice Paediatric Gastroenterology with only limited access to endoscopy.
I wanted to update you with regard to training and our trainees many of whom have effectively had their training suspended partly because of the need to cross cover other areas but also as a consequence of the secondary impact of the endemic on our specialty.
I have been in touch with them regularly.
There are a number of issues which are general to all trainees and some specific to our specialty. These include uncertainty regarding training, progression, assessments and rotations.
David Evans has done a helpful update – see link appended which is being regularly updated
There will be a modified ARCP process and we are awaiting the specifics and timeline and will facilitate CSAC progression forms once that is clear. The modified process will mean that the impact of COVID on training can be factored in. The trainees will be concerned about clinical exposure, team meetings and endoscopy. There will be particular anxieties about exposure and training in endoscopy with most services on hold at the moment, uncertainty about when they will resume and there being a likely need for significant catch up when that occurs.
We have had to cancel the face to face trainees meeting in May but have set up a virtual meeting and the potential for 1 to 1 discussions via Microsoft teams – I guess we are all getting used to this new way of working.
In the meantime – if possible – please continue to meet with your trainees regularly and facilitate training a much as possible so they we can offer them as much support as we can.
All the best
Stay safe and keep well
Professor RM Beattie
Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist
Honorary Professor of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Chair of the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health (RCPCH) College Specialty Advisory Committee (CSAC) for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition e- mail firstname.lastname@example.org