Teaching & Training

As a consultant I devote significant amounts of time to teaching and training. I always have an SpR, ST1 and FY1 trainee attatched to my firm. I spend time with all these individuals, but particularly the SpR teaching practical skills in endoscopy. I also teach consultant colleagues from other trusts in endoscopic ultrasound techniques and skills. I give the ST1 trainees regular bedside teaching leading up to the PACES exam and I am educational supervisor for an FY2 and SpR trainee.

I was college tutor from 2002 until 2005. During this period I arranged the regular teaching programme for the SHOs and many of the SHOs obtained their MRCP on the first occasion, making City Hospital a popular place for candidates to apply for medical rotations. I sat on the education committee and was involved in developing strategies to ensure trainees obtained all their protected teaching time and entitled study leave. I co-ordinated and hosted one Royal College visit and two Deanery visits. Feedback from both the College and Deanery were very good.

I regularly lecture to third year medical students and also take them for weekly bedside teaching. My feedback has been very good for these sessions and I have personally received written notes of thanks from the last block of students. I also teach 5th year students at the bedside once a week and have had excellent feedback for these sessions as well.

Since 2003 there has been an annual PEG study day which was developed by myself and now jointly organised with our nurse endoscopist. This is a whole day of study directed at nurses, junior doctors and GPs to increase knowledge and familiarity with PEGs. We cover not only practical issues, but also ethical issues regarding the use of PEGs.

I teach regularly on the nursing endoscopy course at Birmingham City University (formerly University of Central England). I deliver a regular lecture entitiled ‘ERCP: indications and complications’ and have done so for the last 5 years. In the last year the curriculum for this course has been significantly overhauled and I have been involved in this latest curriculum development and am a named curriculum advisor.

In the last 2 years I have been a regular invited speaker to the midland gastroenterology nurses meeting, lecturing on various aspects of endoscopy and also interpretation of blood tests. In addition to this I have also been an invited speaker for the last 2 years on the regional PasTest update course for consultant colleagues. I am invited at regular intervals to lecture on the Heart of Birmingham GP study days.

I teach candidates for the PACES examination on a regular basis. I am now also a regular contributor to the ‘Ryder’ MRCP teaching course both as a teacher and ‘examiner’.