ARTP NORTH WEST REGIONAL RESPIRATORY GROUP Minutes of meeting held on Wednesday 14 April 2010 North West Lung Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital Present: Nigel Clayton Ian Waller (Chair) Mark Atkins Dr V.Hick Anna Beaumont Julie Chadwick UHSM UHSM UHSM MMU MMU Whiston Stuart Wragg Anne McPoland Kathleen Williams Alan Bell Shirley Turner Janet Taylor Apologies: Gina Rogers Karen Ayres Jan Tate Clare Sass Davies Margaret Elmer Kate O’Reilly Aintree Warrington Macclesfield MEU MRI East Cheshire Liz Martindale Minutes of last meeting The minutes of the last meeting were accepted. Matters arising Following the last North West HOD meeting a questionnaire was sent out to all HODs asking for feedback regarding the meetings. The response was as follows 20 forms returned Wednesday pm preferred day 11 found talks useful 5 wanted different venue each time. 16 been before and found meetings useful Most significant reason for not attending – Staffing problems ARTP Update – Nigel Clayton Next ARTP Conference 3rd-5th February 2011 Marriott Hotel Glasgow. New Website is now up and running with a patient information section. This will enable patients to see how tests are performed before they come to the department. Centre for evidence based purchasing will soon end – if you require access in the mean time go to www.cep.dh.gov.uk This site is an excellent resource when considering new equipment such as spirometers, blood gas analysers, nebulisers, lancets etc. RCCP Registration fee has increased to £40. ARTP has expressed their concern to the RCCP. What are members benefits from being on the register? Royal Society of Medicine is running a course this Monday 19th April which may be of interest for some. You can register on the day at the Education and Research Department 9.30 am – 4.30pm, cost £25. Please see attachment Spirometry courses – are there any volunteers to run these courses as they are a good way to raise funds for your departments. In turn this will enable you to send staff on courses or even conferences in the UK and further a field. This will become important for everyone as there will be increased pressure on training budgets. For more information contact Nigel. Presentation Specialised North West Commissioning Team for Sleep related Breathing Disorders - Mark Atkins Please read Marks’ attachment if you have a Sleep Service or are looking to provide a Sleep Service as there is an important date which should not be missed - 29th April 2010. Presentation Modernising Scientific Careers/MSC - Dr Verity Hick Anna Beaumont – New course Administrator for Verity Hick – Welcome Anna. Please read for further details on Presentation attached. SHA document to be sent out end of April by Government. Part time degree will run for final year in September. Government are stopping the funding of 2nd Degrees – cost for the student will therefore be in the region of £10-12,000 if they wish to undertake another degree. MMU intend to offer the new full time degree commencing September 2010. Associate Lecturers in Respiratory Physiology are required for the new MSC degree – Volunteers to deliver content were kindly requested to contact Verity Hick. Professional Practise Group at university will monitor student attendance . Student is required to fulfil attendance of 80% or more. Student absence needs to be reported to Anna Beaumont email@example.com .by the WBA. This will help Anna monitor the students movements more closely. Each Hospital/Trust will have a Practical Educational Fascilitator (PEF). They will help you with any education issue. These PEF’S are normally Nurses (see email attachment). DISCUSSION Verity reported that this year’s UCAS applicants are the most enthusiastic / qualified we have interviewed to date. To maintain Clinical Physiology services in the North West it is vital that we secure as many trainee positions as possible. Nigel stated that it is important that all respiratory departments should consider taking such a student as we do not wish to turn away enthusiastic applicants. Verity – When students find out about Respiratory Clinical Physiology they appear to be keen to go into Respiratory rather than Cardiology. Student Placements Shirley Turner – would like to accept a student but is unable to this year. – thank you Shirley. Stuart Wragg – has confirmed he will take on another student – thank you Stuart Julie Chadwick – Julie with speak to her head of department – thank you Julie Verity stated that she will need to know the names of all departments willing to take a student by next week (21 April). Please contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org Nigel - Positive reasons for taking on students Help perform daily tests Will ultimately allow us to maintain the workforce No more staff shortages No salary costs Under MSC the first year will only require the student to spend 10 weeks in the workplace. During this time they will experience Cardiology, Respiratory and Sleep departments before deciding on their specialism (Cardiology or Respiratory + Sleep), in years 2 and 3. This is the ideal time for new departments to consider a student. Training new members of staff ultimately improves the knowledge and skills of staff providing the training Stuart stated that he found the hard work spent training in the initial months is well worth it as the student soon becomes useful in providing many of the basic tests. MSC Nigel – will students be trained to a lower level with new MSC. Verity stated that the professional body exams will not continue under MSC Nigel – Limited Number of Sleep labs at present could be an issue for MSC as this is covered in the new syllabus Mark – Are students required to attend sleep module Verity – Students are to attend sleep modules Mark ? Qualifications needed for Associate Lecturers. Verity will confirm. Any other business Julie Chadwick had concerns about the way the forum was being used by senior ARTP members. Nigel stated that this will be fed back to ARTP since they are copied in to the minutes of the meeting. I would like to say thanks to all those who attended today’s meeting. Ian Waller Specialist Clinical Physiologist / ARTP NorthWest Lead.