STP Monthly Memo (March 2023)

The STP Monthly Memo includes the latest programme updates, events and key resources for STP trainees and training officers.

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Message from your STP Training Programme Directors

Namir Al Hasso, Dr EMma Bowers, Dr Jo Horne, Jane Lynch and Aarti Makan

Creating a new NHS England

Health Education England (HEE) will be coming together with NHS England (NHSE) to create a new organisation on 1 April 2023. This means that the new NHS England will take responsibility for HEE’s current activities. This includes planning, recruiting, educating and training the health workforce and ensuring that the healthcare workforce has the people, skills, values and behaviours to deliver excellent healthcare and health improvement to patients and the public.

This is a challenging time for people affected by this change. HEE and the new NHSE are supporting colleagues across the organisations while at the same time listening to feedback from partners, trainers and trainees as this new organisation is designed.

Click here to read the full statement.


Information for year three trainees

Key dates for STP 2023 final assessment

It is your responsibility to keep the following assessment dates free to enable you to sit your STP final assessment, including any resits and deferrals. We are unable to alter assessment schedules in response to any individual requests.

Dates included are for written submissions, reasonable adjustments, interviews, results and appeals:

  • Critical reflective narrative deadline – Noon on Tuesday 13 June
  • Interview window – 3 to 14 July
  • Reasonable adjustments deadline – Noon on Friday 2 June
  • Results – Week commencing Monday 14 August
  • Appeals – Week commencing Monday 28 August

Click here to find the key dates for STP 2023 final assessment.

Information and guidance for STP trainees completing the programme in 2023

In our STP Completion 2023 information and guidance section we cover:

  • General guidance for trainees and training departments
  • Required rotations per specialty
  • Routes to completion of the OneFile e-portfolio
  • Drop-in support webinar recordings
  • Podcasts for trainees and training officers
  • Guidance for training officers on providing a declaration of competence
  • STP Completion dates
  • A summary of key changes to completion following COVID-19 pandemic

Click here to find the information and guidance for STP trainees completing the programme in 2023.


Information for all trainees

Yorkshire and the Humber STP network is looking for new committee members

The Yorkshire & the Humber STP network is looking for new committee members starting in June.

Duties and responsibilities are flexible. They may include organising and running 2-3 events a year, replying to occasional emails and keeping our socials up to date. This is a great CV-boosting opportunity for 1st and 2nd year STPs, providing examples of leadership and management skills.

If you’re interested, please email

Rare and imported pathogens laboratory training day – Thursday 22 June

This training day is for STP Clinical Microbiology trainees and their training officers, in their 2nd and 3rd years.

The event will cover reference laboratory diagnostics, clinical presentation of VHFs and other imported or rare pathogens. The training day will be useful towards the completion of portfolios.

If you wish to attend this event please email from an institutional email address.

Click here to find more information about the rare and imported pathogens laboratory training day for STP trainees (expired link)

British Society of Audiology 2023 Scientific meeting – Monday 5 June and Tuesday 6 June

The British Society of Audiology (BSA) Scientific meeting is the leading UK scientific forum bringing together clinicians and researchers who have an interest in hearing, tinnitus and balance.

It is an ideal opportunity to share your research, developments or best practice by submitting an abstract to present a poster. The deadline for submitting an abstract is Friday 7 April 2023.

Click here to view the programme and register to attend (expired link)


Information for training officers

Healthcare Science Education and Training Collaborative Meeting

We would like to invite all STP training officers to our next healthcare science education and training collaborative meeting that will take place on Monday 27 March at The Birmingham Conference & Events Centre at the Holiday Inn, Hill Street, Birmingham, B5 4EW.

Registration for this meeting closes on Tuesday 21 March.

Click here to find the agenda and register for this collaborative meeting on Monday 27 March. (expired link)

New programmes to provide training within Respiratory and Sleep Science​​​​​​​

We are excited to announce two new programmes to provide training within Respiratory and Sleep Science, developed in response to the Richards’ review (Diagnostics: Recovery and Renewal – Report of the Independent Review of Diagnostic Services for NHS England) and the NHS Long Term Plan.

  • Graduate Diploma in Respiratory Science
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Sleep Medicine

Click here to find out more about the new programmes within Respiratory and Sleep Science.

Planning for the new curriculum: drop-in sessions

We are hosting more drop-in sessions for anyone who will be involved in hosting a trainee on the new STP curriculum from September 2022.

The drop-in sessions will be an open Q&A forum. Our next sessions are:

  • Thursday 30 March 12pm to 1pm
  • Thursday 27 April 12pm to 1pm
  • Thursday 25 May 12pm to 1pm
  • Thursday 29 June 12pm to 1pm
  • Thursday 27 July 12pm to 1pm

Click here to find the drop-in session joining links.

Managing your trainees

We have created a section on our website providing answers  about issues ranging from study leave to funding.

This month’s featured FAQ is:

Q – Can a trainee transfer to a new location within the same specialism?

A – The regional education and training offices fund each training post within their area. If a trainee needs to move within the region covered and the Trust is able to accommodate them, the funding would have to be transferred by the regional office to the new post. However, a transfer outside of the regional education and training office area is more difficult.

Click here to find FAQs on management of trainees for STP trainers.


Missed a previous edition of the STP Monthly Memo?

We’ve published copies of the Monthly Memo for STP trainees and training officers on our website.

Click here to view previous editions of the STP Monthly Memo.

Last updated on 12th February 2024

This publication is part of STP Monthly Memo (2023)