Forthcoming Events

South East Scotland GP Trainers Conference 2018 17 - 18 May 2018

Registration for this Event is now closed, for further details please contact the NES Conference Team on 0131 656 3215/3216/4378 or

Workshop Descriptors

Thursday 17 May 2018

A1 & B1:  Compassion

Presenter:  Iain Lamb

COMPASSION – for ourselves, for others and within our practices

There isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion – Dalai Lama

When doctors think about compassion it is usually in the context of compassion towards others. In this workshop we will also consider how to sustain compassion for ourselves and what a compassionate working environment looks like. What about the trainer’s role? Can you teach compassion for others? How do you help them do this whilst retaining compassion for themselves?

Before the workshop please:

Think of two patients, one for whom you feel you provided good compassionate care and another where you struggled to do so.  Also bring along something relating to the subject of compassion. This can be anything you like, for example, an object, piece of music, a poem or some narrative that is meaningful for you in this area.

A2 & B2:  Ethics and Professionalism

Presenters:  Meiling Denney and John Dunn

How do you discuss ethics and professional behaviour with your trainee?

In this workshop we will demonstrate on how we as educators can help trainees use an understanding of medical ethics to reflect on those aspects of consultations or encounters with other professionals, as well as thinking about their own professional behaviour.

The session will be very interactive. After discussing some ethical theory and current GMC guidance, we will be looking at the opportunities to teach this in a General Practice setting, and specific examples of how some trainees struggle with their professional behaviour and how we can help them.

A3 & B3:  Resilience Documentary for GP Trainers (two part workshop)

Presenters:  Nóra Murray-Cavanagh, Katy Hetherington and Adam Burley

Adverse Childhood Experiences – how do we train for the next frontier in Public Health?

This two part workshop involves a screening of “Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope”, a 2016 documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the emergence of a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress. The second part (you must have attended the earlier screening) will be a facilitated discussion around how we might approach this from a GP Training perspective. Bring an enquiring mind and a big dose of optimism as we break new ground in how we approach many of our more complex patients, and explore ideas about how to make this a meaningful journey for both you and your GP Trainee!

A4 & B4:  Role Models and Teaching Strategies

Presenter:  Dougie Thyne

As Educational Supervisors we may wish to actively implement different teaching strategies to align with a trainee’s current learning needs. This workshop allows you the opportunity to reflect on the methods you may wish to adopt and some of the challenges you may face.

We will start by discussing David Clutterbuck’s theories on coaching and mentoring including different types of mentor. We shall then explore in small groups Gerald Grow’s “Teaching Learners to be Self Directed (SSDL)” model. This theory examines why mismatches occur in educational relationships. We can learn with colleagues how to approach these more complex situations.

A5 & B5:  The AKT Examination

Presenter:  Carol Blow

A novel way to help trainees to revise for the AKT is to get them writing AKT-style multiple-choice questions.  Not only do they have to gain the knowledge to write the question, including knowing how to seek out and check the evidence, but it also helps them to understand the principles behind the SINGLE BEST ANSWER format of the AKT.

We will go through some basic principles of question writing, including some “tricks of the trade”, and then do some topic-based questions so that you can help your trainees get started.  Many trainees then continue to use question-writing as a tool in their study groups.

I have been the Clinical Lead for the AKT from its inception in 2007 until stepping down in December 2017 so I can also give some guidance on areas of difficulty for trainees.

A6 & B6:  Using Coaching Skills with your Trainee

Presenter:  Susan Mair

Using Coaching Skills with your Trainee: According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) 2015 survey, coaching is rated as one of the top three most effective learning and development practices and is predicted to be the top growth area in organisations over the next two years.  This interactive session discusses what coaching is and what it is not and how you can use it to develop people. 

You will explore the purpose and benefits of coaching and the key skills involved.  You will take away some tools and techniques to enable you to practice the fundamentals of coaching and will be signposted to further information on coaching skills.

