The Deanery's Performance Support Unit was formally opened in February 2017. Further information (Trainer page)
The Performance Support Unit (PSU) has been established to ensure that trainees who are struggling will be consistently managed across the Deanery in all specialties. Robust local structures are integral to the effective delivery of PSU and the PDs have a key role in identifying trainees who may need help, supporting them and their ESs and monitoring progress in the workplace. They are the link between the workplace, the region and the PSU.
All trainees will be categorised as Level 0,1,2,3 so that PDs, Associate Deans and Assistant Directors can have oversight of their trainees and ensure that all trainees with concerns are considered for appropriate support. The definitions are below:
No Concerns (Level 0): Trainee progressing without issues that could impact on training.
Level One Concern: Minor concerns which can be managed locally by training team. Concerns which are of low risk to patients, colleagues and self.
Level Two Concern: Concern which if left unmanaged could pose a significant risk to patients, colleagues or for the trainee of failing to progress or requiring additional training time.
Level Three Concern: Concern or repeated performance problems that present a high level of risk to patients, colleagues or to progression of trainees in their programme.
PDs , Associate deans and Assistant Directors will manage levels 1 and 2 locally. The local Associate Deans for Performance Support will have regular reviews of all trainees. Level 3 trainees will be referred to the PSU and a case manager will be appointed to support them. The PSU will communicate with the PD and local structure on trainee progress and plan for remediation.