As you will all be aware from the extensive media and social media coverage, we are now starting to experience the impact of COVID-19 on our NHS Healthcare systems. Many of you will already have seen and perhaps participated in the preparation and contingency planning.
NHS Education for Scotland (NES), including the Scotland Deanery, have been working extensively over the past few weeks to consider the impact on medical education and training and to mitigate where possible for you as our valued trainees.
These are unprecedented times, however I wish to emphasise that we are working extremely closely with the other Statutory Education Bodies (HEE, HEIW and NIMDTA), the General Medical Council, Medical Royal Colleges, Universities and our NHS Healthcare providers to make the most appropriate decisions in face of this situation, and to ensure patient and trainee safety is not compromised.
We will endeavour to keep you well informed over the coming weeks.
It is recognised that COVID-19 could impact on anticipated learning and trainee progression.
At present, we are in discussions with the other Statutory Education Bodies, the General Medical Council and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges regarding recruitment, ARCPs and trainee progression. Our priority will be for those at key points of progression and we are determined to ensure the longer-term needs of doctors in training are not compromised.
We recognise that many of you will have questions and queries. Hopefully, some of these may be addressed by your Education Supervisor or Training Programme Director, but we have established a form below for enquiries and you can email us directly too. We will be planning to upload FAQs in due course. NES will continue to review the evolving situation on a daily basis and will provide further updates as required.
May I take this opportunity, on behalf of all those involved in postgraduate medical education & training in Scotland, to remind you that you are all highly skilled, very able individuals and will make a massive contribution to delivering the required healthcare to our population over the coming weeks and months. Please remember to follow the advice and guidance from Health Protection Scotland and do look after yourselves and those working with you.