Recent News

  • NACT Webinar Series - Free to NACT UK Members - Supporting Leaders in Medical Education

    Thu, 22nd July 2021

    Join our interactive Webinar from NACT UK - Supporting Leaders in Medical Education

    A bit of revolution is a good thing: Developing the Medical Registrar, what needs to change to implement the new curricula?

    Wednesday 22nd September 2021 - 18:30

    Hear from:

    Dr Phil Bright, Head of School Medicine, HEE WM and Clinical Advisor Internal Medicine Training, HEE

    Dr Anita Jones, HEENE IMT Training Programme Director and IMY3 Implementation Lead, HEENE Deputy Head of School Medicine. 

    Dr Jane Wallace, HEENE IMT Training Programme Director and IMT advisory comittee co-chair

    Format - 15 minute short presentation followed by 30-45 minutes Q&A (Zoom)

    Log in to the members area to book your place




  • Educator MSF - Information Request

    Thu, 15th July 2021

    Dear Colleague, 

    Do you currently provide your CSs and ESs with the opportunity to receive supervisor feedback from their trainees via an MSF?  This could be via MS Word, web based or other means.   

    We are exploring the feasibility of commissioning a national MSF tool for supervisors that could be utilised across HEE.  As a first step we would like to gather examples of what is currently being used across HEE.  We would be grateful if you could therefore send us what you currently use along with the following information: 

    1. Is your tool mandatory? 
    2. How long have you been using your tool?  
    3. What is the process for the trainee and supervisor? 
    4. Do you review and adapt your tool as necessary? 
    5. Do you and/or how do you evaluate your tool?  

     Please send all relevant information to  

    We will then keep you updated in due course of developments.  


  • BMJ Article - How can I manage Compassion Fatigue? Dr Shirley Remington

    Thu, 1st July 2021

    Dr Shirley Remington was asked on behalf of NACT UK to contribute to an item in the June 28th edition of the BMJ called: How can I manage compassion fatigue?

    It is free to view here:


  • RCP SAS Week: Free Webinar

    Wed, 23rd June 2021

    RCP SAS Week: Free Webinar

    The RCP plans to hold a week dedicated to SAS doctors. We would be grateful if you could use your networks to reach out to the SAS audience across all medical specialities.

    SAS Week will be from 12-16 July. We will be celebrating the contribution of physician SAS doctors and publishing interviews in our membership magazine Commentary. Our website and social media channels will highlight the work of SAS doctors in physician practice with daily focussed posts.

    In addition there will be a dedicated, virtual event on Thursday 15 JulyBuilding your career as an SAS doctor’ at 5:30pm. This event will focus on the latest national changes for SAS doctors, the work of the RCP SAS doctor network and how the RCP can be supportive in building a successful and enjoyable career. The event is free to attend.

    Please help us promote this event by advertising it across your networks. We are happy to provide a direct link to the RCP website content here.

  • NACT Webinar Series - Free to NACT UK Members

    Fri, 11th June 2021

    Surgical training is changing – are your surgical departments ready?

    Members Only watch our first interactive Webinar from NACT UK - Supporting Leaders in Medical Education

    Held on Thursday 1st July 2021

    Hear from:

    Miss Helen Cattermole , Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

    Mr Jonathan Lund, Chair of Joint Committee on Surgical Training 

    Are you ready ?

    1. What will your surgical departments need to do for the new curriculum in August 2021?
    2. Do your surgical departments need to work differently?
    3. How can you help them get ready?

    This webinar will help you understand the requirements to ensure your surgical departments are ready, and signpost you to further resources to help make the change.

    Format - 15 minute short presentation followed by 30-45 minutes Q&A (Zoom).

    Log in to the members area and click on the link to watch the Webinar.

  • AoMRC - Strengthening the Role of the SAS Tutor

    Wed, 26th May 2021

    The Academy has published Strengthening the role of SAS Tutor paper today. 

    The paper sets out some of the similarities and differences in the four nations and makes recommendations about how the roles can be strengthened to help the professional development of SAS doctors/dentists. The attached paper can be accessed at the following link:

  • GMC - Working together to address inequalities

    Tue, 18th May 2021

    For the attention of the Chair of the Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans

    I’m writing to update you on the steps we’re taking, through our new corporate strategy, to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in our own processes, and achieve positive outcomes for the diverse groups we work with and for. Our plans are grounded in the extensive research and independent reviews we’ve commissioned in recent years; and they’ll help build momentum on the initiatives that your organisation, and many others, are already leading to address persistent inequalities across healthcare. 

    You can read our press release and more information on our embargoed webpage. I’d be grateful if you didn’t share this more widely until 18 May.

