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In 2008 the Department of Health (
) made available to Deaneries
resources to support the further training and professional
development of non-consultant career grade doctors and dentists
(mainly Staff Grades and Associate Specialists, generally known as
Dentists, or "
in this group are those who “have completed the equivalent of at
least four years of postgraduate training and who are neither in a
Deanery-approved training post nor hold a consultant appointment”.
New appointees to these grades are now known as "Specialty
Doctors", and the Department of Health proposals are outlined in
the April 2008 document "Employing and Supporting Specialty Doctors
- A Guide to Good Practice" , which can be downloaded from
The key recommendations of this guidance are that:
In the web-pages which follow, where the term "
doctor" appears, it should
be taken to include both doctors and dentists, in the grades of
Associate Specialists, Staff Grades, Clinical Assistants, Hospital
Practitioners and Specialty Doctors (under the new contract).
always recognised the need for ongoing education and training for
Doctors. It is
important to recognise that an
doctor is often in the post
because their training is incomplete. Some
doctors aspire to further
career progression which will entail them gaining top-up training
to an appropriate level. Others wish to remain in the grade, but
still require continuing professional development and updating of
their skills and knowledge base. Additionally, changes to career
pathways following the introduction of
are likely to result in
greater movement between training and
grades in the future.
experienced and senior professionals in permanent posts working
work across all specialties, both in clinical and non-clinical
areas. By tradition they have had a high level of service
commitment, but training has not usually been part of the
contract. All too often, continuing professional development
been ignored as well. The new and recurrent funding from the
Department of Health seeks to redress this lack, and offer career
and professional development support to this important group who
have been much neglected in the past.
This support might include arranging secondments to other units
to learn new techniques, advising on and supporting continuing
medical education for
representing their views to the Clinical Tutor/
and other senior Trust
personnel, providing leadership and educational support relevant to
their needs, advising on further training, involvement in audit and
research, and liaising with the Royal Colleges. The funds can also
be used to "top-up" the Trust study leave funding to which all
be entitled, to attend courses and meetings.
Please refer to the
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