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Training Information

Trainee Welcome Pack

A new information pack for specialty trainees commencing programmes was made widely available across Trusts during induction weeks in 2013. This was updated in July 2014 to reflect the new Gold Guide, ARCP outcomes and Fitness to Practise paperwork available to download by using the link below.

Trainee Welcome Pack July 2014 (pdf)

Please also see the Careers Support section in Recruitment & Careers for further information.

For senior trainees who are thinking about future consultant roles, please see the Educator Development Strategy section of this website, which includes our Field Guide for Supervisors (pdf). We also have a useful document detailing the relationship between a trainee and their supervisors (pdf)

Another important publication is the GMC Booklet 'The Trainee Doctor' (pdf)

There are a number of other useful documents and policies in the About Oxford Deanery area of this website, under the 'Policies' section. 

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Absence (short and medium term)
  • Equality and Diversity (E&D)
  • Inter-Deanery Transfers (IDTs)
  • Less than full time training (LTFT)
  • Out of Programme (OOP)
  • Paternity leave guidance
  • Pregnancy (including working adaptations, maternity leave, returning to work)
  • Relocation expenses
  • Whistleblowing



This is a multi-stage process and includes departmental orientation, some presentations from the Trust, a one-to-one meeting with your Educational Supervisor and, if new to the programme, a Specialty Induction session.

Trust and departmental induction / orientation are done within the first few days of joining the organisation, and you will be required to attend these sessions.  Usually there has been adaptation of the normal clinical service to facilitate this. 

The GMC National Training Survey

The National Training Survey is a core part of the work that the GMC carries out each year to monitor the quality of medical education and training in the UK. The full GMC reports (from 2006 to 2016) can be found on the GMC website:

Download the GMC National Training Survey Reports

Whilst the survey is a valuable tool, trainees are encouraged to raise concerns as and when they arise within the organisation they are working in. Please view a preferred flow chart for escalating concerns (Word)  

It is important that feedback on the survey is accurate and balanced; your answers will affect the grading the department is given by the GMC for training.  Issues which are often cited as 'problematic' by trainees are:

  • Induction at the start of the post - this question is primarily directed to the departmental and Trust programmes, and not the specialty/school induction programme
  • Handover at the end of a shift in secondary care settings - there is usually an overlap of 30 minutes during which both outgoing and incoming staff are paid to handover patients. 
  • Study Leave and teaching time - there is an HETV policy for study leave which can be found on the Study Leave page on this website. Please ensure you read it. You are entitled to, and expected to, attend relevant specialty teaching sessions. The typical target is attendance at 60-70% of what is offered unless you are on leave or night shifts.


More information on the current National Training Survey can be found in the Quality Management section of this site on the GMC Training Survey page.

Leadership and Development Courses

All development and training courses are provided by the Thames Valley Centre for Workforce & Educator Development and details of the courses can be found in the Workforce and Educator Development page on this website. Of particular interest may be the Nuts and Bolts course for senior trainees to prepare them for their first consultant role. These 2-day non-residential courses are held three times per year at venues local to Oxford.

Page updated October 2015

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