Are you an East of England Paediatric Trainee who is passionate about paediatrics and interested in delivering teaching?
Have you heard of this unique opportunity to add a collaboration with Health Education England (East of England) School of Paediatrics, the University of Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin University, and the University of East Anglia to your portfolio?
PURE (the Paediatric Undergraduate Regional Educators Programme) is a project in the East of England, which needs Paediatric Educators to deliver small group teaching sessions to undergraduate medical students.
Educators participating in the programme can expect to receive feedback and mentoring from members of the PURE community as well as training and support for their teaching.
The PURE Community includes qualified Paediatric consultants, experienced teaching leads within the medical education sector and Paediatric Educators from previous years.
PURE is Growing
PURE will be expanding to new trusts across the EoE in 2023/24 – we need trainees to apply from all trusts with students attending from the founding medical schools.
Trainees must have a work contract with the trust they apply for. These are:
- Queen Elizabeth (King’s Lynn)
- Norfolk and Norwich
- James Paget
- West Suffolk
- Mid Essex (Broomfield)
- Princess Alexandra (Harlow)
- Lister (Stevenage)
- Peterborough & Stamford
Trainees working from Cambridge may apply to the Cambridge Clinical Supervisor Programme.
Non-trainees based at James Paget and Norfolk and Norwich may also apply.
Don’t worry if PURE hasn’t reached your trust yet.
PURE is a peer based movement, the more trainees who sign up or express an interest in teaching with PURE, the more we can add to our ever growing reserve list, and the closer we get to developing a programme which can accommodate all trusts.
Meet our team
Dr Emile Hendriks
PURE Programme Director
University of Cambridge Undergraduate Specialty Lead for Paediatrics
Dr Nik Cholidis
PURE Programme Director
Health Education England, East of England School of Paediatrics
Former Training Programme Director Level 2-3
Dr Alex Brightwell
University of East Anglia Undergraduate Teaching Lead for Paediatrics
Dr Sanjay Rawal
Anglia Ruskin University Undergraduate Specialty Lead for Paediatrics
PURE Course Administrator
University of Cambridge
Department of Paediatrics
As a Paediatric Educator, we need you to deliver bedside teaching sessions to a small group of students during their Child Health attachment at one of the above trusts.
Sessions will be at least one hour in duration and will focus on the clinical assessment of children and young people, covering the following learning outcomes:
- Perform a structured examination of the respiratory system.
- Perform a developmental assessment in a child under 5 years old.
And a choice between the below outcomes for you and your students:
- Perform a structured examination of the cardiovascular or gastrointestinal system.
- Perform a structured examination of the central and peripheral nervous system or musculoskeletal system.
As an essential part of these sessions, you will provide the students with positive and constructive feedback to reinforce their knowledge and identify areas for improvement on their examination skills. Planning of the sessions is flexible.
Receive guidance on your teaching
The PURE programme aims to provide a structured framework for you to build your skills, knowledge and confidence in teaching, self-reflection, time management, and leadership.
To reward your commitment to our pilot, we can offer:
- A PURE faculty led training evening on medical education including an introduction to the programme, medical school curricula overview, small group teaching skills and workshops.
- Feedback from your students to keep for your portfolio.
- Opportunities to receive mentoring from mentoring from experienced members of the PURE community, including review of a reflective log to be kept by the educators.
- Observed teaching feedback by PURE educator peers or the regional teaching leads in Paediatrics.
- Potential opportunities to gain access to courses within our collective institutions.
Become a PURE Paediatric Educator
- An interest in training and development.
- ST1+ studying with Health Education England, East of England, School of Paediatrics.
- A contract allowing you to work at the trust hospital from which you are based, so that you can deliver ‘bedside teaching’ sessions.
- Capacity to deliver a minimum of 16 small group teaching sessions, schedule to be agreed with the trust, over the course of the academic year. Approximately 2 hours per teaching week including planning and delivery.
- Some flexibility as the pilot scheme develops, and the ability to adapt to the needs of the programme.
- Evidence of up-to-date Equality and Diversity training (i.e., within the last 3 years).
More about PURE
The PURE programme is exclusively for HEE EoE Paediatric Trainees, delivering bedside clinical teaching in Paediatrics to medical students from the University of Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin Medical School and the University of East Anglia.
PURE is a joint funded project led by the University of Cambridge Department of Paediatrics (UCAM) and Health Education East of England (HEE) School of Paediatrics (SoP).
How do we collect your information?
PURE collects your personal information for the purposes of contacting you and reviewing the programme.
PURE is a joint-funded project between Health Education England and Cambridge University, working in collaboration with Anglia Ruskin University and the University of East Anglia.
When necessary, we may share your personal information with administrators or faculty from those listed organisations to facilitate the programme. To allow these organisations shared access to this information, we may use the Cambridge University Google Drive.
Find more about how we handle your personal information, and your rights under data protection legislation.
Our feedback so far
Here is what some of our previous Paediatric Educators and students have said:
Dr Parker and Dr Sharma of course delivered excellent ward based teaching opportunities.
Ward based teaching sessions by Dr. Sharma were extremely useful: good revision of respiratory and cardiology + interesting patient cases.
Ankur Sharma and Emma Parker put on sessions for us that were absolutely fantastic. The sessions were absolutely exemplary with excellent pre-work, case discussions following real patient contact, and first-principles teaching.
The small group teaching with Dr Parker and Dr Sharma was particularly useful.
Our NIPE session with Dr Parker was very useful and she was very enthusiastic to get us involved throughout our time on placement. The session allowed us to gain confidence holding / examining newborns and tips on how to examine properly.
PURE is a fantastic opportunity to develop yourself in a number of ways. It helped support my preparations for my clinical exam by improving my communication skills and helped me to consolidate my learning.
I also learned some fascinating things about teaching such as learning theories, various problems encountered during teaching and how to deal with such, preparing for teaching, assessment and providing feedback.
It is also a very good source of networking as I met with other PURE volunteers, as well as awesome consultants across the region. I totally recommend it.
Dr Philip AdedokunST2
It was very useful that our educator explained clearly how to do the examination and how the technique differs from adults. She would explain what we did well and how we could improve. There was lots of opportunity to practice on patients.
Getting to see clinical signs in practice and getting to examine with the backup of a colleague to ensure we carried out the right steps.
Examining patients with real signs, getting feedback from my own examinations and ways to improve, gaining confidence in approaching paediatric patients.
I one day wish to be a paediatric oncologist, so this was a fantastic experience and really confirmed that I have made the right decision as I love every minute of the taught sessions and getting to interact with the paediatric population! Thank you so much! I cannot thank everyone involved more!!!
If you have any questions or would like to know more about the PURE Programme please contact our course administrator, Vicky Stevens.
Sign up to our PURE Reserve List
Complete the form below.
PURE Reserve List
Form for HEE EoE Trainees to register their interest in PURE if they are not based at a PURE Trust.
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