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Urology

Urological training consists of a five year programme from ST3 to ST7 with the ultimate aim of obtaining CCT in Urology. Thames Valley trainees rotate through three hospitals: Oxford Churchill Hospital, Royal Berkshire Hospital and Wycombe General Hospital which includes cross site cover of Stoke Mandeville Hospital. These centres differ in terms of service provision ensuring a broad experience of urology including general urology, uro-oncology, andrology, female urology, complex stone surgery, neuro-urology and paediatric urology. A variety of surgical skills are developed including open, PCNL, laparoscopic and robotic techniques with dual consoles available for robotic training. Academic development is also encouraged, with ample opportunity to be involved in research with a strong tradition of publications and international presentations making Thames Valley trainees strongly competitive when it comes to Consultancy application.

Training Sites:

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Churchill Hospital; John Radcliffe Hospital; Horton General Hospital): DME/College Tutor - Prof Peter Sullivan - peter.sullivan@ouh.nhs.uk

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (Royal Berkshire Hospital): DME/College Tutor - Mr Rogan Corbridge - rogan.corbridge@royalberkshire.nhs.uk

Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust (Stoke Mandeville Hospital; Wycombe General Hospital): DME/College Tutor - Mr Marc Davison - marc.davison@buckshealthcare.nhs.uk

 

Teaching:

Trainees from the region meet monthly for consultant-led teaching. Sessions follow a curriculum designed to prepare trainees for the FRCS Urology exam with sessions also dedicated to management and consultancy interviews to aid consultancy applications. Each department also has regular departmental meetings for educational and audit presentations.

The JCST have outlined requirements for CCT in the Quality Assurance section of their website.

 

ARCPs:

ARCPs are held in Oxford every June/July, with an additional mid year ARCP for ST3’s and ST7’s held in January. Details are sent out nearer the time by email and guidance for a successful outcome are published at the beginning of the academic year.

Along with full interaction with the ISCP logbook, current guidance includes:

  • 80% attendance at the monthly teaching days as demonstrated by the sign in sheet.
  • Minimum of 1 audit
  • 40 WBA's of which 15 should be PBA's
  • Evidence that a peer-reviewed paper is in progress, in review or published.

 

We would also advise keeping a separate paediatric logbook detailing experience in clinic and in theatre. This can be put in the miscellaneous section of the portfolio.

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