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Posted May 3rd 2023 (1 month ago)

NHSE Bursary Opportunities 2023

NHSE Southwest are pleased to announce that the Bursary, PGCE, and SAS Bursary for 2023 are now open.


The application window opened on Wednesday 3rd May 2023 and will close on Sunday 11th June 2023. 


Application forms and guidance are available here during this period.

Posted December 2nd 2022 (6 months ago)

*STOP PRESS* Second Intake for Professional & Generic Skills Programme

The Programme:

  • The Professional and Generic Skills (PGS) Programme is a collaboration between Health Education South West (HESW) and the University of Plymouth’s Faculty of Health.
  • The PGS Programme covers all elements of the GMC’s Generic Professional Capabilities framework, whose content is now a requirement for trainees.
  • 97%of respondents over the last 5 years have rated the quality and relevance of the PGS Programme as “Excellent” or “Good”.


The Modules:

  1. Patient safety, quality systems and personal responsibilities;
  2. Teaching and Learning;
  3. Communication skills;
  4. Medical ethics, medicine and the law;
  5. Leadership and Management 1: NHS structures and funding;
  6. Leadership and Management 2: Personal skills (two days); and
  7. Quality Improvement (two days).



The Programme is open to Core, Specialty and GP trainees (ST2+), SAS doctors and dental trainees (all including IMGs).


Other useful information:

  • The PGS Programme modules are stand-alone and held virtually on a secure Zoom platform.
  • Delegates completing the PGS programme can transfer the academic credits gained to some Plymouth University postgraduate taught programmes (including Clinical Education; Healthcare Management, Leadership & Innovation; and Global Health).


Read more about the PGS Programme here. Email: for further information/application form.

Posted November 30th 2022 (6 months ago)

Foundation School Bulletin

Winter School of Psychiatry for Foundation doctors - 25th Jan 2023 

Are you keen to learn more about a career in psychiatry? This free event will give you a valuable insight into the specialty, with a packed programme of tutorials and networking opportunities. Highlights include:

  • Top tips on the application process
  • Find out what life is like as a core trainee, higher trainee, and consultant
  • Meet current doctors in training and consultants from a range of sub-specialities

This one day event will be held virtually via Zoom. To book a place please email: The deadline for applications is 11/01/2023. 

This event has been made possible by the kind support of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Severn Deanery.

National Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Poster Competition 2023

Present at the 10th anniversary conference of the Bristol Patient Safety Conference!

Deadline 3rd March 2023 - see competition details and online entry form here:

There are up to 160 poster places at this online conference. Successful entries receive:

  • An invitation to give a live oral poster presentation* at a national conference on 17th May 2023.
  • A discounted delegate rate of £169 (no VAT). Co-authors will also qualify for the discounted rate.
  • A national poster competition presentation certificate with names of presenter(s) and authors
  • There will be a first prize and runner up for each themed poster group

* 2-minute oral presentation followed by judge-led Q&A

Who should apply?: Junior doctors, nurses, midwives, consultants, AHPs, GPs, physician associates, foundation doctors, medical students and those working in care settings among others

In addition, there is a free QI workshop from QIClearn aimed at F1/F2 doctors, to be held online on 1 February. Register on Eventbrite here:

eLearning for Healthcare Foundation Update

Welcome to your November 2022 update from the Foundation elearning programme. This month focuses on good communication.

From breaking bad news or supporting the bereavement process, to communicating issues such as treatment risks or organ donation to patients, communication skills are key to your success as a doctor. The following sessions aim to support you to sell your diagnosis, your treatment, and most of all yourself, to your patients.

The Foundation elearning programme has been developed specifically for Foundation doctors by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in partnership with Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh), and is approved by the UK Foundation Programme (UKFPO).


The sessions cover key areas in your curriculum on:  

FPC 1: Clinical Assessment
FPC 2: Clinical Prioritisation
FPC 3: Holistic Planning
FPC 4: Communication and Care
FPC 5: Continuity of Care
FPC 6: Sharing the Vision
FPC 8: Upholding Values
FPC 11: Ethics and Law

The Foundation programme has a range of other sessions that might help you. Please log in to the programme page to view more.

You can sign on to the elearning with your login supplied by elearning for healthcare at any time during your foundation training:

HORUS and TURAS have deep links to elearning for healthcare sessions from the Foundation Curriculum and are therefore accessible to all trainees, making it quicker and easier to access the appropriate session linked to the curriculum.


Posted October 11th 2022 (8 months ago)

Innovation Fund 2022/23

We are pleased to announce that the 2022/23 Innovation Fund is now open.

