This page lists the resources offered by medical royal colleges and faculties which support doctors with low to high level remediation needs.

*Please note the resources described here are offered to doctors who are no longer trainees – resources for trainees may be different.
All medical royal colleges and faculties provide the following services:

  • Supporting information for appraisal and revalidation
  • Revalidation Helpdesks set up to answer questions from Responsible Officers, Doctors and Appraisers
  • CPD resources and support.

In addition to this the medical royal colleges and faculties listed below also offer other services. These are grouped under the following headings:

  • Mentoring/peer coaching
  • CPD which may be relevant to remediation
  • Guidance (relevant to remediation)
  • Support for new consultants
  • Invited Reviews

Mentoring

No specific mentoring scheme but informal peer coaching offered for new consultants.

CPD

Direct College support for CPD activity & provision of resources, such as e-Learning for Anaesthesia

Leadership and management development courses  interactive – and allow specific time for one to one discussions where requested. They include sessions on personal effectiveness, team-working and dealing with challenging professional relationships.

Guidance

Guidance on managing the poorly performing anaesthetist

New consultants

Where invited – selection and assessment of individuals at Advisory Appointments Committees

Informal peer coaching of new consultants

Several Deaneries offer support for new consultants in the first year of appointment and work with the College where the support requirement is specialty-specific

Invited Reviews

The College offers individual, department and service reviews – please see the Anaesthesia Review Team for more information.

CPD

There is a programme of CPD study days and conferences designed to support generic or specific aspects of skills and knowledge needed by new consultants and career grades.

Guidance

The Revalidation Guide for Emergency Medicine brings together key information regarding current revalidation requirements and processes in all four countries of the United Kingdom.

Invited Reviews Service

The College offers service reviews
Contact: Sam McIntyre
telephone 020 7067 1269
email sam.mcintyre@rcem.ac.uk

Mentoring

RCGP First5 is a membership package for newly qualified GPs offering peer support, networking, mentoring and support in revalidation and CPD in the five years following attainment of CCT.

CPD

RCGP educational resources are hosted in the RCGP Learning section of the RCGP website, which includes the Personal Education Planning (PEP) online learning needs assessment tool, as well as a number of other resources such as e-learning, courses and events, accredited courses and publications.

These resources may also be utilised by other organisations providing remedial support, including Local Education Training Boards/Deaneries and Local Medical Committees.

Guidance

The RCGP also provides a GP wellbeing help and support page which signposts to a range of internal and external sources of support for doctors experiencing difficulty.

Mentoring

The RCOG is currently developing a package of resources for newly appointed consultants and an online buddying service for members, including a Peer2Peer online resource enabling obstetricians and gynaecologists to connect with another RCOG member to aid their professional development. This service is designed to support members at all career stages.
The College published Becoming Tomorrow’s Specialist in 2014 which includes details of buddying/coaching.

CPD

An annual “New consultant” meeting and regular Clinical Directors meetings have included discussions on how to support new doctors. Details of which can be found on the College’s events webpage.

Invited Reviews

The College offers three types of review:

  • Service review carried out in response to an invitation to visit and comment on a current service, including meeting the clinical team, managers and other stakeholders, with a focus on safety and quality
  • Individual performance review carried out following a request to examine the clinical practice of an individual doctor who is causing concern; other requests, such as a case note review or an independent second opinion, also fall into this category
  • Configuration review carried out when commissioners and healthcare organisations need clinical assurance of proposals for significant changes to local O&G services

For more information can be found on the review pages of the RCOG website.

CPD

A range of didactic and practical update resources including:

Invited Reviews

Covers: Service Reviews
Contact: Beth Barnes 020 7935 0702 beth.barnes@rcophth.ac.uk

Mentoring

Mentoring support programme provides:

  • Access to RCPCH mentoring standards, definitions and FAQs
  • Endorsement process for existing local mentoring schemes
  • Mentoring Champions network to embed mentoring practice in local organisations
  • Mentoring Skills training to develop mentors within the profession

Support is available to all paediatricians including trainees, new and experienced consultants and SAS doctors.

CPD

Leadership development courses
Mentoring support

Guidance

The College has the following available and keeps them under review:

*The college would not want any of its workplace based assessment tools to be used summatively as they are intended as formative tools only

Invited Reviews

Covers: Service and Design reviews, individual and case note reviews
Contact: Sue Eardley 020 7092 6091 invited.reviews@rcpch.ac.uk
RCPCH Invited Reviews website

Invited Reviews

Covers: Individual & service reviews
Non-performance related issues through via separate consultancy arm
Contact: Stella Macaskill 020 7451 6736 professionalism@rcpath.org
Professional standards
Remediation

CPD

The College has a Recently Appointed Consultants Committee which runs two educational events a year.

Mentoring

There is a mentoring scheme for consultants.

Guidance

Online tips for recently appointed consultants.