    Holding ourselves to account

    Our Council have agreed that we should introduce new targets to hold ourselves accountable for change. We’ll focus on areas where we’ve seen sustained evidence of inequality over time, to:

    • eliminate disproportionate fitness to practise referrals from employers, in relation to ethnicity and primary medical qualification, by 2026
    • eliminate discrimination, disadvantage and unfairness in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and training, by 2031

    We’ll show our progress in each of these areas every year, through our annual report and other publications, such as The state of medical education and practice in the UK.

    These are complex issues. But there is strong evidence that inclusive and supportive working and training environments have fairer outcomes and don’t experience sustained differentials in these areas. Setting targets is the right and fair thing to do for those who face these challenges throughout their careers. It’s also vital so we can retain the doctors we have in our health services, and to support high quality patient care.

    Working together to deliver change  

    These targets are ambitious and achieving them will require real commitment from us and from partner organisations across the UK. We hope we can count on your support, to continue our work together to deliver these important changes. And we’ll offer data, insight and practical tools to those who are working to tackle disproportionality and create supportive environments for all doctors, across all protected characteristics, grades and specialties.

    We’re also taking action to improve diversity in our own organisation, by increasing progression and representation of ethnic minority colleagues at all levels, and by addressing the gender and ethnicity pay gap.

    I hope you’ve found this update helpful but if you have any questions or would like to discuss opportunities for collaboration, please contact Claire Light, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (

    Thank you for all your ongoing efforts to support the profession and patient care at what continues to be a difficult time for so many.

    Kind regards,

    Charlie Massey

    Chief Executive and Registrar 
    General Medical Council
    350 Euston Road
    London NW1 3JN

  • SAS Workforce: Later Careers and Retirement

    Mon, 17th May 2021

    Retention of the senior workforce has been recognised as a policy priority in the People Plan and elsewhere and is the current subject of work by NHS England/Improvement. At present, some of the recommendations on supporting older doctors are focused on consultants or make assumptions about the needs of all doctors. The attached AoMRC paper seeks to shed light on where the specific preferences, needs and working patterns of SAS doctors need to be considered. The paper can also be accessed at following link: 

  • From Sarah Kaufmann - Education Development Time in Emergency Medicine

    Fri, 14th May 2021

    Dear All

    Protected time for trainee development was introduced into the new RCEM curriculum being implemented from August 2021. Initially called “SPA time” it was renamed earlier this year to “Educational Development Time” to reflect the broader, more clinical focus of these sessions. I have attached the relevant section from the curriculum which still calls it SPA but gives greater detail. I would like to highlight some key principles

    • This is a recommendation
    • It is a controlled process, with a described governance process through their ES/CS
    • The expectation is that these will be mainly for clinical competencies mostly within the Emergency Department (ED)
    • Given the breadth of the EM curriculum it does give the opportunity to gain experience to meet their PDP, outside the ED
    • It tilts the emphasis of the trainees’ session from service to training to meet the requirements of their curriculum
    • It enables trainees to meet their PDP objectives, facilitating them acting as adult learners, taking control and organising their own development 

    It is not for trainee CPD, and is not the same as the old “half day for audit. It is not supposed to be just scheduled automatically week in week out by rota co-ordinators as it is agreed with the ES/CS for described and documented PDP and curricular objectives, the majority of which are clinical and within the ED. Managed like this it can be seen how this could be used to deliver the specialty curriculum, GPC framework and prepare a trainee for managing their ongoing development in a consultant role. 

    However with some flexibility now, it could be used in personalised training plans for training recovery, particularly in areas we know have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic eg Minor Injuries and Paediatric EM, and if possible IAC. That was the objective of a letter that was sent to Clinical Directors (and Heads of School) recently, attached. Unfortunately this letter seems to have caused some anxieties about service delivery and the equitable use of time by trainees, not just in EM but in all specialties. It is clear that we didn’t adequately explain the concept of EDT so there was a misconception that it was automatic, for CPD and analogous to and even more generous than the “half day for audit”, for which I apologise. 

    I hope that this explanation enables you to support the concept and implementation and gives you the information to field any queries. I’ve asked RCEM to ensure that their trainers are equally familiar with the concept of EDT.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.

    Best wishes


    Sarah Kaufmann
    Deputy Postgraduate Dean

    Health Education England, working across Yorkshire and the Humber
    Willow Terrace Road | University of Leeds | Leeds | LS2 9JT07480 068441

  • LED Tutors Showcase

    Mon, 10th May 2021

    Virtual via Teams 9.00am - 1.00pm on Friday 16th July 2021.  This event is being run by Dr Ed Briggs and there is no charge for attendance.  If you wish to attend please contact by Friday 9th July 2021.

    Draft Programme