How are posts allocated?
The Oxford regional paediatric training programme includes 4 DGHs and the ORH in Oxford. You will work in various hospitals, including those at the periphery of the region.
At ST1 you will start in one of the DGHs, the Training Programme Director will generally move you to a different DGH for your ST3 year. All ST 1-3 will obtain at least 6 months experience in the Neonatal unit at Oxford and 4 months in sub-specialties at Oxford.
If there are specific factors which should be taken into account, then please let the TPD know of these before the end of March for posts starting in September and the following March.
Core registrar training posts will be allocated by the Training Programme Director. An attempt will be made to place a trainee at ST4 in the same hospital as they have been working at ST3. All of these rotations are designed to provide the same core training. You will complete a minimum of 6 months in Neonatal medicine, 6 months in Community and usually 12 months in General Paediatrics.
All trainees entering level 3 training, and at each year subsequently, will be asked in the early spring to detail their preferences for allocation to specialty posts for the year from September of that year.
All trainees during year ST6/7 will be expected to spend some time in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit or the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or both.
If more trainees than can be accommodated wish to work in a particular specialty, then competitive interviews will be held by one of the Consultants in the specialty together with either the College Tutor or Programme Director. This includes LTFT trainees, who will be ranked alongside full-time trainees and do not have automatic right to work as supernumerary in a specialty post unless they rank highly in the interview process.
ST4-8 trainees and SpRs
Preference forms will be sent out to all ST4-8 trainees and SpRs in early March with a return date of the end of March for posts in that September and the following March. Please put ALL the information you need to tell the Programme Director on the form, and DO NOT send separate e-mails as these are easily lost and separated from the forms. If you are going to be changing from one training year to the next during the year (eg in March) then please make this very clear on the form. The forms need to be returned to Dr Alison Shefler as an electronic file labelled as Surname_FirstName with a copy to Mairi Hills (addresses will be on the forms).
All trainees need to be aware that although your preferences are considered when making decisions on placements, the final decision must take into account the service needs of all sites within the training programme.