EMERGENCY medicine trainees are being given the chance to convert to a run-through scheme designed to make their training easier.
Under the programme, existing EM trainees would progress seamlessly through specialty training (ST) years 2 to 6, eliminating the need to re-apply to enter ST4.
The three-year pilot scheme, approved by the General Medical Council, is due to launch across the UK early this year.
A guidance note issued by Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber said the pilot was one of a number of proposals being put forward by Health Education England’s emergency medicine workforce implementation group in response to a recruitment “crisis” in the specialty.
The note states: “The intention is that [the pilot] will contribute by making emergency medicine more attractive to new trainees and reduce attrition. If it did, then the additional trainee numbers might help to mitigate intensity and workload for everyone.”
Existing acute care common stem (ACCS) trainees in emergency medicine who are in core training years 1, 2 or 3 (CT1 to CT3) will be able to convert from uncoupled postgraduate training to the run-through scheme as long as they are currently in training, the guidance added.
Trainees taking part in the new programme will still follow the GMC-approved curriculums for the same six-year period.
Eligible trainees were to be offered a space in the pilot via letter by January 24. They will only have until February 28 to decide.