There are many people and departments that are available to support you in your new role at Frimley Health.
Pay and contract
You will be assigned a clinical supervisor who will be a consultant in the department you work in. You should email them to set up an introductory meeting when you start. You can approach them with any questions you may have on your career and clinical practice.
Alternatively you can also contact the Locally Employed Doctors (LED) tutors on both sites:
Dr Sunil Melath LED Trust tutor for Frimley Park Hospital firstname.lastname@example.org Dr Ishita Patel LED Trust tutor for Wexham Park Hospital email@example.com Dr Tian Huang Clinical teaching fellow for LEDs working at Frimley and Wexham firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact your GP or the Occupational Health Department if you feel your health is suffering or if physical or mental health issues are making work difficult. You can contact Occupational Health on email@example.com or call them through switchboard.
The British Medical Association (BMA) is the union for UK doctors. There is a membership fee to register with the BMA but non-members and their partners and dependents are still able to benefit from free counselling and peer support services on 0330 123 1245. Their website also has information on training and pensions: www.bma.org.uk
There are a number of useful websites you should use to further your understanding and training in UK clinical guidelines.
The Resuscitation Council
The Resuscitation Council is the provider of resuscitation guidelines and life support courses. You will be required to book onto an advanced life support course within a few weeks of starting your role. It's a good idea to familiarise yourself with the resuscitation guidelines before you start working.
General Medical Council
The GMC us a registration and licensing body for doctors. It also has a regulatory function and investigates serious incidents and complaints against doctors. Use this website to familiarise yourself with ethical guidance and professional behaviour expected of you in good medical practice.
Professional support unit e-learning
The Trust is part of the KSS deanery which has produced e-learning topics on professionalism e.g. resilience, time management, prescribing, record keeping and assertiveness. It's worth reviewing their induction package for international medical graduates which looks at communication skills and starting as a doctor in the UK.
RCP acute care toolkit
A Royal College of Physicians (RCP) resource on managing acute medical problems.
These will be accessible on the staff intranet via the search bar. You can also download the Frimley Park guidelines app onto your phone.
Having started with the Trust you will be required to continue your training and maintain this throughout your time with us.
MaST training and IT
You will be sent your online induction modules by HR. These will include videos on how to use hospital IT systems, as well as Mandatory and Statutory Training (MaST) on various safety issues.
As a clinical member of staff you will need to complete the following training within the first couple of days of your employment with us:
- Risk and patient safety level 2
- Health, safety and welfare
- Moving and handling level 1
- Conflict resolution
- Dementia level 2
- Fire safety
- Information governance
- Equality and diversity
- Infection control level 2
- Prevent basic level 2
- Blood transfusion (see addition information regarding transfusion training)
An e-portfolio is a good place to record meetings with supervisors, supervised learning events and achievements such as course certificates, MRCP examinations, as well as log teaching you have attended. This will be important to review when you have your appraisal and when you're applying for training posts.
Supervised Learning Events
UK trainees are required to complete a certain number of Work Place Based Assessments (WPBAs) or Supervised Learning Events (SLEs) annually. The senior doctors (registrars/ consultants) give juniors constructive feedback on what they have done well and what they need to improve upon. We would recommend that international medical graduates undertake some of these assessments as it will provide useful feedback for appraisals or when applying for a training position.
There are many types of SLEs:
- Mini-CEX: a directly observed assessment of the junior doctor taking a history of a patient or doing an examination in front of the assessor.
- CBD (Case Base Discussion): the trainee discusses one or two interesting or complex cases with their assessor in detail.
- ACAT (Acute Care Assessment Tool): an assessment based on five or more patients you have seen on call and presented to the consultant on the ward round.
- DOPs (Directly Observed Procedures): an assessment of core procedures expected of trainees of a certain level to prove they are competent in that skill.
- MSF (Multisource feedback): a questionnaire based 360 degree evaluation in which a doctor is evaluated by doctors and other healthcare workers.
Appraisals are necessary for annual renewal of GMC registration.
A trained appraiser will arrange to meet you and talk through your accomplishments over the past year and make recommendations to the responsible officer in the hospital who notifies the GMC. The appraisal will cover:
- Continuing professional development
- Quality improvement activity
- Significant events
- Feedback from colleagues
- Review of complaints and compliments
- Review of the previous year's personal development plan
- Aspirations, achievements and challenges
- New personal development plan for next 12 months