A7 & B7:  Avoiding ‘fake news’ in primary care, a guide to finding good quality information

Presenter:  Katie Edwards

This year NES spent £2.8m on subscription services to ensure equity of access to research and evidence for staff in health and social care through the Knowledge Network. This practical demonstration will cover what these are and how to use them:

- Evidence summaries - find a quick answer to a clinical question using BMJ Best Practice or DynaMed Plus
- Library Search - finding articles and books online and in print (and accessing them for free)
- Use Google more effectively
- Help and Library Services - Knowledge Support for GPs, literature searches and enquiry services

To get the most from the session, register for an NHSScotland Open Athensusername and bring your laptop or mobile device for hands on.

Friday 18 May 2018

C1 & D7:  New ES Workshop

Presenters:  Jo Gardiner and Catharine George

This is a workshop intended for new trainers.

We aim to explore what makes a tutorial work and how to make them interesting for you and your trainee.

There will be a chance to look at practical tips and ways of making the tutorial more productive without increasing your workload as a trainer.

C2 & D2:  Dyslexia

Presenter:  Robbie Bolton

Trainees sometimes have difficulty engaging with the eportfolio and passing AKT despite good clinical performance. Several cases recently have demonstrated dyslexia as part of the problem, and performance has improved after providing support. Dyslexia can affect organisational skills as well as written language skills.

This workshop will encourage participants to share experience of supporting trainees with dyslexia as well as providing information to increase awareness of the problem.

C3:  Trainee / Fellow Led Workshop

Presenters:  Rachel Phillips and Jennifer Ireland

What Does Your Trainee Want?

We appreciate that trainees’ desires may not be realistically met or indeed reflect their needs. However, what they want may surprise you.  Come to our workshop to hear the perspectives of recently qualified GPs on what helped and hindered their registrar year.  Each of us will discuss a key theme to be brainstormed further in small groups.

This workshop will help you understand how to empower your able, but perhaps under-confident, trainee to fulfill their potential.

C4 & D1:  Realistic Medicine

Presenter:  Drummond Begg

‘How Do We Teach Realistic Medicine?’

In this interactive workshop we will explore the six aspects of the Chief Medical Officers report on Realistic Medicine. We will focus on how we teach trainees to:

i)  Reduce harm and waste
ii) Reduce unnecessary variation in practice and outcomes
iii) Manage risk better
iv) Become improvers and innovators

We will acknowledge the other 2 areas as integral to our teaching but will not focus on:

v) Change our style to shared decision making
vi) Build a personalised approach 

The workshop ran well in the East of Scotland and we even had fun talking about how we incorporate statistics in to our trainees lives!!

C5 & D4:  Poetry

Presenters:  Raynor Lazaro and Peter Dorward

Is there any role for poetry (or literature) in training? If so, what? How can we use it best? Help us to answer these questions during our highly interactive ‘poetry in training’ workshop.

Homework: consider bringing one or two of your favourite poems. Ask yourself the question: has this helped me to be a better doctor? Could it help someone else to be a better doctor? How could we harness this for training?

C6 & D5:  Motivational Interviewing

Presenter:  Janet Sayers

Could we use Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques to help train our Registrars? When would these techniques be inappropriate?”

Come along for a discussion of the benefits or otherwise of MI in GP Registrar training.

C7 & D6:  Occupational Health for Doctors in Training

Presenter:  Alastair Leckie

The workshop will identify the main issues around health and work for the population in general and in particular for GP trainees.  Sources of support and the practicalities of accessing competent occupational health (OH) advice will be explored.  The risks and benefits of the move to NES as the single employer for GP trainees and the impact on the OH support available will be worked through. 

Come prepared having thought about the workshop and with a sense of humour.

D3:  Leadership

Presenter:  Amar Rughani

How can we learn the art of Leadership?

OK, so Leadership is in the GP curriculum and we have to address it, but this is an opportunity to understand and apply it as the great life skill of 'making a difference' and not reduce it to an eP competency! So come along and using a very simple tool (Pendleton's primary colours model of leadership) we will explore how to recognise leadership attributes and enhance them not just in ourselves but in our teams.

The workshop will be interactive but relaxed and I really look forward to meeting you and learning together.


Workshop Documents