Cash boost for medical training

A FUNDING boost of £100,000 is being offered to support trainee-led projects that aim to improve junior doctors’ training.

The cash will be given to initiatives that offer less traditional ideas on how to meet trainees’ needs. This could include apps, databases, mentoring or other similar ideas.

Health Education England is offering the money through its Better Training, Better Care programme for initiatives that will help the NHS meet the recommendations of the 2010 Time for Training report by John Temple.

Temple recommended medical training be more focused on trainees’ needs and less fixed on traditional approaches to learning. He also suggested trainees be involved in the decision-making and implementation of innovations.

Projects put forward for funding could have a local focus but would also have to be suitable for use at a more national level.

Howard Ryland, clinical fellow at the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, said that the project would provide junior doctors with the opportunity to change training. “As trainees we are ideally positioned to see where things could be improved, but we can lack the senior support, financial backing, or voice to be able to effect these changes. This project will change that,” he said.

The closing date for funding applications is April 2, 2013 after which a shortlist will be drawn up by an expert panel of senior health figures.

To request an application form email hee.btbc@nhs.net and for more information visit the Health Education England website www.hee.nhs.uk/work-programmes/btbc/role-of-trainee