Presentation on theme: "Applications for Specialty Training"— Presentation transcript:
1 Applications for Specialty Training NAMEJOB TITLE
2 Plan Self Assessment and exploring options Timetables for recruitment Person specificationsCompetencies and Scoring systemPortfolios and evidenceHelp availableAction-planning
3 Done Sci-59 quizDecided 1st choice (2nd, 3rd etc) specialtyHad experience in that specialty (rotation, taster)Looked at a Person Specification for specialtyTalked to FY2/ST doctors in that specialtyUnderstood route (broadbased, core, run-through)Written competency examplesStarted working on Portfolio / CVLooked at guidance on application forms and interviewsDemonstrated commitment to specialty
4 Recruitment Deadlines Activity DateApplications accepted:10am 12th November – 1pm 5th December 2013Shortlisting complete and candidates informed byWed 18 JanInterviews: 20th January to 14th February 2014.All initial offers5th March 2014Holding deadline: 12th March 2014Dates for 2014 Entry from North Western Deanery websitePublished August 2013
5 Recruitment Deadlines (GP) Activity:DatesStage 1: Submission of Application form and Foundation competency evidence10.00am Tuesday 12th November 2013 to 17:00 on Thursday 5th December 2013Stage 2: Computer Based TestSaturday 4th January up to and including Saturday 11th January 2014Academic interviews (for Academic GP programme)To be confirmed – possibly w/c 27th January 2014Stage 3 : Assessment Centre3rd February - 14th February 2014Places must be booked by 30 JanOffers outBy 5th March - offers may be released early if the deaneries are able to do so.Offers accepted byWithin 48 hours of offerDates for 2013 Entry from gprecruitment.org.uk@gprecruitment
6 Time ManagementSeptember: decide on specialty/ies, decide on route, demonstrate commitment to specialty (research, teaching, conferences etc), gather evidence,October: confirm with supervisor/ST that they will check application, start thinking about examples/ reflections, check new person specificationsNovember: application form availableDecember: application deadline, submit, start preparing for interviewsJanuary: prepare for interviews/assessment centre, complete portfolio
7 Person Specifications Link to CMT CT1 person specificationActivity:How many of the competencies on the Person Specification could you provide evidence for at the moment?Are there any you’re worried about?
8 Academic/ ResearchCore Psych scoring for Teaching and Audit on sheet. Similar ones available for Publications and Presentations.Similar scoring used for CMT, CST, ACCS, GP and Run-through.Check the criteria carefull and make sure you get the maximum number of points you’re entitled to by detailing and evidencing everything.Eg. Note that one full audit cycle is worth more than several where you didn’t complete the full cycle.
9 Personal Skills / Competencies Communication SkillsProblem Solving & Decision MakingManaging Others & Team InvolvementEmpathy & SensitivityOrganisation & PlanningVigilance & Situational AwarenessCoping with Pressure and managing uncertainty
10 STAR Situation– where and when did this happen? Task– what were you trying to achieve?Action – what was the outcome of your actions? (This should be the bulk of your answer)Result – what happened? What did you learn from this situation?Also CARE or BARE (circumstances / background,action, result, evaluation).
11 ExamplesWhich of the two examples is the best? Why is it better?
12 “I know I’m a good doctor, so I thought I’d just go in there, be myself and wing it. It was really hard!”
13 What happens at a Specialty Training interview? Competency based interviewPortfolio-based interviewSimulated patient scenarioPatient consultationWritten test or exam
14 What happens at a GP Assessment Centre? Written exercise (situation judgment)Three role plays:A consultation with a patientA consultation with a patient’s relative or carerA consultation with a colleague
16 What are they looking for? Clinical competencesEvidence of involvement and achievement in Research, Teaching and AuditPersonal SkillsProfessionalism and probityCommitment to SpecialtyAll visible on the Person Specification
17 Who are you? Why are you here? Many interviews start with some variation on this question:So why have you applied for this job?Can you tell us a bit about why you’re here today?Tell us about your current job.
18 Practice! Opportunity to introduce yourself Demonstrate your motivationHighlight the key skills and experience which make you right for this jobPractice!
19 Types of questionsYour knowledge and understanding of clinical and procedural processesYour thinking in a particular scenarioYour skills, demonstrated by past behaviour and achievementsYour commitment and motivationExamples needed...
20 Personal skills and competencies Situation– where and when did this happen?Task– what were you trying to achieve?Action – what was the outcome of your actions? (This should be the bulk of your answer)Result – what happened? What did you learn from this situation?Also CARE or BARE (circumstances / background,action, result, evaluation).
