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The Sound of the Student & Trainee Voice

Following the success of our first two Sound of the Student & Trainee Voice conferences, we are delighted to release details of our third conference to be held on Thursday 28 April 2016. You can download the agenda in the related documents section at the bottom of this page.

The event is for learners from the world of health and social care, allied professionals and support staff, their educators and teachers and the organisations within which they train and work.

The organising committee consists of students and trainees from a number of professions, nursing, podiatry, radiotherapy, medicine both undergrad and postgrad, healthcare science as well as multiprofessional trainers and mentors working across KSS. It is led by Clinical Lead Chris Carey and Programme Manager Jacqueline Joyce, Clinical Learning Lead, for Health Education England's Kent, Surrey and Sussex Team.

Chris is a Consultant Anaesthetist, Clinical Lead for Neuroanaesthesia, BSUH Associate Postgraduate Dean for Sussex, Head of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex School of Anaesthesia, Senior Lecturer, BSMS, Royal College of Anaesthetists Perioperative Medicine Training Lead & Undergraduate Training Subcommittee Chair.

We're pleased to announce that the opening address will be from Professor Liz Hughes, Director for Education and Quality, Health Education England, London and the South East.

The plenary will be from Rob Galloway on "Teaching our trainees and students. Have the trainers got it wrong? The case for less facts and different approaches". attitudes".



Workshop 1: A leadership journey

An opportunity to hear from programme alumni as they share their experiences of leadership development  after completing national and local leadership programmes (Mary Seacole, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Nye Bevan and Leading 4 Quality).   During this session, colleagues will discuss the lessons learned and describe the effect that leadership development has had on them, as well as its impact in the workplace and on patient care.   This will be followed by short Q&A session to encourage further discussion.

Workshop 2: Not another questionnaire/survey

This workshop will explore each professions take on the learner’s voice and how it is captured. We will explore why it’s important from a quality perspective and a personal perspective, how to raise and act on concerns, where this goes, and what impact it has. Using themes and core learner standards, we will look at the personal and professional transition and journey of learners and what supports are needed along that journey for you to be heard. 

Workshop 3 & 7: Time to Think

What would it be like to go to a meeting where you could say what you really think and people actually listened? Where you felt there was equality in the room rather than a few dominating voices? Where actions were agreed and you went away energized, refreshed and motivated to deliver? That is the promise of Time to Think and the Thinking Environment, a methodology developed over the past 20 years by internationally acclaimed author Nancy Kline.

Workshop 4 & 8: Personal resilience

These workshops are designed to help build your personal resilience coping strategies to better prepare you to deal with workplace pressures, particularly within the NHS.  Delivered by workplace wellbeing specialists Robertson Cooper, these interactive sessions will introduce you to what wellbeing, stress and resilience are, what that looks like in the NHS, and why all that matters – linking to physical and mental health and patient care.  Using Robertson Cooper’s 6 Essentials and the NHS Employers Wellbeing Toolkit, the workshop will help you better understand the triggers of stress and learn to proactively recognise and manage your own emotional state.

Workshop 5: Making the most of supervisors and mentors, and feedback

This workshop will be split into 2 parts.  The first will look at how students and trainees can use their supervisors and mentors effectively for the benefit of training, development and support.  The second part will look at how feedback can be used effectively both in terms of giving and receiving.  There will be short presentations from both students and trainees, and mentors and trainers followed by interactive discussion with summary of the learning points. It is well recognised that effective supervision and feedback can be very helpful in education and training and we aim to provide learning points so that everyone can benefit from these areas.

Workshop 6: Compassion

Compassion is often burned away within 2 years of exposure to the realities of practice. How can we maintain our motivation as ethical professionals putting patients at the heart of what we do?

The cultivating compassion workshop will introduce participants to the cultivating compassion awareness toolkit - a set of resources that enables people to do their work more effectively. This toolkit is designed to help you enhance compassion in practice by undertaking activities which will support your ability to respond in everyday care situations in ways that make patients, families and colleagues feel cared for and respected.

Register now to book your place.



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