Welcome to the Grid in PRM. You have 2-3 years to complete your training, and be ready to take your place as a consultant ready for tertiary practice in the specialty. This document gives you some guidance as to what is expected and how it will be monitored.
Curriculum and log book
The RCPCH curriculum in PRM is split into 3 learning outcomes:
Learning outcome 1 – Demonstrates proficiency in providing holistic care to manage respiratory health and ill-health in infants, children and young people, including the promotion of respiratory health.
Learning outcome 2 – Demonstrates tertiary level specialist skills to manage complex acute and chronic conditions, including difficult-to-treat asthma, cystic fibrosis (CF) and rare lung disease.
Learning outcome 3 – Demonstrates expertise in technical skills, including flexible bronchoscopy and the care of technology-dependent children.
The PRM logbook is how you can keep a record of your accumulated evidence. It would be sensible to keep this up to date as you go, rather than frantically trying to put it together a week before the annual review!
The curriculum and logbook modules are available for download here:
Supervision and review
You should have an identified supervisor for each part of your training. This may be the same person, or vary from year to year, depending on site. You should meet with your supervisor at formally every 2-3 months as a minimum, to review progress. It is your responsibility to ensure that this happens. Each year you will meet with two members of the CSAC to review your progress. This is a formative assessment, to ensure that you jointly identify training needs for the next year. CSAC will sign off the annual progression form which is mandatory for your ARCP. These reviews will take place at RCPCH in London.
You are training to be a tertiary specialist in PRM, and will be expected to be active in fostering research during your consultant career. This may already have happened prior to grid entry, but if you do not currently have any research experience you should consider how you will achieve this aspect of training. A period out of programme for research (OOPR) is possible during Grid training but you must convince your supervisors, including the Regional Advisor and Regional Academic Advisor that it is a suitable project, with defined training objectives for you, and with a likelihood of a higher degree resulting from it.
Completion of training
You will need to get a form from the College 3-6 months prior to completion of training. This needs to be signed by your Regional Adviser, but also by the CSAC. It should be sent to the CSAC chair in the first instance, who will forward it to one of the Specialty Training Advisors with all relevant information about your training.
Please feel free to contact the CSAC chair if you have any concerns or queries. Currently this is Dr Neil Gibson, Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information on CSAC: https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/membership/committees/paediatric-respiratory-medicine-csac