We are a group of trainees from a range of specialities, with a range of experience, who are working with Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) to promote trainee views. We meet regularly to discuss interesting projects, areas for development and to ensure that high quality training and trainee welfare remain a core focus of HEIW.
For all trainees in Wales to experience the highest quality training and enjoy a healthy work life balance.
Our mission is to influence future development and improvement of medical and dental training programmes within HEIW. We believe that all trainees should be treated as equals and as such, all trainees should feel supported and valued. We will interact with trainees of all specialities and training grades with the purpose of gaining trainee perspectives to identify opportunities for change and we will meet regularly and provide trainee feedback directly to the Dean.
We recently held a series of focus groups which explored different themes relating to the impact that Covid-19 has had on training in dentistry and medicine in Wales. The Trainee Think Tank facilitated this piece of work in collaboration with HEIW, and with the support of the General Medical Council. The Focus Groups featured interactive online webinar discussions facilitated by members of the Trainee Think Tank, with online support from HEIW.
Issues we have discussed include:
We are gathering this information so that we can discover areas of good and bad practice and learn from them. We are particularly keen to hear where there have been positive effects from Covid-19 that may have benefited either the way we are working, or the quality of care we provide for our patients.
All discussions are audio recorded, and anonymised before transcription, to enable us to produce a series of recommendations should a similar situation ever arise, so that trainees can be supported in the best way possible to carry out their work. This report would be shared with HEIW and the GMC in its anonymised form.
We will be holding further focus groups in the near future. Please check back for details or contact Kathryn Speedy (Chair).
GP trainee, leadership fellow within welsh cancer network
Cardiology, Cwm Taf
General Surgery, ABUHB
Dental public health, Cardiff and Vale
Paediatrics, Cardiff and Vale
GP Trainee, ABUHB
Acute Medical Trainee, ABUHB
Obs and Gynae, ABUHB
Anaesthetics/intensive care, ABUHB
Plastic surgery, current HEIW leadership fellow
Clinical Radiology, South Wales Training Scheme
Geriatrics Trainee, Swansea Bay UHB