Part of STP trainee induction 2020 – Webinar 1 – Introduction to the STP

How to be successful on the STP

Last Updated: 27th October 2020

To make a success of the STP you need to take a very active role in the planning and management of your training.

This is not a programme where you should sit back and expect to receive training and education. We will give you plenty of specific tips about how to take charge of your training programme across the series of Induction resources and webinars.

To begin with, here are some very general tips about behaviours and activities that will help you to succeed on the programme

  • Ensure that you continually understand what it is you need to achieve. In particular, become very familiar with the curriculum for your specialty
  • Develop your training plan together with your training officer
  • Be assertive and polite in all of your conversations in which you plan your training and your academic work
  • Proactively plan ahead and protect time for study and to write up competencies and university work
  • Develop a habit of continually writing up your competencies rather than leaving them until later. You will thank yourself for this when you are in your final year.
  • Actively seek out learning and development opportunities rather than waiting for them to come to you
  • Actively seek out networks through which you can learn and seek support. These can be in your department or your Trust, your region (via regional Trainee Networks) or through your peers at your university and within your specialty. Don’t go it alone.

The trainee's perspective - tips and advice

This video features graduates from the STP discussing what life was like on the programme and tips to new trainees.