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Trainee Information

Get Involved with Your Deanery


At the Scotland Deanery, we know that our trainees are our biggest asset. We value your opinions and suggestions for improving the training environment. There are several opportunities across Scotland for you to join in discussions, find out more about how we manage your training and make a difference for yourselves and colleagues.


Current Opportunities


Career management group

NES has a career management group that includes career advisors from medical schools and the postgraduate regions. We are looking for a trainee member. This is a great opportunity to help influence the career advice and support that is available for trainees in Scotland.  


If you are interested in finding out more, please email Elizabeth.Murphy@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk for more information.


Scotland Deanery Trainee Engagement Groups on Differential Attainment in Medical Education

Differential attainment refers to ‘systematic differences in outcomes when grouping cohorts by protected characteristics and socio-economic background’. Gaps in attainment during medical training have been reported to be associated with ethnicity and with the country of medical qualification – with both black and minority ethnic UK graduates and international medical graduates having higher rates of unsatisfactory outcomes from training. This is seen across all specialties. The reasons for this differential are not clear, and are likely to be multiple and complex.

The Scotland Deanery has been working with the GMC to further understand differential attainment among doctors in training and to develop an action plan that we hope will reduce this differential in future.

We are running engagement sessions with doctors in training, where there will be an opportunity to hear about some of the data we currently hold on differential attainment in Scotland, to hear of the experiences of our doctors in training, to discuss the action plan we have developed to date, and to share any suggestions of other actions we could consider to address differential attainment. We would welcome contributions from all trainee groups but are particularly keen to involve black and minority ethnic UK graduates and international medical graduates in our conversation.

We plan to hold engagement groups across Scotland on the following dates:

1st May 2018 – Glasgow (venue TBC, central location)

22nd May 2018 – Glasgow (venue TBC, central location)

16th May 2018 – Edinburgh, NES offices, Westport

6th June 2018 – Edinburgh (venue TBC, central location)

23rd April 2018 – Aberdeen, NES offices, Forest Grove House

11th June 2018 – Aberdeen, NES offices, Forest Grove House


If you are interested in attending, please contact lesley.metcalf@nes.scot.nhs.uk indicating which session you would like to attend.


Scotland Deanery Website Group

The medical website group are looking for trainee representatives. The Scotland Deanery website has undergone a process of upgrading over the last few years and trainee input would be valued to guide further development. You don’t need to have any expertise in website design to join. 


If you're interested in this opportunity, please contact niall.macintosh@nes.scot.nhs.uk