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CT & ACT National Conference 2019

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16 October 2019
Royal College of Physicians of London

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CT & ACT National Conference 2019

The CT and ACT national conference is the dedicated event for RCP college and associate tutors.

Your role, their future

Building on the success of previous events, this 1-day conference has been designed as an open discussion on the changes to IMT and PACES, as well as a keynote presentation from Prof Sheona MacLeod of HEE.

The role of CTs and ACTs with IMT implementation has evolved in 2019, resulting in differences in the way that the role is undertaken across the nation. This conference will provide the opportunity to hear presentations from across the regions on how CTs and ACTs have realised these changes.

RCP college tutors and associate college tutors provide invaluable and essential support to the RCP and our professional networks. The CT & ACT National Conference is the RCP’s showcase event for this vital work. It’s the place to meet colleagues, share your ideas, successes and learning. We have a great line up of sessions focusing on the IMT journey so far, an open forum discussing next steps, update on PACES 2020 and a keynote on the ‘business of education’ from the amazing Prof. Sheona MacLeod. Don’t miss it.

Prof Donal O'Donoghue, registrar, Royal College of Physicians

National CT & ACT conference 2019 – a snapshot of the day


You can find the presentations from the day below.

Summary of Leicester's IMT journey

We presented the Leicester journey from a Core programme “needing improvement” to a valued programme tackling the challenge of delivering IMT.

In 2014 the CMT teaching programme consisted of a once per month teaching sessions, and an ad-hoc arrangement for clinics, procedures and bedside teaching. There was no simulation training, and feedback was poor in both the national and local trainees’ surveys. The programme has then undergone major development and we now provide a regular weekly teaching sessions, made possible by working closely with the rota coordinators and junior doctors’ administrators to ensure teaching time was protected. There are procedural skills courses and regular human factors simulation days with capacity for all trainees to attend in-house. 

A clinic week on the rota helps trainees gain exposure to outpatient work.

Now we are implementing the new Internal Medicine Training (IMT) programme.

In 2018 we conducted a survey of CMT trainees to understand their views on how IMT should be implemented in the East Midlands. Opinions were mixed, but overall trainees supported a junior registrar role in the third year, and added exposure to intensive care and complex medicine. We have used the feedback to guide the design of the IMT programme in the East Midlands, specifically to incorporate ITU and enhanced geriatrics placements, with procedural skills courses and simulation to include out-patients scenarios.

We still have a number of challenges, particularly: the number of IMT posts; delivering the clinic numbers and experience; training educational supervisors and engaging consultant physicians in the process.

Overall, we know the IMT programme has much to offer and whilst there are bound to be some early teething problems, in the future we believe this new approach can deliver the high quality training for our future consultant physicians.

- Dr Dheya Biswas & Dr Lucy Beishon, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust