One of the main roles of the ABNT is to represent trainees' views on issues relevant to their training. If you have any concerns about training issues, whether relating to national policy or specific local practices, please contact your regional representative or a member of the ABNT committee. For instance, we would be very keen to hear from anyone having difficulties obtaining time or funding for study leave or if new rotas are impacting on your training.
The national GMC training survey is an important way to provide feedback on the quality of training posts, so do take the time to participate in this process. To complement this, the ABNT will shortly be conducting a survey of trainees around the country. Results of previous ABNT surveys can be seen by following this link.
The ABNT has issued statements on a number of issues that affect neurology trainees and training. Find links to them here.
Junior Doctors' contract negotiations
Thank you to the many neurology trainees who to the time to write to us to voice your concerns regarding the DDRB report on the junior doctors' contract. The ABNT has forwarded those concerns in a letter on behalf of UK neurology trainees to the BMA JDC. Key themes were 1) thinning of services and 2) a lack of safeguards on junior doctors working excessive hours due to extending normal working hours without increasing staff numbers, 3) a loss of sub-specialty and academic skills and 4) gender discrimination.
Shape of Training report
The Shape of Training report has now been published and recommends some fundamental changes to the nature of specialist medical training. The ABNT has a number of concerns about some of the conclusions and implications of the Shape of Training report, which it is continuing to discuss and will update you on as the process evolves. The most important thing for now is that you are aware of what is being proposed. The following links will take you to some further reading.
- ABNT joint position statement on Shape of Training, jointly written with several other medical and surgical trainee bodies
- The RCP's joint response on Shape of Training
- ABN President, Geraint Fuller, on Shape of Training
- The full Shape of Training report
- A brief summary of the report by the FMLM
- Feb 2015 statement by the Shape of Training Steering Group