Welcome: this page shows workshops for the National Academic GP Training Conference on 31 March and 1 April 2022
1. Dr Rakesh Modi & Dr Emily Clark
Title: Academic Careers (PhD and IPF applications)
This workshop is aimed at current GP ACFs or GP trainees, with a particular focus on PhD and in-practice fellowship applications.
For any interested medical students and foundation year doctors who are yet to reach the ACF stage, Dr Kathryn Dixon (GP ACF) will run a separate session on the Specialised Foundation Programme and Academic Clinical Fellowships in General Practice.
Biography: Dr Modi
Dr Rakesh Modi is a locum GP working in daytime and extended access, whilst in his third year of a Wellcome Trust PhD Fellowship for Primary Care Clinicians. He is currently leading the mixed-methods process evaluation of the SAFER trial: a large RCT assessing whether screening for AF is worthwhile. He previously completed the Msc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a GP ACF at UCL as part of the Royal Free Hospital VTS. He completed his medical degree at Cambridge and then UCL. He supervises and lectures students from medical students to MPhil level, and is the Lead for Research in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough CCG (South).
Biography: Dr Clark
Emily Clark is a salaried GP based at Wensum valley medical practice serving an area of deprivation in Norwich. She has a specialist interest in health inequalities, having previously worked in Salford and Norwich with patients who are easy to exclude such as patients experiencing homelessness and vulnerable migrants. She held a NIHR CLAHRC applied health research fellowship, generating learning on how to provide primary care for these groups and won the SAPC East of England Early Career Researcher Award in 2019 for this work.
Her current position as a Health Education England “Trailblazer” Deprivation fellow, provides her with the skills and confidence to practice in challenging environments and to reduce health inequalities She is due to start an NIHR In-Practice Fellowship in September 2022 with Norwich Medical School.”
2. Dr Susie Hunt & Dr Paula Newton
Title: Reflections on Resilience – The ‘what, when & how?’ of staying well
Workshop description: NHS clinicians work within a culture of lack of many dimensions. Consequently there is a florid constellation of overlapping symptomatology presenting variously as burnout, trauma exposure response, post-traumatic stress disorder in addition to generalised anxiety disorder and depression.
Attendees will be invited on a whistlestop resilience tour of the ‘attributes of self’, whilst a range of useful back-pocket tools & tips for handling uncertainty, anxiety and seemingly disastrous situations will be served for dessert.
Opportunity for interactive ‘round the flipchart’ reflection will punctuate the session as time allows.
Biography: Dr Hunt
Susie Hunt, BSc MB BChir MRCGP (dist) DRCOG DCH, studied medicine, and trained in General Practice, in Cambridge with 20 years as local GP. An MRCGP exam teacher, she represented colleagues on the Cambridge Commissioning Group executive and worked as a GP Appraiser. A strong call into hospital chaplaincy led her back into Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) where, recognising the increasing pressures on clinical staff, she has introduced facilitated ‘reflective debrief’ groups for consultants and trainees across a number of CUH specialties, and other staff groups – nurses, Allied Health Professionals.
Prior to Covid-19, she became a staff bank consultant in the Trust developing the provision of 1:1 pastoral care for medics – referred by self, CDs & medical workforce – as well as mediation and team/serious incident debrief. With the pandemic onset, a Doctors-for-Doctors team providing wider pastoral supervision for medics has developed under her lead now providing support for at least 10% of the CUH medical workforce. Susie is passionate to share what she has learnt about resilience and wellbeing during this journey alongside struggling colleagues, with various audiences – be they local, national or international.
Biography: Dr Newton
Having trained locally, Paula worked as a GP partner for over 2 decades and is now a locum and portfolio GP. She enjoys the variety of her roles and is fortunate to be involved in GP training and as retention lead at the Cambridge and Peterborough Training hub.
She also works as a medical student examiner, alongside supporting GPs through appraisal and represents primary care as a member of the Local Medical Committee. Her core role is seeing patients in general practice and during the covid pandemic she ventured into remote working for the CCAS 111 service. She continues to support secondary care doctors at Cambridge University Hospital as part of the “Drs4Drs” service.
3. Dr Stuart Spencer
Title: Writing for Publication
Workshop description: This highly acclaimed workshop uses Stuart’s experiences as both an author and an editor to provide practical advice on how to write scientific papers to make them more likely to be accepted. The workshop covers writing style, tips on presentation, and what editors are looking for. The workshop provides a rare opportunity to gain insights into editorial thinking that are not available in books.
Stuart Spencer is Senior Executive Editor at The Lancet where he has worked for more than 20 years. Before becoming an editor, Stuart was a full-time researcher leading research teams in a number of fields and in a number of countries.
4. Dr Richard Darnton
Title: Medical Education Masterclass: things I didn’t know I didn’t know about how to teach
Workshop description: As a junior doctor I thought I knew how to teach, but it was only later when I was taught how to teach that my eyes were opened. In this session we will share our experiences of learning and teaching and you will gain some insights that will benefit your thinking around medical education. We will flex with your agenda but insights I hope to bring will include: “beginnings and endings are important”; “the process is also the learning”; “feeling tension can be a sign that learning is occurring”. In true fashion we will be experiencing these points … not just talking about them. So come and immerse yourself in the process and maybe even feel a little stretched.
Coming from a family of teachers, Richard tried to rebel by becoming a doctor … only to find himself as a medical teacher and academic. In the past he worked for medical schools in Yorkshire and also for Health Education England as an Associate Dean. As head of undergraduate GP teaching at Cambridge he still loves to teach but now spends much of his time leading and researching medical education. More details here: https://www.phpc.cam.ac.uk/people/pcu-group/pcu-senior-academic-staff/richard-darnton/