HSL provides a clinically-led pathology service and supporting medical training within the laboratory is a key part of that. When setting up our consolidated infection sciences department we were conscious that the laboratory would no longer be on site at each hospital and it was important that this did not have detrimental impact on training.
Ashleigh Dadson-Butt, training manager for the department, worked closely with clinical leads from each trust to create a training policy and programme that met the requirements of each site. Developing a standardised approach ensured the laboratory was best able to deliver a high quality training experience consistently and effectively.
Training programmes vary in duration and rotations depending on the trainee’s previous microbiology experience, role and career pathway. The department also assists with RCPath DOPS (direct observation of practical skills) and exam preparation.
Dr Surjo De, microbiology consultant at UCLH, commented: “The feedback from trainees has been overwhelmingly positive and the thoroughness/spectrum of their DOPS assessments has ensured their satisfactory progression through training based on assessment by London Deanery Annual Review of Competence and Progression (ARCP) panels, which assess all the medical microbiology trainees. Our structured laboratory training is becoming an example to others and should act as an incentive to attract high-quality trainees to our centres.”