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1 Applications for Specialty Training

2 Plan Self Assessment and exploring options Timetables for recruitment
Person specifications Competencies and Scoring system Portfolios and evidence Help available Action-planning

3 Done Sci-59 quiz Decided 1st choice (2nd, 3rd etc) specialty Had experience in that specialty (rotation, taster) Looked at a Person Specification for specialty Talked to FY2/ST doctors in that specialty Understood route (broadbased, core, run-through) Written competency examples Started working on Portfolio / CV Looked at guidance on application forms and interviews Demonstrated commitment to specialty

4 Recruitment Deadlines
Activity   Date Applications accepted: 10am 12th November – 1pm 5th December 2013 Shortlisting complete and candidates informed by Wed 18 Jan Interviews:  20th January to 14th February 2014. All initial offers 5th March 2014 Holding deadline:  12th March 2014 Dates for 2014 Entry from North Western Deanery website Published August 2013

5 Recruitment Deadlines (GP)
Activity: Dates Stage 1: Submission of Application form and Foundation competency evidence 10.00am Tuesday 12th November 2013 to 17:00 on Thursday 5th December 2013 Stage 2: Computer Based Test Saturday 4th January up to and including Saturday 11th January 2014 Academic interviews (for Academic GP programme) To be confirmed – possibly w/c 27th January 2014 Stage 3 : Assessment Centre 3rd February - 14th February 2014 Places must be booked by 30 Jan Offers out By 5th March - offers may be released early if the deaneries are able to do so. Offers accepted by Within 48 hours of offer Dates for 2013 Entry from @gprecruitment

6 Time Management September: 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 specifications November: application form available December: application deadline, submit, start preparing for interviews January: prepare for interviews/assessment centre, complete portfolio

7 Person Specifications
Link to CMT CT1 person specification Activity: 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/ Research Core 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 Skills Problem Solving & Decision Making Managing Others & Team Involvement Empathy & Sensitivity Organisation & Planning Vigilance & Situational Awareness Coping 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 Examples Which 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 interview Portfolio-based interview Simulated patient scenario Patient consultation Written test or exam

14 What happens at a GP Assessment Centre?
Written exercise (situation judgment) Three role plays: A consultation with a patient A consultation with a patient’s relative or carer A consultation with a colleague

15 What are they looking for?

16 What are they looking for?
Clinical competences Evidence of involvement and achievement in Research, Teaching and Audit Personal Skills Professionalism and probity Commitment to Specialty All 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 motivation Highlight the key skills and experience which make you right for this job Practice!

19 Types of questions Your knowledge and understanding of clinical and procedural processes Your thinking in a particular scenario Your skills, demonstrated by past behaviour and achievements Your commitment and motivation Examples 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 courses Evidence of seeking out extra opportunities to learn or observe Attendance / presentations / posters at conferences Research Teaching opportunities Practice talking about your achievements – make sure your role and the outcomes are crystal clear!

22 CV and Portfolio Portfolio 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 language Smile, make good eye contact – be prepared to shake hands if someone offers! Stay relaxed, especially if you’re pausing to think Roleplays – 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 protocols Changes in the medical professions – appraisals, revalidation Changes in the NHS and healthcare more widely – commissioning, contracts

26 Your questions Remember, 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 advice Understand the interview process fully – talk to CT/ST1s, read books, read all the information Know your portfolio inside out Arrive minutes early Make sure you have a charged phone and contact details for the reception / organisers If something goes wrong, let them know

28 Useful Resources Sci-59 — GP Recruitment — CMT recruitment — CST recruitment — Scoring Guidelines for CST— CPT recruitment — Scoring guidelines for CPT — BMA eLearning Modules — Useful 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 training Maximising your e-portfolio Adding value to your CV Discounts on Workshops Interview skills for junior doctors Webinars Preparing for your specialty application BMJ 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 feedback Printable 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 quiz Decided 1st choice (2nd, 3rd etc) specialty Had experience in that specialty (rotation, taster) Looked at a Person Specification for specialty Talked to FY2/ST doctors in that specialty Understood route (broadbased, core, run-through) Written competency examples Started working on Portfolio / CV Looked at guidance on application forms and interviews Demonstrated commitment to specialty Accessed BMJ eLearning modules Ask 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.

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