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September 16, 2020

Regional Sankey Covid Prize (Research and Clinical)

The Sankey Committee are holding a joint research & clinical Covid prize in November for junior doctors of all grades. Applications are open for research and case presentations related to covid 19. Applications, via an abstract of 500words should be submitted by email by 2nd November 2020. 

Please see the flyer below for more information. 

September 15, 2020

Clinical Entrepreneurs Programme

Are you an innovator in the NHS? Do you have an idea you wish to develop and scale for patient benefit? The NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme might be for you!

The latest round of NHS England’s Clinical Entrepreneur programme is open and welcoming applications from a diverse range of clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals. Budding entrepreneurs can now apply for this ground-breaking programme that is helping bring innovations into the NHS to improve patient care.

Applications are now open, so if this is something in which you may be interested, click on the link for more details. Applications close on the 13th October.

January 01, 2020

Trainee Survey of Covid ARCP process

Dear Colleague,

For your awareness, following the exceptional derogation to the Gold Guide and implementation of a revised ARCP process, HEE has launched a trainee survey to capture feedback on the 2020 COVID process.

The survey will be circulated directly to trainees in England today, and will be open until Wednesday 9th September.

We are asking all trainees who have undergone an ARCP during the affected period to complete the survey: for Foundation training from March to August, for all other trainees April to August.

I would be grateful if you could raise awareness by cascading this survey through your networks and encouraging trainees to respond.

We are also hosting a snap poll on Twitter to capture overall views on the process and how it was communicated to trainees. Similarly, I would be grateful to colleagues for signposting and retweeting the Twitter poll, to boost impressions online.

Twitter Link:

Survey Link:

Many Thanks

Prof Russell Smith

Regional Postgraduate Dean

August 23, 2020

MRCPCH Clinical Exam Update

For anyone taking MRCPCH clinical exams - RCPCH examinations team have posted another update to the website about the adapted exam (see first link below) and published a Covid Adapted MRCPCH Clinical information hub (second link). The latter has an FAQs section as well as various resources that we have updated or developed to help candidates better understand the changes to the exam and know how to prepare for it. It will be updated on a regular basis as we are continuing to work on creating guidance and materials.

December 02, 2019

New TPD's

Welcome to our new TPD’s!! Our new TPD for assessments will be updated very shortly.

Paediatrics ST1-3 - TPD CLARE ONYON (

Paediatrics ST4+ -8 TPD MATT CAWSEY (

Paediatrics TPD- Quality Assurance SAGARIKA RAY (

Paediatrics TPD-for teaching PENNY BROGGIO (

Paediatrics TPD Neonatal Teaching Programmes ROB NEGRINE (

January 01, 2020

Ranitidine is being recalled

A medicine called ranitidine, which is used to treat conditions such as acid reflux in children, has been recalled by some manufacturers because of concerns that it may contain low levels of an impurity called NDMA. This is a voluntary precautionary measure whilst the MHRA – the organization responsible for the safety of medicines in the UK – assesses the situation.

The MHRA has asked manufacturers to quarantine any batches of medicine that contain ranitidine whilst tests are done to see if these also contain NDMA. Advice to members is to be aware of these withdrawals and consider de-prescribing or switching after a medication review.

July 29, 2019

Welcome to Dr. Alex Philpott- New Head of School

Welcome to Dr Alex Philpott as the New Head of School of Paediatrics from 1st September 2019. We will aim to make this transition as smooth as possible. Here are a few words from Alex

Hello. I am Alex Philpott and I will be opening an exciting chapter in my life from 1st September 2019 when I succeed Dr Goodyear as the Head of School of Paediatrics. I have been TPD for Quality Assurance for the last 18 months and will have met some of you in that role.


You may also know me as the neonatal lead for the KIDSNTS Paediatric and neonatal transfer service, based at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. I trained in London and Australia, spent a short time as a consultant in Brighton, before coming to the West Midlands as a neonatal consultant in 2005.


I'm passionate about improving the patient care provided by our multidisciplinary teams and teach on many of the mandatory courses, including NLS, APLS, GIC and Napstar with this in mind.


The next few years are going to be incredibly exciting with the changes in paediatric training and I'm looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible so we can rise to this challenge and make the West Midlands the preferred Deanery for training and patient care.

September 14, 2018

New guidance to help you with reflection

New guidance has been published to support doctors and medical students in being reflective practitioners.


It has been co-produced by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans, the General Medical Council and the Medical Schools Council

May 16, 2018

Guidance on paediatric trainee post allocations

The Trainee Committee and the Training Programme Directors have put together some information about the way that training posts are allocated.  While they might not cover all scenarios, we hope it will give some helpful guidance in understanding the process. Click on the links below to see the guidance for each level of training. 


 If there are any parts that are not clear or you have any further questions please contact us via our contact form or email

Level 1 Trainees

Level 2 Trainees

Level 3 Trainees

March 20, 2018

Information about medical revalidation

The HEE web page for medical revalidation is now live, which contains information on the revalidation process for doctors in training.  This can be reached via the link below:

March 19, 2018

Junior Doctor mentor e-learning programme launched

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has developed an e-learning programme to enable junior doctors to complete training to be a mentor without needing to travel to a teaching session.

HEE is committed to improving junior doctors’ working lives and effective mentoring plays a significant part in the development of a trainee.

This course will help junior doctors to develop skills as a mentor, increase awareness of the role and responsibilities they have as a mentor and highlight how the role of a mentor might personally benefit their own development.

After completing and fully participating in this programme learners will be better equipped to:

·         explain the mentor/mentee relationship and the roles and responsibilities involved

·         identify a clear set of guidelines and principles for a successful mentoring relationship

·         understand and use specific tools to help provide effective support for the mentee

·         give constructive feedback and facilitate a process of feedback generation by the mentee

·         feel confident enough to provide high quality mentoring support.


Mentoring is a learning support mechanism where an experienced person provides guidance, knowledge and advice to someone who is in development or has less experience about a specific topic or function.

The role of a mentor is very important and whether the relationship is formal or informal, the fact is that a good mentor can be instrumental in the development of not only a mentee’s skills and knowledge, but also their behaviour, attitude and professional outlook.

For more information about the e-learning programme and for details of how to access the programme visit:

December 22, 2017

Deanery Contact Details

Some useful contact details that might help

General programme queries  -

Assessments -
Recruitment -

School of Paediatrics Administrator -

Study Leave -




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