21 Commitment to specialty Qualifications and coursesEvidence of seeking out extra opportunities to learn or observeAttendance / presentations / posters at conferencesResearchTeaching opportunitiesPractice talking about your achievements – make sure your role and the outcomes are crystal clear!
22 CV and PortfolioPortfolio is taken along to Specialty Training interviews.Typically a lever-arch file, plastic folders, dividers.Use a CV as a “contents page” – summarise activities and achievements, and provide the evidence.Use summary pages to explain your role in any achievement, then provide certificates as evidence.Make sure you know it inside-out and upside-down - literally!
23 Practice!In groups of two or three, practise answering the questions on the sheet. If you’re listening to the responses, ask yourself what you have learned about this doctor. The more seriously you take this, the more useful it is!
24 Body languageSmile, make good eye contact – be prepared to shake hands if someone offers!Stay relaxed, especially if you’re pausing to thinkRoleplays – body language is very important in demonstrating that you’re listening to a patient or when setting boundaries.
25 Knowing your field Know what’s going on! Changes in your field – new technology, new approaches, changes in emphasis, changes in protocolsChanges in the medical professions – appraisals, revalidationChanges in the NHS and healthcare more widely – commissioning, contracts
26 Your questionsRemember, this is your opportunity to find out whether you really want this job, and to show how much you want it!Will there be opportunities for me to...?How is [...] organised?Does this practice have any plans yet for how you’re going to manage [...]?“I had questions about [...], but I think you’ve answered everything in the interview!”
27 General adviceUnderstand the interview process fully – talk to CT/ST1s, read books, read all the informationKnow your portfolio inside outArrive minutes earlyMake sure you have a charged phone and contact details for the reception / organisersIf something goes wrong, let them know
28 Useful ResourcesSci-59 — sci59.open.ac.uk/sci59public/index.php GP Recruitment — CMT recruitment — CST recruitment — Scoring Guidelines for CST— tinyurl.com/nn82zu8 CPT recruitment — tinyurl.com/q8vupox Scoring guidelines for CPT — tinyurl.com/nsz4nj5 BMA eLearning Modules — learning.bmj.com/learning/home.htmlUseful Resources sheet also available on the G-drive (G:\BMA Careers\Workshops + Teaching session resources\Applications to Specialty Training F1s) which contains all these links and several more.
29 BMA Careers - F2 support BMA Careers e-learning modules How to be successful with your application for specialty trainingMaximising your e-portfolioAdding value to your CVDiscounts on WorkshopsInterview skills for junior doctorsWebinarsPreparing for your specialty applicationBMJ Learning offers you a convenient way to meet your continuing professional development (CPD) and training needs.n online resource which can help you with your career development. This can help many new FY1s set themselves apart during their Foundation training years. Through Career Essentials you can gain access to the following modules:- Maximising your portfolio will help you plan, develop and present your portfolio in a way that will ultimately enhance your training, appraisals and specialty application.- Managing Professional Relationships- Effective Handovers- Getting and giving useful feedbackPrintable certificates make it easy for you to evidence your learning.
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34 Action planning!Write down 2 – 3 things you’re going to do in the next 6 weeks on a Post-It note.
35 Decided 1st choice (2nd, 3rd etc) specialty Done Sci-59 quizDecided 1st choice (2nd, 3rd etc) specialtyHad experience in that specialty (rotation, taster)Looked at a Person Specification for specialtyTalked to FY2/ST doctors in that specialtyUnderstood route (broadbased, core, run-through)Written competency examplesStarted working on Portfolio / CVLooked at guidance on application forms and interviewsDemonstrated commitment to specialtyAccessed BMJ eLearning modulesAsk doctors to look at this list and give themselves a tick in the box for everything they have done, and then count the number of ticks.Ask who has more than 5 ticks – 7 or 8? 9 or 10? (wow!) Less than 5? 2 or 3? Anyone with none?Reassure them afterwards – usually there is a broad range, with some having done 8 or 9 and some barely having started, and it’s all OK. Those who are planning to apply for specialty training this year definitely need to get their skates on around September, October time, but if they aren’t sure what they want to do yet and are planning to take a year off that’s all fine.Explain the Sci-59 quiz. This is a quiz which will give them a list of all 64 specialties and sub-specialties in order of which suit them based on their answers to questions. This is not about telling them what they should do – I do not want to hear anyone saying in 20 years’ time, “Well, I became a dermatologist because the computer told me to.” The quiz asks them questions such as “I would like to work with elderly patients” or “I would like to work in a specialty that is closely related to research”, and should be used as a guide to what kind of things they ought to think about when choosing a specialty. If the quiz suggests something totally new that they had considered – or the thing that they have been thinking about appears very far down the list – then this is something to explore further.They get 3 free goes on the Sci-59 quiz with BMA membership.