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Resources and Support for Trainees

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The College is committed to support doctors throughout their career.  We hope trainees will find the range of resources and updates available in this section useful to read.

We aim to provide answers to frequently asked questions about the tools that are an integral part of how trainees should expect to progress through their training.

Useful Links and Resources

RCOphth Guide for delivery of OST (June 2018)

Workplace Based Assessments (WpBAs) Handbook  (Updated April 2014) It should be read in conjunction with the OST Curriculum.

OST Introductory Booklet (June 2018) Getting started in OST (7 Important Things to Do in the First Month).

Guidance on Induction for Ophthalmology  Guidance on recommended induction for OST1s.

ARCP guidance  Health Education England (HEE) guidance on the Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) cycle.

European Working Time Directive (EWTD)  College suggestions on EWTD.

Acute Services Training  Guidance on acute services training.

Simulation Training in the UK Document highlighting the benefits of and the different types of simulation to be developed.

Guidance on Cataract Surgery Guidance table for trainees and trainers on cataract surgery competences and their assessment.

Improving Feedback – guide for Trainees and Trainers   The practical guide produced by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) focuses on practical information for on how trainee self-reflection, feedback from the trainer and trainer self-reflection can improve the performance and value of formative WpBAs.

Less than full-time training (LTFT)  The delivery and organisation of LTFT is the responsibility of the individual local education and training board training programme (LETB).  This document contains helpful hints to make the most of LTFT and avoid common pitfalls.  We recommend using the CCT Calculator to all trainees changing their training to LTFT.

National Inter Deanery Transfer (IDT)  The National Inter Deanery Transfer (IDT) process is managed by the National IDT team (Health Education South London) on behalf of the Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans (COPMeD), HEE and all UK regions.

Ophthalmologists in Training (OTG)  The OTG represents the voice and interests of trainees.  Its members sit on all College standing committees and Council and is represented on the Academy Trainee’s Group of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.

College Tutors and Regional Education Advisers  The responsibility for delivering that training and education lies with the Trust, on behalf of and resourced by the Postgraduate Dean. College Tutors have overall responsibility as lead trainers and are the point of contact with the Royal College. Regional Education Advisers (REAs) act on behalf of the College and maintain a College presence in the region.

Reflective Practice

RCOphth Guidance on Reflective Practice, Escalating Patient Safety Concerns and Unsafe Working Conditions – OTG-led guidance including relevant sources of information, further support and advice for all members about how, when and to whom they should escalate concerns about patient safety and unsafe working conditions.

Academy Guidance on e-portfolios – Reflective Practice Guidance produced by the AoMRC to help doctors in training, and their supervisors, in considering how to record their reflective practice. (October 2016)

The AoMRC, the COPMeD, the General Medical Council (GMC) and the Medical Schools Council (MSC) have jointly produced a series of ‘Reflective Practioner’ guidance documents with input from all four UK Health Departments and for use across the UK.  (September 2018)

The Reflective Practitioner – Summary 

The Reflective Practitioner – Guidance

The Reflective Practice – Toolkit

Guidance on tax exemption on examination fees

Finance Committee Tax relief guidance information for trainees
Tax Relief Guidance for Trainees Draft Letter


If you have any questions please contact the Education and Training department.