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Education Wessex is committed to the personal and professional
We recognise that the careers of
not stand still. While
clinically able, and tend to keep up to date in their discipline,
they need real support to be trained to take on additional
roles and reach their full potential.
Wessex was the first
deanery to appoint an Associate Dean for
Doctors and we are proud to continue this tradition. Since 2008
deaneries have had the responsibility, on behalf of the Department
of Health, to allocate
The role of Health
Education Wessex is to allocate SAS funds to trusts, monitor
the quality of educational experience and provide general
guidance. It is the responsibility of the employing trusts to
appropriate development activities and to make the necessary funds
and time available for them to do so.
What value does Health
Education Wessex add?
Where can I find out
If you are an
doctor, or a
employee with a
register with our SAS Doctor Extranet.
Every trust within Wessex has a dedicated
tutor. These are all
themselves, and they are generally paid one session to carry
out this part of their role. Each has knowledge of the
opportunities open to
doctors, and can
provide you with information as to the funds received by your
trust, and of local training events. If you are unsure of the
name of your tutor please email email@example.com.
For any Wessex
their professional circumstances particularly challenging, or
perhaps seeing an opportunity they would like to explore, our first
recommendaction is that they access skilled, professional
Health Education Wessex ensures equality
of resource allocation and access to professional skills training.
Each trust is allocated a sum of money based on the number of
doctors employed. In recognition that the training needs of
all doctors, whether part time or full time, are broadly similar,
the funds are allocated on a per capita basis. The money is
disbursed to the trusts as early as possible in the new financial
year. As with every other budget within the
, the precise funding year on
year is impossible to guarantee.
Trusts rather than individual doctors receive
the funds, and it is the trusts via the tutor and medical director
who are responsible for ensuring that this money is spent on
appropriate activity. It is to be emphasised that the additional
development funds are for professional and not clinical skills
training. Trusts should provide
financial means for their ongoing clinical training.
Nationally there has been difficulty ensuring
that doctors are aware of, and are able to make use of these funds
in a timely fashion. This reflects a number of factors that
have traditionally served to maintain
relatively unchanging, highly clinically focussed roles.
Whether it is resistance on the part of
doctors to see a need to develop leadership or management skills,
or an organisation under pressure that it struggles to think
of ways to creatively and effectively use
Doctors, Health Education Wessex has a role to guide and
At Wessex we have set expectations that in
funds, trusts have a responsibility to ensure that the
are getting involved in training. It is our belief that there is
much untapped potential amongst
there is no simple prescription.
Health Education Wessex is committed to
long-term collaboration with
trusts at this time of great change within the
and medical roles in
Peter Hockey, Deputy Dean, has strategic
Karen Mounce, Training Programme Director,
: Julie Worthington
Wessex SAS Doctor
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