Trainee SPIN Modules

Trainee Special Interest (SPIN) modules are the additional training/experience that Level 3 trainees can complete in a 12-24 month placement. This will allow them to be the local lead and part of the clinical network providing for children who need specialist paediatric care.

SPIN trainee applicant guide (PDF)

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Application process step 1 - submitting your application

You will need to complete an application form to apply for SPIN training.

SPIN Programmes can then be designed by the Training Programme Director and/or Educational Supervisor in line with our SPIN standards checklist. The details of your programme must be included in the application form.

The completed application form, signed by the Trainee and Training Programme Director must be returned to The RCPCH will then seek signatory approval from the relevant CSAC to confirm your SPIN programme is appropriate.

You must ensure that you have all the placements listed for the SPIN training duration; applications with only a 6 month placement will not be accepted.

Application form (MS Word)

Epilepsy applications

All applicants are advised that an additional approval from the local Paediatric Neurology Deanery Advisor is required. This could be presented in a form of email sent to View the list of the Neurology Deanery Advisers.

Applicants must specify on the application form that they are:

  • registered for BPNA Distance Learning - Module 6
  • have support from paediatric neurology Deanery Advisor to ensure that the training proposed will provide the necessary experience to achieve the competencies and that they will have access to neurology supervision
  • understand that at the end of their training they will have to have completed:
  • the case log
  • PET2, PET3 and PET EEG
  • some audit and research in epilepsy

No applications will be considered unless they provide the information above.

Allergy applications

All applicants must submit the below information with their SPIN application form:

  • Confirmation of supervision / mentor at the regional allergy centre
  • A timetable (albeit draft) of the clinical week

Applications will not be considered unless the above information is provided.

Application process step 2 - Evidencing your SPIN

When you have been approved to start your SPIN Module, the SPIN Team will add the SPIN Module access to your ePortfolio. You will need to upload and link evidence on the ePortfolio to demonstrate you have met the appropriate competences for your SPIN module.

Some SPIN modules contain checklists that must be used in training. These will be sent by email when your application has been approved.

Your Educational Supervisor will monitor your achievement of competences through your ePortfolio, paper based records and regular one to one meetings. This evidence will be reviewed by your Educational Supervisor as part of the ARCP (Annual Review of Competence Progression) to ensure your progression within the CCT (Certificate of Completion of Training) training programme.

Application process step 3 – Completion of SPIN

Once you have completed your SPIN module and all of the competences, you will need to contact the SPIN Team at to confirm that all of your evidence is ready to be reviewed. This evidence should include educational supervisor reports, reflective logs, details of clinics, and any workplace assessments.

Once the CSAC Chair is satisfied with the evidence provided, the SPIN Team will be able to confirm completion of your SPIN module and achievement of all of the required competences. You will then be issued with a SPIN Module Completion Letter from the RCPCH.

How long will it take for my evidence to be reviewed?

This can several months due to the high applicant numbers and CSAC availability. We recommend completing your SPIN training 6 months before your CCT date if you wish to apply for posts as a General Paediatrician with a special expertise.

Competency frameworks by module

Please download and use the relevant competency frameworks to identify the requirements and competences that you must achieve in order to complete your Trainee SPIN module.

  Allergy (From March 2016) or Allergy (Up to March 2016)

  Allergy - SPIN logbook and training guide (up to March 2016)

  Allergy - sign off documentation


  Paediatric dermatology

  Diabetes - checklist (must be submitted before final application)


  Epilepsy guide

  Epilepsy - additional requirements listed above


  Gastroenterology - checklist

  HDU checklist(This must be completed whilst undertaking the SPIN ) 

  Neonatal Paediatrics

  Neonatal Paediatrics - checklist(This must be completed whilst undertaking the SPIN )    




  Palliative Care - not currently accepting SPIN applications

  Respiratory Checklist




 (Indicate on your  application form if you are a General Paediatric Trainee or a Community Child Heath Sub-Specialty (Grid) Trainee) 

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