All grades of Doctor are able to benefit from a number of CPD opportunities within LCFT.
Each Wednesday afternoon we have the MRCPsych course, in which everyone is encouraged to participate. Junior doctors can present cases, 5-5-5 presentations (brief 5 minute presentations), journal clubs or audits for which they receive an assessment to include in their portfolios. Higher trainees deliver expert sessions, interview skills training and chair discussions, all of which contribute to their leadership and management development. Consultants also chair sessions and deliver teaching and receive feedback on their performance for their own CPD.
As we cover a large geographical area, we organise the doctors into two groups. The East hold their sessions in Blackburn or Burnley and the remainder attend a jointly organised meeting in either Preston or Blackpool. For the more specialist topics, we bring both areas together.
We also host outside speakers to cover a range of topics for additional learning; recent examples are Cardiology for Psychiatrists; a review of Serious Incidents; a talk by the Samaritans and a session on Duty of Candour from the MDU.
The sample below shows the introductory weeks of our teaching, followed by all the MRCPsych topics for that semester; all weeks follow the same structure as the first.
Psychotherapy is a particularly strong subject area for LCFT, with weekly Balint groups being held, an introductory CBT course running each semester, with a follow up psychodynamic psychotherapy course.
Undergraduate education is also a high priority for us, and as well as innovations such as Balint groups for medical students, we actively involve all our doctors in teaching, hearing case presentations and taking students out on visits or in placements.