Guidance and application forms are available here.

The closing date for Innovation applications is 4pm on Sunday 23rd October 2022.

Posted October 10th 2022 (8 months ago)

South West Quality Improvement Update

We are excited to offer you our new and updated comprehensive webpages with QI resources for trainees and trainers, how to do guides, project ideas, QI support contacts and monthly blog from national QI experts.

Severn QI

Peninsula QI

To book onto our HEE SW QI Training Programme, please register via Max Course using your NHS email account.

If you have any questions, please email QI Enquiries.

Posted September 6th 2022 (9 months ago)

STOP THE PRESS!! Professional & Generic Skills Programme - Applications Open!

The Professional and Generic Skills (PGS) Programme is a collaboration between Health Education England - South West (HEE-SW) and the University of Plymouth’s Faculty of Health.

It is for doctors in training (GP and Specialty ST3+), as well as SAS doctors and dental trainees.

The PGS Programme is fully aligned with the GMC’s Generic Professional Capabilities framework, and provides a unique combination of skills, knowledge and thinking to develop your career as a clinical leader within an evolving NHS.

The Programme consists of seven modules. You will need to commit to nine days throughout the academic year for the delivery sessions, plus time required to write a final reflection.

The seven modules cover the following key themes:

• Patient safety and quality systems;
• Teaching and learning;
• Communication skills;
• Medical ethics, medicine and the law;
• NHS structures and funding;
• Leadership and Management (two days); and
• Quality Improvement (two days).

The PGS Programme also provides the opportunity for further development, through progression onto postgraduate taught programmes at Plymouth University (including Clinical Education; Healthcare Management, Leadership & Innovation; Global Health).

You can read more about the PGS Programme here, or download an application form here.

For further information, contact

Posted May 18th 2022 (1 year ago)

HEE Bursary Opportunities 2022

HEE South West are pleased to announce that the Bursary, PGCE, SAS Bursary, and HLA Funding schemes for 2022 are now open.


The Application window opened on Wednesday 18th May 2022 and will close on Sunday 12th June 2022. 


Application forms and guidance are available here during this period.



Posted May 24th 2021 (2 years ago)

HEE Bursary Opportunities 2021

HEE South West are pleased to announce that the Bursary and PGCE Funding scheme for 2021 is now open.


The Application window opened on Monday 24th May 2021 and will close on Sunday 13th June 2021. 


Application forms and guidance are available here during this period.

Posted July 23rd 2020 (3 years ago)

The GMC National Training Survey 2020- NOW OPEN

This year’s GMC National Training Survey is now LIVE!

It was launched on 22nd July 2020 and will close on 12th August 2020.

The aim of the survey is to gain an overview of the trainees and trainers experiences during COVID.

Please use the following links for updated survey guides for:

Doctors in Training 
Question Sets

All eligible doctors will be invited to take part in the survey via email.

If you have any questions regarding the survey please direct your queries to the SW Quality team at


The National Training Survey (NTS) is a core piece of work undertaken by the General Medical Council (GMC) each year to assess the quality of postgraduate medical education and training being provided across the United Kingdom (UK).  The NTS is distributed to all known postgraduate trainees within the UK who are actively in a training post on the census date.  From 2016 a Trainer Survey will run alongside the Trainee Survey.  Detailed information can be found on the GMC website.

The NTS for trainees includes a set of core questions which looks at trainees' perception of training providers compliance with the GMC standards.  In addition to the core questions, each of the Royal Colleges and Faculties have developed a set of specialty specific questions which survey the doctors perception of the quality of delivery of the relevant curricula.

Your survey responses will help us to quality manage the training programmes in the Peninsula by helping us develop an overall picture of postgraduate medical education and training.  The survey results are analysed and triangulated to:

  • provide feedback on each training programme, postgraduate school and local education providers (LEPs)
  • benchmark the training being provided against other postgraduate organisations nationally and other LEPs locally
  • aid in the identification of educational or patient safety concerns and the development of action plans for improvement
  • assist in identifying areas of good practice
  • ensure that the training programmes and LEPs are delivering training in accordance with local and nationally agreed frameworks
  • assist in the continual development of support for trainers

Previous GMC survey results can be accessed as follows:


Posted July 8th 2020 (3 years ago)

SAS Bursary

HEE South West are pleased to announce that the SAS Bursary scheme for July 2020 is now open.


The application window opened on Wednesday 8th July and will close on Friday 7th August 2020.


Application forms and guidance are available here during this period.

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