Quality and standards

shutterstock_16706872. cropforweb.jpgThe RCPCH sets the standards for training of paediatricians and evaluates its delivery through various means.

These include:

Recommendations for safe trainee changeover

The guide, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and NHS Employers' Recommendations for Safe Trainee Changeover (PDF, 202KB, 8 pages), offers simple, practical recommendations that can be implemented in organisations to help mitigate the problems associated with simultaneous trainee changeover.

Doctors in training in the UK have historically started new six monthly rotations in February and August, with the majority of junior doctors rotating to new training programmes during the first week of August. There is increasing evidence to show that simultaneous changeover is associated with reduced efficiency and increased mortality.

To help avoid these potential problems, the Academy and NHS Employers have worked with partner organisations to recommend four simple measures:

  1. consultants must be appropriately available
  2. flexible and intelligent rota design
  3. high quality clinical induction at all units
  4. reduction of elective work at changeover times.

Useful links

College Tutors - information to support the College Tutor, the RCPCH representative in each NHS Trust, including College standards in education and training, new educational initiatives and changes to examinations

Educational supervision - information for those who undertake an educational supervisory role, including College Tutors, Regional Advisers and Programme Directors

Approval process for posts and programmes - the College assists LETBs/HEE regional offices to obtain educational approval for new training posts and programmes (academic and clinical)

Question writing and scenario generation for the MRCPCH examinations - find out more and how to get involved

Committees for education and training - a number of committees deal with issues on training, continuing professional development and revalidation