Mentoring, Revalidation and CPD

Trainees

We run a mentoring scheme for trainees, have active regional advisors who can help support HEE & deanery visits to review training posts and on occasions have provided more focussed training site reviews. Individual trainees with difficulties should be supported by HEE & deanery run support units.

Consultants

We provide a revalidation portfolio for members and fellows, have a CPD advisor to support recognition of courses, have a careers officer and proactively support mentoring for new consultants. Our annual census allows comparison of job plans and workloads across the UK and our invited service review team (see below) can help support trusts where concerns are raised. Regional advisors may also be able to give advice on a case-by-case basis.

The College expects all newly appointed Consultant Physicians to have a mentor appointed at the time of Advisory Appointment Committee.

There is a careers officer.

There are a range of non-clinical CPD educational programmes currently provided by the Education Department of the College to meet a number of the needs of new consultants e.g. leadership courses, mentoring and appraisal for revalidation.

E-learning for appraisees and a workshop on appraisal and revalidation

Invited Reviews

The invited service review team (see below) can help support trusts where concerns are raised. Regional advisors may also be able to give advice on a case-by-case basis.

Covers: Service Reviews and Case Note Reviews
Contact: Michelle Wong, 020 3075 1237 ISR@rcplondon.ac.uk
RCPL Invited Reviews website

Mentoring

The College runs a Mentorship Programme which is a free membership benefit, matching members who are seeking mentoring as their careers develop, perhaps when changing roles, with established, trained College mentors.

Mentoring

There is a mentoring and coaching scheme, led by Dr Pierre Taub.
This was developed in 2014 aimed at providing support and guidance to Psychiatrists at all stages of their career.

StartΨell

The StartWell programme was initiated in 2014 and is a consultant-led programme aimed at psychiatrists in their first five years as a consultant or locum consultant. StartΨell focusses on six elements to support psychiatrists in their first consultant role with the intention to establish good habits for their careers.

Invited Reviews

Covers; Individual, service and case note reviews
Contact: Lucille Shackleton: 020 3701 2583,  irs@rcpsych.ac.uk
RCPsych Invited Reviews website

Psychiatry Support Service

The Psychiatrists’ Support Service is a free, confidential support and advice service for members, trainee members and associates of the Royal College of Psychiatrists who find themselves in difficulty or in need of support. If appropriate, you will be put in touch with another psychiatrist who will be able to talk through the issues with you and offer support or signpost you to appropriate services.
Contact: 020 7245 0412, pss@rcpsych.ac.uk

CPD

CPD courses are targeted at new and existing consultants:
Clinical Oncology courses
Clinical Radiology courses
The College has didactic and update resources, e.g. the Radiology Integrated Training Initiative (R-ITI), Radiology Events & Discrepancies (READ) resource.
Useful links include:
Being a Consultant
Radiology-Integrated Training Initiative

Invited Reviews

Covers: Service reviews
Clinical Oncology
Clinical Radiology
Contact: Amanda Jackson, 020 7406 5922, amanda_jackson@rcr.ac.uk

Mentoring

Several officers and members of the Faculty have received training in coaching and mentoring. If the Faculty is approached a mentor will be assigned based on the individual’s geographic location and development needs. This seems to have worked well to date, there is no ongoing work stream in this regard at present as the demand is not high.

SRH doctors should have regular peer supervision.

The Faculty have appointed a Suitable Person who could help to oversee a doctor undergoing remediation if they were a member or fellow who used the SP for revalidation purposes

Support for new consultants

Mentoring

The College has produced a good practice guide to Mentoring

Guidance and further training

The College has clear advice on the support that it can offer to surgeons who require further training and remediation.
At its discretion, the College may provide the following services:

  • A professional opinion on the feasibility and practicality of a proposed further training programme.
  • Advice on clinical content of further training e.g. duration, methods of assessment, key learning objectives
  • Assistance with the identification of further training placements.
  • Provision of specialist advice to the Trust through participation in a panel to oversee the programme.
  • Advice and support for the surgeon undergoing further training through Confidential Support and Advice Services.

Curricula and assessment tools are also available through the Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Programme.

Invited Reviews

The RCS’s Invited Review Mechanism provides the following different types of reviews:

  • Service reviews can help a range of issues from advice and assurance on matters of safety and quality to achieving service improvement and achieving best practice in service design
  • Individual reviews help healthcare organisations identify whether there is a cause for concern about any aspect of an individual’s surgeon’s practice and provide advice on how any problems identified can be addressed.
  • Clinical record reviews provide an independent, expert opinion on the management of one or more episodes of patient care and whether this meets College and Surgical Specialty Association standards.

Contact Steven Wakeling on 020 7869 6254, swakeling@rcseng.ac.uk

RCS Invited Reviews website

Support Service

Confidential advice and support service for surgeons to discuss issues of concern/confidentiality with a colleague or peer.