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ST 1-3 Teaching Programme

The first three years is when the basics of Paediatrics will be acquired, and it is our aim that this is done as much as possible in the workplace, with high quality on-the-job teaching. The school consider that trainees learn best through supported experience, and we will support our educators to teach in this way.


Training is incorporated into the working day at all possible opportunities.

The following hints may help you:

   Ask for and expect feedback, use it to identify learning needs

   Make the most of brief learning opportunities

              5 - 10 minutes at the end of a ward round

              5 minutes to identify key learning at handover, “lesson of the day”

             10 minutes at the end of clinic to address your key issues / questions


Take responsibility for your own learning, make the most of every training opportunity, plan ahead and keep a learning log. For more information see Getting the most from your training




Overall Objectives of the Level 1 Training programme

The overall objectives are that trainees will be able, by the end of their three years of Level 1 training, to achieve all of the competences listed in the RCPCH document “A Framework of Competences for Basic Specialist Training in Paediatrics” (October 2004). They will be assessed against the Standards which are listed together with the assessment methodologies to be used. The relevant documents can be found on the RCPCH website.


Essentials of the Level 1 Teaching Programme

The course will be based on a combination of –

                         Self-directed learning

                         Departmental Teaching in the local hospital

                         Regional teaching days



Paediatric portfolio

The paediatric e-portfolio underpins learning from the new curriculum and acts as a platform for trainers and trainees to manage various elements of the linked assessments that are required.

The e-portfolio needs some time and effort but is trainee centred and user friendly. Do remember that several sections of the e-portfolio are set as private by default and so you will need to make these entries public on order for them to be seen by your Educational Supervisor for supervision and appraisal.  This is especially true for your PDP prior to the ARCP.  The relevant curriculum and assessment reports guides the process of educational supervision and aids formulation of personal development plans. It is also particularly useful as a record of reflective writing in different contexts, for example clinical experiences of many kinds, critical incidents, child protection reports, teaching and presentations, audit and clinical governance. You can also record your progress through the curriculum which is provided in detail. Please see the ARCP and Assessment sections for more detail, as your use of the e-portfolio will be evaluated each year at your ARCP


All run through trainees in the Oxford Deanery will be allocated an e-portfolio account when they register with the College. It is compulsory that you register with the College as soon as possible after appointment and you need to keep an up to date e-portfolio to achieve satisfactory progression through each training year. You can register online - RCPCH website or phone the HST office on 0207 307 5643.


Self-directed learning

You will find various sources of information for your education and I'm sure you will each have a different favourite.  I would also recommend completion of the "Spotting the Sick Child" and the " Paediatric Prescribing Tool "on line modules.


Each Department of Paediatrics in the Deanery has a well-established teaching programme. All of the departments will provide some formal teaching which will be supplemented by regional study days which you are expected to attend.  Attendance records will be examined at the ARCP.  You should discuss how to get as many as possible to teaching within your dept but inevitably some will not be able to attend because of clinical cover needs.  Please aim for 2/3 attendance.


It is important that you read relevant material before teaching sessions. Teaching sessions will include the imparting of some clinical knowledge, but, since knowledge should be acquired generally through self-directed learning, they will concentrate on practical sessions in communication, problem-solving and decision making, data interpretation and other essential skills.

The School has asked that attendance records are kept for every teaching session, and it is expected that feedback will also be requested at every session.


Links to the regional programme of teaching are shown on the front page of the website.  If you are unable to attend a session please ensure you cover the topics in your reading and reflection of cases.