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STP Monthly Memo (January 2024)

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

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STP Monthly Memo
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2024
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Information for all trainees

New learning module to support trainees to develop evidence for training activities

One of the most frequent requests that we receive at the School is for more guidance about how trainees can and should develop their evidence to demonstrate achievement of training activities / competencies. In response to this important need, we have recently published a new module in our catalogue of learning materials for trainers on the NHS Learning Hub, entitled ‘Developing evidence to demonstrate achievement of training activities’.

This module focuses on what makes good evidence for training activities in work-based training. The module addresses how different types of evidence can be generated in the course of work-based training and it offers guidance about the different types of evidence that can be generated for the different types of training activity (whether for an entrustable training activity, an observational training activity or a developmental training activity).

Although the module is written for trainers, trainees will find much that is of value in the module. We intend to develop a version of this guidance for trainees in the near future.

This new body of guidance is fully aligned with the new STP curricula and the NSHCS work-based assessment standards. It will provide trainers and trainees with concrete help to meet those standards.

To access the NHS Learning Hub you will need to have an account with the service. The details on how to do this can be found within the training standards pages on the School website.

Click here to go to the module ‘Developing evidence to demonstrate achievement of training activities’ on the Learning Hub


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Information for second year trainees

Midterm review of progression

The Midterm Review of Progression for our year 2 STPs opened on Thursday 11 January. Here’s some key information and guidance on how to prepare.

  • This is a process which gathers information from you, your training officer, your University, and your e-portfolio.
  • It is not pass or fail. It is your opportunity to tell us about factors affecting your training. Or indeed to tell us where things are working really well.
  • It is a supportive process. If you are struggling for whatever reason, don’t be afraid to tell us. We want to help and we have support options that can be put in place which may assist you.
  • It is a mandatory process that trainees and training officers are required to participate in. Not engaging can have implications for ongoing accreditation, funding and participation on the programme so make sure you complete by the deadline!
  • All information will be reviewed and an outcome determined based on the information provided.
  • Support calls will be offered where some issues have been identified and we feel you might benefit from our support. For those of you who have significant issues, a support meeting with you and your training officer will be arranged.
  • Trainees on interruption at the time of the Midterm Review of Progression such as maternity leave will not be required to participate. If you are unsure contact us.

How to prepare

  • Make sure you are familiar with the progression criteria. Look on the School’s website for this information.
  • Meet with your training officer to discuss your progress in advance and then when you are ready to submit, complete individual forms (not a combined response), one from you, one from your training officer.
  • Make sure your training plan is up-to-date and be aware of any gaps so that you can identify how you might address them. Be prepared to be flexible as training opportunities change. Try to think innovatively about how any issues might be managed.
  • Make sure that the School has the most up-to-date contact information for both you and your training officer. If recent changes have happened make sure we are aware so we can send the relevant information at the right time.
  • Look out for the email and link to your questionnaire. Further details will be sent to you shortly.

If you have any concerns about the process or your ability to participate then please do contact us in advance at england.nshcs.assessment@nhs.net


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Information for training officers

New learning module to support trainees to develop evidence for training activities

One of the most frequent requests that we receive at the School is for more guidance about how trainees can and should develop their evidence to demonstrate achievement of training activities / competencies. In response to this important need, we have recently published a new module in our catalogue of learning materials on the NHS Learning Hub, entitled ‘Developing evidence to demonstrate achievement of training activities’.

This module focuses on what makes good evidence for training activities in work-based training. The module addresses how different types of evidence can be generated in the course of work-based training and it offers guidance about the different types of evidence that can be generated for the different types of training activity (whether for an entrustable training activity, an observational training activity or a developmental training activity).

This new body of guidance is fully aligned with the new STP curricula and the NSHCS work-based assessment standards. It will provide trainers and trainees with concrete help to meet those standards. The module is also fully aligned with the recently-published NSHCS training standards and expectations. It is part of a set of learning modules associated with training standard 1: Plan, design and assess learning and training opportunities.

To access the NHS Learning Hub you will need to have an account with the service. The details on how to do this can be found within the training standards pages on the School website.

Click here to go to the module ‘Developing evidence to demonstrate achievement of training activities’ on the Learning Hub

Express an interest in sharing your good training practice

In many areas of our work, we receive requests to support trainers in the workplace by connecting them with each other and, in particular, by helping them learn from centres and colleagues that have developed good training practice.

This year the School is hoping to launch a new initiative in which we run regular webinars featuring trainers or trainer networks sharing their practice.

We are keen to share and promote good practice in many different areas. We are particularly keen to share practice that is concerned with training planning, work-based training methods, working with the new STP curricula, supporting reflective practice, generating evidence for training activities, supporting trainees and preparing trainees for their final assessment. We will not limit the scope of the webinars to these topics and are hoping to promote good practice very broadly.

If you or your network have developed practice that you feel could be valuable to share with your peers, please express an interest in sharing your practice via the form linked to below.

Click here to express an interest in contributing to our sharing good practice webinar series

STP trainers drop-in sessions

We are currently running a series of monthly drop-in sessions for trainers where you will have the opportunity to ask Training Programme Directors and School staff about any aspect of the programme.

Click here to find out more about the STP trainer drop-in sessions

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 – Who do trainees inform of a change of personal details?

A – Personal records must be kept up-to-date with the employing Trust, on the e-portfolio and with the School.

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


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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

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