Message from Jon Hossain - Champions of Flexible Training
For those of you that do not know me I am the Lead dean with responsibility for Less Than Full Time training. For those of you that do know me I am sorry that I have not been in touch for a while.
I would wish to update you on a few issues:
LTFT training and flexibility are seen as a key initiative in NHS. It was highlighted in the NHs long term plan and is seen as a key wellbeing resource post COVID. We have been given the green light to roll out Category 3 LTFT to all specialties over the next year in stages. Please keep an eye out for communications from HEE about this.
I have managed to compile a list of Champions by various means, but now think I am very close to have a name for each trust. I have always wanted to set up a network for Champions, but think this will best be done through each Deanery local office.
There is already a successful Champions meeting in London on Teams, and I would wish to replicate this in other regions.
I therefore plan to send the list of champions to HEE staff in local offices, so that we can start t co-ordinate meetings. I would also wish the local offices to publish a list champions on their local websites , such that trainees can know who to contact. I would to seek your permission to do this.
Secondly I have historically hosted a national conference for champions, which clearly has not been possible with the pandemic. I will plan to hold a meeting as soon as is practicable, but will be running a webinar in the near future.
As part of the Medical Reform Programme , HEE have commissioned an external evaluation of the Champion Role. I am aware that some of you took part in this evaluation. This is the first time this has been done. Highlights from the evaluation were:
- The greatest impact of Champions was in signposting trainees to practical information and resources
- There should be better standardisation of the role
- There should be better awareness of the role
- 69% of Champions had been previous LTFT trainees
- 64% combine the Champion of Flexible Training role with the Guardian of Safe Working Hours or Supported Return to training Champion
- There is variation in renumeration for the Role
- Networking opportunities should be developed
I will share this report when it is available, but will work on the feedback you have given.
I look forward to seeing you all in the future at some point,
Deputy Postgraduate Dean and Consultant Vascular Surgeon
Health Education England, working across Yorkshire and the Humber