The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust recently hosted one of the Country’s first ‘Core Surgical Boot Camps’ for new surgical trainee doctors, outside of London and Ireland.
The boot camp was designed to ensure that new surgical trainee doctors are developed with the essential skills that they need to safely treat their patients. In total 58 Core Surgical Trainees from around the Yorkshire and Humber region, attended the boot camp training, ten of which were from The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
The aims of the training course were to introduce trainees to the Yorkshire and Humber School of Surgery and to outline expectations for the levels of training, including maintaining a portfolio and to familiarise trainees with the interactive learning agreement. In addition, core surgical trainees were introduced to clinical and professional skills which they might need during their first few weeks on-call covering various surgical specialties.
The Trust’s excellent facilities provided realistic and safe simulated scenarios where the trainees could practice and perform a range of surgical procedures appropriate to their training level. The Trust’s Medical Education and Simulation Hub (MESH) team and facilities were pivotal to the outstanding success of the event.
Denise Matthews, Assistant Director of Medical Education, at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust said “There is no doubt that the success of this event can be attributed to the fantastic team working and co-operation between the Trust and Health Education England across Yorkshire & the Humber. It’s a great example of how multi-professional teams working together can produce excellent results.
“Our Trust is able to support such important events because our MESH facilities are exceptional outside of the major teaching hospitals; here at Mid Yorkshire we have one of the largest collections of high fidelity simulators in the country. The initial feedback from the course delegates is hugely positive with reports of the trainees feeling more confident and more competent as a result. What more could we wish for than to help equip our trainee doctors with the skills and competence necessary for delivering high quality care to our patients?!”
Miss Helen Cattermole, Training Programme Director for Core Surgical Training in Yorkshire and the Humber, said “We recognised that trainees were arriving into core surgical training from across the country with a wide range of experience. We wanted to create an enhanced induction programme that ensures all trainees start their core surgical training with a similar level of basic knowledge, a minimum skill set, and the opportunity to practice basic surgical skills in a safe and friendly environment. The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust provided excellent facilities, staff and equipment in a centre that was well-located for our trainees across the region. Feedback was extremely positive and trainees showed improvement in their surgical knowledge and skills over the course. I would like to thank everyone who gave up their time and made this course possible.”
As of 2017, the Royal College of Surgeons expects all surgical training programmes to provide similar training opportunities. Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber in collaboration with The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust have now set the standard very high for training programmes such as these.
The Trust’s MESH team have already been asked to host the same event next year and beyond. The success has only been possible because of the willingness of both internal and external surgical faculties along with the Trust’s expert support staff to work together, throughout the weekend and evenings, to deliver the best possible training experience for new surgical trainee doctors.
Photo: Some of the new surgical trainees practising in two of the many workshop sessions that were offered over the three day boot camp training.